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I have watched this series on and off through out it's 10 year run and have to say I will miss it now that it is finished. The whole series has consistently had excellent plots with first class acting, making many pretty far fetched situations seem almost believable. It was obviously made with a very high budget, which would account for it's ending in a year when not only is the BBC continuing it's dumbing down of programs, but is now slashing it's spending too.
The basic story was of a top notch group of agents run by Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) dedicated to keeping the UK and it's residents safe from all sorts of pretty evil people from Suicide Bombers to Mad Russian Terrorists and even loopy anarchists. There were potential dirty bomb attacks, EMP ( electromagnetic pulse ) attacks on London, Russian computer virus attacks and internal coups and double dealings galore. Mostly they saved the day, but not always without a few dead agents. I can remember at least 10 agents biting the bullet and 3 that had to go under cover for the rest of their lives. One of the key things about Spooks was the gadgets and technology, some of which I know was possible - I work in IT, but some frankly required complete suspension of belief. It did not matter, it all added to the fun. Now sadly it was all brought to an end on Sunday 23rd October 2011.
This series was one of it flag ship programs, however the current BBC controller apparently thinks that Eastenders is the best thing since sliced bread so no surprise that they will not be commissioning another series. However, back to Spooks. One of the great things about this program was the high turn over of staff on the "Grid". I can't imagine that the pension payouts for this department will be high, because in the 10
years of the show only one employee ( Malcolm) actually made it to retirement age. The rest mostly died (violently) or had to go on the run under different identities. No one (apart from Harry Pearce) seemed to be
safe and at times even Harry looked on dodgy ground. That made the plot lines all the more exciting and engaging.
If you get the chance to watch this series from beginning to end then do so, because it really is high quality drama.
It often seemed at that the writers had real crystal balls as episodes had uncanny echoes to current real news stories, even though the series must have been filmed 6 to 12 months before.
I have been a weight watchers attendee over the many years that I have been overweight and have seen many of their different plans come and go. I had to join again this year in August 2011 to avert health problems due to being in the Obese range!! The new plan is different from anything they have done before and from their own blurb is very scientifically designed. I had also seen many comments from existing members who were struggling with the new Pro Points as it is called. I was apprehensive and worried that it seemed complicated. You cannot now carry over daily points and as well as daily points to keep track of (36 for me) there are now 49 weekly points. The tracker card was so small I could not read it. However I went home and made my plans that evening on how to plan my eating for the next week and read and reread the literature till I was sure I had it all down pat. I religiously that first week recorded everything in the tracker keeping as close to my daily points as I could. I actually struggled to eat all of my points each day and was feeling nice and full and not having problems with cheating at all. On the monday before weigh in ( I weigh in on a tuesday) I still had my 49 weekly points left, so my Husband said lets go out for an Indian. Indian food is a dieters nightmare especially as my fav curry is a Tikka Massal at a whopping 24 points just for the curry (boiled rice is 12 and pilau is 16 and Naan breads are about 18 and onion bahjees are about 8 or 9 each). However I had what I wanted and I still had most of my daily points left and the weekly points. The total for my food came to a whopping 72 points, but I wrote it all down and still had a few left over for a shared ice cream. I was so stuffed and I felt so guilty, even though I had kept to the points. The next day I almost did not want to go to Weight watchers as I was sure that I would have put on weight. When I got on the scales I had lost 7 lb!!! It was amazing, the plan really did work.
That was just over 10 weeks ago. So far I have lost 24 1/2 lbs. I have lost weight each week (except for one week where I stayed the same). On the weeks were I eat all my daily points and all my weekly points I have lost more weight - 3 1/2 lbs, 4 lbs and even 4 1/2 lbs one week. The other thing that this plan has helped me to do is to re-evaluate what I eat and how I eat. Although I was able to lose so much in the first week despite having an Indian, I have not had Indian food since that night, because now I would rather look for options that give me healthier food, such as currys I make from scratch at home which contain more vegetables and less meat and fat. I eat at least 3 portions of fruit each day and at least 2 or 3 portions of vegetables each day. I drink 2 litres of water a day and have cut down dramatically on bread. I no longer buy bread from the supermarket, but make my own. Although you can "cheat" with Weight Watchers and eat unhealthily if you want to by cutting down on the amout of food to try to fit in the bad stuff, you will stick to the plan far more easily if you start to cut out the high pro point foods and look at those that are lower and therefore are more geared towards a healthy diet. I am not on a diet, this is a plan that will last the rest of my life. It is healthy eating made easy.
There is no calorie counting, just the point counting. Of course you still have to weigh food, but then I think that this is always essential, because our eyes always weigh far more generously than our scales do. Once you have weighed things for a while you get used to portion sizes very quickly. You do need to make sure that you have the shopping book from Weight Watchers that lists all the food that we buy with their points and you do need to track every day, but this is so easy.
It works by looking at the Protien,Carbohydrate, Fat and Fibre in the food. The calculation of the pro points for a particular food uses a combination of the four figures in such a way that weighting is placed on those foods that are higher in refined carbs and fat and those foods that are high in protein and fibre tend to be lower in points than they would have been under the older WW systems. The encouragement to make sure that you eat the right quantity of protein in your food stops the weight loss occuring from muscle and redirects it to a weight loss from burning fat. This in turn leads to a slower weight loss that is proved to be the best way to keep the lost weight off. Fat is about a third of the weight of muscle tissue and that is why the loss tends to be slower.
If I have to raise a downside, it is the cost of membership and the cost of some of the foods. I think that £6 every week is expensive especially in the current credit crunch. Many people may struggle to find the money. Also the chocolate bars that I have found invaluable are pricey and only available at the meetings. You can get lost of WW food from the Pound Shops, but not the chocy bars. The cheaper alternative for membership is the monthly membership where you have access to the esouce on line and can go to meeting to weigh in. This is £19.00 a month which makes it £10 cheaper per month to do it this way. Be careful not to confuse it with the Monthly on line membership at £10 per month as this does not allow you to go to meetings, only to do this on your own.
I cannot reccomend this plan for highly. If you have had problems losing weight before then give this a try and don't delay, do it today.
I joined Weight Watchers on 23-08-2011 and so far (in 10 weeks) I have lost 24 and 1/2 lbs. I have 95 lbs to lose, so still a long way to go, but these little beauties have really helped. Of course following the plan to the letter is also responsible for the weight loss, but at night or at work when I get the nibblies having one of these bars only uses 2 of my 34 a day pro points. If I were to have a conventional chocolate bar such as a Mars Bar these are at least 8 pro points. I have now gone 65 days without having to buy chocolate when I go shopping. I no longer go at out lunch time to buy chocolate bars because these are so yummy.
The downside is that they are relatively expensive - £2.15 a box for 5. They are smaller than a mars bar, but I put them in the fridge so they are much chewier so they are far more filling and rewarding than a mars bar, but when you can get 5 normal mars bars for a £1, it does make these an expensive buy. This is an accusation I would level at all of the weight watchers range, but as I have to lose weight and these things help I have to bite the bullet (or indeed the chewy toffee bar) and pay the cash. It has helped wean me off sugary foods, because they are less sweet than normal chocolates. Also another downside is that you can only get them from Weight Watchers meetings.
They are very tasty considering that they have far less calorific value than ordinary sweets and must contain artificial sweetners. I cannot taste any horibble aftertaste that you often get with fake sugars. The texture is very good with the bars softy and chewy at room temperature, or even more satisfyingly chewy from the fridge. The chocolate too has a nice creamy taste. I highly reccomend them and they will remain part of my arsenal for fighting the bulge.
I always buy these as puddings for the week either for work or after the evening meal. I have to buy the mixed packs so there are some strawberry or raspberry for my husband, but my favourite is the apple. I love rice pudding anyway, but the addition of the soft apple compte to the rice is genius. They are great as fillers when you want something to eat and are not quite sure what you want. They are low fat, although they are probably still high on the sugar side, but if it is a choice between this and chocolate this has got to be more healthy and it does have some fruit in it. Just checked the sugar and this is high 13g per 100 g and each pot is 190g so nearly 26 g sugar, but the fat is just 2.3 g per 100g so for the pot is less than 5g.
I prefer them cold, but you can heat them up. Some people may prefer a little more spicyness to the apple compote, but this can be done by adding a little cinnamon if needed. For me they are prefect as they are.
They are always on offer somewhere, so they are very reasonable, especially when compared to what you can pay for cheesecakes and other deserts from the supermarkets.
I suppose the main disadvantage is the amount of sugar. It could do with being reduced down. I think they could get away with half the amount.
The advantages are the portability of the snack and the low fat and the yummy taste.
We buy at least 2 packs of these a week. One pack is for treats for our dogs as they absolutley love them and the other is for us. I no longer buy the premium brand as I feel that these are just as tasty and dunkable with a great texture for a lot less than the main brand. I can buy twice as much and still be paying either the same or a bit less.
They are advertised as having a little bit less ginger taste but still just as much snap, but to be honest I don't notice any lack of flavour. I have also used them for bases when making cheese cakes and banoffee pies and they crumble up just as nicely as the more expensive brands. I really see no need to pay premium prices for something that is indistinguishable from the basic option. So unless someone finds out that they are made of radiation contaminated materials or are full or asenic (I would probably still think twice) I am going to continue to buy these for a long time to come. I am also going to look at what other basic ranges I can substitute for premium brands.
I absolutley love this stuff. It must be addictive. When I am feeling low or tired then this is what I reach for not coffee. I used to like the original version but my husband got me onto the orange and now I cannot abide the original. The taste is orangey without that sickly note and is refreshing when ice cold. It is not excessivelly fizzy so does not cause a lot of wind like Coke can. I like the bottle that is is in so that you can reseal and drink later rather than drink all in one go. I prefer to drink this to drinking red bull or other energy drinks.
The big downside is the calories in the 500ml bottle which I can drink in one go when really thirsty. I think it is far more than Coke and is a frightening 400 calories. I also think it is expensive. I have tried some of the supermarket copies and Tesco's and Sainsburys versions are not bad and are much cheaper. I try to buy this when it is on offer. I prefer the 500 ml bottles to the litre bottles as they can go flat is left for more than a few hours so it is better to drink 1 500 ml bottle then half a litre bottle on day and then have to throw the rest away.
I used to drink this when I was little and was ill, as it was sold as a health drink then. Now I think it is more aimed at sports, although from a health point of view I think there are better options out there for the sporty types.
So positives are that it tastes nice and gives you much needed energy when you require it.
Negatives are the cost and the calories and the fact that bigger bottles go flat quite quickly and that it is so sugary that it probably contributes to causing diabietes type 2
I will say at the outset that I am only going to review the film, not the extras on the DVD, because I only ever really watch the films.
This film was excellent. I was dissapointed with films 5 and 6 as I felt that too much had been changed from the books and that many key scenes had been axed which made the films feel very bitty and difficult for people who had not read the books to keep up with. My husband had thought that he had missed some scenes in the 6th film as he could not understand how the plot jumped arround. So I was not expecting to be happy with this film. I could not have been more wrong. Yes that did have to axe a few bits and make a few minor changes, but this time they did it and kept the whole gist of the book. It was so exciting to watch and when I came out at the end of the film I could not wait till the DVD came out. I bought the DVD as soon as it was released and watched it the same day and again was just as enthralled.
It really captured the essence of the book. The first half of the book is a road movie and the characters really do go on a journey both literally and figuratively. Many reviews that I read said that the road trip seemed aimless and pointless, but they are missing the point as it was supposed to be or at least it is supposed to be disorganised and seem that they are getting no where. I feel that it is supposed to emphasise the true scale of the task that they are supposed to undertake and how unprepared they really are for it. It is supposed to show that although Harry thinks he can go off with just Hermione and Ron and solve the problem, he is wrong and really does need to take all the help he can get. Figuartivly Harry is seen as this superhero that will single handedly take on Voldey when really the oposite is true. Dear old Dumbledore has always said that Harrys strongest point is that he knows and understands love and that Voldemort can't and doesn't and in fact his soul is so damaged that Love is an anathema to him. Harry has to find out that he cannot do things alone and he must not try to be to much the hero and needs to take help from those around him.
The movie really creates the dark and frightening atmosphere that the book had. Those people who say it is boring and long winded disorganised chase just don't really love the HP series and are only watching it because they want to be seen to be HP fans. This is the first film since Goblet of fire that I have really enjoyed. Even so there were still a couple of instances where those who had not read the book would have been lost. When Ron gets splinched it did not explain what had happened and so my husband was a bit lost.
Once the serious action begins then the pace seems to take off at light speed and the last half of the movie just rushes by and suddenly the credits are rolling and you do not want it to finish. My husband had said that it must be nearly over at one point and I said no we had not been in the cinema long enough and the next minute the closing credits rolled and I realised that I had just lost track of the time. For once I can say this is a film that very nearly matched the book, rather than missing by a mile.
Roll on July 2011 I am raring to go for the final installment.
My Husband bought me this for Christmas with a £25 Orange contract. I can desbribe it in one word. Brilliant. I very rarely use my laptop now as this is always in my hands or on my lap or in my handbag. It comes on virtually instantly (instead of having to wait at least 5 mins for the laptop). I run my accounts through this using an accounts app. I can manage all my online accounts. It is as fast as my Sony laptop even though it is only supposed to have about 256 meg of ram and is only equivilant to about a 1.1 ghertz processor.
I can use my wifi when I am in the house so saving download costs. I used to use my Sony Reader for ebooks, but have now switched over to the IPad as it works brilliantly for this. I have my Kindle books on here too. I am so dependant on this lovely little device, that when it hung the other night I went into a blind panic at what I was going to do without it! It only needed a cold reboot and it was fine again. A rogue app had caused it to hang and removing the app sorted the problem. I have not used any of the other tablet machines on offer, so am unable to offer a comparison opinion, but can only say that I have nothing but good experiences with this and find it so useful. I do still need to use my laptop from time to time, but I can see that the future of computing lies with tablet PCs.
I think this has been the best gadget buy that we have ever made. I am thinking of getting my husband one for next Christmas as he is using his phone for internet use now and if he has one of these for in the house on wifi connection then we can cut down our phone costs and go to pay as you go. I cannot reccomend the IPad more strongly. It is a stylish and efficient piece of equipment. The cost my be on the high side but it is worth every penny.
I was a hugh David Tennant fan and when it was announced he was leaving I was eager to know who would replace him. When Matt Smith was announced it was like a bucket of cold water. How could this man with a face that can only have been shapped by bashing it with bricks possibly replace David Tennant. That was it I thought the end of Dr Who on TV after he has mullered the role. Now in mid June over halfway through the new series I have to admit I was wrong.
I don't fancy Matt Smith like I did with David Tennant, but I do like him as the Doctor. He is quite different, not just in looks but in how he deals with problems. I love his normal answer to a problem "Run" and then you see him running like a gawky awkward giraffe. Partularly the scene in Cold Blood where they are running across the bridge back to the Tardis. He can also be quite menacing when he becomes deadly serious. He is a much more sympathetic character than David Tennant and at times when he is trying to be kind and caring comes accross as much more gentle and empathic than David Tennant did. Yes I think he will make an excellent Dr Who.
I find myself looking forward to each episode with just as much enthusiasm as before which is good, because I really did not want to return to the Sylvester Mcoy years when I could not stand watching the show. The stories so far have been entertaining and some have been extremely sad (The Beast Below and Vincent and the Doctor) and I have found myself booing my eyes out (much to the entertainment of my husband who thinks I am absolutley barmy). I am really looking forward to the final 3 episodes to see how they tie everything up and to see what the crack in time really means. I also think that there is far more to Amy than we realise. She seems to understand some quite complicated things and perhaps she is not quite what we think she is. Whilst on the subject of Amy, I have to say I also really like Karen Gillen. I think she plays the role brilliantly and it is good to see a sidekick who is much more the Doctors equal rather than just someone along for the ride and be impressed with the size of the Tardis.
So to recap, very impressed so far with the series and the actors and looking forward to much more and hopefully an impressive season finale.
What a delight this little box of tricks is. I recently bought this for my husband who wanted to video the dogs when he takes them for a walk. He is not techie minded and did not want to use the bigger cam corder that we have. This is absolutley perfect for the job. It is very simple to use, with all the controls on the front and once you know what each symbol means there are very few options to remember. The quality of the filming is excellent. It certainly rivals the quality on my Sony DVD Camcorder and was a fraction of the price. The footprint is also amazing. It is no bigger than an average mobile phone and with the armoured casing on is very durable. The whole lot cost £50 (data card extra £13:00) which is truely unbelievable. You do need the data card as if you try to do any hi def videoing without it you can only film about 20 seconds worth.
The batteries are rechargable and it comes with a charger for them. They need about 8-12 hours for a full charge.
Only one word of warning, is about deletion. The option to delete gives three options, a red x, a green tick and mutliple green ticks. The red x means do not delete (or cancel) and the green tick means delete. This confused both me and my husband and several others who also have this camera. I automatically assumed that the red x was red for warning and meant delete. I lost some nice bits of flming as I pressed the tick (thinking I was keeping it DUH!) Never mind, I know now.
Tansferring the vids onto PC is very easy. The software is contained on the camera and when you connect with the USB cable to the PC it auto installs the necessary software. Once you view the filming on the PC you will be amazed by the quality. It also has a screw slot for attaching to a tripod.
There is a sound firmware upgrade that you need to install when you first start using this. You download the firmware file and upload to the data card (via usb connector). Then you install the firmware onto the camera. Make sure that the camera is fully charged and do not switch off during install as you will corrupt the camera. Once this is done the sound is brilliant. The link below takes you to the right location to find the file.
There is also an HDMI cable for connecting to a Hidef TV. I tried this but could not get it to work. The Camcorder is 780p and my TV is 1080p so that may have been the issue. My mate did get his to connect to his old TV without any problems.
It is also showerproof and with its amoured casing can be dropped and should still work, so great for action filming.
This is probably the best gadget that I have bought in the last few years. My husband loves it.
Willow and Freya were my two beautiful black and yellow labradors. Both girls. I lost them both this year. Freya on 1-05-2009 aged 12 1/2 and Willow three days ago on 13 1/2. They were absolutley wonderful dogs and I am heartbroken to have lost them both within such a short space of time.
Willow came to live with us first in May 1996 and she was such a cute little black puppy that just wanted to curl up and sleep on your lap, or nibble your fingers or generally chew any possesion that you valued. She did so much damage that we felt that she must be lonely when we were out at work (a period of only 4 hours at the most each week day) so we decided to get her a friend and went to choose another Lab. We chose Freya a cheeky little yellow pup. Once she joined the household in November 1996 the destruction doubled, extending to a hall and stair carpet, jeans, a welsh dresser and various shoes. Now Willow had a willing pupil in her quest to eat our house.
Willow and Freya bonded together so well it was like they were litter mates. Willow was extremely gentle and affectionate. She loved to sit on your lap (despite the fact that she did not fit and you would not be able to walk properly afterwards). Freya was also very affectionate, but much more lively, more like an exorcet missile on speed. She liked to lie next to you on the settee stretched out on her back with her legs flopped wide displaying her bits for all to see.
For all their typical lab behaviour the did eventually settle down (sometime after the age of 3 when we no longer had anything worth chewing). They were both brilliantly well behaved when on walks, always coming back when called. Freya's only failing was to bark at people who did not have dogs, as if she could not understand why anyone would want to walk without a dog.
Early on (within the first year) Freya damaged her cruciate ligament and had to have an operation. This meant missing a mortgage payment, but the results were marvellous and lasted the rest of her life. She had hip displasia which only caused her problems in the last few years of her life. Willow did not have any major problems till she was 9 years old, when we discovered an ominous lump on the side of her chest that just kept getting bigger and bigger. When they xrayed they found a large quantity of fluid in her lungs - pleural effussion- in the space between the outside of the lining of the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity, where there should be no space. £10,000s, 1 thorsoscopy, 2 CT scans and numerous bloodtests later and both my vets and the Royal College of Veterinarians could only say yes she has got a lot of fluid there, but we don't know why!!! We never did find out why. They drained the fluid and she came home and took a few days, but bounced back to normal again. She always had a cough after that, but it was controlled by steriods and she lived another 5 years after that.
I think we finally realised that they were getting much older last year, but they still enjoyed their walks and playing ball. Then things started to go downhill for Freya in April. She was put on some tablets to help her circulation and they seemed to be working, but on 30-04-2009 her back legs failed her and we knew it was time. We took her to the vets on the 1-05-2009 and stayed with her till it was over holding her in our arms and then went home feeling empty and lost, but also comforted that she was no longer suffering.
Willow seemed ok for a while, but then in October her legs seemed wobbly and she suffered from the most awful diarrhea. The vet put her on some tablets for this and gave her corvental to help with the breathing. We took her back in Late November and got more covental because they seemed to work, although the vet noted that she had cushings disease from the steroids she was on. We started to reduce the steroids and the diarrhea returned and she very quicly got worse. In the end she just did not want to go our for walks anymore and just lay on her chair (when she could jump up) and slept. We knew that it was time again to make that dreadful trip. Again we stayed with her to the end and the feeling afterwards was awful.
I miss them both and hope they are together in heaven playing together. We have 3 Cavalier King Charles dogs which makes things easier. How we would have coped if we had had to go home to an empty house I don't know. I do know that both my husband and I miss that boundless fanatical joy that Labradors bring into your house. We will love them always and miss them forever.
Went to the cinema to see this last week. It was brilliant. I had just read the book the week before so was eager to see what they had done with the film.
Just like the first film, they got the feel just right. It had a touch of Twin Peaks, wierd and sureal. The music was excellent (I think Muse are in there). I had heard some reports that people did not think much of the acting and that Robert Pattinson mumbled a lot. I did not agree with this view. I think that possibly the comments were aimed at his performance in the first part of the film where he does seem very off key and distant, but this is part of the character. Edward is trying to cut himself off from Bella and is withdrawing into himself.
The film sticks pretty close to the book with only a few deviations, necessary to impart the imformation that is given through first person narration in the book. I hope that this attention to the books continues throughout the franchise, because nothing annoys a fan more than unnecesary changes, ommisons and deviations.
I think that Bella plays her part really well (although when she really gets anguished she sort of crosses her eyes which makes her look really peculiar - she shouldn't do that a lot it is not a good look.) She really does get across the idea of how much she is struggling to cope without the Cullens. In the book it made me cry when she was stuggling to cope. I didn't in the cinema, but I think that was because I was there with my husband. She is one lucky girl with both Edward and Jake to choose between!
Edward is just as georgous, although not in this film very much, just in the begining and towards the end. He gets the moody brooding attitude just right. We also get to see him stripped to the waist!!
Jake really comes into his own in this film. This is really all about him. He is really georgous (even better than Edward if I am truthful). Taylor Lautner had to add 29 1bs to get the part and boy can you see the difference. You can see how much he loves Bella and how much he helps her to try to recover. There is a great scene where Bella hits her head and bleeds (suprise suprise) and he just rips his T shirt off to wipe her head. You could hear gasps and giggles from all the girls in the cinema (even me) and I just peeked round at the my husband to find him staring at me pointedly. Well I was just window shopping.
There is a lot more going on in the film, although the early part of the film does seem to take a longish time to get to the action, but that is all about setting the scene. The werewolves are just fantastic. So realistic. The fight sequences are great.
The latter half of the film moves to Italy and the Volturi. The scenery is sumptuous and again the action is good. The really frighteneing bit is Aro the leader of the Volturi, he is played by Michael Sheen, but he looks just like Tony Blair. In fact I am not even sure that they got Michael Sheen to do it, I just think they asked Tony Blair. He even talks like Tony Blair.
That aside, I would reccomend this film to anyone (although see Twighlight first or you will be lost) If you are a fan then you will love it, because it keeps true to the book and has that magic that the book imparts.
Can't wait for Eclipse.
I have just started taking this in the 1000 mg form 6 days ago with 2600mg of evening primrose oil. Since having Swine Flu in July I have been having terrible difficulty keeping awake at work in the mornings (I am 44 far too young to be having these problems) and have generally felt under the weather. I started taking these on Friday and for the last two days at work (today being Wednesday) I have not nodded off in front of my computer screen. In fact I feel quite wide awake and alert. Quite full of energy. I also suffer from appalling breast tendernes for most of the month before my periods so I am hoping that this will help with these problems too.
I don't think it is physcological, because I had almost forgotten I was taking them when I noticed the improvement in my metablolism. These tablets are not cheap, but they are worth the money, because I am fed up of feeling down in the dumps and sleepy. I think they may also help with symptoms of SAD.
This film is brilliant. When it first came out I did not bother to watch it as I thought is was just some crap B movie. When I found out that Guillermo Del Toro turned down the Harry Potter movie to do this I thought I better give it a try. I am so glad that I did.
The opening sequences are just awesome. Nazis, black magic, Rasputin, an indestrutible nazi assasin and some devils, what more can you want from a film. I was hooked within the first few minutes. You also have to admit that as a kid Hell Boy was quite cute. Oh and he loves cats.
I have never read the comics, so I do not know how authentic the film was in reference to the comics, but as far as I am concerned the characters are great. Ron Pearlman as Hell Boy is just brilliant, the role was designed for him and I love Abe Sapien, probably because he is voiced by David Hyde Pierce (Nials from Frasier) who just cracks me up. The monsters and the baddies are great, particularly the very scary Kroenen. The good thing is that they do not show Hell Boy as totally indestructible, they make him vunerable even though he has a hand of stone. Also falling in love with Selma Blair's character Liz adds to the depth of his character.
The story line is good and the action keeps going right through the film, keeping you hooked. It is also filled with humour and I think that humour in horror/action films increases the enjoyment.
Hell Boy is definitely a hero, a bit quirky and a bit red, but definitely one of the good guys. I also like the characters of Liz and John and the angry FBI boss who turned out not so bad in the end.
My mum brought me Hell Boy Golden Army for Christmas, which I have yet to see, as I waiting for my husband to watch Hell Boy first, but I am looking forward to watching this film.
I am a huge Shrek fan and particularly love Puss in Boots and Donkey. I even have stuffed talking Shrek, Donkey and Puss as well as all three DVDs. I bought this DVD without even seeing it. I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed.
Shrek and Shrek 2 were both brilliant. I think I loved Shrek 2 the best - mainly becuase of Puss, but Shrek the Third fell well short of the mark. The story was a bit stilted and drawn out. Having Charming again as the baddie seemed like a bit of a rehash of Shrek 2. There were elements that were very good, particularly the group of princesses at the baby shower and their fight scenes, but on the whole the film seemed like it had been hastily put together just to catch a few more dollars. It was all very cutesy with the babies, but non of the fun of the second or the first. Perhaps it was just a sequal too far. They are supposed to be doing a fourth called Shrek goes forth, it will have to be a whole lot better to impress than Shrek 3.
I don't think that enough use was made of both Donkey and Puss and the interaction between them. Perhaps they should have been the main focus of the story with Shrek and Fiona taking a back seat.
The difficulty here is that the films are made on two levels, for kids and adults and I think for the kids that maybe the film was enough, but for the adults there was not enough to keep us interested in the film. I have watched the film about 3 times and each time I think well that was ok, just ok whereas when I watch the other two I feel at lot more lifted and happy and watch the extras. I could not be bothered to watch the extras that came with this DVD.
Mind you this was still way better than some of the garbage that can come out of hollywood, but they need to do better next time.