Modern Day Films vs. Oldies?

It can be said that modern day films are often paced much differently than films from older generations. Everything from the dialogue to plot controversy to conflict resolution; all these ingredients that make good story telling possible are often timed differently in newer films as opposed to older films.

Why is that and how come most popular contemporary films adhere to this same, rather fast pace formula of storytelling?

  • I would create a stronger definition for "modern popular contemporary films," perhaps in a specific genre or by a particular director who worked in both eras? – m-cubed 7 years ago
  • I would give an example to illustrate your point here. I think it is a good topic though. – birdienumnum17 7 years ago
  • I like this topic and believe it has potential. Could you add a few examples? – Munjeera 7 years ago
  • JulieCMiliay, I think if you were to write on this topic, you would have to explore what it was that each kind of movie had that other didn't. On the one hand, modern movies are with out a doubt more spectacular than old movies. The special effects involved in modern movies are absolutely breathtaking and imaginative. On the other hand, older movies tended to, in my opinion, have better storylines. Most movies nowadays are either sequels, remakes, or reboots; go back 40 years or so, and you'll see that while there were still a noticeable amount of adaptations, most of the movies were original. Go back even further, to the Golden Age which started at the tail end of the 30s and went into the 50s (or shoot, why not go all the way back to the 20s when guys like Chaplin and Keaton were big), and you'd see that all those movies are original. You could also argue that older movies didn't have to rely on cheap thrills, raunchy humor, and pornographic scenes in order to get an audience. Come to think of it, I would recommend that perhaps you shouldn't bundle up old movies and new movies; rather go genre by genre. So are older comedies/sci-fi/action movies/dramas better than newer ones? This way, I think you'd avoid making one huge blanket decision that obscures how modern movies could, in some ways, be better than others. Thanks for your time, August – August Merz 7 years ago

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