Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Too Late Blues *** (1961, Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers) – Classic Movie Review 5756

Producer/ director/ co-writer John Cassavetes’s intriguing and haunting 1961 movie tale stars Bobby Darin as John ‘Ghost’ Wakefield, an ideological jazz player who meets an unbalanced and introverted beautiful singer, Jess Polanski (Stella Stevens). He […]

Jul, 14 · in Reviews

Shadows **** (1959, Hugh Hurd, Leila Goldoni, Ben Carruthers, Anthony Ray, Dennis Sallas, Tom Allen, Rupert Crosse, David Jones) – Classic Movie Review 5754

A young orphaned African-American family battles to survive in Manhattan. Jazz player Hugh (Hugh Hurd) struggles to make a dollar or two singing in low bars; his sister Leila (Leila Goldoni) joins the phony art […]

Jul, 14 · in Reviews

Shadows and Fog ** (1991, Woody Allen, John Cusack, Mia Farrow, Kathy Bates, Jodie Foster, Lily Tomlin, Donald Pleasence, Madonna, Fred Gwynne, Julie Kavner, John Malkovich) – Classic Movie Review 5755

Writer-director-star Woody Allen’s 1991 movie pastiches the 1920s melodrama, complete with black and white and chiaroscuro effects, and a tale of a Jack the Ripper-style murderer on the loose in the shadows and fog. It […]

Jul, 14

Love Streams *** (1984, Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott, Seymour Cassel) – Classic Movie Review 5753

Writer-director John Cassavetes collaborates on the screenplay with Ted Allan, author of the source play, for this 1984 film tale of a sister, Sarah Lawson (played by Gena Rowlands), with unusual ties to her decadent […]

Jul, 13

Seven Keys to Baldpate *** (1947, Phillip Terry, Jacqueline White, Eduardo Ciannelli, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Shields, Jimmy Conlin, Tony Barrett, Richard Powers) – Classic Movie Review 5752

Director Lew Landers’s 1947 RKO thriller is the seventh attempt to film the Earl Derr Biggers novel, in a movie that is quite tense, pacy and diverting. Phillip Terry stars as Kenneth Magee, a mystery thriller […]

Jul, 13

Escape from the Planet of the Apes *** (1971, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy, Sal Mineo, Eric Braeden) – Classic Movie Review 5751

Director Don Taylor’s 1971 Sci-Fi action thriller is the welcome part three in the original Ape saga, in which educated monkeys Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter) flee in a capsule from the holocaust of part […]

Jul, 13

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes *** (1972, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden) – Classic Movie Review 5750

Director J Lee Thompson takes the helm in 1972 for the fourth of the five original Planet of the Apes films (a short TV series followed) in which the apes, who are being used as […]

Jul, 13

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