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Edwardians In Colour review: 2 stars out of 5

Last night – during a lull in domestic proceedings that coincided with my early evening gin & tonic and a dearth of anything remotely watchable on the box, I managed to negotiate my cable television complexities and thereby play for myself the first episode of a Channel 5 documentary series [...]

March 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Das Boot

I watched the final 4 episodes of Das Boot. One critic observed that a few years ago you would call it unmissable but such is the improvement in European productions that he down graded this to hugely enjoyable. I would not have gone as far at that. There were 2 parallel stories, one on the U-boat [...]

March 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Watching the biopic of Donald Sutherland on Sky Arts inspired me to rent one of the more neglected films in his canon of considerable work – Six Degrees of Separation. Sutherland is in every sense a towering actor able to fulfil many roles, the concerned father in Ordinary People, the cop in [...]

February 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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