How Much Affection?

Speaking of reviews, here’s Stanley Kubrick:

But of course, the lasting and ultimately most important reputation of a film is not based on reviews, but on what, if anything, people say about it over the years, and on how much affection for it they have. 

The success of the iPad and iPhone is largely about consumer affection. “Affection” doesn’t get a line in the spec matrix from Consumer Reports.

Update: Kubrick, again, in a different interview:

The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good.

Monday, 14 November 2011