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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.

570 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Last Dogs of Winter, TheLast Dogs of Winter, The (2011)
4 stars (Very Good) Stunning photography captures the bleakness & quirky charm of Hudson Bay residents. An inspired initiative of NZ film–making. The beautiful Qimmiq dogs have been reduced from 25,000 to only 100 today but need to be kept outside, even in winter.
DVD $39.95, $89.95
Viceroy's HouseViceroy's House (2017)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Portrays one of the greatest & most heart–rending events in the 20thC, exposing the foolish deal that destroyed the lives of 15 m, incl. 2 m. dead (Wikipedia). Ongoing enmity today. Great direction & contemporary footage. A great vista of a vital event.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Guilty, TheGuilty, The (Den skyldige) (2018)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Subtle, complex & realistic. Minimalistic; brilliant acting by just one policeman. A powerful psychological drama, very well done. Completely gripping!
DVD $24.95
Lost in ParisLost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2016)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Different! Extraordinary visuals from the start. Amazing colours – loved the CG. Beautiful lighting. Witty, but not a very convincing fantasy. Light–hearted fun.
DVD $29.95
LovelessLoveless (2017)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) Harsh & sordid. A really dark film with no convincing redeeming features.
DVD $29.95
Unknown Soldier, TheUnknown Soldier, The (2006)
3 stars (Good Enough) Difficult to watch. Lots of contemporary footage of atrocities and coverups. Great contrast between honest young expert German historians & the "excuses" of ex–soldiers. Preferred "The Nasty Girl" as this newer movie is too intense & unstructured.
Hours, TheHours, The (2002)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Complex & densely plotted so that the original novel "Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf is split over 3 time periods in the US. Stunning caste and a very hard realistic view of the inner lives of women in relationships. Brilliant plot & profound.
DVD $20 $15
SerenitySerenity (2019)
2 stars (Good Try) Not much serenity! B–grade entertainment, unprofessionally made. BTW, satellite tracking shows that frigate birds regularly migrate over extensive land masses like Java en route to the Arafura Sea. Dramatic overall; just sloppy.
DVD $29.95 | Blu-Ray $34.95
I Think We're Alone NowI Think We're Alone Now (2018)
1 star (Turkey) Spooky trivia! Don't waste your time with this.
DVD $29.95
Old DogOld Dog (2018)
4 stars (Very Good) Great NZ doco with terrific human/dog portraits. Strongly recommended. Quite emotional. Docos don't get better than this!
DVD $24.95

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