Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Last Embrace *** (1979, Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, Sam Levene, John Glover, Charles Napier, Christopher Walken) – Classic Movie Review 5358

‘They murdered his wife. His friends deserted him. His associates betrayed him. He thinks someone is trying to kill him. He’s dead right.’ Director Jonathan Demme’s artificial, but often edge-of-seat 1979 Alfred Hitchcock-style neo noir […]

Apr, 28 · in Uncategorized

It’s the Rage [All the Rage] *** (2000, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, David Schwimmer, Robert Forster, Anna Paquin, Josh Brolin, Gary Sinise) – Classic Movie Review 5357

Jeff Daniels stars as Warren Harding who shoots his wife Helen (Joan Allen)’s lover dead in a rage, and later claims that he thought he was killing an intruder to get himself off the hook. […]

Apr, 28 · in Uncategorized

The Italian Job *** (2003, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Seth Green, Jason Staham, Mos Def) – Classic Movie Review 5356

Mark Wahlberg takes over the old Michael Caine role as master thief Charlie Croker in director F Gary Gray’s fast-paced and enjoyable enough, if uninspired 2003 total revamp of the classic Sixties crime caper The […]

Apr, 28

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

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

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

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