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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

What’s real and what is not

Several years ago one of the newspaper cartoons that made me smile was a comment upon a report that British senior citizens were organising a protest march in Whitehall about something or another. It depicted a bunch of examples of said demographic, engaged in its march, holding placards saying [...]

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Brothers in law (1957)

Contrary to reputation I do not just admire French cinema. I also love many British films from the forties to the sixties. This period of film making produced such gems as The Third Man, I’m all Right Jack, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Zulu, Lawrence of Arabia, Alfie, The Italian Job and Get [...]

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

A woman ahead of her time

Dorothy Parker – writer, critic, poet and celebrated wit – died fifty years ago this month. In the 20th Century decades when men were men and women supposedly knew their place, she was one of those females quite capable of holding her own against all-comers irrespective of any sexism or [...]

June 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

La Belle Noiseuse

Some reviewers have said this Jacques Rivette film is like watching paint dry which is not perhaps intended to be uncomplimentary as it’s a film about an ageing artist Fernhoffer (Michel Piccoli) who has lost his creative urge but rediscovers this when Marianne (Emmanuelle Beart) poses for [...]

June 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

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