The only difference between now and any past year on this board is that in the past there were more people frequently posting. Were those times more about the art of cinema? I don't think so. Even back in the heyday of Xixax people complained about how this board wasn't as good as the original C&C board. The original board sucked to me but there is an obsession on this board with things always being greener on the other side. I've thought about this and the only difference between now and before is that more people posted. If we got more contributors, there would be more discussion, but it would still be a mixture of art and popular entertainment (with the latter always winning out in post count). Besides PTA, the films I remember getting the most discussion on this board amongst the majority were the Matrix movies. It seemed everyone here had an in depth theory about that trilogy and the discussion went on forever.
Actually, I think these days are better because people are older and saying better things about film. I got my best discussions on this board years ago, but now that I look back, I hate a lot of things I said. It isn't because I was just wrong, but because I was just too young to know better yet. When you're young and posting on a forum, you can't help but run into naive assumptions and bad ideas. We all did, but I've seen this board mature a lot so when people do express themselves now, there are better things being said.
We have to stop kidding ourselves about this board's past. People like Godardian and Budgie cannot be replaced, but they were always exceptions to the majority interest anyways.
And this post isn't so much a reply to Polanski, but a general thought to lots of past talk.