Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Hand (1981, Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Viveca Lindfors, Rosemary Murphy) – Classic Movie Review 5547

This silly and really quite dreadful horror thriller flick from writer-director Oliver Stone is good for a laugh but wastes Michael Caine as cartoonist Jon Lansdale, a comic book artist who loses his drawing hand in […]

Jun, 04 · in Reviews

Half Moon Street ** (1986, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine) – Classic Movie Review 5546

Co-writer/ director Bob Swaim’s creaky old 1986 erotic thriller is intriguing but often quite tedious, straining the undeniable strong appeal of Sigourney Weaver and Michael Caine, though it just about stays on the rails through […]

Jun, 04 · in Reviews

Pacific Heights *** (1990, Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf) – Classic Movie Review 5545

‘It seemed like the perfect house. He seemed like the perfect tenant. Until they asked him to leave.’ Director John Schlesinger’s scary, satisfying, sweaty-palm 1990 neo noir yuppie horror thriller stars Michael Keaton as Carter […]

Jun, 04

Dynamite ** (1929, Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford, Julia Faye, Joel McCrea) – Classic Movie Review 5544

Perhaps hampered by the primitive dawn-of-sound technology, producer-director Cecil B DeMille 1929 romantic drama movie is unusually uncertain, contrived and unconvincing hokum from this great Hollywood showman. Kay Johnson stars as heiress Cynthia Crothers who […]

Jun, 03

In the Name of the Father **** (1993, Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson, John Lynch, Corin Redgrave, Mark Sheppard) – Classic Movie Review 5543

Director Jim Sheridan’s 1993 film was Oscar nominated as Best Picture and rivetingly tells the story of the Guildford Four, young Irish people released after 12 years’ wrongful imprisonment after the IRA terrorist bombings of […]

Jun, 03

My Left Foot **** (1989, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Hugh O’Conor, Ruth McCabe, Fiona Shaw) – Classic Movie Review 5541

Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker won the 1990 Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars for their outstanding, heart-rending performances as Christy Brown and his mother Mrs Brown, in Jim Sheridan’s inspiring 1989 biopic of […]

Jun, 03

The Young Poisoner’s Handbook **** (1995, Hugh O’Conor, Antony Sher, Ruth Sheen, Roger Lloyd Pack, Charlotte Coleman, Tobias Arnold, Frank Mills) – Classic Movie Review 5542

Hugh O’Conor gets his first starring role with co-writer/ director Benjamin Ross’s dark and provocative British crime comedy drama, in which he plays intelligent but amoral British teenager Graham Young, an amateur toxicologist unwisely paroled from […]

Jun, 03

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