Radio Times film critic Barry Norman has spoken out against the pitfalls of modern movies and their over-reliance on special effects, 3D and remakes.
During an appearance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the former presenter of BBC's Film programme said, "So many films now are made on an idea, rather than a storyline, and just that runs out half way through. There's no way to resolve it except by more special effects and more explosions and more catastrophes. I deplore the way too many films are dependent on special effects.
"There are many really excellent movies that will be around for a long time. But we're making an awful lot of crap as well."
Claiming that 70 per cent of films nowadays are "hardly worth bothering with", Norman said that unimaginitive studios with a successful film under their belt had a short-sighted approach to the future, resolving to, "make another one. 'Lets make a prequel, a sequel, a remake'.
"They want to give the public what they know the public already likes. Until the public decides its had enough of that, it will carry on, I'm afraid. The remakes hardly ever work; its a nonsense. I deplore it, I really do."
In a talk to promote his new book, See You in the Morning, which recalls his life with late wife Diana, who passed away in 2011, Norman also talked about the merits of those modern films he deems to be good. "An awful lot of people probably in my generation would say 'they don't make films like they used to', but I have no patience with that.
"The best films today are as good as, and are technically better than, anything we've made before. And the bad films are probably worse."
When questioned about the future of his own career, the 80-year-old said, "There's nothing more I'd really like to do on television now. I'm not sure where television is going.
"If you make a documentary now, it has to have some kind of celebrity attached to it. I don't see why I should be told about the history of Britain by a chef or a gardener. It's all celebrity-centred."