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About Neil Rosen

Neil went to the City of London School and Manchester University graduating with a 1st in economics. After a brief stint in accountancy, Neil emigrated to a kibbutz In Israel. His articles on the burgeoning Israeli film industry earned comparisons to Truffaut and Godard in Cahiers du Cinema. Now one of the world's leading film critics and moderators at film Festivals Neil has written definitively in his book Kosher Nostra on Jewish post war actors. Neil lives with his family in North London. More Posts

Mulholland Drive

Interested to see whether the sex scene in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive justified its top billing, I watched the movie again yesterday. There are three sex scenes – two between the main actresses, Naomi Watts as Betty and Laura Harring as Rita – and one of Naomi Watts masturbating [...]

January 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

I am a great fan of war movies and even a bad one engages me. The Eagle Has Landed is a bad one. There is nothing wrong with a strong cast led by Michael Caine including Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Anthony Quayle , Larry Hagman and Donald Pleasance. It was the daft plot – a Nazi attempt [...]

January 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

An iconic couple and a List

Here follow two more links to movie-related items that may be of interest to Rusters, both of them appearing today upon the website of The Independent: On the back of a new-and-soon-to-be-released-in-the-UK movie Stan & Ollie (starring Steve Cooghan and John C. Reilly) Martin Chilton writes on [...]

January 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

History as bunk (or maybe not)

It inevitably comes with the territory that dramatic depictions of historical figures and events have a tenuous relationship with the actualité. On several levels there is nothing particularly bizarre in that statement if you think about it. Let’s begin with the fact that virtually all dramatic [...]

January 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Two Way Stretch and Warner Crime Movies

Like Nancy Bright Thompson I decide to reorganise and categorise in my case my DVDs. I sorted them out into Hollywood, World, British comedy and my personal favourites. It also meant that I had a “survival stack’ as none of the Xmas TV movies attracted me. I watched first Two Way Stretch, a [...]

January 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Lavender Hill Mob

I found little over the festive period cinematically to excite me either on the big screen or the little one. So looking for some pre-Xmas cheer I opted for one of my Ealing comedy favourites The Lavender Hill Mob starring Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James and Alfie Bass. I was not [...]

December 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

El Lobo

El Lobo is a Spanish film made in 2006 which I watched for the third time recently. I first came across it in the world section of my local library as a DVD rental. It tells the true story of a Basque construction worker Txema (Eduardo Noriega) infiltrated into the ETA organisation as a mole by [...]

December 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Michael Caine

On Saturday afternoons for non-sport lovers BBC2 broadcasts an interview with a famous film star – normally with Michael Parkinson – followed by a film showcasing the star. Saturday it was the turn of Michael Caine and The Ipcress File. The first interview with Parkinson was in 1973 and [...]

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments


I was interested to see this recently released film directed by Chilean Sebastian Lelio as I had read the book by Naomi Alderman and I have family who live in the Hendon Jewish community in which it is set. The novel – Naomi Alderman’s first – won her the Orange Prize but was not [...]

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bernardo Bertolucci

The death of Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci has generated most interest in the infamous sex scene in Last Tango in Paris which is bit of shame as he directed several more interesting and worthwhile films. He won the Oscar for the Last Emperor but my favourite work in his canon was The [...]

November 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

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