You can't say that the Blair Witch Project just wasn't frightening, when a lot of people were
frightened by it. I don't quite understand why people are so cynical about it - it's quite modest for a horror flick. And that's what it is: a horror film; so of course it doesn't make any social commentary! It's just, "oh no a monster! AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!" What more do you expect? I think it's a very impressive film, since it manages to scare the **** out of (some) people by just having three people in the woods getting scared themselves - you never see the witch, all you see is sticks and piles of rocks and such, but it's still scary to half the people who watch it.
It's scarier than that stupid ghost one with Nichole Kidman, can't remember what it was called.
I don't see what about Lost in Translation is 'pseudo-artiness' - it didn't seem to be pretentiously trying to be 'arty,' it seemed like a fairly straightforward drama to me.