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Sandy’s Film Reviews

503 Films have been rated or reviewed by Sandy.

Florida Project, TheFlorida Project, The (2017)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) The children, Moonee, Scooty & Jancey are quite marvelous & despite being the offspring of 'white trash' living on the margin, their escapades and acting quite capture the heart. Many adults show complex kindnesses, too.
DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95
Molly's GameMolly's Game (2017)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Gripping thriller, not a moment wasted. Outstanding acting, direction & script. Vivid picture of a woman trying to succeed in a man's world where all that counts is "winning". A great film, best of 2018 so far.
DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95
Testament of YouthTestament of Youth (2015)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Realistic portrayal of the great British Pacifist by Alicia Vikander. A very moving story of WW1; the battlefields & the nursing stations. The agony of women at war is brilliantly played by Vikander and well worth seeing for that alone.
DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95
House of PleasuresHouse of Pleasures (House of Tolerance) (2011)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) Crudely 19thC despite machine–wrapped King–size fags, only available 1920 on. Women are slaves, like most such today. Startling end makes one realise this story is not really past, but contemporary. DVD Black & White & Sex is far more informative.
DVD $34.95 $19.95
Soundbreaking (TV Series)Soundbreaking (TV Series) (Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music) (2016)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) 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 FeverTulip Fever (2017)
1 star (Turkey) 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 ObsessionRed Obsession (2013)
3 stars (Good Enough) 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.
Once Upon a Time - French CinemaOnce Upon a Time - French Cinema (2009)
2 stars (Good Try) 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 KingdomA United Kingdom (2016)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) 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 Women20th Century Women (2017)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) 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

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