Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Celluloid Closet **** (1995, Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Gore Vidal, Farley Granger, Harvey Fierstein, Quentin Crisp, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks) – Classic Film Review 656

Joint directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s 1995 invaluable documentary is a revealing and entertaining look at cinema’s 100 years of hidden agendas. Armistead Maupin’s screenplay is based on Vito Russo’s landmark book on gays […]

Jan, 08 · in Reviews

Phone Booth – Classic Film Review 655

Colin Farrell stars as slick and cocky New York PR guy Stu Shepard , who is trapped in a phone booth by a sniper (Kiefer Sutherland), threatening – on the phone – to shoot him unless […]

Jan, 08 · in Reviews

White Squall **** (1996, Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, John Savage, Ryan Phillippe, Scott Wolf, Ethan Embry, Jeremy Sisto) – Classic Movie Review 654

Jeff Bridges stars as sea captain Christopher ‘Skipper’ Sheldon, who teaches a bunch of teenage lads the ropes aboard ships, in this 1996 thrilling, old-style high-seas adventure. It’s based on a real tale in 1960 when […]

Jan, 08

The Client **** (1994, Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, J T Walsh, Will Patton, William H Macy) – Classic Movie Review 653

Director Joel Schumacher’s tense and exciting 1994 thriller is still the best of the film adaptations of John Grisham’s legal mystery novels so far. It’s boosted by a rousing turn from Oscar-nominated Susan Sarandon as […]

Jan, 08

Clerks **** (1994, Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti) – Classic Movie Review 652

A local convenience store assistant called Dante Hicks (played by Brian O’Halloran) is forced to open up the premises when his colleague fails to arrive, encountering some oddball customers, his girlfriend and Randal Graves (Jeff […]

Jan, 08

Running Scared **** (2006, Paul Walker) – Classic Movie Review 651

Paul Walker gets his toughest role as low-ranking crook Joey Gazelle, is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of the gun that killed a dirty cop in a drug-op gone bad. Filmed largely in […]

Jan, 08

The Faculty **** (1998, Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris) – Classic Movie Review 650

A hottish young cast spur this cheeky, hip and edgy youth-appeal 1998 horror thriller from Robert Rodriguez, the director of Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn, and Kevin Williamson, the writer of Scream and Scream […]

Jan, 08

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