Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The To Do List ** (2013, Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Steele, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – Movie Review

Aubrey Plaza stars as sexually inexperienced Brandy Klark, who makes a list of sex things to accomplish before she goes to college. Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson and Sarah Steele are the other key players. Packed with […]

Oct, 07 · in Reviews

Machete Kills * (2103, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen) – Movie Review

Danny Trejo returns from Robert Rodriguez’s 2010 movie Machete as the knife-wielding Mexican ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the US President (Charlie Sheen, billed under his real name as Carlos Estevez) for a […]

Oct, 07 · in Reviews

Gangs of New York ***** (2002, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Henry Thomas) – Classic Movie Review 276

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese’s eagerly awaited, highly ambitious and well received 2002 American fictional historical epic. In an unpleasant slap in the face, it was nominated for 10 Oscars and didn’t win a single one. […]

Oct, 07

Red River ***** (1948, John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan) – Classic Movie Review 275

Producer-director Howard Hawks’s mammoth epic 1948 classic Western gives John Wayne one of his best ever roles as Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunson, a tyrannical empire-building cattleman. He seems to relish kicking up the dust, playing opposite […]

Oct, 06

The Lodger (A Story of the London Fog) ***** (1927, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, June, Arthur Chesney, Malcolm Keen) – Classic Movie Review 274

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film version of the famous novel by Mrs Belloc Lowndes is fascinating as his first film to showcase his themes and directorial flourishes. He proudly and rightly called his third film, […]

Oct, 06

Lifeboat **** (1944, Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak) – Classic Movie Review 273

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1944 self-imposed challenge in limiting himself to making a movie with a tiny group of people and restricting himself to a single miniscule setting proves a remarkable success. Thus inspired, he somehow manages to […]

Oct, 06

Boogie Nights ***** (1997, Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds) – Classic Movie Review 272

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 breakthrough movie is a very adult, brilliantly staged epic look at the LA porn scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Epic in scale as well as running time (155 […]

Oct, 06

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