I can see I'm not alone.
But just to clarify, I'm all for creativity, which often stems from experimentation, which makes experimentation a Really Good Thing, IMO.
But, copying things like shallow DOF, etc, bloody etc, is not at all creative. It's just that: copying.
I almost bought some expensive (for me) jib and tracking gear but then when I studied a few videos to see what I ought to get, what I saw was so many moving shots that were simply not adding anything. In fact, they were incredibly distracting. More dosh saved.
Maybe we should ask ourselves, when planning any sort of production: what best moves the narrative forward? Naturally, there'll be times when slow motion will add something, same with shallow DOF, tracking shots, etc. But all the time? Without a reason other than it's what people do right now? If I find myself doing that, my gear will be on ebay that same day.
I'll bet most, if not all these methods started with a truly creative director/DOP thinking hard about some problem in a script and coming up with, say, shallow DOF to highlight a character's situation/thought, etc. And fairly sure they became fashion when less than truly gifted people copied. To the point that while its fashionable, we don't notice it. But look back in a few years time and see how dated some of this stuff will look.
Actually, what I'm hoping for, is Sony to sell a stack of 700s, et al, for us to be swamped with super slow mo overnight and to get brassed off with it almost as quickly. Lets get it over and done with.