The other night I watched Dog Day Afternoon which I hadn't seen in about a decade. It's a terrific movie, but more "standard" than I remembered, and I see new films that are just as well-made or "creative" every couple of months. If the exact same movie was shot on digital and came out today, people wouldn't hold it up as a sign that we're in a golden age. It'd make some critics top ten lists. What's elevated the film in our minds is the beautiful film stock, the shots of New York City in the 1970s, and seeing Pacino and Cazale in their primes (with nostalgia being boosted by the fact that Pacino has been mostly terrible for 20 years now and Cazale is long dead). Of course there's also the fact that we rarely get this kind of complex anti-hero anymore.
Ding ding ding. That's why I say I like the aesthetic of that era more than the current one. That era of film had absolutely brilliant color palletttes. And just have a more organic feel because of the production values than the films now, which are often cold and distant. They LITERALLY don't make them like they used to.
That said, those RED cameras are really sweet. The last two Lars Von Trier films using them have been really beautiful. So hope may not be lost.
Though I think 3D completely sucks. And I feel stupid everytime I am tricked into watching a film that way. Maybe they'll figure it out eventually, but right now it's like watching a popup book. Plus I usually end up with a headache after watching them.
Boogie Nights was at least 15 years ago, so I guess that doesn't count either.
Well there you go.