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Das Boot and Sky Arts “Discovering”

I watched the next two episodes of Das Boot on catch up. Both engrossed me sufficiently to intend to watch the rest of the series. One of the attractions of modern television is the importing of the European production. These begun with The Killing and followed with other Scanda Noir like The [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fings don’t always seem what they are, or used ter be …

Having briefly worked in television I’m broadly aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ – real or imagined – because, of course, in broadcasting (as in every aspect of life) very little is actually what it seems. Or perhaps that should read ‘necessarily what it seems’. Whether it’s a [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Albert Finney

It’s rare for me to appear in the Rust two days running but the editor asked me to pen a few words after the passing of Albert Finney. He was undoubtedly one of our leading actors of stage and screen but – though nominated five times for an Oscar – he never received one. This summed [...]

February 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Basic Instinct

I was curious as to why Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct (1992) did not make the list of 10 great sex movies I cited recently and watched it again in case I missed something. The scene where Sharon Stone as writer Katherine Tremell, whilst interrogated at the San Francisco Police Dept, crosses and [...]

January 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Stan & Ollie

The various trailers before the main film I had to sit through all bore the notice Based on a true story/inspired by a true story and a biopic fits into that category. The film features Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s final UK tour in which Ollie was to sustain a heart attack. After that neither [...]

January 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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

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