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Sandy’s Film Reviews

31 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Hitsville: The Making of MotownHitsville: The Making of Motown (2019)
4 stars (Very Good) After STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN this is hard work knowing how Gordy exploits his musicians & stars. I watched HITSVILLE 3 times to fairly judge Gordy, ruthless in business, but one of few blacks to run a record co. The DVDS complement each other.
ColetteColette (2018)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Witty script exploited by the passionate & intelligent acting of Knightley, perfectly suited to the role. It's really about trust. Complaints that the movie is not in French are silly, vs. acceptance of Irish films in English, not Gaelic.
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95
Things to ComeThings to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
1 star (Turkey) I find Isabelle Huppert dully bourgeoise among French actresses. As usual, she dominates, with her rapid movements & staccato speech, which is hard to follow on the inadequate subtitles unless you are fluent in French. Not interesting.
DVD $25 $18.75
FriskyFrisky (2015)
1 star (Turkey) Maybe the worst SF movie ever made. Only the scenery impresses, with lots of Mexican labor to keep those nice NZ kauri houses immaculate. Unwatchable trivia.
DVD $19.95 $10
BaitBait (2019)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Unusual. Fascinating EXTRAS such as long interview w/Mark Kermode where Jenkin explains his techniques, motives & that most of the 'actors' are his relatives!! WW1 vintage films included incl. promo for the Great Western Railway & other poetic snippets.
RosieRosie (2018)
3 stars (Good Enough) Heartbreaking – but realistic & relevant to NZ today. Courage of all in the face of knock–backs is moving. I wondered whether the bureaucracy could get away with this exploitation of the homeless in the absence of cell phones? Hand–held camera work.
DVD $29.95
NomadlandNomadland (2020)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Stunning! Frances McDormand is just amazingly convincing & the real homeless folk filmed have much of interest to say. Amazon takes a well–deserved heavy hit & worth watching just to see how these folk are exploited. Plot moves along at a good clip.
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95
AmmoniteAmmonite (2020)
4 stars (Very Good) Kate & Saoirse are, as usual, marvelous but the plot is rather slow–moving, a bit like the geological processes themselves. These are unexplained because they were not understood until the later time of the great Charles Lyell.
DVD $19.95
SummerlandSummerland (2019)
5 stars (Exceptional) Outstanding performance by Atherton & a great plot; a truly lovely DVD. Disagree strongly with cynical EMPIRE review.
DVD $29.95
Promising Young WomanPromising Young Woman (2020)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Brilliant performance by Carey Mulligan even though the events depicted are sordid, if real. A wonderful film, not just for women, but for everyone.
DVD $34.95

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