I ask this because I don't find any of the films I've seen from the last years very challenging, interesting or fascinating. Harmony Korine's two first films, made in the late 90's, are exceptions, but that's five years ago (just think about what happened in the world of film between for instance 1965 and 1970!). I don't see a director like Kiarostami bringing anything new to cinema. Why is it like this? Is cinema as an art form used up, or is it something about contemporary society that doesn't give space enough for inventive films? The answer is maybe both, or it could be that an explosive end to cinema is yet to come. Like in litterature, popular music and so on, there are not any periods in films anymore. Just think of the late 60's and 70's, with the American New Wave (Altman, Rafelson, Scorsese etc.), New German Cinema (Fassbinder, Herzog, Wenders etc.), Third Cinema (Rocha, Alea, Sembene) and so on. What kind of society are we heading towards, without proper art forms to express ourselves within? What can we do to save cinema?
P.S. Sorry for spelling mistakes (if any).