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Sam Behrend

Meet Sam, he writes about wine by day and drinks it with the perfect movie pairing by night. He spent time freelancing on sets and made some short films – they were all about inanimate objects eating people. Hailing originally from the United States, he has spent most of his life in New Zealand, though has never shaken a blandly foreign accent. His life choices were all validated the night he saw Werner Herzog describe Nicolas Cage as the greatest human being alive.

Reviews by Sam Behrend:

Beyond the Edge is the best account of the Everest expedition I’ve seen. Spoiler - they’re the first people in history to make it to the peak.
While the UK has seen a rise in openly racist sentiment, A United Kingdom is about the true-life marriage of a Botswanan King to an English clerk.
Rachel’s erratic behaviour is magnified as Megan’s disappearance becomes more sinister. It’s a tension that came close to giving me a heart attack.
In post-World War II Germany, the film prods us to consider, How do we hold soldiers accountable for heinous actions, if they were just following orders?
This movie became completely engrossing. The characters are so seamlessly real that I felt that same pang of loss that you get at the end of a good book.
“The first Iranian vampire Western” with an awesome Iranian rock soundtrack.
The movie is mostly successful in showing off the ridiculousness of America’s longest war and the inverse attention span of the media and the public.
This is a superb portrait of the forces at play in the tourism industry of Everest, the Himalayan culture and the skewed perspectives that are popularly held.