Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Orphée [Orpheus] ***** (1949, Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa) – Classic Movie Review 117

The French poet Jean Cocteau realises the full magic of the cinema in this 1949 masterpiece of the French avant garde, one of the most exquisite fantasies in the movies. Set in present-day Paris, Orphée […]

Aug, 01 · in Reviews

Hide and Seek **** (2005, Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen) – Classic Movie Review 116

Director John Polson (Swimfan) and writer Ari Schlossberg deliver an extremely sleek, eerie and effective psychological chiller, made in 2005. The polished production and the excellent, highly detailed performances of Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning […]

Aug, 01 · in Reviews

High Noon ***** (1952, Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Harry Morgan, Katy Jurado, Lon Chaney Jr, Otto Kruger) – Classic Movie Review 115

Director Fred Zinnemann’s classic 1952 suspense Western is sparked by a quintessential Gary Cooper performance as Will Kane, the beleaguered and abandoned lawman desperately searching for support to save the ungrateful town of Hadleyville, New […]

Aug, 01

28 Days Later **** (2002, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleeson) – Classic Movie Review 114

This eerie and gripping Brit zombie chiller is stylishly and excitingly done by director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland, reuniting after The Beach (2000). This is Danny Boyle at his best. Cillian Murphy stars […]

Aug, 01

Amarcord ***** (1973, Bruno Zanin, Magali Noël, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia) – Classic Movie Review 113

Italian maestro Federico Fellini’s delightfully nostalgic, semi-autobiographical account of his youth is wonderfully evocative, funny, sad and sometimes even a little heart-stopping. Made and released in Italy in 1973, this delightfully humane, uplifting jewel of […]

Jul, 31

Amadeus ***** (1984, F Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Jones, Elizabeth Berridge) – Classic Movie Review 112

The winner of eight Oscars, including best picture, director and screenplay, this 1984 triumph is a magnificent film of lavish and unique brilliance, with a marvellous cast and brilliant director working at the peak of […]

Jul, 31

Shaun of the Dead **** (2004, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield) – Classic Movie Review 111

Simon Pegg stars in this outstanding, frenzied, often hilarious 2004 British horror comedy, as going-nowhere 29-year-old London electric shop salesman Shaun. He loses his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), upsets his mum and is attacked by a […]

Jul, 31



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