S. Haines

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (120 of 129)
Location: Lancashire UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 817,337 - Total Helpful Votes: 120 of 129
Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Douglas
Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993] DVD ~ Michael Douglas
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Down's Depth, 8 July 2009
Many great reviews of this terrific film written here,which is watchable many times over. It is a social commentary as relevant now as it was in '92. D-Fens wasn't "the bad guy". There's an interesting scene where the police officer quizzes his (D-Fens) estranged wife about his violent temper and she limply admits he wasn't violent, didn't drink or take drugs, so his violent temper is only alleged. He's a misunderstood guy who seems to have lost everything, including himself. Kills in self defence and its hard to feel sorry for any character but him. He even sacrifices himself at the end. Its almost a study about the triumph of feminism over men's/father's rights. By far Douglas' finest… Read more
Survivors (2008) [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Julie Graham
Survivors (2008) [DVD] DVD ~ Julie Graham
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Survivors v. Survivors, 24 Dec 2008
It is a pity that views on the new Survivors are so polarised. But inevitable. I'm a fan of the original series, although it has to be said it gets heavy going after the first series. The new series is a good, modern take on Terry Nation's great story of an epidemic wiping out most of the human race. There is a wide gap of 30 years between the old and new series and therefore a vast difference in style and production values. Instead of endless tramping around in the countryside, with slow panning shots now endless tramping around deserted Manchester at sunrise and the typical jerky camera shots whenever there is any 'action' (just like 28 Days/ Dead Set, etc, etc). A few debris strewn… Read more
Fahrenheit 451 [DVD] [1966] <b>DVD</b> ~ Oskar Werner
Fahrenheit 451 [DVD] [1966] DVD ~ Oskar Werner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Book!, 23 Dec 2008
Rarely do film adaptations exceed the quality of the book but this by Francois Truffaut does ! The reasons are many fold. The casting is excellent. Some might consider Oscar Werner a little wooden but he underplays Montag in a slightly 'child like' way, which emphasises his growing awareness and affinity for books. Julie Christie has the uneviable task of playing both the main female characters including Montag's air head/drugged up/reality tv obsessed wife. Montag's burning of the marital bed is deeply symbolic after his wife betrays him to the authorities. He chooses his love of books over everything in this dystopian vision of the future, akin to the world of 1984. Clever use of literary… Read more