Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Henry V ***** (1944, Laurence Olivier, Renée Asherson, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Esmond Knight, Leo Genn, Felix Aylmer, George Cole) – Classic Movie Review 138

Laurence Olivier’s inspired and stirring version of the popular historical play by William Shakespeare is a personal triumph for him, a highlight of his life and career. It’s the definitive and classic movie of the […]

Aug, 08 · in Reviews

L’Innocente [The Innocent] ***** (1976, Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill, Marc Porel) – Classic Movie Review 137

‘Peasants always like to see their masters well dressed.’ Italian old master Luchino Visconti’s exquisite, meticulously realised tale of period Italian social manners and the sexual hypocrisy of the age is a magnificent achievement. It’s […]

Aug, 08 · in Reviews

Manhunter ***** (1986, William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina) – Classic Movie Review 136

In his first appearance in book or movie form, the jailed cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter (here spelled Lecktor) is asked to help the haunted and neurotic FBI agent Will Graham (William Petersen) in his […]

Aug, 08

Hannibal ***** (2001, Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore) – Classic Movie Review 135

‘It’s distress that excites him.’ Thomas Harris’s third novel about Hannibal Lecter is utterly bizarre, always thrilling and sometimes disgusting horror stuff of the most playfully gruesome kind. Gleefully opening itself up to accusations of […]

Aug, 08

Rashomon ***** (1950, Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori) – Classic Movie Review 134

Writer-director Akira Kurosawa’s and his country Japan’s breakthrough into world cinema is his great Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film (1952). It was also the winner of the 1951 Golden Lion best film award at the […]

Aug, 07

Once Upon a Time in Mexico – Classic Film Review 133

  Guns blazing, the brilliant and amazingly resourceful hitman El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) blasts everyone in his way of trying to protect Mexico’s president. Robert Rodriguez’s follow-up to El Mariachi and Desperado is a super-stylish […]

Aug, 07

2 Guns **** (2013, Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton) – Movie Review

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg chat away inconsequentially, Tarantino-style, in a diner, discussing meals and donuts while they plan to rob the sleepy bank across the road. But nothing is what it seems in this […]

Aug, 07

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