I don’t think it’s lowbrow, but it does gear more towards the popular. I live in a metropolitan area, and I try to see lots of small, arthouse films which a lot of people on the boards haven’t seen (or even heard of ) and never even have access to until the DVD comes out. Some of the best films I saw this year (Away From Her, Paprika, The Lookout, Amazing Grace, Paris Je T’aime, Once) either never had threads or had ones that died quick deaths. I don’t think this is a reflection on taste so much as level of interest and awareness–most of these films have limited runs, minimal publicity, and very marginal word-of-mouth, so it’s understandable why not a whole lot of people participate.
Conversely, for TV, there are some extremely popular shows (based on the Nielsen ratings) that almost never see threads either: 2 1/2 Men, NCIS, and any of the CSIs. These are tremendously popular shows that don’t see nearly the same level of interest on the SDMB as smaller, more interesting cable shows.
I’d also dispute your characterization of some of the threads as “lowbrow”. Essentially, you’re suggesting that any movie thread is lowbrow, despite it being the most important artistic medium of the 20th century.* Presumably, you would only consider something like painting or opera or Shakespeare “highbrow”, which reeks of the worst kind of prejudicial snobbery–not only because Will S. could be incredibly lowbrow when he wanted to, but also because films as varied as Lawrence of Arabia and Playtime and Blade Runner (3 films mentioned in 3 different threads you cite) have genuine artistic value and sophistication despite representing an artform that, for decades, was looked down upon as completely devoid of merit.
However, reviewing the thread now, what seemed like an ignorant/lazy OP does actually look more like someone who’s picking for a fight through blithe name-calling and prickly defensiveness–an awfully “lowbrow” approach for someone who is trying to pretend to be above such things. :rolleyes:
*Obviously debatable, but I’d certainly assert it