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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.

435 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Blue JasmineBlue Jasmine (2013)Aro Favourite
2 stars (Good Try) Usual lightweight American junk food; watchable & forgettable. Similar European movies have more substance. Waste of time.
DVD $15, $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Smiles of a Summer NightSmiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens Leende) (1955)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Bergman's genius astounds, as ever. Made 70 years ago but still fresh & witty. His interest in the workings of women's hearts is strongly evident. Old Mrs. Armfeldt is very funny. Every frame beautifully composed, lit & memorable. Good extras
Made in DagenhamMade in Dagenham (2010)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Very good
Double Hour, TheDouble Hour, The (La Doppia Ora) (2009)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Fiendishly complex, economical, top–grade unpredictable thriller. Sex scenes; no violence. Recommended
DVD $34.95
Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) Entertaining & witty account of a "party game" that is definitely high risk!
DVD $29.95
I Need That Record!I Need That Record! (The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store) (2010)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Bravely advocates benefit of independent retail c.f. soulless chains, commercial radio & the internet. NZ lucky that Real Groovy, Southbound, Slow Boat & others stand fast & now the tide is turning! Amoeba Records, SF has a million titles instore.
DVD $19.95
Janis: Little Girl BlueJanis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
4 stars (Very Good) Berg crams a lot into this powerful movie. Altho' a huge Janis fan I didn't like it at first; 2nd time was much better. Terrific extras. Gracious Laura Joplin adds a lot; cared–for letters show Janis was always loved.
Thank You For SmokingThank You For Smoking (2005)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Extremely entertaining and worth seeing
DVD $15
Sound It OutSound It Out (2011)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) Appealing! I'd not noticed that purchases were so male dominated before. I liked that that the owner knew the tastes of 17 customers well enough to set discs aside for them. Colin Morris did the same for me & introduced me to wonderful new music.
DenialDenial (2016)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Intelligent & gripping portrayal of the importance of historians in telling the truth, as relevant to NZ today as for one of the greatest crimes of the 20thC, the Nazi Holocaust. Terrific performances esp.by Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall & Rachel Weisz
DVD $34.95

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