Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

It’s Only the End of the World [Juste la fin du monde] ** (2016, Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux) – Movie Review

Gaspard Ulliel stars as gay, terminally ill writer Louis, who returns home after a long time away to re-connect (if possible) and eventually tell his family that he is dying in writer-director Xavier Dolan’s flat, uninvolving and […]

Feb, 22 · in Reviews

The Scalphunters ***½ (1968, Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas, Ossie Davis, Dabney Coleman, Dan Vadis, Nick Cravat, Paul Picerni ) – Classic Movie Review 5041

Director Sydney Pollack’s enjoyable 1968 Western stars Burt Lancaster, who is in his element as rugged, dogged fur trapper Joe Bass, who ends up with well-educated runaway slave Joseph Lee (Ossie Davis) after a group […]

Feb, 21 · in Reviews

Melody [S.W.A.L.K.] ** (1971, Jack Wild, Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde, Roy Kinnear, Sheila Steafel, Hilda Barry, Kate Williams) – Classic Movie Review 5038

Jack Wild and Mark Lester, the two young stars of Oliver!, reunite to much less effect for director Waris Hussein’s now very dated 1971 anti-establishment comedy romantic drama, with an original story and screenplay written […]

Feb, 21

Britannia Hospital *** (1982, Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, Graham Crowden, Joan Plowright, Peter Jeffrey, Leonard Rossiter, Alan Bates) – Classic Movie Review 5040

This 1982 box-office flop satirical black comedy about a beleaguered, crumbling British hospital beset with strikes, demos, a mad doctor, a cannibalistic dictator and a visit by Her Royal Highness the Queen Mother to open a […]

Feb, 21

My Favorite Year **** (1982, Peter O’Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna) – Classic Movie Review 5039

The favorite year is 1954, and, in America’s golden age of television, a hard-drinking, dissolute Hollywood matinée idol star, Alan Swann (Peter O’Toole), is slated to appear on a Sid Caesar-style live TV variety show. […]

Feb, 21

The Slender Thread **** (1965, Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas, Steven Hill, Edward Asner, Dabney Coleman, Paul Newlan) – Classic Movie Review 5037

Director Sydney Pollack’s auspicious 1965 feature film début stars Sidney Poitier as Alan Newell, a Seattle college student volunteering at a crisis centre as a telephone social worker. The film was nominated for two Oscars […]

Feb, 20

Absence of Malice **** (1981, Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Luther Adler, Barry Primus, Josef Sommer) – Classic Movie Review 5036

Producer-director Sydney Pollack’s complex and satisfying 1981 thriller stars Sally Field as naive but well-meaning newshound reporter Megan Carter, who is tricked by the FBI into framing Miami liquor wholesaler Mike Gallagher (Paul Newman) with […]

Feb, 20

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