Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Stagecoach ***** (1939, John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft) – Classic Movie Review 386

‘My name’s John Ford and I make Westerns,’ said the director, and this double Oscar-winning 1939 masterwork is his most famous. In it, a motley crew of misfits tries to cross the New Mexico Territory in a […]

Nov, 10 · in Reviews

Secret Agent **** (1936, John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young) – Classic Movie Review 385

In 1936 Alfred Hitchcock shrewdly casts the youthful, dashing matinée idol John Gielgud as W Somerset Maugham’s reluctant English espionage hero Richard Ashenden. During the First World War, the British Intelligence Service sends him on a mission […]

Nov, 10 · in Reviews

School Ties **** (1992, Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Ben Affleck, Randall Batinkoff, Ed Lauter, Peter Donat, Kevin Tighe) – Classic Film Review 384

Dick Wolf and Darryl Poniscan make a fine, intelligent, quietly passionate job of the literate screenplay for this involving, polished 1992 movie about the anti-Semitic persecution of a Jewish boy in a New England school in the […]

Nov, 10

The Scorpion King **** (2002, Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke) – Classic Movie Review 383

Wrestling star The Rock is as solid as a rock as a movie star in the title role in this thrilling, non-stop action spin-off from The Mummy Returns (2001), directed by Chuck Russell in 2002. […]

Nov, 10

Plan 9 from Outer Space **** (1956, Bela Lugosi, Vampira, Tor Johnson, Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Criswell) – So Bad It’s Good Movie 2

Writer-director Edward D Wood Jnr’s legendarily awful 1956 cult-movie favourite is totally amazing, often hysterically funny. An all-time-great so-bad-it’s-good cult classic, it’s at the head of most people’s worst films of all time. Yet, even […]

Nov, 09

The Rainmaker **** (1997, Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Danny Glover) – Classic Movie Review 382

Francis Ford Coppola’s magnetic 1997 thriller makes its case to win the award for the best film adaptation of a John Grisham legal mystery novel. It’s as tense, atmospheric, characterful and intriguing as they come. […]

Nov, 09

The Wisdom of Crocodiles [Immortality ] **** (1998, Jude Law, Elina Löwensohn, Timothy Spall, Jack Davenport) – Classic Movie Review 381

Written by Paul Hoffman and directed by Po-Chih Leong, this deliciously sleek, creepy and romantic 1998 vampire thriller is set in contemporary London. There the handsome scoundrel and seducer, Steven Grlscz (Jude Law), is on the […]

Nov, 09

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