You tell me not to make assumptions and jump straight back to the same ridiculous assumption. There are lots of things 'I tried' could mean, up to and including quitting partway through one film and never watching another. But the phrase "I couldn't", not to mention "I don't see them", clearly indicates he didn't last long, so the odds of him still checking them out in 2014 or later or of him just happening to have seen the 2 specific movies out of 23 that Gunn did are clearly not great. And even if he did actually choose Guardians as one of the ones he tried to watch, it wouldn't change Gunn's point in the slightest. He's still passing a harsh judgement on at least a dozen plus movies he's never seen based on what he thinks they're probably like - regardless of whether he's doing it to James Gunn or to Peyton Reed or to John Watts or whoever else. And no, the Marvel 'style' is not even remotely so universal that watching one or even five of them is enough info to judge them all. No one would've cared in the slightest if he said 'I don't watch them. I tried, but they weren't for me.' That is what choosing whether you're interested in a series looks like. You don't watch 2 films (or whatever imaginary number you think we should pull out of his comments) and then say that based on those these other 15-20 different movies are not cinema because they're clearly all pure 'theme park' fluff. That's just ridiculous. Also, btw, he defined his use of the word cinema right there in the quote. 'That's not the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.' He is not saying he just doesn't connect with them, he's saying they objectively don't meet his definition of cinema. Which is just plain false in the case of many different examples (especially the ones Gunn made, but also definitely Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War, Ant-man, Captain Marvel, etc) - which he would know if he'd watched them.