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: Eight great films from the 80s

Here we go with another By The Decade post to help broaden my cinematic horizons and welcome your recommendations from a specific era – and this one is sure to pull together a decent list!

Following the previous 3 From The 30s4 From The 40s5 From The 50s, 6 From The 60s and 7 From The 70s posts, and the brilliant suggestions from readers for their favourite films from the 1930sthe 1940sthe 1950sthe 1960s and the 1970s, there are loads of great suggestions for you to check out too in the By The Decades section.

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…

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Eine kleine filmmusik… 5 great musical moments in movies

If there’s one thing I love more than films, it’s music, and when the two get combined, I’m having a good time. But what are some great performances by fictional musicians in movies?

To be clear, I’m not looking for concert movies with real bands, but I will accept real musicians playing fictional characters. Also, while I’m not discounting song and dance numbers from the musical genre, I’m more interested in performances by fictional musicians or bands.

In no particular order then – and like all ‘best of lists’ dictated mainly by my mood at the time of writing – here are five of my favourites…

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What makes a great film documentary?

Whether you consider the final product a masterpiece, or a piece of… something you’d scrape off your shoe, one thing it’s important to remember is this – filmmaking is a difficult, stressful and all-consuming endeavour, and the best filmmaking documentaries don’t shy away from showing that.

With that in mind, here are a few points as to what we at Late Reviews want to see in a good filmmaking documentary.

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