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Happy New Year from Neil Rosen

Jewish people tend to acknowledge rather than celebrate the New Year, having one of our own.  We are proud of our integration into British life. We have a prayer for the Royal Family and do not make waves. Gail and I invited our best friends round for dinner. My ruse to watch The Godfather on Film [...]

January 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Raid On Entebbe

I struck a deal with my missus Gail that I would help out as much as she wanted over the festive period, provided I am allowed one film per day in the Rosen multiplex. So yesterday I chose Raid On Entebbe. It’s a fine depiction of a real event with a strong cast of Hollywood reliables: Peter [...]

December 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

633 Squadron

A  good war movie is vital to get you through the festive period. I was therefore delighted to see 633 Squadron yesterday afternoon – I like the genre very much. My father was in the RAF, though he never once flew and earned  his wings by sailing at the Royal Thames Yacht Club with his wing [...]

December 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Neil Rosen’s Film List – Rome

To maintain my capital theme here is my Rome list. Rome is an important and creative force in the cinema with location, some great Italian directors and actors, though probably less so at the moment. Bicycle Thieves 1948 De Sica’s first film set in the poverty of post war Rome, with a [...]

December 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Planes Trains and Automobiles

My readers will know of my almost visceral dislike of American cinema post Star Wars so I am delighted to  say how much I enjoyed Planes Trains and Automobiles, a film that was recommended to me as it crossed the categories of car, train and plane movies. It’s a comedy but more than that. If [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

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

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