You can also title this journal "Top 10 reasons C-Puff likes older movies more". I don't know if there actually ARE 10 things specifically. I'm just gonna list these as they come to me.
10: Practical Effects. Don't get me wrong, CG has it's place, but it's been abused beyond all reason inmovies today. To me, the perfect blend of CG and practical effects is Jurassic Park. Ever since then CG has become rediculously over-used. Anyway not much else to say. Every movie reviewer on the internet has pretty much bitched about CG. But frankly, I'd much rather watch crappy Practical effects than Crappy CG.
9: Film Grain. I love Film Grain. I WANT Film Grain! Even on my Blu-Rays I still want my film Grain! This is why I play Mass Effect with Film Grain turned ON. I don't mean I want so much film-grain that every movie looks like it was shot on Shiteo. But things like Jaws have JUST the right amount of film grain, where the image is crisp, but there's still an Organic feeling to the movie. Modern movies are so sterile looking these days. It's very sad.
8: Ma. Or at least that's what Miyazaki called it. The name of the silence inbetween clapping hands (how Zen). Granted not all older movies have this, but it's something that's more or less completely absent from modern movies. It's a little hard to explain though because modern movies don't always "Let the music tell the audience how to feel" (although a LOT of them DO do that) but it's not just that. Watch Jaws or Close Encounters or 2010: The Year we make Contact and you'll see what I mean. There are loooong stretches of not exactly silence, but periods where you don't really NEED to hear what's being said because that's not the point of a scene.
Ugh. Just... watch the scene in Jaws where Brody is on the beach with his wife and afraid there might be a shark attack (I believe it's the scene where the little boy gets killed)
Or watch the supper scene from Close Encounters where Roy starts playing with his mashed potatoes.
Or.. ..pretty much ANY scene in 2010.
Like I said it's hard to explain, but if you know what I mean then you know.
7: Hand painted posters. Oh Drew Struzan... how do I love thee? If you don't know Drew Stuzan is, first of all; Shame on you. and second, google him IMMEDIETLY. He is probably one of the most influential Poster painters. These days it's all just photoshoping a bunch of actor's heads together or throwing a ton of gritty textures on a city/jungle/guy's face etc. Please can't we go back to real artists instead of post-grab graphic designers? (ok, to be fair we ARE getting painted posters now and then (see Hellboy) but not NEARLY enough. No. Instead we get THIS. [link]
6: People Smoking. I don't smoke myself. In fact I can't stand it. but in a movie a cigarette has a certain symbolism to it that can't really be replaced by anything else. There's no real better symbol to communicate what a character is thinking in that specific situation. Depression, solitude, thoughtfulness, rebellion, relaxation, after-glow, seduction. Smoking is bad. Yes it is. But in a movie a cigarette is a symbol, and one I miss seeing.
Ugh... ok I can't think of any more although there are definitely more, but due to my lack of knowledge concerning EXACT techincalities as far as lighting, colour correction and things of the like go I can't really complain too much because I'm not too sure how to complain about it. With that said however I DON'T like the way lightning and Colour correction is done in modern movies. I don't know what's being done different but I don't like it.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Alien and Aliens
etc. Pretty much anything made before 1995.
It's late. I'm going to bed.