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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.

626 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Pick of the LitterPick of the Litter (2018)Aro Favourite
2 stars (Good Try) Interesting, and great camera–work.
DVD $29.95
Official SecretsOfficial Secrets (2019)
5 stars (Exceptional) Keira Knightley & Ralph Fiennes are superb in this convincing political thriller. As good or better than Le Carre. Overall powerful and moving with interesting side–pieces on the Press cutting corners & powerful acting by all.
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95
YesterdayYesterday (2019)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Not enough stars! Hilarious, well–acted convincing fun comedy.rnDon't miss the great extra with Richard Curtis & Danny Boyle – a witty & likeable pair. A work of genius!
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95, $49.95
Girls of the SunGirls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018)
5 stars (Exceptional) 500,000 Yazidi Kurds shot & raped by ISIS unmentioned in Bolton's new book, showing the the US cared little. Yazidi Nadia Murad won a Nobel Peace Prize. See Al Jazeera online for details. V. fine film made in Georgia where many now live.
DVD $24.95
#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (2019)
5 stars (Exceptional) Brilliant and magisterially told by Helen Mirren. Heartbreaking but uplifting. Interviews with living contemporaries and historians. However often you've read her story, there is plenty that is new here. A modern doppelganger wanders with you.
DVD $29.95
Good PostureGood Posture (2019)
1 star (Turkey) A very incoherent film of doubtful wit.
DVD $24.95
Blinded By the LightBlinded By the Light (2019)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) A really lovely film. Funny, up–to–date & stylish. Very clever story–line, great acting and superb camera work. Highly recommended!
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95
Civilisation (TV Series)Civilisation (TV Series) (1969)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Disc 1:Stilted Christian focus anti–Muslim. Disc 2: Better more attention on cultural context.#7 on Vermeer & Holland a delight still strong Christian & anti–German focus; ignores rest of the world.
In AmericaIn America (2002)
4 stars (Very Good) Wonderful, heart–warming film of true multicultural love. A movie of courage; bravely showing the way that families can be.
DVD $19.95 $14.95
Grosse Pointe BlankGrosse Pointe Blank (1997)
3 stars (Good Enough) Good comedy!

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