As another long time film user I'd have to totally disagree, the quality of materials has improved dramatically since I first started in the late 60's.

All B&W films have improved, most are now streets ahead of their equivalents, B&W papers have improved too, as others have said the only disappointment has been warm-tone papers, which is due to the removal of cadmium by the early 90's, but we've learnt to live with this.

Ian