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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.

496 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Female Brain, TheFemale Brain, The (2017)
1 star (Turkey) Pathetic! At best like an an extended TED talk; at worst...just awful! Boring, silly & to be avoided at all costs.
DVD $34.95
TimbuktuTimbuktu (2014)
4 stars (Very Good) Searingly beautiful, quiet & cruel. The tragedy of a a small, devote & articulate Muslim population under the yoke of arbitrary Sharia law imposed by a foreign Tuareg militia. Unforgettable scenes with a surrealistic quality. We failed these people.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Remarkable film made by enthusiasts free of mainstream studios. Terrific rare footage integrated with fine original music. A fascinating & tragic story of a fiercely independent woman remembered for her stunning looks rather than her brilliant mind.
DVD $24.95
Where Am I Going?Where Am I Going? (Quo vado?) (2016)
4 stars (Very Good) Genuinely very funny from the first moment. Thereafter humour without pause, Italian–style! Very up–to–date & rather relevant even here. Terrific!
DVD $29.95
Classic Albums - CreamClassic Albums - Cream (Disraeli Gears) (2005)
5 stars (Exceptional) Not a concert, but rather about the structure & origin of some of Cream's most famous songs. Very informative & intelligent analysis; you will learn many unexpected things. Great insights; a very intelligent documentary.
Sense of an Ending, TheSense of an Ending, The (2017)
4 stars (Very Good) Great films have a rythym; this doesn't. Maybe because it's based on a novel. But it's subtle & well–acted and unusual. Recommended.
DVD $29.95
Silent Witness (TV Series)Silent Witness (TV Series) (1996)
5 stars (Exceptional) Intelligent, articulate and each story totally different.
Ismael's GhostsIsmael's Ghosts (2017)
1 star (Turkey) Indulgent & incomprehensible romance spread out over 2 hours. No intrinsic value.
DVD $24.95
Whitney: Can I Be MeWhitney: Can I Be Me (2017)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Thoughtful, intelligent & balanced. Intimate portrait of a meteoric rise from poverty in NJ, driven by an ambitious mum. She used drugs from age 10. Her humility & frustations are clear. The real bodyguard explains how few black stars have happy lives.
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $24.95
Light Between Oceans, TheLight Between Oceans, The (2016)
4 stars (Very Good) Beautifully filmed – captures the feeling of the area. intercut shots of Australia & Otago divert; the light is very different there. Alicia Vikander is wonderful but the movie is let down by a creaky script.Interesting extras. Recomended overall.
DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95

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