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.
514 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.
- Ma Mere (My Mother) (2004)
- C–grade movie with no redeeming features – i've no idea why Huppert wastes her skills on such rubbish!
- Daughters of the Dust (1991)
- For African–American history this movie is unhelpful. There's no plot, no character development and no way to determine relationships. The dialect is hard to follow without subtitles. With a lot of ads up–front, this DVD is a challenge!
- Neruda (2016)
- What is about the Andes that, to the east (dry) side all the movies are great fun (Argentina), but only a few miles west (Chile, wet) they tend to be dull & overly complex? Neruda is considered a figure of mythic status here. Other reviewers disagree.
- DVD $29.95
- Bound (1996)
- Fiendishly clever! Comedic crime/sex thriller. Somewhat stylish. No "shrinking Violets" here! Excellent.
- DVD $24.95
- Housekeeper, The (Une Femme de Menage) (2002)
- Not in the same class as Berri's earlier movies. Slow & predictable. The beach is in Brittany (hence cold), just past Carnac & thus likely Le Pouldu, more convincingly portrayed in "M. Hulot's Holiday". No reasons for the splits shown are suggested.
- Fish Tank (2009)
- Gripping & informative. Kate Jarvis' performance is really moving, a tribute to her & the the director. We need to see more of these realistic movies.
- Swimming Pool (2003)
- Very good; great acting. Great Luberon setting. Lightweight & diverting.
- A Simple Favour (2018)
- Totally brilliant entertainment; stylish, witty, smart & very funny at every level. A spoof the on American upper–middle class and a genuine thriller as well. The two lead women are outstanding!
- DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95, $54.95
- Other Side of Hope, The (2017)
- Very sad if you know the reality. No–one smiles in this and Syrians are treated icily by the bureaucracy – better by (most) ordinary folk. But the Finns are bizarre! Another indulgent, uninformative, unlovable Finnish film.
- DVD $29.95
- Notes on Blindness (2016)
- Patchy drama on Hull's blindness (Prof Religious Educ) & family. Neglects deafness cf Oliver Sacks' essay Mysteries of the Deaf (NYRB 1986). No music in Hull's world (Wikipedia). Fun extras eg Imogen's "Radio H' c.f. real Imogen in The Guardian
- DVD $24.95