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…
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…
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.