Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Muriel’s Wedding – Classic Film Review 152

Romcom heaven! P J Hogan’s 1994 movie is a glorious Aussie feel-good romantic comedy drama along the lines of the Ugly Duckling story, in which of course she turns into a beautiful and happy swan. […]

Aug, 11 · in Reviews

Monster’s Ball **** (2001, Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Sean Combs, Mos Def, Amber Rules) – Classic Movie Review 151

A troubled African American woman (Halle Berry) has a dangerous affair with a prejudiced white man (Billy Bob Thornton) in America’s Deep South in director Marc Foster’s posh, classy, complex 2001 romantic drama that tackles the […]

Aug, 11 · in Reviews

Monster **** (2003, Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Pruitt Taylor Vince) – Classic Movie Review 150

An unrecognisable Charlize Theron is an amazing revelation in her 2004 Best Actress Oscar-winning role as blowsy, lowlife Daytona Beach hooker Aileen Wuornos, who went on a killing spree in late-80s Florida, bumping off seven […]

Aug, 11

Ocean’s Eleven **** (1960, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Angie Dickinson, Patrice Wymore, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Richard Conte, Cesar Romero, Shirley MacLaine, George Raft, Red Skelton) – Classic Movie Review 149

The original 1960 Ocean’s Eleven is a very relaxed and agreeable comedy-crime caper with style to spare. Admittedly, at 127 minutes, it’s over long, too slackly paced, and the thin, fantasy thriller plot takes a […]

Aug, 10

Ocean’s Eleven **** (2001, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle) – Classic Movie Review 148

George Clooney inherits Frank Sinatra’s old character of Danny Ocean in this lighthearted, zippy and entertaining 2001 remake of the 1960 comedy thriller about an 11-man gang’s plot to pull off heists (now worth $160million) […]

Aug, 10

White Heat ***** (1949, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Margaret Wycherly, Edmond O’Brien) – Classic Movie Review 147

A perfectly cast James Cagney is brilliant as psychotic, epileptic gangster Cody Jarrett, fixated on his conniving mother Ma Jarrett (Margaret Wycherly) in this awesome gangster movie from 1949. These are truly a couple of […]

Aug, 10

The Adventures of Robin Hood ***** (1938, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains) – Classic Movie Review 146

Eat your hearts out, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe! This is simply the best. They can’t make them like this any more. Dashing, athletic and infectiously fun, Errol Flynn makes an ideal Robin Hood (even […]

Aug, 10

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