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Has the age of the female super hero arrived?

In common with some other Rust staffers, I’m sufficiently dinosaur in my attitudes to the world that as a matter of principle I regard ‘positive action’, e.g. the concept of women-only political party shortlists and the BBC’s insistence upon awarding semi-equal coverage to [...]

June 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

David Niven

It’s become some thing of a ritual in the Rosen household on bank holiday for me to identify a classic film for the family. Looking down the schedules the best I could find was Jason and the Argonauts which I remember for its special effects that some 50 year later in the age of such [...]

May 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

The thrill of crime

Crime/thriller-writing is a genre with legions of fans – I like to dabble myself from time to time quite separately from my reviewing duties – and it’s pleasing to note that some of its most popular exponents and indeed fictional characters are women. Here are some relevant links [...]

March 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Pargie’s betting philosophy and weekend

No contributor features in other columns more than me and our readers might think I am an addictive gambler. To draw an analogy I sometimes feel like the social drinker cast as an alcoholic – the type in denial that hides his booze around the home and talks of nothing else but getting drunk. [...]

February 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Shadow of a doubt? (He seems to have thought so)

Over the past number of years on the Rust I have occasionally made reference to or analysed the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors and film-makers of all time and of course British to boot. Despite this being the annual season of movie awards – now with the Oscars [...]

February 24, 2017 // 0 Comments


One of the joys of writing for the Rust is that you can be controversial without fearing you might lose your job. In some journals or media outlets I would not dare say that Moonlight has benefited in its reviews because it has an all black cast. Yet I believe this to be so as the film’s [...]

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

And the Academy award goes to….

In France unlike the UK cinema criticism is a serious business. The whole new wave movement which generated Jean Luc Godard, Francos Truffaut and Alain Resnais to name but three emanated from the film review magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema. Here celebrity interviewers like Jonathan Ross have their [...]

February 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Taking a well-deserved bow

Generally I am not a great fan of self-congratulatory showbiz entertainment awards evenings, especially British ones, because as a nation we are too self-effacing to embrace the process with the unashamed brio and sense of elan required for them to ‘work’ as events. Our American [...]

February 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Comparing drama with reality

As someone who very rarely watches films these days – either in cinemas or at home via television, DVDs and downloads – I’m a little wary of venturing tentatively onto the territory patrolled by the Rust’s great Neil Rosen. Nevertheless, I trust that the powers-that-be will allow me [...]

January 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

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