ZX Spectrum 128 (Sinclair Research, 1986) – Retrollection YouTube

youtube logoA quick look at the ZX Spectrum 128 by Sinclair Research released in 1986. This was the last computer released by Sinclair before their take over by Amstrad in the same year.


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Crazy Kong (Grandstand, 1983) – Retrollection YouTube

youtube logoA quick look at ‘Crazy Kong’ released in the UK by Grandstand (Adam Leisure Group Ltd.) in 1982. This was a re-branded version of ‘Monster Panic’ originally made by Epoch Co. Ltd. in Japan.


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Welcome to the ‘Retrollection’ YouTube channel!

youtube logoAlthough I posted this a few years ago, I hope to be creating more YouTube content for ‘Retrollection’ going forward. As such I thought it would be useful to link through to the initial ‘Welcome to Retrollection’ video on my channel.


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Subway (Gaumont Film Company, 1985) – REVIEW

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Subway is a French comedy drama film directed by Luc Besson. Released in 1985 it starred Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani and was classified as part of the then newly-dubbed “cinéma du lookmovement. This was a brief French cinematic resurgence that witnessed a younger generation of filmmakers looking back to the days of Godard, Truffaut and the ‘Nouvelle Vague’; combining a sense of playful experimentation with elements of early 80’s pop culture.

Upon release ‘Subway’ was a huge box-office hit in its native France and became somewhat of a cult film here in the UK. It has subsequently been seen as a companion piece to Jean-Jacques Beineix’s earlier art-house classic, ‘Diva (1981). Together, these two films can be seen as both the development and continuation of the concerns and preoccupations of early 80’s pop culture, centred on somewhat doomed relationships and an irreverence to money.

It would be the film that finally introduced Besson to wider commercial audiences outside of the confines of French art-house and features an ensemble cast which includes Jean Reno, Michel Galabru, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Richard Bohringer and Éric Serra.

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Plans for the ‘Retrollection’ blog and YouTube channel – NEWS

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It doesn’t really need stating that ‘Retrollection’ has been in a dormant state now for over a year, for that I apologise.. ..but sometimes life gets in the way and for a number of reasons 2018 was a not a year I could devote much time to the blog, apart from tweaking existing and researching for new articles. The last year presented me with both tremendous highs and lows.. ..that simply diverted my attention.

However, I am continually astonished with how many people are reading the blog; since its inception in 2015 there have now been in excess of 13,500 hits, from all over the world.. ..it is very humbling and gratifying to know that so many people are reading and hopefully enjoying my blog posts, so thank you all.

Fortunately, I can report that I am back and aim to devote more time to ‘Retrollection’.

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George A. Romero has died aged 77 – NEWS

It is with great sadness that the death of George A. Romero has been reported, my thoughts and condolences are with his family.

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The contribution that Romero made to  horror cannot be understated. It seems a shame that Hollywood does not seem to respect this genre as much as it does others.. .. if there was ever a filmmaker who deserved more recognition for their work, it was Romero.

It was reported by the Los Angeles Times, that the director had died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”.


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The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is 35! – NEWS

Sunday April the 23rd was the 35th Anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum!

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This diminutive little marvel with its tiny rubber keys was released 35 years ago in 1982. The collective minds of Sir Clive‘s team and the brilliant industrial design of Rick Dickinson produced one of the best computers to come out of the UK and a machine that many people are still in love with today.

So many happy returns to the ZX Spectrum!


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