Happened when I first listened to The Arcade Fire, just to switch the subject to music. But if I go back to the last five years, there were only three bands that I've discovered: The Arcade Fire (with delay though), The White Stripes and A Fine Frenzy. There are others that I like (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Florence and the Machine) that are rather recent, but I'm still getting into them, so to speak. But in the last five years, I've discovered The Smiths, Magazine, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, The Cure, The Modern Lovers, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Stuff older than me. Radiohead, Muse and The Arcade Fire might be my favourite bands, but those bands of old pop on my playlist more often, truth be told.
And this trend remains unchanged when we go to the movies. If I think about the last five years, the few movies I watched when they were released that became personal favourites were Gran Torino (2008), by Clint Eastwood, and Inglourious Basterds, by Tarantino. But during this time I've discovered older Tarantino movies (Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown), older Eastwood movies (Mystic River, The Unforgiven, and I have more to discover). I've been delighting myself with great directors like Ridley Scott or James Cameron, who are still in good shape (see Avatar), but whose masterpieces are pearls of the past (Alien and Blade Runner for the former, Aliens and Terminator (1 and 2) for the latter). And, of course, I cannot forget my favourite director, whom I also discovered rather recentely: Kubrick. Old Stanley filmed 2001: A Space Odyssey, the most brilliant film of all time; filmed Barry Lyndon, one of the most beautiful and well filmed movies I've ever seen; filmed The Shining, probably the only horror movie I even enjoyed (great, great Jack Nicholson); filmed Full Metal Jacket, a classic among war movies; and his weakest movie is perhaps Eyes Wide Shut, which is nevertheless better than the best movies of the average director.
So you see: in literature, cinema and music, I've been spending more time discovering - and enjoying the past than the present. Instead of keeping an eye of the current writters, directors and musicians, waiting for their new works, I keep both my eyes in the past, with an occasional, but never lasting glance on my own time. And my friends call me oldfashioned. I swear I don't know why.