Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? ***** (1962, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford) – Classic Movie Review 339

Joan Crawford: ‘You wouldn’t be able to do these awful things to me if I weren’t still in this [wheel]chair.’ Bette Davis: ‘Butcha ARE, Blanche, ya ARE !’ Finally together on screen, lifetime Hollywood arch-rivals […]

Jun, 18 · in Reviews

Welcome to the Punch ** (2013, James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey, Peter Mullen) – Movie Review

I’m sorry to be very hard on this slick, fast-moving and atmospheric London-set crime thriller, but, though it’s sometimes exciting, it really doesn’t offer many surprises or real thrills and the story is so complicated […]

Jun, 18 · in Reviews

Warm Bodies **** (2013, Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco) – Film Review

‘Who says romance is dead?’ Based on the debut novel by Isaac Marion, this surprisingly appealing zom-rom-com is loads better than expected. Intended for the slightly smarter, older end of the Twilight market, it’s a […]

Jun, 18

Trance – Film Review

After his triumph with the Olympics opening ceremony, the pressure is on Danny Boyle to come up with a film of genius. And here it kind of is. Boyle must have been the smartest kid […]

Jun, 18

Skyfall ***½ (2012, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes) – Movie Review

By now everyone’s idea of James Bond, Daniel Craig completes his 007 hat trick with this oddly eccentric – though endearing and polished – entry, directed with style, flair and conviction by posh theatre man […]

Jun, 18

Parker ***½ (2013, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Patti LuPone, Clifton Collins Jr, Bobby Cannavale, Emma Booth) – Movie Review

Jason Statham completely nails the role of ruthless, ultra-resourceful crook Parker in director Taylor Hackford’s pounding, pacy 2013 epic action thriller, based on ace crime writer Donald Westlake’s story. It delivers exactly what it says […]

Jun, 17

Point Blank ***** (1967, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn) – Classic Movie Review 172

British director John Boorman’s first Hollywood film is a brilliantly ambitious, compelling, brutal revenge thriller with a terrific and terrifying persona-defining performance by Lee Marvin as the hero called Walker. While stealing a fortune from […]

Jun, 17

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