Senior HTF Member
- Nov 15, 2004
- The basement of the FBI building
I'm pretty pessimistic so I should be inclined to agree with you but people have been saying that same basic thing for over a century now. Whatever time anyone thinks was great, there were 'old' people of that era saying how awful everything now was. In the 70's, guys were saying how they didn't make them like they did in the 40's. In the 40's, there were guys saying that it had been downhill since silents ended. During the silents, there were guys pining for that loop of a horse running or a train pulling into a station.Well, the current generation would disagree because of its limited exposure to older films, added to its Twittering, Tweeting, Texting ADD, but I do believe movies in the general sense -- perhaps with the exception of some foreign-language stuff -- have taken a huge nosedive in terms of script quality, pacing, editing, etc. Hollywood, at least, is trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator (in other words, young viewers who can't sit still if there isn't a big action sequence happening, or really crude humor, or just about anything that is the antithesis of intelligence and character development).
True, I am a cynic, politically, religiously, socially, and -- when it comes to movies -- artistically. We're simply dumbed-down. Back in the 30's and 40's, even most comedies were well-scripted and acted and had a social message attached. Now? Think about it.
People born after, say, 1970, probably will not agree that movies being made today aren't as good as those made many decades ago. I get it. It's what you are exposed to. It's what you seek out based upon generational preferences. But what happened to open minds? Critical thinking?