So, I thought I'd answer some comments! (I do read all my comments, even if I don't always respond.)
From Kim T:
And here's a question, just because I'm curious: in addition to Indian films and Japanese and Korean dramas what are your other favorite international film/tv industries/genres, if you have any? Or, what kind of Hollywood films do you enjoy the most?
My taste in media runs pretty broad. As far as American products are concerned, I have to say that I haven't enjoyed anything as much as HBO's Silicon Valley in a long time. My two favorite American filmmakers are still David Lynch and John Waters. And the two new(ish) American movies I've seen this year that I really, really enjoyed were Tim's Vermeer and the Veronica Mars movie. I like things that are really earnest with a focus on the performer(s). Just really unfiltered id: The Cruise, American Movie, Twilight New Moon.
I also enjoy teen schlock: High School Musical, Pitch Perfect, The Breakfast Club, Frankie & Annette movies, etc.
International things… I quite enjoy Norwegian comedy, Irish drama, and British sci-fi. And I love old Soviet films from the 1960s and 1970s, like this one:
Basically, things like production values and "script" don't mean as much to me as heart and performance.
I don't know if anybody else who has migrated away from Hollywood has this problem, too, but I find the syrupy orchestral scores and "curated" rock soundtracks really distracting now. It's one reason I've grown to love Japanese film, with the sparse soundtracks. Or Dogme 95. Or something like O Brother Where Art Thou...