When I started Late Reviewer, my intention was to channel all the negativity I’d been feeling during the pandemic into something positive and creative, and engage with a new community on social media.
While it hasn’t quite rid me of all my negative energy, I’ve been delighted with the response to the site on social media (Twitter especially) – I’ve had really nice chats with really nice people on all things film, but the response to the weekly By The Decade pieces have been particularly overwhelming.
First thing’s first, I wasn’t sure what to call this decade, so teenies it is. If anyone has a better suggestion, I’ll use it for the reader recommendations.
If you been following By The Decade for the last few weeks, you know how this works – they don’t necessarily have to be the best films of the decade, or even your favourites, just films that mean something to you.
After a couple of bumper weeks for By The Decade (who knew the readers of film blogs would have such great affection for movies of the 1980s and 1990s?!), we’ve arrived at the turn of the 21st Century.
To keep things a little neater, I’ve chosen five films from the 2000s, and as always they’re not the best films of the decade, but films I enjoyed or have a connection with.
There’s been another great response to this week’s By The Decade, and the recommendations cover pretty much every genre you can think of!
I got the impression that if it was tough to choose a shortlist of films from the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s was even harder. Doubly so if you were trying to avoid the blockbusters, but you guys managed it with some really great suggestions.
Here we go with another By The Decade post to help broaden my cinematic horizons and welcome your recommendations from a specific era – the last two weeks especially have thrown out some really great suggestions, and I think this one will be great too.
I’ll be honest, the choices I’ve made this week are not my favourite films from that decade, they’re certainly not the best films of the decade, and I’m well aware they’re incredibly mainstream and obvious.
I guess that’s a disclaimer of sorts, but this isn’t a judgemental place, so feel free to shout up with some of your top films from the 1990s, whether you feel they’re respected or not!
Whether it’s something to do with the demographics on social media, or just certain films being cultural touchstones, I don’t know. More to the point, I don’t really care, because there are some tremendous films on here, including some I had simply never heard of but would love to seek out.
Now I was worried that my 1970s choices were pretty mainstream, and I think that’s going to be a concern this week too. Not to say there’s anything wrong with mainstream – watch what you want to watch, people! – and there were plenty of hidden gems that decade too, these just happen to be the ones that I either revisit most often, or feel strongly about.
Oh, and I’m aware there are some Amblin-shaped gaps in my choices, but that’s mainly because I’m absolutely certain they’ll be filled by other people!
As ever, I’ll add the reader recommendations later, but for now, here are my eight from the eighties…