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.
461 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.
- Soundbreaking (TV Series) (Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music) (2016)
- Fascinating technical PBS Grammy–Award winning PBS doco on the background to the making of popular music. Covers 100 years, but is right up–to–date. Focuses on the most innovative singers, producers & bands. Amazing footage. 425 mins
- Tulip Fever (2017)
- Facile costume–drama filmed in a most irritating style. Historically ridiculous. Hollywood trash. Even Judi Dench makes a fool of herself!
- DVD $29.95
- Red Obsession (2013)
- Explains why classe Bordeaux unaffordable but a status symbol in China. Empty bottles with famous labels are refilled. Shots of Bordeaux vineyards & interviews with few winemakers esp Moueix. Judges as promoters. 1855 classification made them millions.
- DVD $20
- Once Upon a Time - French Cinema (2009)
- Documentary on Godard's Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot in the 50s, & Carne's Les Enfants du Paradis, in German–occupied Paris in 1943. Lacks theme and only for fans. Lots of talking heads & some footage but fails to fit them into a historic context.
- DVD $29.95
- A United Kingdom (2016)
- Marvellous true tale of love & courage brilliantly directed by Africa's first great female filmmaker. Fascinating slice of history, superbly acted. Moving, gracious & passionate; how Botswana came to be. Reveals Britain's role in the rise of apartheid.
- DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
- 20th Century Women (2017)
- Unusual & intelligent. Progressive in many ways, contrasting with the compartmentalisation of character in most American movies. Somehow unresolved; the 'happy ever after' ending was a mistake: better short & less biographical.
- DVD $34.95
- High Fidelity (2000)
- A real fun movie; a great comedy with brilliant characters, very well acted & directed. Shop "assistants" are hilarious! Don't miss the deleted scenes and other extras. Plenty of impoortant ideas as well as laughs.
- Willow Creek (2013)
- Banal lead characters suggest a possibly dull film & then, just as you relax, the horror kicks in! Clever
- DVD $29.95
- Girlhood (2014)
- Unique, complex view of black teenage life in the banlieues. A powerful story carried by great young women backed by a memorable soundtrack. One's heart bleeds for their longing to have an existence independent of men, sex, drugs and menial work.
- DVD $20, $29.95
- Night Moves (1975)
- No–nonsense thriller very well done. Gene Hackman has always been a subtle actor. Swift pace maintained throughout with never a moment's boredom. Good script.