In my opinion, it is pretty hard to find songs or movies that are worse than they were 10 years ago in 2004. Society became more cynical and introspective after 2004 and the low art forms (film and songs) reflected that cynicism. As a result, films in 2014 are certainly a little more cerebral than they were in 2004. In my mind, this makes them better. Certain political realities that emerged in the middle of the previous decade gave rise to a number of influential documentaries that have affected some people's lives and informed many more. Another difference between 2014 and 2004 is that independent films and songs are now more accessible to the public through online streaming companies. This has caused a surge in indie film and indie music and we are treated to some more-pure (sometimes good, sometimes bad) art forms that are less commercialized.