Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Marriage of Maria Braun [Die Ehe der Maria Braun] ***** (1979, Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny) – Classic Movie Review 6184

Co-writer/ producer/ director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s polished 1979 German gem won Hanna Schygulla the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1979 for her startling, eye-opening performance as Maria Braun, a poor young […]

Nov, 03 · in Uncategorized

Effi Briest **** (1974, Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel, Karl-Heinz Böhm) – Classic Movie Review 6183

Writer-producer-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 German gem is based on the novel by Theodor Fontane. These were glory days for Fassbinder. Fassbinder turns this 19th-century tale of the teenaged beauty Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) into one of […]

Nov, 03 · in Uncategorized

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds **** (1972, Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach) – Classic Movie Review 6182

Director Paul Newman provides a whacking great role for his wife Joanne Woodward in his 1972 film of Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer-prize play, adapted for the screen by writer Alvin Sargent. It is a little known […]

Nov, 03

The Mountain Between Us ** (2017, Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney) – Movie Review

Director Hany Abu-Assad’s relentlessly old-fashioned mix of survival movie and romantic drama limps along enjoyably enough, though without much conviction or credibility. It has some tense, exciting scenes, but it also regularly stalls in talky […]

Nov, 03

Wrong Is Right [The Man with the Deadly Lens] *** (1982, Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Katharine Ross, Robert Conrad, G D Spradlin, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Webber, Hardy Kruger, Dean Stockwell, Ron Moody) – Classic Movie Review 6181

Writer/ co-producer/ director Richard Brooks goes for the idea of Dr Strangelove meets Network in his bold 1982 satirical-minded thriller based on the novel The Better Angels by Charles McCarry. Sean Connery stars as the […]

Nov, 02

The Watcher in the Woods ** (1980, Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor) – Classic Movie Review 6180

John Hough directs this intriguing and harmless but flaccid, predictable and listless 1980 Walt Disney Productions chiller, a family horror mystery, nicely shot in Technicolor. With Brian Clemens, Rosemary Anne Sisson and Harry Spalding’s screenplay based […]

Nov, 02

Every Time We Say Goodbye ** (1986, Tom Hanks, Cristina Marsillach, Benedict Taylor) – Classic Movie Review 6179

Co-writer/ director Moshe Mizrahi’s simple, easy-going, slightly sudsy 1986 romantic movie stars Tom Hanks as David, an eager American World War Two wartime flier who joins the RAF and is recovering in Jerusalem after a leg […]

Nov, 02

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