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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.

622 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (2019)
5 stars (Exceptional) Brilliant and magisterially told by Helen Mirren. Heartbreaking but uplifting. Interviews with living contemporaries and historians. However often you've read her story, there is plenty that is new here. A modern doppelganger wanders with you.
DVD $29.95
Good PostureGood Posture (2019)
1 star (Turkey) A very incoherent film of doubtful wit.
DVD $24.95
Blinded By the LightBlinded By the Light (2019)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) A really lovely film. Funny, up–to–date & stylish. Very clever story–line, great acting and superb camera work. Highly recommended!
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95
Civilisation (TV Series)Civilisation (TV Series) (1969)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Disc 1:Stilted Christian focus anti–Muslim. Disc 2: Better more attention on cultural context.#7 on Vermeer & Holland a delight still strong Christian & anti–German focus; ignores rest of the world.
In AmericaIn America (2002)
4 stars (Very Good) Wonderful, heart–warming film of true multicultural love. A movie of courage; bravely showing the way that families can be.
DVD $19.95 $14.95
Grosse Pointe BlankGrosse Pointe Blank (1997)
3 stars (Good Enough) Good comedy!
Why We FightWhy We Fight (2005)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) BBC/ARTE. Unfortunately still very relevant. Covers the entire period from Eisenhower (1961) to Iraq II 2001 (40 years). A calm weighing of all points – USA is an aggressor state. Vidal wittily sums up the "United States of Amnesia".
Happy as LazzaroHappy as Lazzaro (2018)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Shows a feudal lifestyle that could be 1000 years old, but is contemporary, labourers exploited by the landowner only to then live in squalor in the city. A very diverse and talented cast have created a movie that is completely unique, unlike any other.
DVD $29.95
Ruben Brandt, CollectorRuben Brandt, Collector (2018)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Very clever, w/stunning graphics. Entertaining w/great music. Esp. funny if you know the Musee d'Orsay & Paris. Interest in art, acrobatics, car chases & dreams will also help. Amusing take–off of great artworks, all transformed into Dadaism.
DVD $24.95
HustlersHustlers (2019)
2 stars (Good Try) 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

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