Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Churchill ** (2017, Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy) – Movie Review

Try though he might in a valiant effort, Dundee-born Brian Cox doesn’t get past his basic miscasting as Sir Winston Churchill in an interesting but shaky biopic set during the all-crucial 96 hours before the […]

Jun, 16 · in Reviews

The Cranes Are Flying [Letyat zhuravli] **** (1957, Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev ) – Classic Movie Review 5618

Producer-director Mikhail Kalatozov’s simple, direct and satisfying 1957 Soviet poetic romance boasts splendidly atmospheric direction and a marvellous central performance by Tatyana Samoylova, the great-niece of Konstantin Stanislavski (January 1863 – 7 August 1938), the seminal Russian theatre […]

Jun, 16 · in Reviews

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears [Moskva slezam ne verit] **** (1980, Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Raisa Ryazanova) – Classic Movie Review 5617

Russian actor Alexey Batalov, best known for starring in the 1958 Cannes Palme d’Or winning film The Cranes Are Flying and the 1981 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winning movie Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, died in Moscow on […]

Jun, 16

Frankenstein 1970 ** (1958, Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund) – Classic Movie Review 5616

‘The One…The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age!’ Director Howard W Koch’s 1958 CinemaScope horror movie stars cinema’s most famous and iconic Frankenstein’s Monster, Boris Karloff, as Baron Victor […]

Jun, 15

Cauldron of Blood [El coleccionista de cadáveres] [Blind Man’s Buff] * (1971, Boris Karloff, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Viveca Lindfors) – Classic Movie Review 5615

‘Tops In Total Horror!’ – even the advertising line sounds like a translation! Boris Karloff plays a blind sculptor, Charles Badulescu, who uses real people’s skeletons as the basis for his unorthodox artworks in this […]

Jun, 15

Charlie Chan at the Opera **** (1936, Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke) – Classic Movie Review 5614

‘A fiendish killer lurks at the opera! Weird! Thrilling! The Master Minds of Crime Match Wits Against Each Other!’ Sounds good, doesn’t it? And director H Bruce Humberstone’s 1936 thriller is one of the best […]

Jun, 15

Charlie Chan in London *** (1934, Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Douglas Walton, Alan Mowbray, Mona Barrie, Ray Milland, E E Clive) – Classic Movie Review 5613

Director Eugene Forde’s 1934 mystery thriller stars Warner Oland as the Oriental detective Charlie Chan in the sixth film in the long-running series produced by the Fox studio, and only the second not to be lost, after The Black […]

Jun, 15

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