Time inevitably passes and as it does, our memory of different movies get fuzzier, regardless of quality. Good things may get better, bad things may go away and that’s the reason most people see the past in a brighter light than the present. It’s just how our brains work. But with recency bias added into the equation, something very interesting happens.
As a way to comfortably categorize film history, it works wonders, and that’s all well and good. But as a legitimate way of thinking about the way movies are made, it immediately falls apart.