Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Goldfinger ***** (1964, Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn) – Classic Movie Review 403

‘My name is Pussy Galore’. – Pussy Galore. ‘I must be dreaming’. – James Bond. German star Gert Frobe (1913-88) proves as ideal a villain as Auric Goldfinger as Sean Connery is a hero as […]

Nov, 14 · in Reviews

From Russia with Love ***** (1963, Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Pedro Armendariz) – Classic Movie Review 402

‘Meet James Bond. His new incredible women. His new incredible enemies. His new incredible adventures.’ Following the huge success of Dr No in 1962, the second 007 film is more spectacular and scores strongly as indisputably […]

Nov, 14 · in Reviews

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Film Review

It’s tricky to bring the Nelson Mandela story to the screen, thanks to its complex, awkward issues, both personal and political, and to the long saga-length narrative it involves. Nevertheless William Nicholson manages it convincingly […]

Nov, 14

Barry Lyndon **** (1975, Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee) – Classic Movie Review 401

Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 extraordinary labour of love is a stunningly gorgeous-looking, if languidly paced and over-long (187 minutes) epic movie of William Makepeace Thackeray’s satire on the fortunes of an 18th-century Irish adventurer. Sometimes it […]

Nov, 13

The Hitcher ***** (1986, Rutger Hauer, C Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh) – Classic Movie Review 400

Director Robert Harmon’s awesome 1986 cult psycho horror thriller is a gruesomely terrifying thrill ride. It takes as tenacious a hold on the minds and sensibilities of the audience as its villain Rutger Hauer does on […]

Nov, 13

Dead of Night ***** (1945, Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Googie Withers) – Classic Movie Review 399

‘Suitable only for adults’, according to the poster, this famous vintage 1945 British chiller about a man’s fear of impending doom is satisfying, polished and still truly creepy.  The hero’s half-remembered recurring dream turns into terrible […]

Nov, 13

In Fear – Film Review

Young English couple Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) leave a pub after an argument with the locals and set off in their car on their way to a weekend music festival in […]

Nov, 13



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