I wish you would turn to Golden Age Hollywood and forget modern cinema altogether. There is no hope because teenagers are now the targeted audience, they are the beating heart of cinema. Hollywood no longer makes films for "smart" audiences. Back in the 30s and 40s you had guys like Zachary Scott, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Barrymore Brothers, Bogie, Katie Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and the fucking list goes on and on.......
I honestly go to the cinema to just watch a few up and coming actors or established actors that I like. Abegail Breslin and Isabelle Furhman are going to be excellent actresses, and Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, etc. that's where you will find something worth watching. Here's the thing, there used to be intellectual filmmakers like John Huston and Joe Mankiewicz, these were very literate men who saw that there could be something done with film, they were not just mere spectacles as they are today, it's just today's technoligies have been abused and the actors have become expendable assets to film. Just watch The African Queen and then put on Terminator 2. You will see how cinema has "evolved", but I think somewhere along the line they've deviated from that elite line of storytelling to just making spectacles for the teenage audience.
After watching Avatar without the 3D gimmick, there's nothing there to hold on to. it's been a terrible year, so bad I've already forgotten it. What are they going to do in this year's Academy Awards?
Maybe Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett can kiss and have hot lesbian sex on the dais.I 'd watch that. 8)