B&W monochrome can be awesome. The monochrome look I can't stand is the one that kinda started with DIE HARD, where it looks like you've shot the movie through a pair of polarized sunglasses, and which, since the advent of the digital intermediate, seems to be the way 70% of movies wind up looking (and pretty much all horror movies, where it is kinda dirty brown tones.) I think the 'look' of the last 10 or 15 years (and the lens flare nutsiness for the last 5, which still seems on the upswing) will date worse than the choking on smoke look of the 80s (at least THAT look can be appropriate some of the time.) The rejection of the older films is probablly cuz the young-uns (under 40?) see the style of the films as being something like the high-pants/fast-talking and stripe-shirted-guy-on-piano inserts on FAMILY GUY ... as in, don't wanna go there.