Derek Winnert

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Bringing Up Baby – Classic Film Review 682

Director Howard Hawks’s 1938 classic is the quintessential 30s screwball comedy, providing a perfect showcase for the ultimate in polished zany performances from its all-time great stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. In the engagingly […]

Jan, 12 · in Reviews

Don’t Look Now ***** (1973, Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason) – Classic Film Review 681

This dazzling, chilling and eerily disturbing 1973 pyschic chiller, based on Daphne du Maurier’s story, is easily esteemed British director Nicolas Roeg’s most popular and successfully realised film. A perfectly paired Julie Christie and Donald […]

Jan, 12 · in Reviews

Sunday, Bloody Sunday ***** (1971, Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft) – Classic Movie Review 680

Peter Finch gives a noble, sensitive performance as a well-to-do gay Jewish family doctor called Daniel Hirsch, a mature and intelligent man who shares his lover, a selfish young bisexual designer Bob Elkin (Murray Head), […]

Jan, 12

Summertime [Summer Madness] ***** (1955, Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin, Mari Aldon, André Morell, Jeremy Spenser) – Classic Movie Review 679

Director David Lean’s 1955 exquisite masterwork is a gloriously unashamed, full-throttled romance, in which Katharine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, a visiting American spinster who enjoys a summer of chaste love with an old Italian smoothie […]

Jan, 12

Pleasantville **** (1998, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Reese Witherspoon) – Classic Movie Review 678

Writer-director Gary Ross’s 1998 fantasy comedy is an extremely pleasant, thought-provoking and beautifully crafted comic fable about a boy David (Tobey Maguire) and his sister Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) who are magicked into a TV channel that […]

Jan, 12

The Acid House *** (1998, Stephen McCole, Maurice Roëves, Garry Sweeney, Kevin McKidd, Martin Clunes, Jemma Redgrave, Ewen Bremner) – Classic Movie Review 677

More twisted tales of the Scottish city, with author Leith-born Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) adapting a surreal triptych from his collection of short stories. It’s hard to imagine, but it seems even more extreme than […]

Jan, 12

Invasion of the Body Snatchers ***** (1956, Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates) – Classic Movie Review 676

‘You’re next, you’re next!’ Director Don Siegel’s 1956 original black and white version of Jack Finney’s magazine serial story The Body Snatchers is a bona fide 50s sci-fi classic masterpiece, in which a little US town […]

Jan, 12

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