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My so-called RETRO-REVIEW ARCHIVE facilitates a desire on my part to diversify my movie reviews beyond the current films that are released in theatres.  Furthermore, it represents my yearning to take a look back at some of the indelible films of the past that had a long-standing and important influence on the medium.  Beyond that, some of the films explored here are reflective of works that I have grown up with and  enjoyed throughout my life.  You may noticed that some of my RETRO-REVIEWS are indicative of everything from classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age to more populist entertainment.  That is intentional on my part.  Some of the films on this list certainly belong on most compilations of the best of all-time, whereas others are simply movies that I loved in my youth.

CrAiGeR's SELF-IMPOSED RATING SCALE and ICON KEY:

jjjj A GREAT FILM
jjj A GOOD FILM
jj   A FAIR FILM
j A POOR FILM
zero stars  PLEASE...END...MY...MISERY
thumbsup One of the TEN BEST FILMS of its decade
<BEST> BEST FILM of its decade
<GREATEST> One of the GREATEST FILMS of all-time

Click on the review title to read full length review.  Click on the corresponding  thumbsup  icon to be taken to the BEST FILMS list for the respective decade.  Click on the <GREATEST> icon to be taken to my list of the GREATEST FILMS of ALL-TIME.

 

bullet Airplane!  (1981)  jjjj  <GREATEST>
bullet Annie Hall  (1977) coming soon
bullet Arthur  (1981)  jjjj
bullet American Psycho  (2000)  jjjj
bulletApocalypse Now  (1979)  jjjj  <GREATEST>
bulletA Shot in the Dark  (1964)  jjjj
bullet Babe  (1995)  jjjj
bullet Back to the Future  (1985)  jjj1/2
bulletBatman  (1989)  jjj1/2
bullet Batman: The Movie  (1966)  jjj1/2
bullet Blade Runner  (1982)  coming soon  <GREATEST>
bullet Bonnie and Clyde  (1967)  coming soon  thumbsup
bullet Cape Fear  (1991)  jjj1/2
bullet Chasing Amy  (1997)  jjjj
bulletClerks  (1994)  jjjj
bullet Dances With Wolves  (1990)  jjjj  thumbsup
bullet E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial  (1982)  coming soon  thumbsup
bullet Ferris Bueller's Day Off  (1986)  jjj1/2
bulletForrest Gump (1994)  jjjj
bullet Gangs of New York  (2002)  jjjj 
bullet GoodFellas  (1990)  jjjj  thumbsup  <BEST>  <GREATEST>
bullet Graduate, The  (1967)  coming soon  thumbsup
bullet Independence Day  (1996)  jjj
bullet Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom  (1984)  jjjj
bullet It's A Wonderful Life  (1946)  jjjj  thumbsup  <GREATEST>
bullet Jaws  (1975)  jjjj
bulletKarate Kid, The  (1984)  jjjj
bullet Last Tango In Paris  (1972)  jjjj
bulletLeon - The Professional  (1994)   jjj1/2
bulletMonty Python's Life of Brian  (1979)  jjj
bulletNatural Born Killers  (1994)  jjjj
bulletOn The Waterfront  (1954)  jjjj  thumbsup  <GREATEST>
bulletPulp Fiction  (1994)  jjjj  thumbsup
bulletRaging Bull  (1980)  jjjj  thumbsup  <GREATEST>
bullet Raiders of the Lost Ark  (1981)  jjjj  thumbsup  <GREATEST>
bulletRambo: First Blood Part II  (1985)  jjj
bullet Rebel Without A Cause  (1955)  jjjj  thumbsup
bullet Reservoir Dogs  (1992)  coming soon
bullet Rocky  (1976)  jjjj
bulletRoger and Me  (1989)  jjjj
bullet Rumble In the Bronx  (1996)  jjj
bullet Saturday Night Fever  (1977)  coming soon
bullet Searchers, The  (1956)  jjjj  thumbsup
bullet Seven  (1995)  jjj1/2
bulletStar Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  (1999)  jjj1/2
bulletStar Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  (1977)  coming soon  thumbsup  <BEST>  <GREATEST>
bulletStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  (1980)  jjjj  thumbsup
bullet Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  (1982)  coming soon
bulletSuperman: The Movie  (1979)  jjjj  thumbsup  <GREATEST>
bullet Swingers  (1996)  jjj1/2
bullet Taxi Driver  (1976)  jjjj  thumbsup  <BEST>  <GREATEST>
bulletTop Secret!  (1984)  jjjj
bullet Unforgiven  (1992)  coming soon  thumbsup
bulletWall Street  (1987)  coming soon