On the Silver Globe: I'm not sure why you both approached the film to any degree at all as if it were a film where the narrative coherence was important (Zulawski's first feature, modeled about his father's experiences as a human feedbin for typhus infected lice, utilized a deliberately disorienting cinematographic style which he carried most of his future films) - especially when it is a fragmented and unfinished film prominently featuring an hour-long sequence of film which is supposed to be fragmented within-the-film. Seems doubly wrong-footed and guarantees dissatisfaction. One of Zulawski's greatest strengths is the meaningful incoherence that he generates, as in a masterpiece like Diabel, and even a finished On the Silver Globe would have been operatic, hysterical, and impressionistic. Faulting Monet for his lack of detail is simply a refusal to consider non-standard approaches to art. Inception has narrative clarity in spades. I don't consider that a compliment. On the Silver Globe could be recut into a coherent narrative, and Monet's paintings could be replaced by photographs of plants. It's not the same.
I think you got the wrong end of the stick in much the same way you had that ongoing spat with VideoKidVersusTheVoid over Tarr's work (it's all about opinion ultimately.)
Accusing us of not approaching the film in a certain way is like (I'll keep with your painterly analogy) telling someone that they have to look at Monet's work in a certain way and be aware of the iconology of said painting - the majority of people don't have an academic grounding in art history or film studies. The general populace watches movies and goes to galleries for entertainment and to react to something heartfelt and honestly, and I'd put my neck on the line by saying that most creators, artists and innovators will be trying to appeal to this demographic at least at some point in their life.
Everything is open to interpretation and there is no right or wrong way to watch or absorb a film, painting, book, view etc. There was nothing on the DVD case to say that we had to watch the film with a background knowledge in Zulawski's work, sure this may have 'helped' or even 'hindered' our review, but the point of Midnight Video is two people giving their own individual opinions on a wide variety of films - it's as simple as that.
I can't speak for Jim, but I thoroughly enjoyed On The Silver Globe
and if I don't praise it or Zulawksi in hallowed tones that's not to say I don't 'appreciate' the effort, thought and work that has gone into it.
The fact that since reviewing On The Silver Globe
I've spent over $100 on the Mondo Vision Limited edition releases of three of Zulawski's films should give you some idea of my appreciation of his work.