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Judgment at Nuremberg (1962)

Spencer Tracy was unquestionably a Hollywood great, both a fine actor and a big star though not possessing the conventional hunky good looks of some box office male stars. His career was however, rocked if not racked by excessive drinking and a catholic guilt over his 26 year old affaire with [...]

October 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

The future is already here, as well as in the future

When it comes to the relationship between audiences and movies or television programmes, the different sectors in the entertainment industry are split into quite simple divisions. Firstly, the production – the process of deciding what to make, whom to hire to make it (e.g. scriptwriters, [...]

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with it

Regular readers of the Rust will probably be of a vintage able to recall the Andy Capp cartoon strip drawn by Reg Smythe for the Daily Mirror newspaper. Capp was almost an early version of a British Homer Simpson, a working class Everyman from whose ‘ordinary’ interests in life – pubs, beer, [...]

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments


QB VII is the name of a court in the Palace of Justice in the Strand where a libel action was fought out between an American Abe Cady  a scriptwriter and Adam Kelso Polish born physician accused of carrying out grotesque operations in a death camp to sterilise by castration Jewish inmates without [...]

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Reality and perception

Regular readers of the Rust will be aware that for many years now I have been interested in both the possibilities – and moral/ethical issues attendant upon – presented by the rapid advances being made in the fields of robotic science, artificial intelligence and computer-generated [...]

August 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

We’ve all seen ’em from time to time

In the Rust traditions of  firstly, ‘collecting’ lists and – secondly – of providing links for our readers to interesting articles spotted in the media, here’s one from the movie department: David Barnett, writing about the tome The Bad Movie Bible, as see today on [...]

August 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rod Steiger/Hollywood Legend

I have been offered a gig with a satellite arts programme on a series on the Hollywood Legends. We film critics get a bit sniffy about such work – it’s banal, trite, audience-driven but the reality is that few of us are that well paid or off to refuse the lucre, and most of all there is [...]

August 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cast a Giant Shadow

Cast a Giant Shadow is a proper war film with a back story – several in fact – fine acting from some Hollywood legends and battle action sequences. I am a bit of glutton for films on Israel’s formation. The most famous is Exodus. It’s so long that American humourist Mort [...]

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments


Is Dunkirk the greatest war film ever made? I do not think so. I do not even think it’s the best film made about Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan’s mission is to convey the reality of Dunkirk with obsessional attention to detail and no computer graphics. The medium is to appreciate [...]

July 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

A blockbuster arrives

The reviews for the movie Dunkirk which is released in Britain this Friday (21st July) – written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan – are currently cascading across the newspaper pages, television and radio outlets and all across social media presumably to the delight of all [...]

July 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

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