Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Falcon Takes Over ***½ (1942, George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Edward Gargan, Ward Bond, Hans Conried, Turhan Bey) – Classic Movie Review 741

George Sanders stars in 1942 in a highspot in Michael Arlen’s débonair detective Falcon series, unexpectedly based on Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, and the first film of the great writer’s classic hardboiled thriller novel. […]

Jan, 24 · in Reviews

The Magnificent Ambersons ***** (1942, Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter, Ray Collins) – Classic Movie Review 743

The Magnificent Ambersons, with a screenplay by Orson Welles based on the novel by Booth Tarkington, is two thirds of a cinema masterpiece. Unfortunately, clumsy butchering by RKO studio executives completely ruins the final section […]

Jan, 24 · in Reviews

The Big Sleep *** (1978, Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, James Stewart, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Richard Boone, Edward Fox, John Mills, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews, Richard Todd) – Classic Movie Review 742

Director Michael Winner’s reworking of Howard Hawks’s 1946 film noir masterpiece with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall makes the twin cardinal errors of updating the yarn to the Seventies and misplacing it like a duck […]

Jan, 24

Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte ***** (1964, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Mary Astor, Victor Buono, Cecil Kellaway, Wesley Addy) – Classic Movie Review 737

Director Robert Aldrich’s 1964 movie is an even smarter, though admittedly perhaps not quite as entertaining or iconic, mystery horror thriller, reuniting him with the great Bette Davis, his star on 1962’s What Ever Happened […]

Jan, 23

The English Patient **** (1996, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth) – Classic Movie Review 736

Writer-director Anthony Mingella’s stunning-looking 1996 David Lean-style epic is an unabashed tugger at the heartstrings set at the end of World War Two. Star Ralph Fiennes gives a lofty and aloof performance, leading with his […]

Jan, 23

The Englishman who Went Up a Hill, But Came Down a Mountain *** (1995, Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian McNeice, Ian Hart)- Classic Movie Review 734

In Welsh writer-director Christopher Monger’s 1995’s romantic comedy, Hugh Grant has an awfully small adventure in a Welsh small town in 1917. He and Ian McNeice play English cartographers who arrive to measure the height […]

Jan, 23

Endless Love ** (1981, Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray) – Classic Movie Review 735

It was advertised as ‘the greatest love story of all time’. But posh Italian director Franco Zeffirelli turns Scott Spencer’s novel about 17-year-old American high school student David Axelrod (Martin Hewitt)’s obsessive love for 15-year-old Jade […]

Jan, 23

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