Sandy’s Film Reviews
About me: John OShea at the Onslow College Film Club helped open my eyes to quality movies in the early 60s. Since then I was a regular at the Auckland Film Festival and later the Wellington Film Festival from 1983. My taste is very wide; currently documentaries (truth is very edgy), including blues music & other popular genres. Great films seen include the Iranian film The Separation and Marcel Ophuls Memory of Justice...and many more!
My website: Takaro.
613 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.
- Hustlers (2019)
- Trashy but stylish decade in the life of a group of strippers; friends, to a degree. Shallow charactersisation & lack of motivation other than shallow material greed eroded a sense of progression. NZ prostitutes have different values from these women.
- DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95
- Anna (2019)
- Nice Russian spy thriller, sharply plotted. Never a dull moment!rnA bit like a version of the French Nikita, updated, though the loyalties are less convincing.
- DVD $19.95 | Blu-Ray $24.95
- High Art (1998)
- Well–designed & structured in New York. Fascinating characters, all well–acted. Witty, amusing and, yes, pointed.
- Miseducation of Cameron Post, The (2018)
- Cleverly edited & never banal. Chloe Moretz shines in the lead role. One's heart bleeds for her. Interesting & distinctive story with a witty dialogue, but the ubiquity of religious belief in the US is tyrannical. Intelligent and brave.
- DVD $39.95
- A Vigilante (2018)
- Very unusual social thriller, women–centrist. Spare in style. Fine acting & very intense. Realistic violence and psychological tension and hate. Well done.
- DVD $29.95 | Blu-Ray $34.95
- Quills (2000)
- Paris 1794 Marquis de Sade composes Justine in the unconvincingly clean Charenton Asylum, where inmates can have their own rooms. Perfectly cast, with Kate Winslet the innocent maid longing for indecencies. Lacks the depth of Marat/Sade 1967
- Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) (2018)
- Farhadi treats families like onions–he gently peels back the layers which expose unexpected truths. He well understands the human heart. This movie wonderfully shows complex extended family interactions yet is simultaneously a taut, convincing thriller.
- DVD $24.95
- Under the Silver Lake (2018)
- Surrealistic, but dumb. Facile & without humour.
- DVD $24.95
- Nightingale, The (2019)
- Brutal portrait of the life of Australian convicts under British rule. The mythical friendship with the last living Aborigine is moving and convincing, even if the Aboriginal actor had to come from the mainland. All Tasmanian Aborigines were murdered.
- DVD $24.95
- Courted (2015)
- Very French – entertaining & eccentric. A definitely different romantic film. Subtle acting and direction. Nice!