Sites I Like
Roughly ten years ago, I was eliminating lots of excess in my reading. Magazines took the brunt of that elimination as they were unwieldy, expensive and in most cases, uneven on a month-to-month basis. Just as I was cutting great swaths through these and other insidious collectibles, I discovered a very specific publication from England called Cinema Retro. It was a little pricey, but it has a very streamlined focus that I was interested in, that of movies from the 60’s to the 70’s. It also had some interesting features that were hard to pass up. I ordered it and was completely blown away at the work put into those pages. I read it from cover to cover, something I hadn’t done with a magazine in years. Almost every publication out there is going to have one article or another that might not interest a reader but Cinema Retro gave me everything I’d wanted and more. Sure, it was a little expensive, but then it only came out quarterly, becoming an even greater value.
In a time of magazines dying off left and right, Cinema Retro found a niche. They’ve not only continued to publish a magazine of excellence, a website was designed to fill in those long months between releases. The website follows suit with the general focus of the magazine, though it does tend to reach out a little farther when movies of note are either rebooted, rereleased or a longtime franchise is back in the news. James Bond has been a large focus on both the website and the magazine as the bulk of the movies fit within the focus and the incredibly popular new movies with Daniel Craig make the character more popular than ever.
At the website, you’ll see frequent reviews of product being released (or re-released) from that time period from a variety of sources, as well as interviews and thoughtful columns from writers and editors of the magazine and beyond. I can’t recommend either the site or the magazine enough to fans of film or television. There are no stones left unturned, either. You’ll see everything from small films only the most dedicated fan might have heard of, to blockbusters of the time, to erotic movies trying to break ground in the wild and unpredictable film industry of the 1970’s. There’s something there for everyone, unless you’re like me and find everything interesting.
At the website, www.cinemaretro.com, you will be able to connect to the Facebook page, should that be your preference, or order back issues of the great publication. As only a few of the articles from the magazine are rerun on the website, you’ll be tempted to get both. Which you should be.