Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels **** (1998, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones) – Classic Movie Review 120

The word is that writer-director Guy Ritchie’s London lowlife crime black comedy was intended to be a straight Quentin Tarantino-style gangland action thriller until actors Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham and Vinnie […]

Aug, 03 · in Reviews

The 39 Steps ***** (1935, Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Wylie Watson, John Laurie, Peggy Ashcroft, Helen Haye, Miles Malleson) – Classic Movie Review 119

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 freewheeling version of the 1915 espionage novel by John Buchan is a most beguiling romantic-comedy spy thriller. It rattles along its cast-iron tracks in a luxury-class ride. Directed with the greatest brio, […]

Aug, 02 · in Reviews

The Lady Vanishes ***** (1938, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Catherine Lacey, Googie Withers, Mary Clare) – Classic Movie Review 118

Fighting off strong competition from The 39 Steps, the 1938 treasure The Lady Vanishes is (arguably) by a narrow margin Alfred Hitchcock’s best British movie before he left for America to make Rebecca in 1940 […]

Aug, 02

The Heat – Film Review

The Heat is a carefully concocted and expertly delivered comedy, targeted effectively at an older, female audience. It’s The Hangover aimed at women. It’s not a masterpiece of comedy but it is funny for fans […]

Aug, 02

Only God Forgives *** (2013, Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm) – Movie Review

Ryan Gosling stars as Julian, an American drug smuggler in Bangkok where he’s the manager of a boxing club as the front for his real business. Unfortunately his happy life then all goes pear-shaped when […]

Aug, 02

The Conjuring ***½ (2013, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor) – Movie Review

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are just the dynamic duo to help a terrorised couple (Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor) and their daughters battle a dark […]

Aug, 02

RED 2 – Film Review

It’s easy to get a kick out of RED 2. It’s not a great movie but still it’s really quite fast and furious and funny. At 58, Bruce Willis has found himself a new action […]

Aug, 02

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