Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Blind Date [Chance Meeting] *** (1959, Hardy Kruger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, Robert Flemyng, Gordon Jackson, John Van Eyssen, Jack MacGowran) – Classic Movie Review 5841

Director Joseph Losey’s smart 1959 British murder mystery, mostly told in flashback, stars Hardy Kruger as Jan Van Rooyer, a Dutch painter in London who discovers the body of his mistress, Jacqueline Cousteau (Micheline Presle), […]

Aug, 02 · in Uncategorized

The Big Night *** (1951, John Barrymore Jr, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St John, Dorothy Comingore) – Classic Movie Review 5840

John Barrymore Jr [aka John Drew Barrymore] makes something of his role as a stereotypical Fifties misunderstood teenager, in that era of crazy mixed-up kids. He plays George La Main, who is bent on avenging Al […]

Aug, 02 · in Reviews

The Assassination of Trotsky ** (1972, Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Valentina Cortese, Jean Desailly) – Classic Movie Review 5839

Something has gone wrong here with director Joseph Losey’s plodding, unmoving 1972 film about the last days of Leon Trotsky (a somewhat miscast Richard Burton) in a Mexican fortress in 1940. Alain Delon plays his […]

Aug, 02

Tristana ***** (1970, Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero, Lola Gaos) – Classic Movie Review 5838

‘Somewhere between the innocent girl and the not so innocent mistress is the bizarre, sensuous story of Tristana’ Co-writer/ director Luis Buñuel’s 1970 masterwork stars a cucumber-cool Catherine Deneuve, who shines in one of best […]

Aug, 01

In This Corner of the World [Kono sekai no katasumi ni] **** (2016, voice of Rena Nounen) – Movie Review

Co-writer/director Sunao Katabuchi’s extraordinary 2016 anime animation is based on a Manga by Fumiyo Kono. Rena Nounen [Non] provides the voice of Japanese heroine Suzu, who enters into an arranged marriage at the age of 18 in the […]

Aug, 01

Patti Cake$ **** (2017, Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Cathy Moriarty, Mamoudou Athie, McCaul Lombardi) – Movie Review

Writer-director Geremy Jasper’s 2017 tale of outsiders triumphing over, well what?, pretty much everything, is a huge crowd pleaser, even for folks who don’t share its taste in music. Australian actress Danielle Macdonald stars in the role […]

Aug, 01

47 Meters Down ** (2017, Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine) – Movie Review

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star as disillusioned American sisters vacationing in Mexico agree to join a couple of dodgy looking local blokes and a grizzled sea captain on an illegal cage dive to see […]

Aug, 01

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