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Yesterday I attended the Thanksgiving Service of an aged family friend, having been invited to take part by giving a reading of my choice. The news of her death had prompted in me a natural sadness and a genuine response that I would be honoured to do as asked. What scripture passage or poem [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

ROCK MUSIC BYWAYS: SOME GIRLS (1978) by the Rolling Stones

They say you can tell someone’s age by their favourite popular music choices, so make what you will of the fact that precious few of mine originated later than 1980. Since then there has grown a trend for artistes to release deluxe or anthology editions of their catalogues, often including in [...]

November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments


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


  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


1. Senna 2010 A brilliant study of what drives a sportman to achieve sporting perfection. 2 . Fire in Babylon 2010 Not everyone admired the West Indies of the 70s and 80s as they did not maintain a proper over rate, played without spinners and set out to maim batsmen but to go 15 years without [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments


  1 . Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen AGerman film which brilliantly conveys the danger and claustrophobic grimness of being in a uboat for a considerable time . Starring Jurgen Pochnow as the young captain of a younger crew ( he was the English Patient )the British viewer takes an ambivalent [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments


We film critics are known for having bees in their bonnets. Mine is a dislike for the modern American cinema. When I composed and circulated my list on courtroom dramas my regular readers picked me up on the omission of A Few Good Men. I do admire director Rob Reiner whose best film is This is [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments


  1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo”s Nest. 1975 Milos Forman This would top most lists for Jack Nicholson’s performance but Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratched)and Will Sampson ( Chief Bromden) deliver exceptional ones too. 2 The Three Faces of Eve 1957 Nunnaly Johnson The true story of Eve [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Neil Rosen’s film list: court room dramas

  The courtroom drama makes for great cinema. Here is list of my favourites. I know I have left a few out like A Few Good Men and a Dock Brief but I can’t advocate what I have not seen, your honour. Twelve Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet Sidney Lumet’s first and best film with a [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Neil Rosen’s film list/ ships

  ships film lists So now to the mysteries of the cinematic deep. I omitted The Poseidon Adventure and Titanic. My neglected classic is The Enemy Below. Like many an Allied war films , its generally respectful of the German war effort.. The Caine Mutiny 1954 Stanley Kramer Humphrey Bogart [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

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