If so, then what year/decade is your cutoff and why?
When I was younger (and several times more ignorant than I am now), I wrote off everything older than me as being inferior. (As I was around 13 at the time, this gave me a somewhat small selection at my fingertips.)
But, thankfully, over the past couple years I have come to realize how wonderful older movies are. (I think you can blame catching Planet of the Apes on tv one night.) There's just something so charismatic (to me) about older movies and tv shows, especially those from the around the 60s. I will admit that, when you first sit down, it takes a bit of patience before the movie becomes interesting, but I find it worth it in the end.
(I equally enjoy the 80s, but for different reasons than the 60s, one reason being that they're modern yet different. Not quite sure how to describe it...)
I'm not saying that all of the older movies are gold and all of the newer movies are garbage, but that there are some diamonds in the rough to be found.
(I will admit that I haven't watched anything much older than the 50s/60s (except for this one in a film/computer class) due mostly to the fact that they're not too easy to find (if you can find them at all) on tv. That, and I don't obsessively watch older movies, I just enjoy them when I find one that interests me.)
- Yes, there is a limit to how old a movie I'll watch can be.
- No, there is no limit. I'll give anything a go.
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Movies are forms of art that are open to interpretation as any piece of art would be. They are also timeless in that regard. My decision to not watch/rewatch a movie has nothing to do with the date it was released up until a certain extent. It has to do with my opinion on the quality of the script, plot sequences, and visual performances. When it comes to B&W silent films, I won't dedicate my afternoon to one. They are lacking in depth and dialogue as well as a general mastery of scripts, plot sequences, and visual performances. Today, great writers aren't hard to come by (as indicative by our abundance of choices for prime time original series) and we've had nearly a century to perfect the psychological aspect of movies (from emotion-invoking scores to thrilling cliff hangers).
B&W silent films are like watching your baby self sitting on a high chair blowing green pea puree through your nose. You're clearly too underdeveloped to have any sense of direction or understanding of the world around you, let alone properly convey a message apart from giggles, coos, and crying. Compare that with your 5 year old self, your 15 year old self, and so on. There's clearly a line to be drawn here, and those early silent films are it.1
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