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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.

551 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

City of GhostsCity of Ghosts (2017)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) I explored Raqqa in 2009. Raqqa was to avoid, a reason why ISIS made it their HQ. These speeches of al–Baghdadi were recorded in Mosul, as is well–known. This doco is not contemporary, definitive nor the work of 'citizen journalists". It's bogus.
DVD $29.95
A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2015)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Ove is seemingly not a likeable character, but during this black comedy, much enlivened by a delightful migrant Iranian family, we gradually learn his moving story. Overall, well worth watching!
DVD $24.95
Zero DaysZero Days (2016)
5 stars (Exceptional) Politically powerful & very relevant doco on the recent comprehensive cyber–attack on Iran by the USA, Israel & Britain. A clear picture of likely future wars, how they may affect YOU, and who the real global terrorists are. Well–made & well–informed.
DVD $24.95
See You Up ThereSee You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017)
3 stars (Good Enough) Very unusual French film about WW1; very clever and conversations/subtitles overly fast. Bizarre & very 'French', for aficionados only, of which i previously falsely counted myself!
DVD $24.95
Girl in the Spider's Web, TheGirl in the Spider's Web, The (2018)
4 stars (Very Good) Complex, gripping thriller. Claire Foy is great as Lisbeth Salander but lacks the nuances of the original lead, Noomi Rapace. And the motivation, too. But many hours of violent fun are guaranteed! Great movie!
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Tim's VermeerTim's Vermeer (2013)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Slow moving & less interesting than The Girl with the Pearl Earring but much more informative. Focussed on art historians rather than art as such.
In the FadeIn the Fade (2017)
5 stars (Exceptional) Very fine movie of the destruction of a Kurdish–German family by the Far Right in Europe. Very relevant today. Miscegenation is the greatest anathema to the Far Right, yet has risen steadily since 1934 & has many genetic benefits. Not violent, moving.
DVD $29.95
WildlifeWildlife (2018)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Moving, but not simplistic. Life in the US for poor whites, 1960. Nothing about wildlife! Sexual relationships in poor families are driven by the money–earning ability of men. The interaction of economics & love is very relevant to NZ problems.
DVD $29.95
Mr. Stein Goes OnlineMr. Stein Goes Online (Un profil pour deux) (2017)
4 stars (Very Good) Uniquely unusual – not quite a farce, but a complex film about love & loneliness and manipulation. Fast–paced, complex, & sophisticated. Full of subtle jokes. Nothing like it in English. Very entertaining!
DVD $24.95
Thérèse DesqueyrouxThérèse Desqueyroux (Therese Desqueyroux) (2012)
4 stars (Very Good) Beautifully lit, composed & acted – what more! An agonising tale. Audrey Tautou is splendid; more intense than ever. Her best performance so far, I think. Filmed in Aquitaine, SW France. Terrific!
DVD $19.95

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