Derek Winnert

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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands – Classic Film Review 482

Robert Carlyle stars as Jimmy, a Glasgow-based small-time crook who heads back for his Nottingham home town to try to win back his ex-girlfriend Shirley (Shirley Henderson) after seeing her humiliate her live-in boyfriend Dek (Rhys […]

Dec, 07 · in Reviews

A Room for Romeo Brass **** (1998, Andrew Shim, Ben Marshall, Paddy Considine, Vicky McClure, Frank Harper, Julia Ford, James Higgins, Ladene Hall, Bob Hoskins, Shane Meadows) – Classic Film Review 481

Co-writer-director Shane Meadows’s 1998 film reunites him with co-writer Paul Fraser and cinematographer Ashley Rowe, after their success with 1997’s boxing club movie Twenty Four Seven. The friendship of 12-year-old best mates Romeo Brass and […]

Dec, 07 · in Reviews

25th Hour – Classic Film Review 480

In 2002, director Spike Lee turns in a particularly gritty, provocative, moving and emotionally satisfying movie. Edward Norton is scaldingly good as convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan sentenced to a seven-year jail term, but enjoying his last 24 hours […]

Dec, 07

Twenty Four Seven ***½ (1997, Bob Hoskins, Danny Nussbaum) – Classic Film Review 479

Bob Hoskins enjoys himself enormously in a tailor-made role as Alan Darcy, an inspired visionary who sets up a boxing club for a bleak English Midlands town’s dissolute youth. His diaries chart the lads’ comic […]

Dec, 07

The Thin Red Line ***** (1998, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, John Cusack, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Woody Harrelson, John C Reilly) – Classic Movie Review 478

An absolutely stonking, gut-wrenching and astounding poetic war movie masterpiece from legendary writer-director Terrence Malick, this was only his third film in three decades. Based on the autobiographical 1962 novel by James Jones (From Here […]

Dec, 07

Young Adam **** (2003, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer) – Classic Movie Review 477

In writer-director David Mackenzie’s 2003 film, Ewan McGregor gives his best, most convincing performance in ages, back in his native Scottish accent and setting, and truly inhabiting his character as a young drifter called Joe. […]

Dec, 07

Barton Fink – Classic Film Review 476

‘There’s only one thing stranger than what’s going on inside his head. What’s going on outside.’ John Turturro stars as the eponymous Barton Fink in the Coen Brothers Joel and Ethan’s clever, witty 1991 Hollywood black […]

Dec, 06

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