Films: Retro Recommendations (1)

Thinking of films that get overlooked today, I decided to offer a list of recommendations of a variety of films that I thought were great. I have reviewed some of these, but not all. I am only going to supply IMDB links, and/or trailers where I can find them, but I believe they are all worth your viewing time. I only chosen English-Language films with no subtitles on this occasion.

The Last Seduction. (1994, not the remake.)

The House of Games. (1987)

The Grifters. (1990)

Dead Man’s Shoes. (2004)

Sling Blade. (1996)

Blood Simple. (1984)

Blue Steel. (1990)

The Crying Game. (1992)

The Butcher Boy. (1997) (Trailer is poor quality)

Angela’s Ashes. (1999)

There are the first 10 for your consideration. More to follow in this series.

Some films from the USA

I am reblogging another old film post from 2013. Other than Eddy and Paul, I don’t think anyone has seen it.


I know, how do you possibly choose? Home of the Hollywood musicals, the best gangster films, some of the best war films, and many of the most memorable moments ever filmed, anywhere. Disney, MGM, Spielberg, RKO, Paramount, and the whole studio system. It may not have been the first place where films were made, but it has the most prolific, and arguably the most varied Cinema Industry, anywhere on Earth. It is impossible to offer five suggestions from all that isn’t it? Well maybe not. If I ignore all the usual suspects (and The Usual Suspects), forget everything before about 1980, and leave out every epic, I can just about come up with some that may give you pause for thought; and that you may have never seen.

Ghost World. This film from 2001, sees Steve Buscemi, well known from many later roles, as a geeky, middle aged man, alone…

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Updated: Films and Cinema

This is a short post to let everyone know that my Films and Cinema category is being updated. At the time I started this blog, I was unsure how to transfer clips and links, or even if it was permitted to do so. Having now looked into this, I have begun to update all the posts in this category of my blog. Wherever possible, I have added at least a trailer for the film reviewed, to give some idea of what I was on about! In some cases, I have found complete scenes, or a montage of clips, all helping to give a better feel, of what are often little-known, or unusual films.

For a fair number of those films reviewed, I have even been able to find the complete film. This gives the reader the opportunity to see the whole film, free of charge, from the comfort of their own sofa, on a tablet, laptop, or streamed to an internet-connected TV. How good is that? Progress sometimes has its benefits. To the best of my knowledge, this is completely legal, and infringes no copyrights. The films are usually in the ‘Public Domain’, or have been put there by parties who want you to watch them. I do apologise in advance, for some of the advertisements that precede the clips. they are easily skipped, or very short.

I have managed to update all the relevant posts over this weekend. It has taken a long time to do this, with over forty posts, and around two hundred films to source, and update in editing.  This will hopefully improve your reading and viewing experience, and give you a sense of some of the more obscure choices and suggestions.

So, if you have previously looked at posts in this category, please visit them again, for an enhanced experience. If you are new to this blog, or have never bothered to read anything in this category, please give it a try. Regards, Pete.