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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

Taking a well-deserved bow

Generally I am not a great fan of self-congratulatory showbiz entertainment awards evenings, especially British ones, because as a nation we are too self-effacing to embrace the process with the unashamed brio and sense of elan required for them to ‘work’ as events. Our American [...]

February 11, 2017 // 0 Comments


All the trailers of films prior to Jackie bore the words “based on a true story.” Jackie covers “the true story” of the three days of Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of her husband. I put the words in inverted commas as I question its accuracy but even more I question [...]

January 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lalaland- worth 7 Golden Globes?

The short answer is no. To justify these accolades a musical must have a better score and Lalaland barely has one memorable song. Think of the great MGM musicals of the fifties, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Gigi and the songs are memorable. The much and justifiably revived Oliver! does not [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Crown

Seeing a reference to Claire Foy in Bob Tickler’s rant sorry crafted piece inspired me to watch the series The Crown on Netflix. This proved to be no easy matter. Netflix appears in the Home Page after the TV switches on and then disappears. My wife Gail and I had various attempts at [...]

January 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

3 classic films.

Making a long haul flight and seeing the menu of films on offer I chose 3 classics of cinema. When I see such a classic, often for the umpteenth time, I look for some new theme, get drawn in anyway and leave it identifying a theme I did not anticipate. All thus happened in the three I chose:   [...]

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

House of Cards ( US version)

I have been a bit late on Netflix, indeed if they did not inform me that after I cancelled a credit card they had difficulty in taking my sub, I would not even had known it was feature of my tv package. I have seen most of their scanty international films and enjoyed Marseilles. So recalling the UK [...]

December 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Films in the sky

There are those who cannot bear flying but I love being in that parallel world that lacks time and location being pampered and above all watching films. Thus it was that I had to make a 7 hour and then 5 hour flight on Emirates and the first thing I looked for on the entertainment screen was the [...]

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments


I  have yet to maximise the potential of Netflix as I am put off by any American movie mogul company. However after catching the excellent US Presidency documentary which I reviewed I decided to investigate further. I was talking about Gerard Depardieu to a French friend  of mine and she [...]

November 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON

Abel Gance’s epic 1927 movie Napoleon is one of the most famous, important and influential movies of all time. Way back in the 1980s I went to see a ‘live’ performance of a restored version of it (with original new accompanying music by Carl Davis) staged in London by Thames [...]

November 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

How To Win The US Presidency

Last night I watched a documentary called and on HOW TO WIN THE US PRESIDENCY.  In surveying the Presidents from Washington to Obama, though referred to the 46th President Donald Trump, the programme identified the following requirements to reach the Oval Office: 1) Money 2) Message 3) Look 4) [...]

November 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

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