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Chess and Casablanca

One of the features of chess is that it mirrors life. How long have we hung onto a relationship, job or even credo when it is hopeless?  Same in chess. In an internet game my opponent had a weak central pawn which I pressurised. He committed more and more pieces to its defence.  I saw an elegant [...]

April 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Malta Story (1953)

I recently watched The Malta Story for the third time. I was motivated by reading The Information Officer reviewed on The Rust. The film has a romantic sub-plot with the love affaire between Peter Ross, a flight reconnaissance airman (Alec Guinness), and local girl Maria (Muriel Pavlow). However [...]

March 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Hanks For The Memory

Almost from its inception from time to time The Rust has featured a selection of lists. We love them. Most importantly, in times like these, they can be a reliable kicking-off point for conversations and arguments. Inevitably, in the nature of human things, nothing is quite as simple as you might [...]

March 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Ginger Rogers and dancers on screen

I’m watching the excellent.   Sky Arts  Discovering  series on Ginger Rogers on catch up. This programme was broadcast in early December. The first outbreak of the virus was at the end of that  month so it seemed and was a different age. It’s interesting to put Ginger Rogers’ career in [...]

March 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Film critics

Last night I was divided at 9.00 pm between the Sky Arts series The Directors  and Mark  Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema. I decided to record the first and watch the latter. I admire Mark Kermode but find his personality too obtrusive. He was examining the genre of Super Heroes which does not hold [...]

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Midway (1976)

We have all our own ways of self-amusement in these extraordinary times and mine is to work my way through my stack of unwatched DVDs. Midway tells the story of the June 1942 naval engagement between the US and Japanese Imperial fleets arguably the most important naval battle of World War Two. The [...]

March 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Directors/Sky Arts

This excellent series has continued with Peter Weir and John Schlesinger. The Rosen test of a great director is the legacy of at least 4 memorable films. I found Peter Weir’s breakthrough film Picnic on Hanging Rock slow paced. Gallipoli was more for Australians and New Zealanders. Witness is [...]

March 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Table talk

…. And now here’s a list to keep Ruster movie fans everywhere reflecting over their bacon and eggs this morning: Tim Robey and Robbie Collin – film critics for The Daily Telegraph – make their selection of the 100 best British movies of all time – see here, courtesy of [...]

March 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some things keep changing – and some don’t

It is of these things that in the world of entertainment some of the standard rules of business apply and some don’t. In one sense it’s an obvious point to make – and no doubt most sectors (e.g. fishing, fashion, flying and … er porn) would probably claim similar – but few have been more [...]

March 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Uncut Gems and Ernst Lubitsch

Two film buffs I know well recommended to me Uncut Gems. One described it well as a New York Jewish Del-Boy film. Howie Rayner is a gem dealer living life on its edge. Up to his knees in debt because of his gambling he acquires a rock from an Ethiopian mine with an opal in it. A top basketball [...]

February 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

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