Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court *** (1949, Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix, Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Wilcoxon, Murvyn Vye, Virginia Field) – Classic Movie Review 5941

Bing Crosby plays Hank Martin, singing mechanic from 1912 who suffers a bump on the head and is sent back in time to Arthurian Britain in 528 A.D. and hailed as a wizard at King […]

Aug, 20 · in Reviews

Terrible Joe Moran *** (1984, James Cagney, Art Carney, Ellen Barkin, Peter Gallagher) – Classic Movie Review 5940

Director Joseph Sargent’s 1984 drama stars James Cagney in his final film and sole TV film. Infirm and at the age of 84, he gives a likeable performance as Joe Moran, a retired, disabled, wheelchair-using […]

Aug, 19 · in Reviews

The Bride Came C.O.D. *** (1941, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin) – Classic Movie Review 5939

Director William Keighley’s breezy and likeable 1941 movie belatedly re-unites James Cagney and Bette Davis after their successful pairing in Jimmy the Gent (1934). It is a fluffy and frantic but unsubtle comedy from the […]

Aug, 19

The Scent of Green Papaya [Mùi du du xanh] [L’Odeur de la Papaye Verte] **** (1993, Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong) – Classic Movie Review 5938

Writer-director Tran Anh Hung’s spiritual 1993 Franco-Vietnamese drama about the life of a young girl is the 1994 Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film picture. It is a pure and subtle gem that follows the fortunes […]

Aug, 19

Star! **** (1968, Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig, Daniel Massey, Robert Reed, Bruce Forsyth, Beryl Reid) – Classic Movie Review 5937

Julie Andrews is ideally cast and absolutely fabulous in director Robert Wise’s stylish, thoroughly enjoyable 1968 musical biopic of Thirties British revue star and stage performer Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952). The film was nominated for seven Oscars, winning none. It […]

Aug, 19

Logan Lucky ***½ (2017, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Dwight Yoakam, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, Riley Keough) – Movie Review

After his announced retirement, Steven Soderbergh is tempted back to return to the director’s chair for screen-writer Rebecca Blunt’s Ocean’s Eleven-style crime action comedy. This fun movie races ahead to a win – just! – finishing with […]

Aug, 19

Bedknobs and Broomsticks **** (1971, Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roy Snart, Cindy O’Callaghan, Sam Jaffe, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth, Reginald Owen, Tessie O’Shea) – Classic Movie Review 5936

Angela Lansbury stars as a cuddly amateur witch called Eglantine Price, who takes three World War Two evacuated kids on a magic bedstead and battles the Nazis in director Robert Stevenson’s delightful 1971 Disney fantasy […]

Aug, 19

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