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.
496 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.
- Female Brain, The (2017)
- Pathetic! At best like an an extended TED talk; at worst...just awful! Boring, silly & to be avoided at all costs.
- DVD $34.95
- Timbuktu (2014)
- Searingly beautiful, quiet & cruel. The tragedy of a a small, devote & articulate Muslim population under the yoke of arbitrary Sharia law imposed by a foreign Tuareg militia. Unforgettable scenes with a surrealistic quality. We failed these people.
- Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
- Remarkable film made by enthusiasts free of mainstream studios. Terrific rare footage integrated with fine original music. A fascinating & tragic story of a fiercely independent woman remembered for her stunning looks rather than her brilliant mind.
- DVD $24.95
- Where Am I Going? (Quo vado?) (2016)
- Genuinely very funny from the first moment. Thereafter humour without pause, Italian–style! Very up–to–date & rather relevant even here. Terrific!
- DVD $29.95
- Classic Albums - Cream (Disraeli Gears) (2005)
- Not a concert, but rather about the structure & origin of some of Cream's most famous songs. Very informative & intelligent analysis; you will learn many unexpected things. Great insights; a very intelligent documentary.
- Sense of an Ending, The (2017)
- Great films have a rythym; this doesn't. Maybe because it's based on a novel. But it's subtle & well–acted and unusual. Recommended.
- DVD $29.95
- Silent Witness (TV Series) (1996)
- Intelligent, articulate and each story totally different.
- Ismael's Ghosts (2017)
- Indulgent & incomprehensible romance spread out over 2 hours. No intrinsic value.
- DVD $24.95
- Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)
- Thoughtful, intelligent & balanced. Intimate portrait of a meteoric rise from poverty in NJ, driven by an ambitious mum. She used drugs from age 10. Her humility & frustations are clear. The real bodyguard explains how few black stars have happy lives.
- DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $24.95
- Light Between Oceans, The (2016)
- Beautifully filmed – captures the feeling of the area. intercut shots of Australia & Otago divert; the light is very different there. Alicia Vikander is wonderful but the movie is let down by a creaky script.Interesting extras. Recomended overall.
- DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95