Taxi Driver Writer Slams Modern Moviegoers, Says Audiences Were Better in the 70s

Taxi Driver Writer Slams Modern Moviegoers, Says Audiences Were Better in the 70s
Director Paul Schrader, perhaps most idolized for writing Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, blames moviegoers for the lack of "serious movies." The screenwriter/director is responsible for what many are calling one of the best movies of the year with First Reformed, which has been getting awards buzz as well. However, that may change after some rather controversial comments about the current state of filmmaking and the entertainment business. Schrader has been around the industry for over 40 years and has made some incredible contributions to the art of screenwriting and directing, so he has seen some pretty major changes.

Paul Schrader recently spoke at the BAFTA Screenwriters Series in London about the lack of quality movies coming out these days. To be fair, film critics and people in the industry often look back at a certain period as being a "golden age," which could be said about any art medium.
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