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Sandy’s Film Reviews

80 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

BurningBurning (2018)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) Great camera–work & atmospheric, but slow & boring in places. Needs plot development & is thus superficial. Deadly slow!
DVD $29.95
Girls Can't SurfGirls Can't Surf (2020)
4 stars (Very Good) A cheery diversion & a great feminist movie, focussing on a small but fired–up group. Filmed in Australia, California, S. Africa, France & Hawaii. Once admitted, the prizes for women were half those of men. Full acceptance took 20 years.
DVD $29.95
Children of MenChildren of Men (2006)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Hatred of refugees in England well–captured in this frightening but not unconvincing vision of the future. Exceptional extras on disc 2, especially the last: "The Possibility of Hope" by James Lovelock etc. Convincing must–watch predictions.
DVD $20 $15
Hope GapHope Gap (2019)
4 stars (Very Good) A beautiful & moving film, finely paced. Great acting, script and camera work. Sensitive.
SidewaysSideways (2004)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) Very American and very dated – a bad combination. Quite a good script, though. Few Pinots are grown in the area shown, so for a wine drinker, uninformative.
DVD $20 $15
DonbassDonbass (2018)
1 star (Turkey) Confusing and very depressing. The 'humour' in it had no appeal for me
Romantic RoadRomantic Road (2017)
4 stars (Very Good) Sensitive, intelligent, amusing & beautiful. A lovely, eccentric true film. Intelligent & witty Indian, Nepali & Bangladeshi characters enliven the whole movie, as in real life.
DVD $29.95
Kite Runner, TheKite Runner, The (2007)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Upper–class Afghans in the 70s. Great story & scenery, made in Chinese Sinkiang (Kashgar & Tashkurgan). Part–funded by China, but a great film and accurate. Few shots of Kabul now ruined, just like Sinkiang. SFO is real. Taliban hatred of Hazari is real.
DVD $25 $18.75
I Am GretaI Am Greta (2020)
3 stars (Good Enough) Not really a glimpse of her inner life. Rather a portrait of one driven by her father's ambition. I think she's a hero, but here she is a puppet. The film doesn't do justice to this brave girl, nor does it explain how she is such a brilliant speaker.
DVD $29.95
Far from VietnamFar from Vietnam (1967)
4 stars (Very Good) Brilliant, but challenging. Very French perspective. Highlights for me were the scenes of war–torn Hanoi & interview with Fidel Castro advising that US technological superiority can never enable victory against guerrillas. Protest scenes in DC too long.

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