A couple of fun cameo appearances

There’s an argument that any cameo you notice could pull you out of the film and ruin your viewing experience, and there’s a truth to that.

In my opinion though, there’s a time and a place for a great cameo – and they often work best in films that might not take themselves too seriously.

That’s what we’re looking at with this week’s Quick Read… and one that might not have aged so well.

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By The Decade: What’s Next?

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.

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A few thoughts on Censor (2021)

As this post is dealing with a brand new film, it’s not technically a Late Review – which means there won’t be any spoilers to worry about!

Tonight, I visited the cinema for the first time since March 2020, for a screening of Censor (2021) – a film I knew virtually nothing about.

I’ve deliberately avoided trailers, articles and interviews about the movie, and knew only that it dealt in some way with the Video Nasty era and could be considered a horror movie.

It’s difficult to say too much about the plot without giving anything away. Not that it’s a constant domino effect of trickery and surprises, I just think it’s better to go into this film as cold as possible and let the atmosphere pull you in.

And it’ll do that.

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A Little Pick-Me-Up?

I’ll be honest, I’ve needed a bit of a pick-me-up this week, so figured I’ll have a quick dive into some movie moments which are guaranteed to turn my frown upside down.

I’d love to hear yours, as it’s always good to expand one’s cinematic horizons, so please drop me a line with any suggestions.

In the meantime, here’s what I’ll be watching…

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Your top (non-football) sports films

Back at the beginning of the Euro 2020 tournament, I posted a few of my favourite non-football related sport films for anyone who’d rather watch a film than a match.

I’ve continued to tweet it throughout the tournament as Gareth Southgate’s team has done more to unite the country than anyone else in recent memory, with responses coming in over the weeks.

Whether we win or lose the final, it’s been a great ride, and we’ll be without international football for a while – so what better time to collate the results and give us something to watch once the final whistle blows?

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What’s your ‘give it a go’ film?

I’ve said before how I really expected to dislike The Grand Budapest Hotel, but ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would.

Of course, it’s fine to like what you like, and nobody should be forced to watch something they’re not interested in. I just don’t see any reason not to give something new a try every now and again, especially if by doing so you find yourself falling down a fascinating filmic rabbit hole to discover cinematic treasures you’d never heard of.

Pretty straightforward question for this Quick Read, then – if someone says to you they’re not a fan of your favourite genre but they’re willing to try something new, what do you recommend?

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