Derek Winnert

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The Lady from Shanghai ***** (1947, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane) – Classic Movie Review 747

Dusting himself off in 1947 after all his troubles on Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles writes, produces, directs and stars in this teasing, exhilarating tour de force that breaks most of the usual the […]

Jan, 25 · in Reviews

Million Dollar Baby – Classic Film Review 750

Director Clint Eastwood’s 2004 Oscar-winning movie sees him also star as Frankie Dunn, a grizzled old hard-nut who owns a rundown old gym, where he scratches a living training boxers. One day a girl, Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary […]

Jan, 25 · in Reviews

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ** (2004, Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant) – Classic Movie Review 749

Dear diary, As I was writing back in 2001, I’ve found total bliss with my Mr Right, a clumsy bloke called Darcy, (Colin Firth). But now, as I start this new diary in 2004, there’s […]

Jan, 25

The Bridges of Madison County **** (1995, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley) – Classic Movie Review 748

Get out a full bumper-sized box of tissues for star-director Clint Eastwood’s cute, bittersweet Sixties-set Brief Encounter-style 1995 romantic weepie. It is polished, posh and poignant, casting its spell and weaving its magic. Eastwood forsakes […]

Jan, 25

The Big Heat ***** (1953, Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Jocelyn Brando) – Classic Movie Review 738

Director Fritz Lang’s 1953 humdinger of a film-noir classic crime thriller sees the director and his actors shooting with all guns blazing. Glenn Ford stars as tough, maverick cop called Detective Sergeant Dave Bannion, who […]

Jan, 25

Farewell, My Lovely **** (1975, Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Harry Dean Stanton, Anthony Zerbe, Joe Spinell, Sylvia Miles) – Classic Movie Review 740

Director Dick Richards just caught Robert Mitchum, aged 58, while he was still in his world-weary prime in 1975 to play classic private eye Philip Marlowe in this enjoyable, taut and atmospheric remake of Raymond […]

Jan, 25

The Postman Always Rings Twice ***** (1981, Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos) – Classic Movie Review 745

Jack Nicholson stars as seedy punk drifter Frank Chambers and Jessica Lange teams up with him as sultry and seductive lunch wagon waitress Cora Papadakis – not the plain, ordinary Cora Smith of the Lana […]

Jan, 25

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