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Inherit the Wind

When I drafted my list of great court movies I omitted Inherit the Wind and was chastised correctly by Michael Cole. All the more so as this film represents all I once admired about American cinema but now find deficient. Made  in 1960, its a factual representation  of the famous monkey trial [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Gravity

I hoped I really did that my dislike of contemporary American cinema would cease with Gravity as I do not care for obsessive critics. I’m afraid I found it as vacuous as the gravity in space. Its main feature according to the critics and viewers is the magnificence of the space photography. [...]

November 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

‘Hollywood Left and Right’ by Steven Ross

  This book could have been reviewed by Simon Campion Brown as its as much about politics as films . In it, Ross assesses the impact of 10 activists , 9 of which are Hollywood legends, Republican, Democrat, Independent . Though he does not impose his own ideology he states that the Republican [...]

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

VLADEK SHEYBAL

Many years ago I was at the Regents Park Open Air theatre when I recognised the actor Vladek Sheybal who played Kronsteen the chess grandmaster and sinister enforcer in From Russia with Love. Whenever I watch arguably the best of the Bonds I see Vladek Sheybal and the chanteuse Lotte Lenya playing [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES FEATURING SHIPS

  The Caine Mutiny 1954 Stanley Kramer Humphrey Bogart shows his versatility as Captian Queeg a war time captain who may have had a breakdown or may be insane and is replaced . This leads to a trial for mutiny. The Cruel Sea 1953 Leslie Norman The best naval war time movies has Jack Hawkins on [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: SPORTS MOVIES

1. Senna 2010 A brilliant study of what drives a sportman to achieve sporting perfection. 2 . Fire in Babylon 2010 Not everyone admired the West Indies of the 70s and 80s as they did not maintain a proper over rate, played without spinners and set out to maim batsmen but to go 15 years without [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES MADE BY NON-BRITISH/AMERICAN DIRECTORS

  1 . Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen AGerman film which brilliantly conveys the danger and claustrophobic grimness of being in a uboat for a considerable time . Starring Jurgen Pochnow as the young captain of a younger crew ( he was the English Patient )the British viewer takes an ambivalent [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

AMERICAN CINEMA

We film critics are known for having bees in their bonnets. Mine is a dislike for the modern American cinema. When I composed and circulated my list on courtroom dramas my regular readers picked me up on the omission of A Few Good Men. I do admire director Rob Reiner whose best film is This is [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM LISTS: MOVIES FEATURING THE MENTALLY DISTURBED

  1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo”s Nest. 1975 Milos Forman This would top most lists for Jack Nicholson’s performance but Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratched)and Will Sampson ( Chief Bromden) deliver exceptional ones too. 2 The Three Faces of Eve 1957 Nunnaly Johnson The true story of Eve [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Neil Rosen’s film list: court room dramas

  The courtroom drama makes for great cinema. Here is list of my favourites. I know I have left a few out like A Few Good Men and a Dock Brief but I can’t advocate what I have not seen, your honour. Twelve Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet Sidney Lumet’s first and best film with a [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

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