Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Ziegfeld Follies **** (1945, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, William Powell, Jimmy Durante, Gene Kelly) – Classic Movie Review 5160

MGM’s exhilarating, eye-smackingly gaudy 1945 Technicolor film imitation of one of US producer Florenz Ziegfeld’s stage revues is a bright, spangly, brilliantly pretty curate’s egg of a movie. Alas it is weighed down with cobwebby […]

Mar, 15 · in Reviews

Thoroughly Modern Millie **** (1967, Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, John Gavin, James Fox, Carol Channing, Beatrice Lillie) – Classic Movie Review 5158

Director George Roy Hill’s charming 1967 musical is a perfect vehicle for the thoroughly captivating Julie Andrews as the Twenties flapper Millie Dillmount who discovers a new real chum in a sweet, innocent, naive young woman […]

Mar, 15 · in Reviews

Scanners *** (1981, Jennifer O’Neill, Patrick McGoohan, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside) – Classic Movie Review 5157

Writer-director David Cronenberg’s startling Canadian 1981 futuristic sci-fi action horror thriller basically tells a good versus evil battle story, but with an exploding head refreshing the mix. It was a special effects-driven eye-opener back in […]

Mar, 15

The Terence Davies Trilogy **** (1983, Phillip Mawdsley, Nick Stringer, Valerie Lilley, Terry O’Sullivan, Sheila Raynor, Wilfrid Brambell) – Classic Movie Review 5156

Writer-director Terence Davies’s outstanding first film is an impressive achievement in bleak memoir, cohering satisfyingly, though made up from three autobiographical short films made over a period of six years or so. It tells the […]

Mar, 15

Distant Voices, Still Lives **** (1988, Freda Dowie, Peter Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams, Lorraine Ashbourne, Jean Boht) – Classic Movie Review 5155

Writer-director Terence Davies’s haunting, poignant, uncompromisingly unsentimental 1988 autobiographical British film is a study of late Forties, early Fifties working-class life in Liverpool, England. It is meant to be a compliment to say that it […]

Mar, 14

The Long Day Closes **** (1992, Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson) – Classic Movie Review 5154

Writer-director Terence Davies’s lovely 1992 British labour of love film is his first since his 1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives, and is the third film in his entrancing autobiographical trilogy. Leigh McCormack stars as Bud […]

Mar, 14

The Long and the Short and the Tall [Jungle Fighters] *** (1961, Richard Todd, Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey) – Classic Movie Review 5153

Director Leslie Norman’s 1961 British film version of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s classic stage play about a patrol of British troops who get lost in the Malaysian jungle in World War Two wartime and capture […]

Mar, 14

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