oh dear pims, sounds like all of us missed ur point? :P :)
ok, back to what u were original asking:
>>For all y'all non-americans out there, how do you feel about American movies? I guess they would be "foreign" to you. Just curious...
As I had previously mentioned, most of my local cinemas show American and HK films, so they are the staple. I find them more familiar than foreign. Therefore in general, I view both American (and HK) films as mainstream commercial films. Usually if I just want to watch s'thing for fun (spare cash, spare time or Valentine's/X'mas) I'll go for them.
Whereas since the "foreign" films are rare, only during film festivals, so only the BEST gets shown (esp. the individual festivals held by the embassies, the standard is usually high), therefore I take the extra effort to catch most of them. Having said that, "best" seems to mean "most commercially popular" in this yr's film fest though, sigh... Fan Fan la Tulipe (French) was quite a waste of time.
>>I was not trying to imply American as a genre. Why are the films here categorized by country, along with genre if we cannot do the same with American?
Yes, we can, as we all know, there are exceptional American films that touch the heart or expose s'thing about the human condition/culture (which is my own personal measure for gd films). And the few American films that do so, rank as highly as the few, good "foreign" films that made it into my country, for me.