Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Hot Enough for June [Agent 8 3/4] ** (1964, Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley, Leo McKern) – Classic Movie Review 8855

In the year after From Russia with Love, The Rank Organisation studios thought it was time to send up secret agents, so they got Dirk Bogarde to play Nicholas Whistler, a bumbling British Czech-fluent writer […]

Aug, 22 · in Reviews

Angel Has Fallen *** (2019, Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Piper Perabo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Danny Huston, Nick Nolte, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson) – Movie Review

Who’d have thought Olympus Has Fallen (2013) would turn into a trilogy? The third ‘… Has Fallen’ action thriller movie, Angel Has Fallen (2019), is surprisingly good, much better than expected, mixing well-staged violent action […]

Aug, 22 · in Reviews

The Hot Rock [How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons] **** (Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Zero Mostel, Moses Gunn, William Redfield) – Classic Movie Review 8854

Director Peter Yates’s thoroughly enjoyable and entirely amusing 1972 comedy thriller heist caper yarn The Hot Rock [How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons] stars Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, […]

Aug, 22

Bank Shot *** (1974, George C Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke, Clifton James, Bob Balaban) – Classic Movie Review 8853

Director Gower Champion’s 1974 comedy crime thriller Bank Shot stars George C Scott as Walter Ballantine, who leads a gang with a novel idea in bank heists – actually uprooting and driving away an entire […]

Aug, 22

Pirates ** (1986, Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Damien Thomas, Richard Pearson, Roy Kinnear, Ferdy Mayne, Charlotte Lewis) – Classic Movie Review 8852

Tess in 1979 was the final film directed by Roman Polanski for seven years until his 1986 swashbuckler pirate movie Pirates. Roman Polanski’s rollicking 1986 pirate romp Pirates boasts a jolly performance by Walter Matthau […]

Aug, 22

That Uncertain Feeling *** (1941, Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith) – Classic Movie Review 8851

‘Success in business is 50 per cent hard work and 50 per cent the right cigar.’ – Larry Baker. Director Ernst Lubitsch remakes his 1925 silent movie Kiss Me Again as the 1941 film That […]

Aug, 21

Blinded by the Light *** (2019, Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra) – Movie Review –

Director Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light is a good-natured, often amusing and affecting musical comedy drama, inspired by the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, and set in the dark days of Margaret Thatcher’s […]

Aug, 21

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