Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Mystery of the Wax Museum **** (1933, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh) – Classic Movie Review 5024

‘Women of FLESH become WAX in his hands… women of wax become flesh!’ Director Michael Curtiz’s 1933 classic horror movie is a gruesomely atmospheric picture, with Lionel Atwill starring as Ivan Igor, the scarred museum […]

Feb, 13 · in Uncategorized

The Shallows *** (2016, Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo, Brett Cullen) – Classic Movie Review 5023

Blake Lively gives a very lively performance indeed as uber-resourceful surfer Nancy, who has somehow to fight back to survive when she is attacked by a great white shark and takes refuge on a rock […]

Feb, 13 · in Uncategorized

Blue **** (1993, voices of Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin, Nigel Terry) – Classic Movie Review 5022

Writer-director Derek Jarman’s 1993 twelfth and final feature film is a complex meditation on the nature of AIDS with a soundtrack but no visuals. The featureless saturated blue screen serves as an ambient backdrop to […]

Feb, 13

Sebastiane *** (1976, Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Neil Kennedy, Richard Warwick, Donald Dunham, Ken Hicks, Lindsay Kemp) – Classic Movie Review 5021

Writer-directors Derek Jarman and Paul Humfress’s controversial 1976 homoerotic look at the 300 AD life of Saint Sebastian (Leonardo Treviglio) is filmed tastefully entirely in Latin (the world’s only film in this dead language) on […]

Feb, 13

Caravaggio **** (1986, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Davenport, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gough, Garry Cooper, Dexter Fletcher) – Classic Movie Review 4988

Writer-director Derek Jarman’s ­1986 fictionalised biographical drama stars Nigel Terry as the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, born 1573, who lies dying in 1610 and thinks back over his life, work and love for […]

Feb, 12

Jubilee **** (1978, Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox, Jordan, Ian Charleson, Karl Johnson, Adam Ant, Neil Kennedy, Jack Birkett, Jayne County, Richard O’Brien) – Classic Movie Review 4989

Co-writer/ director Derek Jarman’s amazing 1978 punk-rock anti-celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee is an original, outrageous, clever report of the state of the British nation in 1977. It was always a rousing, eye-opening movie, […]

Feb, 12

Boys Town **** (1938, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull) – Classic Movie Review 5020

Director Norman Taurog’s quintessentially sincere 1938 double Oscar-winning biographical drama provides an excellent showcase for Spencer Tracy, who won his second Best Actor Oscar in consecutive years for his iconic performance in the role of […]

Feb, 12

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