Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Rope **** (1948, James Stewart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Cedric Hardwicke, Joan Chandler, Constance Collier) – Classic Movie Review 428

Alfred Hitchcock’s slightly creaky but utterly compelling 1948 thriller, adapted from a stage play by Patrick Hamilton, the author of the play of Gaslight, is wearing well more than 60 years later. John Dall and Farley Granger star as […]

Nov, 19 · in Reviews

The Trouble with Harry ***** (1955, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn) – Classic Movie Review 427

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 brilliant, sophisticated black comedy thriller shines like a little diamond. It is set in a gorgeously rich-looking rural autumnal Vermont, where three are three gunshots and Arnie Rogers (Jerry Mathers, aged eight), a […]

Nov, 19 · in Reviews

Sweet Charity ***** (1969, Shirley MacLaine, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Sammy Davis Jnr, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban) – Classic Movie Review 426

Shirley MacLaine gives an exhilarating, ultra-dynamic star performance as Charity Hope Valentine in director Bob Fosse’s superlative 1969 film version of the great 1960s Broadway hit musical by Cy Coleman (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics). […]

Nov, 19

Brassed Off **** (1996, Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor) – Classic Movie Review 425

Writer-director Mark Herman’s 1996 British comedy drama is thoughtful and amusing and was deservedly highly popular. It follows the fortunes of a Yorkshire colliery brass band as its members struggle for both musical and personal […]

Nov, 19

Godzilla (1954) – So Bad It’s Good Movie 4

‘Incredible, unstoppable titan of terror!’ The original Japanese Godzilla movie has legendary cult status and it’s a classic horror film. People are very fond of it, and that’s great. At the time it was the […]

Nov, 18

Godzilla *** (1998, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo) – Classic Movie Review 424

Director Roland Emmerich’s 1998 sci-fi action thriller and monster movie sees the old dinosaur with radioactive breath being awakened by French H-bomb tests in the South Pacific and stomping off to terrorise and destroy New York. […]

Nov, 18

Godsend *** (2004, Robert De Niro, Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn, Cameron Bright) – Classic Movie Review 423

First, take a great idea: a devilish doctor confronts distraught parents at the funeral of their eight-year-old son killed in a road accident, makes an offer they can’t refuse to clone the boy. They accept […]

Nov, 18

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