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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.

514 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Ma MereMa Mere (My Mother) (2004)
1 star (Turkey) C–grade movie with no redeeming features – i've no idea why Huppert wastes her skills on such rubbish!
Daughters of the DustDaughters of the Dust (1991)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) 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!
NerudaNeruda (2016)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) 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
BoundBound (1996)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Fiendishly clever! Comedic crime/sex thriller. Somewhat stylish. No "shrinking Violets" here! Excellent.
DVD $24.95
Housekeeper, TheHousekeeper, The (Une Femme de Menage) (2002)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) 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 TankFish Tank (2009)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Gripping & informative. Kate Jarvis' performance is really moving, a tribute to her & the the director. We need to see more of these realistic movies.
DVD $20 $10
Swimming PoolSwimming Pool (2003)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Very good; great acting. Great Luberon setting. Lightweight & diverting.
DVD $15 $7.50
A Simple FavourA Simple Favour (2018)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) 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, TheOther Side of Hope, The (2017)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) 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 BlindnessNotes on Blindness (2016)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) 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

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