Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Beloved *** (1998, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton) – Classic Movie Review 5355

Oprah Winfrey gives up the talk show day job to be producer-star of her pet project, a lavish and reverentially handled, but ponderously achieved 1998 film version of Toni Morrison’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Oprah […]

Apr, 28 · in Uncategorized

À Double Tour [Leda] *** (1959, Antonella Lualdi, Jacques Dacqmine, Madeleine Robinson, Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Paul Belmondo) – Classic Movie Review 5354

Director Claude Chabrol’s 1959 Hitchcockian suspense thriller is good if not his best. But it is engagingly told in slick, colourful style with self-conscious flashbacks, witty dialogue and a surprise finish. It is Chabrol’s third […]

Apr, 27 · in Uncategorized

Swing Shift *** (1984, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter) – Classic Movie Review 5353

Director Jonathan Demme’s interesting, amusing and fun but hesitant and halting 1984 romantic comedy is a mixed bag of goodies, with the rare treat of starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell together. Hawn stars as […]

Apr, 27

Stop Making Sense **** (1984, David Byrne, Talking Heads) – Classic Movie Review 5352

David Byrne: ‘Thanks! Does anybody have any questions?’ Director Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film featuring the Eighties thinking person’s top rock act, Talking Heads, is a now iconic, superbly stylish music documentary and innovative concert […]

Apr, 27

Married to the Mob **** (1988, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Trey Wilson, Joan Cusack) – Classic Movie Review 5351

Director Jonathan Demme’s 1988 sweet and sophisticated Mob movie stars a drop-dead gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer, who turns in another winning performance as Angela deMarco, a woman who finds herself in mortal peril after her Mafia husband […]

Apr, 27

Melvin and Howard **** (1980, Paul LeMat, Jason Robards Jr, Mary Steenburgen) – Classic Movie Review 5350

Director Jonathan Demme’s highly delightful, double Oscar-winning 1980 comedy is one of this remarkable film-maker’s finest movies. This possibly true story is extremely well played and most satisfying. Paul LeMat stars as factory worker and […]

Apr, 27

The Truth about Charlie ½ (2003, Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins) Classic Movie Review 5349

Co-writer/ director Jonathan Demme’s appalling 2003 movie is a catastrophic remake of the sparkling 1963 thriller Charade, with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton doing nothing whatever to battle their bizarre miscasting in the old Cary […]

Apr, 27

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