Special Features: An Introduction & Invitation

Anyone who has ever bought a DVD or Blu Ray knows that sometimes the best stuff on the disc might not be the main feature, but some of the deeper-dive material on disc two (long live physical media!).

Here at Late Reviewer, the new Special Features are pieces written by friends and followers about films, themes, characters, performers… whatever they want to write about, really.

The pieces will look at films you might know, films you might not, and topics you may not have previously considered. They are a chance to share your enthusiasm about a topic you want more people to know about, a film that means something to you, or just to start a discussion.

Social media is filled with threads about movies that someone feels should be better known, or which mean the world to them, and I want to share that enthusiasm through Late Reviewer.

Late Reviewer doesn’t have a massive audience, but the audience it does have seems to be made up of friendly film fans who have been really supportive, and you might even find one or two fellow fans of that film you think you’re alone in enjoying – that’s definitely happened with me.

We’ve already got a few great pieces lined up, with the very first Special Feature due to go live in less than a week.

I think A Robbery That’s Still Relevant is a really interesting look at a classic from the 1970s through a prism I’d never really thought about. It’s a carefully-considered and thoughtful piece on a stone-cold classic film, and I’m really excited to share it with you.

Next up is Sailing Into The Danger Zone – a terrific piece on a largely underappreciated Humphrey Bogart production that argues it should be better known and respected than it is, and which made me want to revisit it as soon as I’d finished reading.

That will be followed by Superheroes For Super Hire – a piece looking at the relationship between fans and studios which might be the most rigorously-researched and intelligent piece of writing to appear on this site to date.

I’m afraid I can’t offer any money for submissions, but if you’re keen to talk about a topic or shout about a film/performer/soundtrack/sequence on Late Reviewer, I’d still love to hear from you and promise to buy you a beverage if we ever meet in real life. Plus, I’ll tweet the heck out of anything you’ve got to promote.

Special Features are a great way to hear some new voices, read some stuff on here that hasn’t been written by me (although I’ll be making the odd contribution here and there), and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

If you have an idea for a Special Feature, I’d love to hear from you – you can get in touch with me through the Contact page, or DM me on Twitter.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about cinema from a bygone decade but have no idea where to start, the readers of Late Reviewer can help – click here and check out the By The Decade section for reader recommendations from the 1930s to the 2010s!

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