Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Reflecting Skin **** (1990, Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper) – Classic Movie Review 733

Writer-director Philip Ridley’s ultra-disturbing and dazzling 1990 art movie mixes horror, movie poetry and black humour to commanding effect. Jeremy Cooper (aged 10) plays Seth Dove, a fantasising boy in rural America in the 1950s, whose father, […]

Jan, 22 · in Reviews

The Passion of Darkly Noon **** (1995, Brendan Fraser, Ashley Judd, Viggo Mortensen) – Classic Movie Review 732

Clever British writer-director Philip Ridley’s 1996 mystery thriller is a real eye-opener. Brendan Fraser stars as Darkly Noon, a handsome young man with a strict religious background, who is found ailing and exhausted in the American […]

Jan, 22 · in Reviews

Teenage *** (2013) – Movie Review

Writer-director Matt Wolf and Jon Savage’s documentary, comprised of rare archival material, filmed portraits and voices lifted from early 20th-century diary entries, has a good go at providing a back story to the arrival of the teenager […]

Jan, 22

August: Osage County (Streep/Roberts) – Film Review

A stagey, sub-Tennessee Williams family drama unfolds as all the skeletons come out of the closet when nasty, cancer-stricken, dysfunctional matriarch Violet Weston (Meryl Streep)’s family gather at their Oklahoma house for the patrirch’s funeral […]

Jan, 22

Grudge Match ** (2013, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Kevin Hart) – Movie Review

Robert De Niro is 71 and Sylvester Stallone a mere stripling at 67. In any other business, they’d have been retired, but in the showbusiness they’re about the busiest folks around. Somehow, they’ve managed to keep […]

Jan, 22

The General ***** (1926, Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender) – Classic Movie Review 731

Buster Keaton stars in this 1926 unchallenged silent comic masterpiece, set in the American Civil War and based on a real incident as told in the story The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittinger. A hugely-admired masterpiece as […]

Jan, 22

The Hunchback of Notre Dame ***** (1923, Lon Chaney Sr, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry) – Classic Mlovie Review 730

Director Wallace Worsley’s brilliant 1923 silent version of the Victor Hugo classic still thrills and astounds thanks to the marvellous, costly Universal studio production, huge crowd scenes, astonishing production designs and sets, and the rousing telling […]

Jan, 21

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