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'I hate to be one of those actors moaning about how films were better in the past," Paul Bettany told Film&Music last week, "but fuck me, films were just better in the past. Know what I mean? The 70s – fuck!"

That single thought dominated the online discussion of the interview (aside from the frequent interjections of admiration for Bettany himself – he "is one of those actors whose presence makes anything 27% better", asserted MrGreyhame). A great many of you agreed with Bettany and lined up to offer your reasons why films have got worse. "Films may have been better in the past because directors didn't have CGI," said BackAndToTheLeftist. "Back then a director would have to depend on direction, cinematography and a good script to communicate their ideas to the audience." Blame the youngsters, said MrBronze: "The reason films »

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