Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

High Heels [Tacones lejanos] **** (1991, Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé) – Classic Movie Review 887

‘I hated you sometimes, but even on those times I never stop loving you.’ –  Rebecca Giner. In his 1991 movie High Heels (Tacones Lejanos) writer-director Pedro Almodóvar  comes up the weirdest and most contrived of plots […]

Mar, 09 · in Reviews

High Heels and Low Lifes *** (2001, Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Danny Dyer, Kevin McNally, Michael Gambon) – Classic Movie Review 877

Minnie Driver (playing Shannon) and Mary McCormack (as Frances) try hard as a feisty duo who uncover a bank vault robbery and then plot to blackmail the crooks. If they stumble, it’s because of the clunky […]

Mar, 09 · in Reviews

Something’s Gotta Give **** (2003, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau) – Classic Movie Review 879

Writer-director Nancy Meyers’s 2003 comedy stars Jack Nicholson as the oldest swinger in town, Harry Sanborn , who falls for the 20something daughter, Marin (Amanda Peet), of a playwright, Erica Barry (Diane Keaton).  When Harry […]

Mar, 09

Runaway Bride *** (1999, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Paul Dooley) – Classic Movie Review 878

‘A girl can’t get married in flannel!’ – Maggie Carpenter. The stars of the 1990 hit Pretty Woman are reunited for this equally quirky but less enjoyable romantic comedy. A decade on in 1999, this […]

Mar, 09

The Truth about Cats and Dogs ***½ (1995, Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin) – Classic Movie Review 882

Director Michael Lehmann’s sweet 1995 romantic comedy shows that the course of true love won’t run smooth after successful but plain radio chat show host vet Dr Abby Barnes (played by Janeane Garafalo) gets her lovely […]

Mar, 09

Dolores Claiborne **** (1995, Kathy Bates, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt, David Strathairn, Eric Bogosian, John C Reilly) – Classic Movie Review 886

Director Taylor Hackford employs the admirable Kathy Bates for another ace Stephen King adaptation, after her Oscar-winning performance in Misery (1990). Bates kicks this 1995 movie into top gear as Dolores Claiborne, a Maine matron […]

Mar, 09

The Three Musketeers **** (1921, Douglas Fairbanks Sr, Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Nigel De Brulier, Marguerite De La Motte) – Classic Movie Review 881

Douglas Fairbanks Sr’s 1921 silent movie of the Alexandre Dumas Sr adventure classic is deservedly renowned and celebrated. Director Fred Niblo’s marvellous, meticulous production is colourful, exuberant and appealing, with an ideally cast Fairbanks Sr […]

Mar, 08

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