Edward Furlong in 'American History X'
Let's take a look at a well-known director : Martin Scorsese. Scorsese has been known to be one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, if not the greatest. His films are widely known and most current film directors have been influenced by him. One day I was telling my friend about how that 'Taxi Driver' is one of the all-time greatest American movies and is such an influential picture and he had never watched it before. So I was determined to make him watch it, and I did. He was mainly interested in watching the film because he knew that the famous "You talkin' to me?" speech was in it. Well, after the film had finished, I looked over at my friend, and asked him what he thought of it. And I couldn't believe the words that came out of his mouth, he shrugged and said "It was a bit slow." . "A bit slow???" I said, what did he expect John McClain to barge into Travis's apartment and tie him to a radiator??? and shout "Yipee-ki-aaa!". Although this was the opinion of someone who likes Michael Bay's Transformers...
Robert DeNiro in 'Taxi Driver'
So, this clearly a case of people not getting the structure of how a great film is made. You build up the tension and suspense, if they didn't do that in Taxi Driver, it wouldn't be such a classic film. 'There Will Be Blood' has a brilliant build up of tension, represented by Johnny Greenwood's brilliant crescendo throughout the film, all towards the... actually better not spoil it for those who haven't seen it already. Anyway, I'm just trying to express that our generation are pretty lazy and fail to attempt to watch any film pre-1980's, except Star Wars, which is a classic!