So, a foreign film with subtitles about the Belgium Hormone Mafia, anyone? Thought not. Well apparently the cattle cosa nostra are big news in rural Belgium and so an Oscar nominated movie was created. There are a lot of cows in Belgium. There are a lot of fields in Belgium. There are a lot of restaurants in Belgium serving beef.
Hulking cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) hates Diederik Maes (Jeroen Perceval) with every bone in his steroid pumped body. Their hatred goes back twenty-years where, as kids, unbalanced ruffian Diedrick bullied Jacky and delivered one of cinemas most gruesome punishments (Trust me you will wince when you see it guys), an act of cruelty that shaped Jacky’s life for the worse there after.
Diedrick is a part of mobster Marc de Kuyper (Sam Louwyck) gang who smuggle and sell illegal cattle steroids to the local famers. Jacky also uses steroids on his family farm, legal and illegal. More alarmingly he takes them himself as part of his body building regime, why he is known as Bullhead. When Diedrick did his dastardly deed little Jacky had to take steroids to make sure he grew up like a normal boy, hence his addiction.
Jacky has a crush on pretty shop girl Lucia Schepers (Jeanne Dandoy), the daughter of a rival farming family. But Jacky thinks he will never be a man a woman could love because of his handicap and so finds it hard to express his feelings to females. But he has bigger problems, Diedrick a snitch for the cops, a bad idea after a cop has just been shot dead by de Kuper’s thugs, unfairly implicating Jacky and his family.
This is an unusual theme for a mobster thriller and for that reason it doesn’t really work. But it was Oscar nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category so must be worth a look, The Academy rarely wrong on that category. They are rarely wrong because they five nominees are nearly always the winners of all the big European film festivals.
The main reason to watch this is the star lead performance of Matthias Schoenaerts. But the whole steroid mafia concept is too abstract and far fetched to involve you and it’s hard to see why you would need mobsters to control an illegal trade that could be run on Ebay. I tried to go with the twisting plot but it all felt a bit comic at times and the bull on steroids metaphor with the main Jacky character encouraging overacting by Schoenaerts. There have been some cool Belgium movies, ‘Man Bites Dog’ the best of them, but this way to odd and thrown together to enthuse the viewer. It looks authentic and there is some tension but just didn’t work for me, and way too long at 2 hours, 10 minutes.
BBC2 is the sister station to the main BBC1 station and just like the Beeb it is funded by licence fee payers. For me BBC2 is all about comedy as it has some excellent shows many of which have gone across to the main channel, it also carries some sport as well and does tend to show some of the less popular sports such as snooker and tonight following on from the huge success at the Olympics there is World Championship cycling being shown.
It is the comedy though that for me is the real plus point of the channel as it was responsble for the launch of The Office an also the spin off Extras while it was also where shows like Have I Got News for You started. I like the fact that there are no adverts on the channel and I also ted to watch Newsnight as well some of the times which is very informative and well presented.
It also hosts some excellent dramas and used to even show plays but this tends to not happen so often, I think as a balance to the more populist BBC1 it provides a nice balance as you get some of the arts shows including dance and less main stream music that you do not find so easily on other channels especially those that have to worry about the ratings.
BBC2 is the second of the two state financed terrestial channels that has existed for many years and has stood up well to the competition provided in the multi channel digital age. The channel is fully funded from tax payers money in the form of a licence fee which is paid annually to the BBC to fund all of their activities, as such the channel does not carry any advertising which is a big bonus.
It is hard to really identify what role BBC2 plays in the scheduling, it is a bit of a mixed bag and is sometimes used as a home for shows that do not have a wide enough appeal to be on the main BBC1 channel.
Where it does have a strong niche is in the realm of comedy where it has launched a number of very popular comedies that have then found a home on BBC1. A lot of these comedies air after the nine o'clock watershed and therefore have an adut content, the most famous one and certainly the one I enjoyed the most was the Ricky Gervais comedy The Office however other shows like Have I Got News for You, Little Britain and The Fast Show also started on the channel.
BBC2 is also excellent for some of its wildlife shows and documentaries and as such I find myself watching it quite a bit and it is a very worth whle station.
BBC 2 is the 'funny brother' of BBC 1 and I like its shows much more than BBC 1. Many of the shows are hilarious and much more funny than those on SKY and going by the fact you get it free on freeview that's saying something.
You'll find many clssic comedies on this great channel including, 'Never mind the Buzzcocks', 'Top Gear' and 'Mock the week.' These are all extrmely funny and definatly worth a look at as they contain many favourite TV personalities.
In my opinion this is one of the funniest channels on the television and is definatly worth watching.
An example of its peak is probably when it showed the sketch show 'little Britain' which was a huge hit and hundreds of thousands of people watched it.
The fact I most like about the BBC channels is the fact it does not show any adverts except the ones that advertise their own shows. This means that unlike SKY the advert breaks are mere seconds long as opposed to minutes.
It has come under a lot of critisism though because they say they pay their personalities too much but what is important to remember is that without them TV would not be the same. So next time you are browsing the TV give BBC 2 a look. By all means it is not the best channel on TV but still very entertaining.
BBC is the second channel offered by the BBC and offers viewers a mix of documentary's, comedy and drama. The channel was the british home for the Simpsons for several years before their move to channel 4 and since then BBC 2 has struggled to find the same continously drawing programming to get people watching the channel. BBC 2 is often used as the testing ground for new British comedy with series such as The Office starting out their life on the channel. BBC 3 however has now taken on that mantle and left BBC 2 fairly redundant in that respect. It is still the undisputed home of Snooker however which saves the channel with the World Championships every year. Quiz shows such as the Weakest Link and Eggheads are most often found on BBC 2 and this is all the channel has been left with along with documentary shows not big enough for BBC 1. With the arrival of BBC 3, comedy, and BBC 4, documentary/sport, BBC 2 has been left with little in its corner.
BBC 2 here is a sample nights veiwing Feb 14th had one of my Favourites *Bill Oddie* With his talent for a birds eye view of the country (spot the accidental joke*:) Not only does He share his moments with different birds ,He notices the flowers and greenery ,if not by comment with His camera . A recent program had him on a hoist up a tree looking at Herons,He had to wait for the camera man to get Him down it was amusing with unique footage. He also went to a private Home in one program to show that there are some parrots in that area London to be precise. His gentle and knowledgable ways make this a very relaxing program to watch. * Katy my little black cat likes to watch with facination too *. Then came Essential Poems (To fall in Love With ) beautiful romantic Poetry recited by Men and women sometimes the Author ,very refreshing . Then another lovely program *The winter flying gardener*Chris Beardshaw* is flown in a Helicopter all round the Country to visit and help People plan their gardens. This program was set in gardens in Somerset and Devon to help 2 ladies plan their spring gardens,very pleasant and educational for us garden lovers.You have a chance to see the landscape on his journeys as well. He daoes different plants in every program . Then a really facination and moving program:*Motherland a genetic Journey *in this proprogram Afro-carribean have smples of there DNA taken from cells on a swab from their mouths ,and then a computer is used to map out matches from other sampling to find where the person originated . This traces several men and women going on this Journey which once they fing their Country of origen becomes a real journey. One woman finds Her tribe and visits them and has a real welcome from them,she ends up claiming some land for herself . Another does similar but finds the actual journey a bit taxing.It is a very emotional experience for them
. A man does similar and dresses in the national garb takes part in a ceremony and adopts a new name for Himself. What was very eye opening is all these people had European genetic links too they were quite suprised it agrees with something I said in my English language opinion. We are all related to everyone else. BBB 2 Well worth watching .
If you ask me, BBC 2 shows about 3 hours and 45 minutes of good programming a week, with The Simpsons, which is always repeats and never seems to be a new episode, so is not to everyone's liking, and The Fresh Prince of Belair, which is VERY old stuff or Top Of the Pops 2 which is no longer that good. Of course, their is about an hour of good, new comedy every monday and even newer stuff every Tuesday and Wednesday, which is really the only other thing worth watching. If people like watching documentaries about the Breeding Habits of Snails or how well Old buildings were built, hosted by an Old Yorkshire man who keeps saying "eee, that's ruddy good 'in't it?' then you really should watch this channel, and of course if you enjoy having regular stuff interrupted by Snooker or Tennis, or even Darts, which are not the best sports, for three weeks, then you probably would enjoy BBC 2. In Conclusion, I have to say that the BBC are not prioritising well. Instead of launching new channels like BBC 3 and 4 and Digital radio like BBC 6 Music and BBC 7, they should really improve the standard of BBC 2 and introduce a new Sports channel for the stuff that ends up on BBC 2.
According to the British Crime Survey, in 1999, only 26% of reported racially motivated incidents were committed against ethnic minorities. There were 150,000 reported racially motivated incidents, of which 39,000 were racist incidents against ethnic minorities and 111,000 were racist incidents against whites. In fact there were 192% more incidents against whites than against ethnic minorities in 1999. Looking at the "Producer's Guidelines" promise to viewers the BBC proudly boast about, we find the following comments: "All BBC programmes and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth. No significant strand of thought should go unreflected or under represented on the BBC." "When portraying social groups, stereotypes should be avoided." "Audiences must be able to trust the integrity of BBC programmes. They should be confident that decisions are made only for good editorial reasons, not as a result of improper pressure, be it political, commercial or special interest." Now taking on board the above two paragraphs one might expect the BBC2 programme "Hate Crime" broadcast on the 15th March to be an accurate reflection of the situation in modern day Britain. However, those of us naïve enough to trust the BBC when it comes to matters multiracial did not have to wait long for disappointment. Within seconds of the opening captions, the African narrator, told us what we were in for, "Bermondsey, a street where white youths patrol at night and black people are afraid to walk." Viewers then had to endure what amounted to nearly an hour of the most nauseating anti-white racism that even challenged the previous standards set by our state controlled broadcaster. Not once were white people ever afforded the status of victim, instead in every single incident they were portrayed as violent criminals. Despite the fact that ethnic minorities are far more likely to commit
hate crimes against whites, this scenario was not even hinted at during the entire programme. Perhaps the most disturbing part of this film dealt with the reading out of a racially abusive letter obviously sent by a crank. Just so we didn't miss the point the letter reading was interspersed with images of the Cross of St George. Of course the message was obvious, all English people are racists. Can you imagine the resultant uproar if the Jamaican or Pakistani flags were besmirched in such a manner? As the film ground on the full political angle began to unravel. Viewers were once again reminded about the Stephen Lawrence enquiry and hard left "hate experts" like Imran Khan and Peter Tatchell were ceremoniously wheeled out before the cameras. Hate crime was produced and directed by Helena Appio who was responsible for Channel Four's infamous 1998 "The Windrush Years" so it will come as little surprise that she herself is black. Make no mistake about it, "Hate Crime" was nothing to do with the truth it was a blatant propaganda film. Not only was it a complete distortion of the truth it was also a disgusting racial slur against white people in general. It is this type of blatant left wing political programming that actually increases racial tension by reinforcing hostility towards white people consequently producing even more racial attacks upon them. It is for this reason that broadcasting programmes like "Hate Crime" is little short of criminal in itself. Where to send a complaint to the BBC: Telephone: 08700 100 222 BBC, PO Box 1116, Belfast BT2 7AJ.
They say the BBC is dumbing down, boy are they right!.Get this, a TV chef on Question Time!.The channels flagship serious news and current affairs program has told Tony Benn hes no longer required as the Chefs are on contract and bloody cheap like their stupid comment. I though the people who didn?t have sensible answers and wanted to know what was going on were in the audience. Last year it was bad enough with Jo Brand and the Oasis guy from Creation records, but this time around I hear they have even booked Jack f*****g Dee.And all this on the back of Celebrity Big Brother success. Barrel and scrap come to mind. No wonder New Labor are getting away with murder if these guys are applying the thumb screws. Events also reached a ludicrous low with the equally prestigious news affairs show in Panorama having a pre Oscar warm up show. Believe it or not, the super intelligent news team tried to make a connection between action and adventure movies and current world military and terrorist events. Pulp tecno writer Tom Hanks predicted that a plane would be used as a harpoon to missile the capitol building in Washington DC.Low and behold, etc, etc. A director was then wheeled out who made a film called The Siege which I have also reviewed brilliantly here on those nasty Muslims attacking New York with suicide bombs which resulted in Muslim internment. At the time the Islamic religion was up in arms for real over this and said that they would never do such a thing. Low and behold etc.etc. Ok thats mildly interesting.but havent you guys ever heard of coincidence and propaganda folks!.Every possible disaster movie has been made and it was no surprise that someone attacked New York as they did in 1993. The only terrorist that reads Tom Clancy thrillers to get the edge in the oil wars is George W Bush, and he has the digit on the red button when he does it. AT one point, Panorama tried to make us believe that the CIA/FBI boys and
girls actually go to Hollywood to consult the film people over possible terrorist scenarios that they are using in their movie storyboards, and could be feasible in real life. Ok after September 11 the movies did come alive, but is this worthy of a serious news show just to feed into BBC 2s all nighter at the Oscars. BBC2 has the uncomfortable performance record of showing repeats as 63% of its programming last year. This alarming over charging on the license fee can be no better demonstrated than the ridiculous four repeated episodes of the tiresome 24 on Easter primetime Saturday night slot. The show has been strongly trailed up to its first episode of the real time show. The real-time series that?s sweeping the States in popularity and awards is now entering its forth week. But station two of six has decided to re-run the first four shows back to back on that prime time slot. Now correct me if im wrong, but anyone who wanted to see this rather tedious series is either board of it by now or have watched all four do far. Who the Friar Tuck is going to watch em. Ok it?s a light football week and April is big budget month for the Beeb with the Masters and the FA up semis along with the National and Boat Race. The later still being covered so the Oxbridge types who run the corporations can all have a big day out on the license fee. Looking at this run up to Easter week schedules,i would say its probably one of the weakest I have seen on the BBC for many a month. Ok Shooting Stars is cool as are the occasional guest on Room 101.Johny Vegas was side splitting with Alexi Sayle still with a spark of naughtiness in his eye. Most of the hot seaters on it though seem to be C list celebs pushing a new TV show on the same channel that just so happens to be coming up. Louis Theroux raps it u this week with a run at his guru in PR man Max Clifford.But that?s the last in only a five episode series. I quite like ,Trouble at the Top a
bout new business ventures in documentary style,although its got a bit showbiz lately in their new dumbed down style we are all whining on about But a lot of the good shows are broadcast on the ultra low watched BBC digital stations, which are not covered on the license fee. With ITVs digital channel going down the pan, you would think the powers that be who are pushing yet another new technology on us we aint ready for yet in pocket, and trend. Theres a lot of crap on BBC2 in sitcoms like Two pints of lager and a packet of crisp which is aimed at the student demographic. That lot though seems to have the most money to spend on everything but that on a Tuesday night, shuffling to the latest indie beat on a college night pound per beer in pools of lager. The stuff that really grinds, is this constant fed of lifestyle crap on the beeb that really should be on comerical TV channels. Food n Drink followed by Gary Rhodes in the kitchen straight after you have eaten drives everyone into the sad alternate of the decaying, Who wants to be a Millionaire. Although there was high excitement tonight as they had their first tied fastest finger in the four year run!. Wednesday throws up The Good Life repeats that lead onto, How to be a Gardner, if you didn?t know yet.your about to. BBC1 also have a menu of aging repeats in the tedious One foot in the Grave.Thursday night is for the boys with Lifting the Bonnet and Wrong car, right Car. Friday, which really should be the blue ribbon night for comedy on number two. But we have another green fingers night with Country House and Gardeners world. The trivial Trench follows where some office and fork lift drivers go back to the early twentieth century to relive the First World War. Lob in a few smoke bombs and fireworks and they call that TV!. If I wanted to see a bunch of men spend a fortnight in a ditch I would watch the local roadworks. The films we are rewarded with for our tolera
nce are mostly reruns from the seventies with the highlight being Woody Allens return to form in, Mighty Aphrodite, which is really quite funny. Its the best I can see for Easter Weekend so far as not so holly Saturday has Air bloody America!. We know how painful it is to mention BBC sport, so I will let them of that one this time as April really kicks of a mega summer of it for our once proud national station.
Some things need to be got off ones chest. As there is no sub-category for Masters of Combat, I beg the pardon of this BBC opinion category, but this is the venue for my despair. Here we go,.... In this new and dangerous world we should be asking whether we should be peddling real violence as entertainment. Fortunately, Masters of Combat can in no way be called entertainment. The idea of combining refried Crystal Maze challenges with people actually beating each other may have looked okay on paper but the blow has missed its mark, badly. Because of the post-Simpsons time slot, this human blood sport show has emasculated real violence to the level of Xena. Screen violence is choreographed and no one gets hurt, even young children can tell this is not real. Real violence is ugly, painful and brutal, but not on Masters of Combat. The camera tricks serve to desensitise, softening the blows to the viewer and the bloody, panting, painful consequences are edited out. Fights are intercut with contestants showboating for the cameras and no painful blows are seen in close up or real time. It is utterly bland in a worrying way. Add to this a very dodgy take on Eastern religion and you have quite an offensive programme. If I had children, I would rather they watch even the most insipid ITV docudrama about film crews filming vets doing up each other's gardens. Perhaps the show could have been saved in a post-Newsnight time slot, where editing could have been much reduced, but, likely not. This show is pure junk food, suitable only for fatty, spotty teenagers wanting a weekly dose of the wowfully misused Gail Porter. Put the kettle on, you wont miss much.
What a great T.V show this is…It follows the life of an Upcoming gangster Called Paul Clark. He is finding it difficult to brake into the big league of being a Gangster. If you can remember that far back then you might remember Only Fools and Horses at the beginning no one liked the show but it pulled through and is no a very popular show. A lot of people have said that things are not right about this show, but as long as people give it some time then hope fully the show will carry on and be big. The show only runs for about 29 minutes but them 29 are great!! Pauls best mate is a seventeen stone body guard who is really strong!! The show is on BBC 2 at 9:30 and you do not expect so much money changing hands on such dodgey stuff!! There is normal a crude story line and a lot of swearing so I do not recommend the show for young children!! Monday nights are the best nights for comedy and with ‘Oribble at the BBC side them im sure Mondays will be a good night for T.V watching!! The only criticisms I have for the show is that its only on for 29 minutes and the amount of violence and language!
I think BBC two has a good range of programmes. Granted I do not watch all the programmes, in fact I only watch a small percentage. But I do think there is something for everybody. I personally like the shows aimed at the younger audience such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Rosewell High. I know that my Brother watches robot wars, my Mum watches the Weakest Link and my Dad watches Star Trek. I know not everything they show will appeal to everybody but at least it is not filled with the same type of show. The only bad thing I can pick out is the way the programmes are showed. I mean they sometimes skip shows like farscape and Buffy for a week to replace it with snooker. Most recently they have put Roswell high on sunday mornings at 12:15am whereas it used to be on at 6:45pm on Tuesdays.
*This is not strictly about BBC2 in general rather Comedy Nights on Mondays.* After seeing an advert about Monday 9:00pm being the start of BBC2's comedy night I thought why not, I could do with a laugh. This was the worst decision ever. On BBC2 at 9:00 was the most abysmal program I have ever seen, if I ever meet the creator I will kick him in the crotch. I think it was called Summer Party and it kicked off the night of 'comedy'. Utter, complete trash, comedy my pig. This was the worst program I have ever seen in my life and the BBC have stooped to a new low. Its a good job I don't actually pay for my TV liscense otherwise I would be outraged. (note, someone else does it for me) The program was about a very sad old fool arranging a party for his wife. The camera was held by a little kid in a spaceman costume breathing heavily. Basically for 50 minutes you saw the sad man tell rubbish jokes, laugh awkwardly and be a right moron. Trouble is none of this was funny, just sad, annoying and shameless. The man had no mates and the story itself made little sense. His wife drove off with some man without any trousers and sad man was left with his 'smashers'. Seriously, anyone who calls his kids 'smashers' deserves to be left alone. Also every person who was involved in this program deserves to be hit in the face with a sledgehammer. This absolute drivel comedy got me thinking about another so called 'comedy' called the office. This is also tripe. If I wanted to see a bunch of sad pathetic losers working in an office I could arrange a tour around Microsoft HQ. There is nothing funny about sad people showing just how lame they really are..no-one gives a monkey's paw. Where's the shows to replace Only Fools and Horses, Men behaving badly and Bottom? Continuing on with Monday night comedy was Alistair McGowan's big impressions, normally a good 15 mi
nutes of fun. However due to the absolute rubbish of the program before even the Posh and Becks impression failed to raise a smile. C'mon BBC, do you really think this sort of thing is A-In the slightest bit amusing B-Acceptable televised transmissions C-A stain on the human intelligence, artistic liscence and creativety. Or is it just rubbish?
I usually watch BBC2 from 6 pm onwards on weekdays, but due to sports coverage and uninteresting Gaelic programmes, some of the best programmes often have their schedule messed up. A common example is "Star Trek". Any version - the original one, Voyager, DS9... You name it. Whenever some dull people want to go play a game of cricket, they get priority over a hugely successful show. Whenever "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is shown in England, up here in Scotland we get to watch Gaelic programmes. I live in mainland Scotland where *no-one* speaks the language. If the BBC showed Urdu programmes they'd be better understood. I guess they're trying to reach out to all their audiences, but that particular audience probably has a total of 2 people in it, except for up in the isles. Due to the BBC having fun with their schedule, we often miss out on seeing episodes of established and popular tv series. Remember when Roswell High was first shown on BBC2? It attracted a lot of people, but the BBC decided to stick a bit of sports coverage in the middle of it. That meant that because only so many slots were allocated, after showing the series cliffhanger, the BBC decided not to show the final episode. Roswell High was broadcast last year. The final episode is going to be shown this Autumn. How kind of you, BBC(!) For messing up the schedule so frequently, I am inclined to give BBC2 a low rating. However, they do have some great programmes. Last week they showed the pilot for "Seven Days", a sci-fi programme where US intelligence have the technology to send one man back in time seven days to avoid major disasters from happening. Last week they saved the president. This week they saved the entire human race. Some other fab shows are "Malcom in the Middle" (comedy about a gifted boy called Malcom and his dysfunctional family), "The Simpsons" (repeats, but still funny), "Star Trek" (a
ny version is good), "Farscape" (now what *did* happen to that?), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (teenage girl living on the mouth of hell who kills vampires in her spare time) and "Third Rock From the Sun" (humour with four aliens in human bodies trying to find out about planet Earth and its inhabitants). I wish the BBC would get it right. They have the programmes, just not the time.
I am a student studying software engineering. This takes up quite a bit of my life, both the studying and the socials. And so it happens that 9 times out of 10 I miss the evening news, or even the late news. Also, with so many cult programs on BBC2 (I'm am perhaps a little too fond of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and their teenage horror shenanigans) I often find myself switching over from BBC1 instead of watching what the mainstream of adults watch, many of them seeing it 2-3 times a day. So how is it possible to stay up to date with current events, to gain a little enlightenment of what is going on outside the computer room? Perhaps it is the way in which he effortlessly grills his guests, don't ask me, but I've always found that Newsnight seems to cut through the overhype and confusion that is sometimes portrayed in some of the other news programs, including even shows on BBC1. Jeremy Paxman doesn't feel the need to feature an article about a local fluffy bunny which got trapped within a tyre, or a man who got sent to jail for selling bananas by the pound instead of the kilo, he seems to cut right to the heart of an issue. Even if sometimes he appears rude and aggressive, theres an air of truth about him that seems to unnerve the other "contestants" - it just seems that he can illuminate a subject with just enough enthusiasm, and without the need to justify or repeat himself, that even if it is for a half-hour/hour, politics is exciting again. I would thoroughly recommend tuning in - sometimes the subject matter may seem a little heavy, however, it is never subjucated to the kind of spin and illusion that a normal politician likes to weave himself/herself, the party involved and the particular wording of the policy in question. Who knows, you may even learn something.