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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.

409 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Farthest, TheFarthest, The (2017)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Stunningly engaging & unexpectedly moving. Perhaps the greatest technical feat of the 20thC. Presented by those who crafted & programmed Voyager I. You don't need to be passionate about space to love this movie. It's breathtaking!
Lady MacbethLady Macbeth (2016)
2 stars (Good Try) Sex scenes do not a movie make. Not engaging.
DVD $29.95
FrantzFrantz (2016)
5 stars (Exceptional) Stunningly well–made, full of tension & surprises. This is no ordinary "war movie". It's exceptionally beautiful, mostly in b&w and the acting is beyond outstanding, especially the subtlety of Paula Beer. Deeply moving. One of the best movies of 2016.
DVD $24.95
It Comes at NightIt Comes at Night (2017)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) Horror films shouldn't be boring. This one is. Very little happens, all of it slowly! The take–home message is that, if you have a dog, keep it on a lead.
DVD $29.95 | Blu-Ray $34.95
Sophie Scholl: The Final DaysSophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Filmed with great integrity. Julia Jentsch plays Sophie as low–key, but very strong. Extra interviews with living family members & Mohr's son shed more light on the times & reveal how progressive the Scholl family is. Real footage of trial horrifying.
Viceroy's HouseViceroy's House (2017)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) 106 mins long.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Devil's Candy, TheDevil's Candy, The (2016)
4 stars (Very Good) Very scary & convincing. Clever, subtle, well–made & well–acted. Unfocused tension from the first moment. I especially liked the Devil Incarnate as an Art Dealer & his side–kick. Not recommended for children or teenagers. Artists, yes!
DVD $34.95
Their FinestTheir Finest (2017)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Intense, moving, complex & poignant drama brilliantly acted by Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy. A film within a film on the making of a 'politically correct' movie about Dunkirk during WW2 when women came to the fore in many roles. 117 minutes, recommended.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Jasper JonesJasper Jones (2016)
4 stars (Very Good) Apart from the outstanding performances of all the young stars, it's the great karri trees of remote SW Australia which make this gem shine. Pacey & complex plot flawed only by the Aussie list into melodrama at times. Strongly recommended.
DVD $29.95 | Blu-Ray $34.95
ColossalColossal (2017)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Not in the same class as Timecrimes, but still witty & unexpected. Convincing New Hampshire small–town losers with big houses & small brains. Beautiful Anne Hathaway carries the show. Lots of fun, recommended.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $49.95

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