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I have read others, so thought it should be my turn!
1)How old are you?
2) Colour of my eyes?
3) How tall are you?
4) Hair colour?
Dark brown... I tend to dye it darker though as my eyebrows are almost black/brown!
5) Any brothers or sisters?
One brother who is 34, and one sister who is 35. I have a half brother and 2 half sisters, and one step sister and one step brother, but thats just too confusing!
6) Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Cats. I have 2 beautiful and very annoying and cheeky bengal boys (my profile picture!).
7)What job do you do?
I'm a secretary.
8) Do you like your job?
Hmmmm... I dont hate it...
9) Favourite dessert?
Anything chocolatey... although recently custard has been my dessert of choice.
10) Food that I loathe?
Marmite... errr..... strawberries... yuck! I have had some sort of weird phobia of strawberries for years, my boyfriend made me try them again recently, and I heaved and spat it out... think its for life Ha!
11) Sweet or Savoury?
It depends. I love savoury stuff (crisps, pastry) but I love chocolate too... can I not have both? lol
12) The last 2 films I have watched
I went to the cinema to see Predators on my birthday, and I watched the Family Man on DVD the other day, I love that film, gets me in the christmassy spirit!
13) Song I can't get out of my head?
Katy B - Katy on a Mission... had it in my head for nearly 2 weeks... lol
14) Favourite Programme?
Oooo I have many, I love Supernatural, but thats not on at the moment... errr.... Oh, An Idiot Abroad... hilarious!
15) Next Holiday
I have never been abroad (except Southern Ireland as my mum lives there!) so in January I am planning on going somewhere hot with my boyfriend... I am far too excited!
16) Favourite Country?
See above... :o(
17) Favourite beach holiday?
Arrrghhh see number 15 :o(
18) Favourite hobby?
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.... I havent really got any hobbies... I love going to the cinema and places to eat...
19) The last thing that made me laugh?
My boyfriend... he just cracks me up.
** The Product **
Nurofen (finally!) designed a product that was for those of us, I am sure I am not the only one!, who cannot swallow tablets, but who is equally not a child in need of liquid and a syringe.
The pack of Nurofen Meltlets contains twelve self-disolving tablets of 200mg Ibuprofen, so they are suitable for adults to take. The pack looks like any other Nurofen pack, and is clearly labelled with "Meltlets Lemon". The pack price varies, but they are generally more expensive than standard Neurofen tablets, at approximately £2.90 per pack.
** My Opinion **
Having never been able to swallow tablets, however many times I have tried, I was delighted to come across Nurofen Meltlets. I have sometimes been forced to take children's liquid medication, but this looks like a thing of the past!
The tablets are slightly larger than normal tablets, but are quite flat which means they are easy to place on the tongue. As soon as you place them on your tongue, they start to dissolve. There is no unpleasant fizzing or horrible taste, it does taste simply of lemon which helps to discguise the medicinal flavour sometimes found with other medicines. Once the tablet has dissolved into more of a paste, it is easy to swallow.
I have found that these tablets fast acting painkillers, and I never normally need to take more than one to help the pain. A colleague at work asked if I had any tablets for her headache, when I presented her with the Meltlets she was dubious, but took one anyway. She came into work the next day and said she had not known a painkiller to work that quickly before.
I always carry some in my bag, as even if I was able to swallow standard tablets, with these you do not need the aid of any liquids to help you swallow them, they simply dissolve.
** The Product **
Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nail Conditioning cream is available in most supermarkets/shops, and is easily recognisable in a lovely (obviously aimed at females!) pink bottle. You can get various sizes, but this one is a 75ml squeezy tube/bottle that is just the right size for handbags.
The lid on the tube is a flip lid, which is great for easy access, and so far I haven't had any accidents in my handbag with it opening on its own.
The hand lotion itself is a creamy white consistency, that is quite thin compared to some hand creams. It has a lovely scent that is not too strong, but is definitely Vaseline orientated!
The blurb on the front of the tube states "Softens hands and strengthens nails by 50%" and on the back "Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nail lotion is formulated just for your hands. Its conditioning moisturisers are fast absorbing and non-greasy. It nourishes completely for softer hands, smoother cuticles, and stronger nails".
** My Opinion **
I tend to suffer with dry skin on my hands, and subsequently suffer with very weak nails, that tend to split when they get to a certain length. My cuticles can also become quite unruly, and after my run in with a not so great hand lotion (see my other review!) I decided to get something a bit more substantial.
I have used Vaseline Intensive Care lotion for general moisturising and found it great at helping my dry skin, so I thought I would give this a go. The claim that it would strengthen my nails by 50% swung it for me.
I applied the lotion to my hands straight after washing them, and I was surprised that the cream felt a bit thinner than some of the more expensive hand lotions I have used in the past. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did the lotion soak straight into my skin, leaving it feeling nourished and super soft, it also didn't leave a greasy residue that I have found with some others. I made sure I rubbed the cream into my nails and my cuticles and within a week my nails started to look healthier and have definitely strengthened as they are growing longer than I can ever remember them growing. The cream also has a pleasant smell that lingers, but does not overpower.
The best bit, is the little tube is easy to keep in your handbag so you can take it anywhere, and never be without it.
According to the Pantene website: "The new Aqua Light conditioner nourishes your hair in a light way without weighing it down. Its innovative Clean Rinse formula is highly water-soluble and rinses off in seconds. Nourishment with zero residue and zero weight, you will see the difference from your first wash".
The product can be found in most supermarkets, and costs approximately £2.50 for a regular size bottle. This costing is average, the same for most conditioners on the market. The bottle is white, and stands up for ease of use in showers etc., with an easy to open lid and a nice shape so it is easy to grip.
The conditioner looks as most conditioners do, it is white with a sheen to it. It smells lovely, not too overpowering but with a hint of a smell of possibly some sort of fruit. The amount needed is no more than a usual conditioner, but I tend to focus more on the ends of my hair and use a fair amount (my hair is quite dry at the ends).
** My Opinion **
As with most adverts I was skeptical that a shampoo could not only nourish hair, but also leave it light feeling. My hair is generally quite dry, this is my own fault due to the amount of hair dye and straightening I put it through. It also tends to go quite greasy after 2 days and this, again, is from the products I subject it to in order for it to look "healthy and nourished". I actually got a free sample of the conditioner in a magazine, and thought it would be a good idea to try it, before purchasing a big bottle only to discover I had been duped (not for the first time!).
I used the conditioner after the shampoo, as directed. I did put a bit more than I normally would on the ends of my hair, but that is because my hair is quite dry and this is what I normally do with conditioners, as I generally find they are not effective enough. However, this product definitely is. The next time I used it I used a smaller amount and the result was just the same, my hair was a lot more nourished, it felt cleaner and softer but it didnt feel heavy, and best of all it didnt go greasy after 1 day, as with most highly nourishing conditioners that I have used in the past.
I would highly recommend this conditioner, it does exactly what it says, and it is super lightweight and doesn't make my hair feel greasy or dry, and at £2.50 a go, it is well worth it.
** The Product **
According to the Pantene website: "The new Aqua Light shampoo cleanses from root to tip rinsing off in seconds. Free of silicone and other heavy ingredients, it nourishes hair leaving a fresh, clean and light feeling".
The product can be found in most supermarkets, and costs approximately £2.50 for a regular size bottle. This costing is average, the same for most shampoos on the market. The bottle is clear in colour, with an easy to open lid and a nice shape so it is easy to grip.
The shampoo is clear in colour and looks almost like a gel. It smells lovely, not too overpowering but with a hint of a smell of possibly some sort of fruit. The amount needed is no more than a usual shampoo as once it is on your wet hair, it lathers up very well.
** My Opinion **
As with most adverts I was skeptical that a shampoo could not only nourish hair, but also leave it light feeling. My hair is generally quite dry, this is my own fault due to the amount of hair dye and straightening I put it through. It also tends to go quite greasy after 2 days and this, again, is from the products I subject it to in order for it to look "healthy and nourished". I actually got a free sample of the shampoo in a magazine, and thought it would be a good idea to try it, before purchasing a big bottle only to discover I had been duped (not for the first time!).
I used the shampoo as directed, and found that it lathered extremely quickly and was easy to apply as it was quite a thick gel like liquid. When washing the shampoo out of my hair, it left it feeling quite light and actually did feel clean. I used this in conjunction with the conditioner (which is reviewed separately), but I think even on its own it would of left my hair quite nourished.
I would highly recommend this shampoo, it does exactly what it says, and it is super lightweight and doesn't make my hair feel greasy or dry, and at £2.50 a go, it is well worth it.
** The Product **
I like to have a hand and nail cream in my handbag for when I am work mostly. I find I get very dry skin throughout the day, generally due to the air conditioning, but also due to the not very moisturising soap in the toilets.
Generally my hands are quite dry and my nails aren't the best, so I do tend to try and moisturise as often as I can remember, especially after washing my hands.
Normally I get a specific brand of hand and nail cream, but I decided to give Asda's own brand a chance, mainly because it was very cheap (under 50p!) and because it looked like it would do the same job.
Oh how wrong I was! The hand cream feels quite greasy when applied, and doesn't soak in as easily as other hand creams I have used. It also feels like it leaves a greasy barrier on my skin, which isn't a great feeling. The hand cream itself is quite thin, and within 10-15 minutes my hands felt like they hadn't been moisturised at all.
** My Opinion **
I was quite disappointed with this hand cream. I know that it was only 50p, but I do feel that it was a complete waste of money as I felt like I had to apply the cream twice as much as any other, and it didn't leave my hands feeling that great, just greasy at first and then dry again!
The cream is pink, which is a plus in my eyes, and is also quite pleasant smelling, so it could be a lot worse!
I have gone back to using a name brand product, ever the bargain hunter though I look out for deals!
According to the Vaseline website "Our lips have an amazing ability to experience heightened sensations, allowing us to feel the slightest of touch and sense the environment around us. However, unlike body skin, the skin on our lips does not naturally create its own moisture layer, leaving it susceptible to dryness and chapping." I do agree with this, and my lips can become dry throughout the day, especially in the air-conditioned office I work in.
I am not a big fan of lip gloss as it tends to make my lips all gloopy and sticky, and doesn't really do what I need it to, i.e. moisturise my lips and keep them looking healthy.
** The Tins **
Vaseline Lip Threapy is available in really cool looking tins, that are brilliant for handbags and pockets as they don't open by accident (I have never had this happen, but have with other lip gloss products) and they keep their shape etc.
It is available in four different types:
* Blue Tin - Original - Exactly as it sounds, original vaseline.
* Green Tin - Aloe Vera - Adds a soothing touch of hydration.
* Yellow Tin - Sun Protection - with SPF15 helps to protect you from the sun's harmful rays
* Pink Tin - Rosy Lips - brings out the natural rosy tones in your lips by soothing and gently tinting (contains Rose and Almond Oil)
Each of the tins is 20g, which may not sound a great deal, but you only generally need a small amount of the vaseline and so the tin can last for a very long time. Mine cost £1.89 from Boots, but they can very in price (Original and Aloe Vera are approximately £1.29 each and Sun Protection and Rosy Lips are generally £1.89 each).
I use the Rosy Lips one the most, so I will be basing my review on this product.
** Ingredients **
This varies for each product, but for the Rosy Lips Vaseline Lip Threapy tin it is as follows:
Petrolatum, Rosa Damascana Flower Oil, Prunus, Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Aroma, Linalool, CL 73360, CL 733891
** My Opinion **
I love the Rosy Lips Vaseline Lip Threapy tin as it ticks both boxes that I want. It gives my lips a lovely hint of colour without being sticky and gloopy and it norishes them. The great thing about this tin as it is quite small and so fits in handbags or pockets.
Its also great value for money as at £1.89 it is a lot cheaper than most leading lip gloss/ lip balm products, but it lasts a lot longer as only a small amount is needed.
You can apply this product as many times as you want throughout the day, and it doesn't matter as your lips wont look clogged up or overcoloured.
I would highly recommend any of these lip threapy tins, but Rosy Lips is by far my favourite.
My First Ever Touchscreen Phone...
It was time to upgrade to a new phone, but since turning ahem... well lets just say I am over the age of 21, I no longer have indepth knowledge about the new mobile phones available. I used to know which phone I wanted well in advance and I would have compared the different cameras and games and other bits and bobs, and probably know more than the sales person in the shop.
However, this was different. All I knew was I wanted one that was fairly easy to use and that had a touchscreen (the one new gadget I knew about).
I went into a phone shop and had a look and to be honest most of the touchscreen phones in there were quite "blokey", by that I mean quite big and heavy and not really what I wanted (Im not a girly girl, but my handbag on a night out is only so big!).
The Samsung Jet stood out to me due to its fairly lightweight nature (110g) and its quite compact size (108.8 x 53.5 x 11.9mm), but the compact size without sacraficing screen size (which is pretty much the size of the phone).
** Using The Phone **
I picked this phone and was very excited to try it out, however the actual instructions for the phone were quite hard to follow. They didnt really seem to give much away about basic functions. These really need to be looked at as I do sometimes like to have a quick read (especially when charging the phone up... that long, agonising wait!).
The touchscreen feature took a while to get used to, as its quite annoying when you touch the screen and something pops up or disappears when you dont want it to. To be honest this is a minor problem, and it soon becomes second nature and you dont tend to give it much thought.
The only thing I would say is that I would have thought that a stylus pen would of been a good idea for this phone. I have quite small hands, but my partner has real trouble using some of the features (especially when surfing the net) as his fingers seem to touch several options at once.
The camera and video on this phone is very good, and the auto focus really makes a difference to the unwanted blurry photos you sometimes get on mobiles.
The games... well to put it bluntly, there arent any, which I found a shame. I dont think I have ever had a new phone without at least one basic game on it. Its not a major problem, but something that I thought Samsung would have done.
** Specification/Features **
*5 mega pixel camera and camcorder feature
*Memory card slot
*Connects to wireless internet
*MP3 and radio player
*Bluetooth, email, organiser, poly ring tones, text, phonebook, calls etc
** My Opinion **
I do like this phone, and get on quite well with it now (I have mastered the art of Widgets and reverting them back to the tool bar, whilst looking a bit odd - those of you with these phones will know what I am talking about!).
The only problem I have is the battery life is not brilliant. I do use my phone for texting a fair bit and for going on the internet (which is brilliant!), but if I use the screen (doing these things) then the battery can go down quite rapidly, which is a shame.
The camera and video recorder more than make up for this one bug bear that I have, and generally I think this phone has been a good introduction to touch screen phones, and put my faith back into mobiles in general.
** The Plot **
Little Shop of Horrors is a musical film adaptation of the off Broadway musical comedy of the same name.
The film is about a nerdy orphan florist shop worker by the name of Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis). Seymour has a crush on his fellow co-worker, Audrey Fulquard (Ellen Greene), but she is dating a very odd and sadistic dentist by the name of Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (Steve Martin). The flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) is not doing well at all, and he threatens to close the shop forever.
Audrey reminds Mr Mushnik that Seymour loves exotic and unusual plants and that he recently came across one during a total eclipse of the sun. Seymour has called the plant Audrey II and puts it in the window, which immediately draws customers to enter the shop and spend lots of money.
Unfortunately, Audrey II begins to wilt and Seymour frantically tries to find out what is wrong. He accidentally cuts his finger, and Audrey II picks up. Seymour realises its blood Audrey II needs and so begins feeding it. It gets bigger and bigger until it is bigger than a person.
Eventually, the now-huge Audrey II (voiced by Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops) begins to talk to Seymour, demanding more blood than Seymour can give, while offering more fame and fortune in return. He convinces Seymour to kill Orin after Seymour becomes enraged watching him hit Audrey. Seymour books an appointment with Orin and arms himself with a gun - although he cannot bring himself to actually use it. However Orin manages to overdose on nitrous oxide gas that he constently takes.
Seymour takes the dentist's body back to the flower shop where he uses an axe to chop it up for Audrey II. Mr. Mushnik passes by the flower shop and witnesses Seymour's actions, fleeing in fear without being noticed. Seymour feeds the body parts to the plant and he continues to grow larger as the film progresses.
Will Audrey II's appetite ever be filled, will Seymour & original Audrey ever be together... you will have to watch to find out!
** My Opinion **
I started writing this review last week, and all of a sudden there on Living TV was this very film, so I settled down to watch it again.
It's a brilliant musical comedy that is quite dark in places, but brilliant at the same time.
The songs are very catchy and the characters are almost cartoon like, especially Audrey, who is fantastic, if a tad annoying at times!
The characters, as I have said, are quite cartoon like, with the nerdy shop assistant and the stunningly beautiful blonde bimbo.
The plant itself is brilliant, given that the film was made in 1987 I think, and no real animation was done, its an actual "prop" for want of a better word. Its quite scary but not as scary as one of the other characters, when I first watched this film when I was younger the dentist played by Steve Martin absolutely terrorfied me as I was convinced every dentist was the same as him, loved to cause pain to their patients!
All in all this is a great, fun, family (ish) film that I highly recommend for all to watch and sing along to.
** The Toy **
The Jolly Moggy Cat Treat Ball is quite a simple looking cat toy. The one I have is yellow with a little bit of decoration on the side (mainly for me, the cats were more interested in what was coming out of the toy!). I bought the ball for £2.99 from Pets at Home, but that was over a year ago.
The ball has an opening at one end, which can be adjusted to as small or as big as you like, depending upon the size of the treat you wanted to use, or how mean you were feeling (!).
It is quite a hard durable plastic, which it would need to be as the one I have is bashed around constantly by two very hyperactive, cheeky boys.
You can use just about any treat on the market in the ball, but I would only recommend dry treats as it could get messy. The size of the treat could be an issue but most cat treats are similar sizes, and due to the opening being adjustable it makes it that bit easier to use your cat's favourite treats.
** Monty & Dylan's Opinion **
(I thought it would be weird to have "My Opinion", as I haven't actually used it lol)
My cats, Monty & Dylan, are very curious and slightly too-intelligent-for-their-own-good-at-times Bengals, who need quite a bit of mental stimulation, oh and they love their treats! So I thought the Jolly Moggy Cat Treat Ball would be ideal for them.
The ball is simple to use, and so no sooner had I got their treats out they were transfixed with the ball. I put it on the floor expecting a massive flurry of activity but the boys were more interested in seeing what I had done with their treats and if I was indeed, about to eat them myself.
After showing Monty & Dylan that I had in fact put the treats in the ball, they were away. They were batting it to each other, running away with it, and just as they were getting annoyed that they could smell their treats but not find them, one would fall out and reward them.
I honestly didn't expect the ball to hold much interest, but it does. And in fact it does every time I fill it, they love it. I have even been given the ball by Dylan to play with him without any treats in it, which shows that he actually does enjoy playing with it.
The Jolly Moggy Cat treat ball definitely gets the paws up (sorry!) from my boys, and a thumbs up from me!
** The Phone **
Sony Ericsson market the W890i as "as thin as a CD case and dressed up for grand openings", I'm not quite sure what the last bit means, maybe that it is a classy looking phone, but the first bit is definitely true. I picked this phone as my last one was a Sony Ericsson and I had no problems with it at all, and I wanted one that wasn't a slide phone (as I found myself cutting people off left right and centre!) and I wanted one that was pretty (!).
The phone has a number of features that are handy from a Walkman player (a bit like a CD player in your phone), a radio inbuilt and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
** Features **
The W890i has various applications, some of which I have never even used, but I am sure are great for the crowd that want more than just a phone.
* Media Go * - this is something that allows you to transfer your files between your PC and your phone, meaning you have access to all sorts of files etc. using a specific drag and drop method. Media Go automatically converts films and music files so that you can view them on your phone.
* Walkman * - This, as I said above, is like having a little CD player on your phone, so you don't need to have a media player and a phone, its already inbuilt.
* Video Call * - This phone is also 3G which allows you to make video calls to other 3G mobile holders.
* Web Browser * - This phone has internet browsing capabilities, allowing you to browse almost any website wherever you are.
* Integrated Camera * - built in digital camera with dedicated menus and direct interaction with phone messaging and even video.
* PictBridge* - This allows you to connect your phone directly to a printer and print your photographs, without using a PC
** Specification **
Size: 104.0 x 47.0 x 10.0mm, 4.1 x 1.9 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 78.0g 2.8oz
Colours Available: Sparking Silver, Mocha Brown, Espresso Black
Memory: Memory Stick MicroTM (M2TM) support (up to 4 GB) Phone memory 28MB*
** My Opinion **
I have had two other Sony Ericsson phones and so thought I would carry on and get another one when my upgrade was due. This phone looks smart, and feels so light and thin that I jumped at the chance to have it. All has been very well, the camera is brilliant and so is the video giving great quality images. The games are ok, but there could be more generic ones (there is a Sims game which doesn't interest me, I would prefer the normal Bejewelled or something similar, but that's me being picky).
The phone itself has lasted ok, and even though it has been used quite regularly still looks quite new.
The buttons are easy to use, and are not too small. The menu is also easy to use, and the colour screen is great.
The only real problem I have had with this phone is the reliability of late. For some unknown reason it turns itself off, and then more recently it has taken to turning itself off and loosing all of my photographs, music and downloaded ringtones. It was like this for a good two weeks, then after another session of it switching itself off again and rebooting, they all re-appeared.
It is quite worrying so I have decided that I shall be investing in a new phone soon, but maybe it just needs a new battery?
Anyway, overall a good looking phone with lots of cool gadgets, but the reliability leaves something to be desired.
** The Plot **
Goldie Hawn plays Judy Benjamin, a bit of a spoilt socialite. She is living the fairytale life, and has just had her happy ending when she marries a handsome man. Unfortunately, her new husband passes away on their wedding night.
Judy somehow joins the U.S Army, after a sneaky recruiting sergeant leads her to believe life in the Army is a bit like a Spa, which is just what she needs. Judy soon finds out that the Army is not like a spa at all. Her superior is Captain Doreen Lewis who loves making her life a misery, Judy is forced to re-evaluate her conduct when given the option of quitting the Army on psychiatric reasons. She chooses to stay and tough it out and has a series of brilliantly comical moments, which eventually lead to promotion.
During her service Judy meets Henri Tremont, a charming French doctor. They separate when he returns to Paris, but soon Judy is assigned to NATO headquarters, surprisingly in Paris, where she meets up with him and he proposes. Judy accepts, but it means she must give up her army career which she has grown to love.
Just before their wedding, Judy finds out that Henri is extremely controlling and tries to change her into the person she was before she entered the Army. She is also forced to sign a complicated pre-nuptial agreement which is completely in Henri's favour. Judy also finds out that Henri is completely in love with his ex and has already cheated on her with her. Judy must decide if Henri is worth loosing herself for, or if she should become the woman the army made her.
** My Opinion **
This film is a classic, and has lots of slapstick humour in it. Goldie Hawn is brilliant, and really makes me chuckle. The humour is a touch old, well the film is nearly 30 (!!) years old, but all in all its a great little film, with some brilliant moments, even the bits that you know are going to happen, but the way in which they are delivered by Goldie Hawn is generally brilliant.
This is a great family film, and the ending is not your normal "happily ever after" one that you may think would happen.
** The Plot **
In 1987, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), an car salesman from Minneapolis, hatches a plan to end severe financial troubles. Through a mechanic at his dealership, a Native American ex-convict named Shep Proudfoot, he enlists the service of Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and his partner Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), an ex-convict. At a bar in Fargo, North Dakota, the three discuss Jerry's plan to kidnap his wife Jean (Kristin Rudrüd) who will be returned unharmed for a ransom of $80,000, half of which is to go to Jerry. The kidnappers receive the other half, as well as a car from the dealership. Jerry's greater plan is to tell his wealthy but antagonistic father-in-law, Wade Gustafson, that the ransom is $1 million, intending to use the large difference to settle the debts he has accrued.
Carl and Gaer kidnap Jerry's wife, but unfortunately things don't go exactly as planned when a state trooper pulls them over. Unfortunately he ends up getting shot when he noticies Jean lying on the backseat. Two witnesses speed off from the scene and Gaear races after them, killing both.
The murders are investigated by a local police chief by the name of Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) who is seven months pregnant. She quickly picks up on a trail evidence that leads her straight to Jerry, or does it?
** My Opinion **
I loved this film when it first came out in 1996, and I had actually forgotten about it until it was on sky movies recently. The characters are very normal. The hero of the film is Marge Gunderson, who is a very down to earth woman, who is pregnant and happily married. She is no super spy, but she is intelligent and uses her instincts to track down what actually happened with the murders etc.
It is a brilliant plot even though nothing is spectacular, it relies on the acting and the characters to bring it to life, rather than fantastic special effects.
I highly recommend this film, although some parts are quite bloody.
** The Programme **
Due South is a Canadian television programme that mixes both comedy and drama. The programme first aired in 1994 and ran until 1999. It follows Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer Constable Benton Fraser and his half wolf half dog companion Diefenbaker. The pair find themselves living in Chicago, where Fraser's policing methods aren't taken too seriously.
** The Story **
The basic storyline centers around a Constable from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by the name of Benton Fraser (Paul Gross). Constable Fraser travels to Chicago to try and solve the murder of his father. He meets his new partner Detective Ray Vecchio (David Marciano) who is a streetwise tough cop. Constable Fraser is accompanied by his half wolf half dog Diefenbaker.
** The Characters **
* Constable Benton Fraser *
Constable Benton Fraser is the "typical" Mountie, polite and compulsively truthful; which often lead to brilliantly hilarious and slightly uncomfortable moments where he has his moral code tested.
He seems to have an unusual knowledge about practically everything, more often than not obscure things, which is often attributed to his grandparents being librarians. He has a range of "abilties" including emerging from any explosion or fall with her uniform unwrinkled and spotless. He also uses his "sniff and lick" technique to determine all sorts of things, which Ray always finds disgusting. Constable Frasier (or Benny to Ray!) is also haunted by the ghost of his father, who tries to help Benton with various matters, usually with some absurdley useless advice.
* The Rays *
The original Detective Ray Vecchio was played by David Marciano who was an intalian street tough cop. He is Benton's best friend in Chicago. Marciano was replaced by Callum Keith Rennie as Stanley Raymond Kowalski who impersonates Vecchio as he is undercover (confused? Lol). One of the best scenes is when Kowalski is admanent he is "Ray" and Benton is completely confused and lost.
Vecchio did return in the series finale when he ran off with Kowalski's ex wife, Stella.
* Diefenbaker *
Diefenbaker is Benton's half dog half wolf companion. Benton save Dief from a mine and they became good pals, then Dief saved Benton's life, in which he lost his hearing and has learnt to lip read. Sometimes it does appear that Dief suffers from selective hearing rather than actually being deaf.
* Guest Appearances *
The show featured one major guest star in the form of Leslie Nielson. He appeared as Benton's father's partner in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was brilliant and really funny, and added a touch of Hollywood!
** My Summary **
I loved watching this programme when I was younger. It was and still is very entertaining with some great plots, some which are slightly far fetched, and some fantastic humour, mainly centred around Benton and Dief.
Having not seen this programme for a good few years, I may actually attempt to find it on DVD as writing about it ahs bought back so many good memories for me.
** The Plot **
Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is preparing to retire from the police force and leave the horrors of human nature in the city behind, but not before he undertakes one last case. Somerset is partnered with Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), a young, firey, inexperienced policeman from a small town.
The case is a murder investigation which quickly turns into a deadly manhunt. The first murder victim is an obese man who was force fed spaghetti until his stomach burst. Somerset is given this case to try and solve whilst Mills is given the murder case of Defence Attorney Eli Gould. At the crime scene of Gould's office, there is a chilling message on the wall: Greed written in blood.
Somerset soon finds the word Gluttony behind the obese man's fridge and soon the puzzle pieces start to fit, and he realises that the killer is basing his murders on the Seven Deadly Sins, meaning there are five to go.
** My Opinion **
Well I actually saw the film first and then read the book on which this film is based and I have to say they did a brilliant job at keeping most of the story the same. The ending in the book is far gorier than the film though, but I won't dwell on that!
I could have gone into more detail about the plot but I think its great, and its one that should be watched without much knowledge of what happens next, as it really is brilliant how it all fits together.
The murders are quite gruesome but brilliant at the same time, they have been meticulously planned by the killer, and you can see, even though you don't agree or like the killer, how much he has put into it all. The idea was here before Saw was even a thought, let alone 50 million films (sorry 6!)...
The characters of Somerset and Mills may seem like chalk and cheese but in actual fact I think that Mills reminds Somerset of a younger him.
Its actually quite hard to discuss the film without giving too much away, but all in all I think this film is brilliant and its full of great twists and turns.