Sandy Connell

London-based movie guy, often found in the kitchen at parties (back when those were a thing) talking about films...

Favorite films

  • The Piano Teacher
  • Predator
  • Privilege
  • Portraits in a Sea of Lies

Recent activity

  • The Northman


  • Evilspeak

  • Highlander


  • A Bay of Blood

Recent reviews

  • The Northman

    The Northman


    Finally, an epic! An metal as fuck epic!

    Apart from how good The Northman looks, how deeply the long takes pull you into the scenes, how goddamn loud the wonderful soundtrack is — apart from all this, what makes The Northman stand head-and-monstrous-shoulders above all other recent period epics is how it puts you in the mindset of the people of that era.

    This is Robert Eggers’ defining, unique strength across three near-immaculate period features. Each of his scripts and…

  • Evilspeak


    Top notch beheadings!

Popular reviews

  • The Unknown Girl

    The Unknown Girl



  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life


    SO I put off watching this film because I missed it in the cinema on its initial release. (Why? Because I was in China at the time. That's why.) After years of restraint, waiting, hoping that I might one day have the chance to experience it on the big screen first, I finally caved and watched it with my parents on DVD (light viewing in the Connell household, to be sure). No prizes for guessing that I loved it.

    Maybe one day I'll catch a big screen revival but until then those images (and the music) will reside with me wherever I go.