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Disobedience

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

Farewell to a class act

Today the Rust salutes the life and career of William Goldman, the highly-decorated movie scriptwriter, who has died at the age of eight-seven. See here for a link to a short appreciation piece by Andrew Pulver that appears today upon the website of  – THE GUARDIAN My purpose today is [...]

November 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jackson WW1 documentary review

Last night, three days after its first broadcast on British television, I finally got around to watching my tele-recording of Sir Peter Jackson’s highly-acclaimed (colourised and modern-technology enhanced), six years in the making, 90-minute documentary THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD which was produced [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Two films on four

The Devil Wears Prada (2005) I missed out on this movie when it came out and never got the DVD. It’s the ultimate fashion film, dare I say it written by women for women to be watched by women. Nothing wrong in that, for years women have had to endure testosterone-laden war and cowboy films. [...]

October 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Biopics – the complexities of a difficult art form

Today I take the risk of venturing into territory upon which I am no expert – movies, and a particular genre at that – without any justification for doing so other than, like any observer travelling upon the time-honoured proverbial (legal) Clapham omnibus, I am entitled to hold opinions and [...]

October 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Housemaid

The cover of the DVD of this 2010 South Korean film advertises it as “a sexy thriller” with star Jeon Do-youn showing her thigh no doubt to entice the punter but in fact it’s a beautifully-observed film which reminded me of Rebecca.  The story is of of a young nanny called Eun- yi (Jeon [...]

October 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Good Year/Ridley Scott

Alone for the day as Gail had taken the kids to a distant relative, I wanted to enjoy my freedom with a DVD. A friend had lent me a Pedro Almodovar movie which had rested in my to-be-watched section rather too long. Slightly resentful that I could not watch a semi-erotic French film, I inserted the [...]

October 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The directors/ Akira Kurosawa

I am every much enjoying SKY ARTS series on film directors. It has the same line up of critics Ian Nathan and Neil Norman with the addition of Stephen Armstrong and Bonnie Greer as their series on film stars. Ian Nathan rightly says that The Seven Samurai  was the father of then Hollywood action [...]

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Aiming off …

Earlier this week I went to a showing of the new ‘feature’ documentary Spitfire, made by Altitude Films, produced by Mark Stuart and directed by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer, in a small art-house style cinema screening at Chichester in West Sussex. As a small boy in the 1950s and beyond I [...]

August 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

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