In deciding whether a movie is worth watching, I tend to have several aspects in mind. I favour movies that are:
- Hollywood, French, German, or Japanese produced
- Produced after year 1999
It's not about BWs or silent movies, really (though I have to admit, I am not knowledgeable in that aspect since I have not watched any BW or silent before).
Despite being a young film aficionado, I am not biased against indie movies. Just because a movie is indie does not mean that it is going to suck (though I admit around 50% to 60% of indie movies have a poorly-written script).
Here are several reasons why think that any movies produced before 1999 are not worth watching:
1. Movies of those era (especially Westerns and dramas produced between 1950 to 1989), tend to have a loud, blaring classical soundtrack that eats up the first 10 minutes of the movie intro.
I find that very annoying, especially when that soundtrack has almost the same decibel loudness as the characters speaking in the movie. I'd rather watch something where I can hear the characters speaking...I'm not deaf, I don't need soundtracks that loud and that long.
2. Older movies tend to have poorer CGI (this should be obvious).
I am not a fan of CGI-heavy movies like the The Transformers or Chronicles of Narnia franchises, but I personally think that if you have to have CGI in your movie, you gotta do it right, baby! There is nothing more painful than having to be entertained with a good storyline in the beginning, only to have your eyes hurt having to watch poor attempts at CGI by prehistoric people.
3. That classical soundtrack I mentioned above in No.1 would be played in endless loop throughout 80% of the movie duration.
with the same loud, blaring decibels.
Of course, exceptions do exist. I find both The Sound of Music (1965) and Heidi (1993) highly likable.
But such exceptions are rare. Until this day, I still cannot get myself to watch highly-recommended oldies such as Scarface, The Godfather franchise, or Lawrence of Arabia. I just haven't got the willpower to watch them yet.