Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

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 · in Reviews

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 · in Reviews

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

Lady in the Lake **** (1947, Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames, Jayne Meadows) – Classic Movie Review 746

This splendidly gimmicky 1947 murder mystery film noir classic is directed by its star Robert Montgomery in his directorial debut, and is based on Raymond Chandler’s renowned hardboiled 1944 novel The Lady in the Lake. In […]

Jan, 25

The Postman Always Rings Twice ***** (1946, Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter) – Classic Movie Review 744

Based on the sizzling hardboiled thriller novel by James M Cain, director Tay Garnett’s 1946 movie is a beloved classic of film noir cinema. Ironically wearing white throughout, Lana Turner glows and smoulders in what’s […]

Jan, 25

Farewell, My Lovely [Murder, My Sweet] ***** (1944, Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley) – Classic Movie Review 739

‘A Sensational Triumph for the NEW Dick Powell.’ Dick Powell bid farewell to the crooning day job when he took over the persona of Raymond Chandler’s classic hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe, up to his neck […]

Jan, 25

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