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Sandy’s Film Reviews

31 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The BandOnce Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019)
3 stars (Good Enough) Older Robertson looks back. Robbie's fantasies about what was not so smooth. Ronnie Hawkins is good. The Band is impressive after BIG PINK but for me the magic of THE LAST WALTZ is not recaptured.
DVD $19.95
Last Black Man in San Francisco, TheLast Black Man in San Francisco, The (2019)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Interestingly different, with a rather distinctive humour. A harsh and true criticism of the gentrification of the heart of the residential district of SF so that most ordinary people cannot live there anymore. A lesson for South Auckland?
Eyes of Orson Welles, TheEyes of Orson Welles, The (2018)
5 stars (Exceptional) A stunning Irish paean to the genius & courage of Welles across many fields. Utterly unique. Welles as an artist is a revelation. Sensitive dialogue – I especially liked his 3rd daughter – the "rocker chick". Not to be missed!
Sea FeverSea Fever (2019)
3 stars (Good Enough) Scarily realistic sci–fi made by Scandinavian filmmakers on a traditional Irish fishing vessel with a bright young PhD student on board. A whispery soundtrack makes it hard to follow despite some subtitles.
DVD $24.95
Hermitage: The Power of ArtHermitage: The Power of Art (Ermitage. Il potere dell'arte) (2019)
5 stars (Exceptional) Great cinematography & excellent commentary. Deeply informative & spectacular not only about the Hermitage but also the history of St Petersburg and what makes it so special.rnTerrific – not boring.
DVD $29.95
Booksellers, TheBooksellers, The (2019)
3 stars (Good Enough) For aficionados, a record of a lost world–thanks to the internet. Unlike the great US & UK docos on vinyl stores struggling on, this is humorless. Substandard cinematography. Simple explanations of why some books have value and others not would help.
DVD $29.95
Mother is Wrong (TV Mini-series)Mother is Wrong (TV Mini-series) (Maman a tort) (2018)
5 stars (Exceptional) Very excellent & gripping policier but all characters realistic & likeable. V. intense & complex, but heartbreaking. Spectacularly shot in Le Havre, which adds a special quality. English subtitles a bit fast. Terrific!
DVD $34.95
Insult, TheInsult, The (2017)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) A tiresome movie. Avoid.
DVD $29.95
WavesWaves (2006)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Unique film about Chinese teenage girls gradually adapting to life at HVHS (mostly) & our very different culture. Very realistic; captures the true character of the students and their adaptive strategies. Highly recommended & moving.
DVD $19.95 $14.95
BarakaBaraka (1993)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Visually stunning, no dialogue; overwhelming as to world population size.

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