Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Rounders **** (1998, Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, Gretchen Moll) – Classic Movie Review 392

‘Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.’ – Mike McDermott. John Dall, the director of Kill Me Again, The Last […]

Nov, 11 · in Reviews

Lolita ***** (1962, James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers) – Classic Movie Review 391

Director Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking 1962 film of Vladimir Nabokov’s famous controversial tale of an older man’s obsession for a young, under-age girl is a darkly comic study in obsession. It takes social realism and turns it […]

Nov, 11 · in Reviews

Jamaica Inn *** (1939, Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara) – Classic Movie Review 390

Even if you think of this 1939 pirate malarkey as a period whodunit, director Alfred Hitchcock is way off his usual territory with such melodramatic costume drama hokum based Daphne du Maurier’s period novel. Moderate […]

Nov, 10

The Phantom of the Opera **** (1962, Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Michael Gough) – Classic Movie Review 389

Director Terence Fisher’s 1962 British remake of the Gaston Leroux novel Le Fantöme de l’Opera is welcome and enjoyable. Hammer Films’ gothic romantic horror movie proves a sterling piece of work. Following the famed footsteps […]

Nov, 10

Phantom of the Opera **** (1943, Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains) – Classic Movie Review 388

Universal studios light comedy specialist Arthur Lubin turns his hand to the screen’s classic of terror in 1943. And he makes a neat job of directing this incredibly beautiful, extremely opulent version of the 1925 […]

Nov, 10

The Wrong Man ***** (1957, Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle) – Classic Film Review 387

Roman Catholic to its very soul, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1957 true-life near docudrama is a devastating portrait of a guiltless victim and his martyrdom. It’s the story of a tormented, Christ-like figure. This time, it’s not […]

Nov, 10

Stagecoach ***** (1939, John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft) – Classic Movie Review 386

‘My name’s John Ford and I make Westerns,’ said the director, and this double Oscar-winning 1939 masterwork is his most famous. In it, a motley crew of misfits tries to cross the New Mexico Territory in a […]

Nov, 10

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