Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Singin’ in the Rain ***** (1952, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor) – Classic Movie Review 6

Hooray for most everybody’s favourite, all-time great musical, with treasurable songs, a brilliantly witty sense of humour, a vibrant insider’s sense of the cinema and a clutch of remarkable, exuberant turns. Jean Hagen plays Lina […]

Jun, 27 · in Reviews

Kind Hearts and Coronets ***** (1949, Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson) – Classic Movie Review 5

‘I shot an arrow in the air; she fell to earth in Berkeley Square.’ In his first film for Ealing Studios, Alec Guinness gives a brilliant display of his remarkable versatility and exquisite comic touch […]

Jun, 26 · in Reviews

North by Northwest ***** (1959, Cary Grant, James Mason, Eva Marie Saint, Jessie Royce Landis, Martin Landau, Leo G Carroll) – Classic Movie Review 4

Was any thriller busier, faster or more polished? Buckle up for Alfred Hitchcock’s great 1959 chase-thriller ride, following the desperate knife-edge fate of charismatic but smug and selfish middle-aged Madison Avenue advertising executive Cary Grant […]

Jun, 25

The Godfather: Part II ***** (1974, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro) – Classic Movie Review 3

‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.’ Part II of The Godfather starts in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 1958, with the tormented Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) now head of the ‘family’, having inherited the […]

Jun, 24

The Godfather ***** (1972, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda) – Classic Movie Review 2

Although reluctant to take on the project, Francis Ford Coppola hit the jackpot with his 1972 film version of Mario Puzo’s saga about Mafia ‘family’ loyalties in the New York underworld, enjoying tremendous public and […]

Jun, 23

Casablanca ***** (1942, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, S Z Sakall, Dooley Wilson, Leonid Kinskey, Marcel Dalio, Madeleine Lebeau) – Classic Movie Review 1

You must remember this: arguably, the world’s best loved film and most perfect piece of cinema escapism. It didn’t look like it would amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world when Warner […]

Jun, 22

Black Rock – Film Review

Friends since childhood Abby, Lou and Sarah decide to put aside their adult differences for a weekend holiday to remote and apparently deserted Black Rock island. Big mistake! Bad men there. They meet three war […]

Jun, 21

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