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The Flash is a sort-of spin-off/attempt to expand the DC TV universe from the people who brought us the excellent recent Arrow adaptation of the Green Arrow. The Flash is about, well, the Flash - the super-speedy DC hero with the red suit.
This series generally has a lighter tone than the uber-angst-ridden Arrow series. This is more about those crazy 20-somethings and their super-powers. But it's pulled off very well, and manages to have its serious moments without jilting too much off-kilter.
The strength of the supporting cast - Caitlin Snow played by Danielle Panabaker, Cisco Ramon played to quick-witted dorky loner kid perfection by Carlos Valdes, and the seemingly noble but slightly off-key Harrison Welles played by Tom Cavanagh - really help form the fabric of Central City, a place that's suddenly found itself beleaguered by super-villains due to the same accident that made Barry Allen into (dramatic drum-roll) the Flash!
There's a few instances of cross-over with the Arrow as well, just to make sure its baby-sister-show gets off to the right start - and somehow it doesn't feel forced, like you find with many attempts to cross-advertise through character cross-over.
So, there's humour, adventure, and a man running very very fast in a red rubber suit. What more could you want? This is super-hero-ness at its joyful and kiddy best - with the right degree of control to stop us verging too far into stupid-pill territory (although, I'm not going to lie, there are still a few moments where you want to slap the characters across the face for being so goddamn stupid - but I find this with most TV series, and this is better than most when it comes to the stupid-pill to non-stupid-pill ratio.)
In the 1990’s you couldn’t move for slick and cool American mob movies but there hasn’t been much since, television winning that particular talent content with shows like The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and The Wire. A chief writer on those TV classic boxsets, Denis Lehane, who also penned the screenplay to Shutter Island and Mystic River, has come up with a classy Mafiosi movie here, ‘The Drop,’ based on his short film Animal Rescue, casting hunky Peaky Blinder Tom Hardy in the lead. Lehane gets the dynamics of the mobster thing and the environment they clump around in and that times have chanced since Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s day. The mobsters speak a different language in downtown Brooklyn and New Jersey now and there is nothing glamorous about the life. Killing them Softly and The Departed didn’t really work as we just don’t believe square jawed white males with blue eyes and manicured nails go around sticking knives in other men’s necks. Ok, the casting of James Gandolfini was a bit cliché here, as it was in Killing Them Softly, but after watching Trevor MacDonald’s engaging series about the real life Mafia, these wise guys really do wear tracks suits and look like James Gandolfini. As this was has his last performance before his tragic death then why not go out the way you came in. Gandolfini had a massive heart attack one month later after the film wrapped.
Slightly punchy barkeep Bob Liswelski (Tom Hardy) works for his Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) in a busy blue-collar tavern in a non-descript area of Brooklyn. Marv was once a respected face back in the day around these parts but not no more, the Chechnyian mafia long since moving in and Marvs bar simply used for laundering and passing money now, in return Marv not paying any rent and overheads.
In the bar there is a drop box, where all the illegally obtained cash from mob activity is taken by various couriers and then collected from the safe later that night by Chovka (Michael Aronov) and his Chechnya goons. Bob doesn’t ask questions and long since turned his back on his old crime days and withdrawn from the world after a traumatic incident ended his violence.
Bob begins to reengage with the world when he rescues a badly injured puppy from the trashcan of a local woman, Nadia (Noomi Rapace), her nasty boyfriend doing bad things to it, and her. Things get more interesting when the bar is robbed by two masked goons, Uncle Marv down $5000 bucks, money he will have to find to avoid a serious beating from the Chechnya’s. Bob helping the police with enquires doesn’t help Marv’s case, especially when the Chechnya’s bring back body parts of one of the robbers to demonstrates what happens when you misbehave.
Bob begins to fall for Nadia, and the dog, the mutt all patched up and staying at his house. Alas, her nasty boyfriend shows up and demands the dog back, extorting ten grand off the barman to keep it. It’s also the biggest drop of the year coming up, scheduled for Superbowl Night, a lot of responsibility for Bob and Marv, especially as someone intends to rob the lot this time, bad for both of them.
I really enjoyed this; a tense and taught retro stylish mob flick cinema should never have turned its back on. Guys love these movies. With hunky Tom Hardy in it then makes for a great date flick and so no excuses for the boys to keep it to themselves on DVD night. It is James Gandolifi finally surrendering to typecast and this a Tony Soprano reprise of sorts. But, hey, who cares. That’s only a good idea for me.
The punch and enjoyment of this for me is we haven’t seen this stuff for a while. I really miss the slick American gangster flick. It’s sporadically violent and cliché with Hardy’s brooding performance a real eye-opener to his obvious talent. He is not just the British Channing Tatum and a whole lot more going on here. I’m looking forward to more of his movies, also good in Lawless as the brutal moonshiner. His American accent is as good as his Birmingham one.
Budget wise it came in at $12.6 million and looks good on it, director Michael Rostrum keeping things edgy and interesting throughout the 100 minutes or so with a really gritty and authentic suburban feel to the movie. Brooklyn is very multicultural now and that comes across in the film. It only did $18 million back and I suspect punters thought it was yet another generic mob flick.
Killingly Me Softy Lehane normally work’s in Boston
Imdb.com –7.1 /10.0 (64,356votes)
Rottentomatos.com –89% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 69% critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Year Book –
Financial Times –‘The film is just three degrees off being brilliant yet is always creepingly moving, and I loved its lived-in squalor’.
New Yorker Magazine –‘As a vehicle for those two actors, The Drop is gangbusters’.
ABC News –‘Dark and moody, clever and artful with a twist on cliché, "The Drop" is a surprising and tantalizing fall crime drama sprinkled with indelible moments provided by the consistently extraordinary Tom Hardy’.
The Mail –‘It's a slow and steady mystery with a couple scenes sure to make your jaw drop. It's a classic case of a little becoming a lot onscreen on the basis of a single impressive performance’.
Newsweek Magazine –‘The Drop is an atmospheric crime story with fine performances, especially from star Tom Hardy. As for the plot - well, it keeps the characters busy’.
Sky1 is Sky's very own entertainment channel, shown on Sky TV channel 106. There's also a HD channel available, but sadly no +1, at least Sky+ makes up for this. The channel is broadcasting 24/7 and is available as part of the 'Entertainment Package'.
Sky1 has to be the biggest entertainment channel on any network. If a show does exceptionally well on another channel, chances are it will end up on Sky1. Which is good for Sky customers, but can be a pain for non-subscribers.
Current shows include:
Lost - possibly the biggest show on TV.
The Simpsons - the greatest animated show ever.
24 - another massive show.
Modern Family - one of the big new shows from America.
Ross Kemp on ... - one of the top documentary style shows there is.
The channel's star-studded show line-up is backed up by a very well put together channel. The advertising for upcoming shows is done in a very professional way, giving off the idea of an upmarket channel. Even the adverts are high quality, with Sky1 slots probably being one of the most expensive for advertisers.
Overall another one of my favourite channels, although not one I have on all the time. There's decent variety in their schedule with around 7pm onwards being my favourite time (The Simpsons start around about then, followed by the big shows such as Lost).
Sky 1 is Sky's flagship entertainment channel broadcasting 24 hours a day on Satellite & Cable. Satellite viewers can also take advantage of a high definition simulcast of the channel with a large amount of native HD material available.
A large number of the high profiled american dramas such as Prison Break & Lost can be found here. These sorts of dramas always tend to air on terrestrial television first & if they prove to be popular Sky just buy it up, as was the case with their most recent acquistion House, previously shown by channel 5. I'm not a huge fan of these dramas, as I think they are so drown out, but if you are the channel is full of them.
However before of the variety of shows on, there's something for everyone. I particularly like the UK docu-dramas such as Road Wars & Street Wars. I also enjoyed the recent revivial of Gladiators, although this wasn't a patch on the original, it was good to have it back in some form. Also I have always been a huge fan of The Simpsons & all the new episodes are still shown here first.
Overall I wouls say Sky 1 has enough variety in it's programmes to please the whole family.
Sky One is the most recognisable channels that is associated with Sky, with its introduction when Sky first started broadcasting in the 1980s, and the channel came under the ownership of Sky as "Sky Channel" to what we know today as Sky One. Sky One or Sky1 has it has been recently rebranded, is Sky's main flagship entertainment that contains both home grown shows and US imports. Unknown to many Sky 1, in its many different forms is the fourth oldest channel in the United Kingdom, as Channel 4 arrived slightly later.
Originally Sky was a free to air channel in the 1980s but has subsequently become a scrambled channel, meaning that that a person must pay for the package that Sky1 comes under to be able to view the channel, currently the Channel is part of the Sky entertainment mix section. I believe that this channel is worth the money to view due to the high quality programmes that are shown.
The home grown programmes have only become part of the channel since the mid 1990s, with some of the most well known of these are The Dream Team, which is now decommissioned; 4400; Road Wars; the christmas special Terry Pratchets The Hog Father and for the first season, the co-financed re-imaged Battlestar Galactica.
The imported part of the scheduling of Sky 1 mainly consists of American imports that are mainly from Sky's sister network in America, the Fox network. As can be seen from the programmes such as The Simpsons, Bones, 24 and the recently purchased House MD, although imports are not restricted to the Fox Network. With Sky 1's biggest programmes of recent years coming from the Sci-Fi channel, such as Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis and A Town Called Eureka.
A good feature of Sky 1 is every week the channel will show a movie, while it may not be in the same league as the Sky Movies package, it is a welcomed addition, as Sky 1 shows classic movies that everyone can recognise, such as the recently shown Predator movie.
It is for this reason that I believe that Sky 1 is one of the best channels for pure entertainment. It does not just cater for one type of interest such as sci-fi, but has a range of genres of entertainment that any person can enjoy. Therefore I believe that the cost of the channel is worth every penny. One of the caveats that I would attach to this, is while new content is shown in the evening, during the day, largely repeats are shown to fill the day. This can mean shows can become repetitive as shows can be show over and over. But this is just a minor point as I do enjoy watching my favourite shows again sometimes.
Sky 1, usually one of the flagship chanels associated with Sky Television. This channel has been part of SKy nearly since they launched years ago and and although there is now Sky 2 and Sky 3, Sky 1 is the best in my view.
There is always the new and in my view some of the best programmes on this channel. As of tomorrow Lost season 5 premiers. Sky 1 have had the rights to Lost and have them exclusively. Also they bought the rights to Prison Break a few series ago as well. Other big shows here are 24, Gladiators, The Simpsons and Are you smarter than a 10 year old.
This channel runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is on channel 106 on Sky. There is also now a Sky 1 HD channel, which is on channel 144. So what programmes are exactly on here? Things like
Don't forget the lyrics
The biggest loser
Although there is a lot of good shows here, you tend to find they are repeated a couple of times over the same week, which isn't that bad a thing, but since a lot of Sky customers have Sky+ boxes you would think to show something once and then 1 repeat may be enough, therefore there could be more great shows on.
This channel is part of the entertainment package on Sky and a good channel for all ages
I have always loved Sky One, and I end up watching it most nights as it has classic shows such as The Simpsons and Futurama.
Recently there was a dispute between Virgin Media and Sky which resulted in Sky one being taken off of the list for Virgin channels, so for a while the only way to keep up with your favourite Sky one shows was to move over to Sky as a provider. This dispute has been resolved now and this means that more people are now able to watch this amazing channel.
Sky One is part of the variety mix with Sky and comes along side other channels such as Sky 2, Sky 3, living tv, paramount comedy etc. the price for adding this mix on depends on the package that you are after, but the lowest that you will ever pay to recieve this is £16.50 per month. This may seem a little expensive for this but bearing in mind that its a package that gives you around 39 other channels too, aswell as all of your standard free channels.
As I said at the start of the review I love watching this channel, and the fact that it broadcasts 24 hours a day is even better on channel 106 on Sky. I do find however that they do a few repeats, but for me this is great because if i have forgotten to watch something or I just loved it so much that a second viewing is in order then it is there again at some point to give that oppertunity.
Sky One has been around for as long as I can remember, the name has recently changed from Sky One to Sky 1, I have no idea why but I thought that I better mention it. One of my favourite shows that is on Sky 1 is Prison Break and at the moment I am disappointed as it is on a break. Beacuse Sky gets it directly from America when they take a break then we have to too, that is the only bad thing about it.
if you have Sky 1 then why not have a look just now and I bet that theres something good on.
Just another Virgin customer to recieve Sky 1 in the last few months so why not give it a review eh? :D.
I used to have Sky 1 on my old cable box a good 4 or 5 years when there were only 51 channels I could get. Back then the only reason I watched Sky 1 was for the Simpsons, there really was nothing else I enjoyed on the channel.
But what can I say now... After getting Sky 1 back I can say with a smile on my face how much I missed it. One of the main reasons I missed it was the shows it has on in the evening, especially Prison Break.
I used to watch this on a streaming site with constant buffering and driver problems so it was more a relief to be able to watch it without interuption, apart from them stupid ads of course.
I have almost forgotten about ads to be honest, anything I want to watch which is not on the BBC I simply set to record and fast forward the breaks, nothing wrong with that is there?
I have read on a few other reviews about the daytime television not being the greatest on Sky 1 and I tend to agree. I browse the channels Sky 1, 2 and 3 when there is nothing on and I see alot of documentaries about sharks :s and alot of star trek marathons.
If I was asked now if I would pay extra to get Sky 1 I would. It does have some very good shows on there (Noels are you smarter than a 10 year old) and the like, I understand their audience is more likely to be watching in the evening and can therefore understand Sky not paying to host popular programs during the daytime, it would be nice however :)
Overall i'm very happy about recieving Sky 1 and have very little to be grumpy about seeing as i'm not paying anything extra for it. All I have to do now is wait till Tuesday to watch Prison Break :(.
Sky has always been one of the biggest non-terrestrial channels, and now it's available on Virgin Media again it's set to become even bigger. Generally their large budget means they win rights to show the majority of decent American TV programs, and this is pretty much where they choose to focus; Family Guy, the Simpsons, Malcom in the Middle as well as CSI and Prison Break all provide light entertainment - no serious documentaries to be found here.
Generally, the channel isn't worth watching until it reaches about 6pm; pre-primetime it's full of cheap shows and reruns. One area where Sky falls down is in adverts; as is increasingly becoming the standard, a 4 minute set is shown every 15 minutes or show - this can be particularly frustrating as a 20 minute show is often dragged out to last half an hour.
Sky One has many shows that are not shown on any other channel, making it essential viewing for those following shows such as Lost and Prison Break. Sky knows this, putting adverts for both shows on almost all of their billboards and TV ads.
If there's nothing solid on TV, Sky is always worth switching to simply because it's so reliable; no matter the time of day, there's bound to be some lightweight entertainment on to pass an hour or so.
Sky One is probably my most watched channel in the UK, available on sky channel 106, it provides some of the latest and greatest programming from the US aswell as some of its own house made programming.
The channel has been running back since Analogue Sky, as a commercial channel it is paid for by advertising on the channel and sky licensing fees. The adverts are every 15 minutes as with most Uk channels and are about 3-4 minutes long depending on the programming.
Most of the programming on sky is imported from America and it shows all the most popular US shows including:
- Lost (New/Repeats)
- Stargate SG1 (Repeats)
- Stargate Atlantis (New/Repeats)
- Prison Break (New/Repeats)
- The Simpsons (New/Repeats)
- Bones (New/Repeats)
- Journeyman (New/Repeats)
Sky One provides the only way to view these shows legally in the UK. The quality of Sky One is normally very good, especially if you own the Sky HD package as a lot of Sky One's American programming is shown in HD on channel 175.
It also provides some homegrown programs, most of them reality TV although some great Documentries including Ross Kemp on Gangs. Some of Sky Ones own programming:
- Ross Kemp on Gangs
- Are you Smarter than a 10 year old
- Cirque de Celebrite
Overall sky one is a great channel and im sure youll find something youll enjoy watching at some point in the day.
Sky One is in my oppinion the best TV Channel in England, it offers a wide variety of shows including LOST, 24, Dream Team, The Simpsons and More.
One of the things i love about Sky One is that it airs its shows very near the original American airing date, so you dont have to wait around for ages to see your favourite Show. Before LOST was acquired by Sky One, you had to wait months after the original airing date in america to see it, but now with Sky One, you are only three days behind.
Although it does have a lack of english shows in some aspects, it does have a lot of american shows and they are more to my personal preference.
It really does pee me off that Sky One is not on Freeview. It is a free channel on Sky and NTL, why not Freeview? Nearly all of my friends have one of those services and I'm stuck watching Season 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Channel 4. They could at least put Season 8, 9 and 10 or even Season 13, 14 and 15 on Sky Three. That would be a godsend, and Brainiac. At least some newer ones. I am really annoyed and nearly every time an advert comes on Sky One, whether its The Simpsons, Brainiac, Vroom Vroom or even Project Runway, I always switch over to the BBC or ITV so I do not feel jealous. It also annoys me because Sky Three was 'supposedly' to be a channel that was to be like Sky One, only on Freeview and Sky. Basically, the point is for you that son't understand what I am talking about is coluld they put newer Simpsons episodes on Sky Three?
I sometimes wonder why my mum never watches the satelite channels, is it because she is either used to terrestrial television or does she find the range of new programmes that are for people from the dinosaur ages are on terrestrial but she doesn't want to watch the repeat of programmes that she likes on satellite??? I know the reason why she doesn't like Sky One, simply because it is not for her age range and can sometimes have too many American programmes.
Sky One is definitely for the young at heart, if you do not like American shows such as the Simpsons, Science programmes such as Brainiac, Science Fiction such as Star Trek or Stargate S G-1 or cheesy sport dramas like Dream team then forget it.
Some programmes might interest my mum because I have seen her watch them on Terrestrial such as Law and Order, but that is about it, she sticks to the dectective stuff on ITV. She just seems very uncomfortable with Sky, if I told her Law and Order was on Sky One, she wouldn't watch it.
I have a love and hate relationship with Sky One and it is the same with the whole of Sky Digital. It is not the prices or Sky itself, its the fact that too many channels this day and age mean that you will always get junk and good stuff on all channels, this is the same with Sky One, this has meant that since getting Sky, I am no longer able to talk to people about last nights TV because it is likely that they never watched what I watched. I think that is also a reason why my mum still watches Terrestrial because she is more likely to be able to talk about it with her friends.
The things I like about Sky One is that they show the Simpsons (but sometimes too much), Brainiac, Futurama and 24 for when it was on. I also have a love and hate relationship with Stargate S G-1 and any of the Star Treks they show, I like them, but only for when I am bored, however they show them far far too much.
The biggest and worst thing about Sky One is adverts, if a big programme is on that is going to attract a lot of viewers Sky put a advert on in the first five minutes, that is very annoying, I personally think Sky One should have no adverts, is is a paid subscription after all.
Sky One is the most watched of the hundreds on non-terrestrial channels, and has been providing entertainment programmes to the UK through various means since 1990. Available as a free channel on Sky Digital and NTL (although not on Freeview, which former users of the defunct On Digital/ITV Digital can now use), it broadcasts around the clock. Where as all terrestrial channels have an element of news and current affairs, Sky One merely contains programmes to entertain rather than educate. Rather than documentaries and culture, you tend to get chat shows, comedy and gossip. Whilst not necessarily as ‘quality’ programming can be accessed from other channels, it does give the station a rather empty feel to it. The undoubted jewel in the crown is ‘The Simpsons’. In fact, it wasn’t until towards the mid to late 1990’s that terrestrial TV could actually show any of the episodes of the classic programme, as Sky One had acquired the rights to broadcast them first. With viewers regularly in excess of one million, they are showing the current series, which is unlikely to be screened on Channel 4 (who have recently beaten BBC2 to gain the rights to show the newer programmes) for many years to come. At least two episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ are shown every day, although four in go is also not uncommon Other comedy highlights include ‘Family Guy’ which charts the exploits of the Griffin family in Quahog, Rhode Island. Making the Simpson family look more like the Waltons with their confrontations and weird adventures, it is arguably more adult and nearer the knuckle than their yellow counterparts. Sadly it has fewer episodes due to it having been decommissioned by the US TV bosses a few years ago. Another Matt Groening creation, ‘Futurama’ is another regular in the schedules, although this lacks the consistent laughs of the other two animations. Another mains
tay in the schedules is ‘Stargate SG-1’, which Sci-Fi fans assure me is quite good even if it’s not my cup of Darjeeling. Episodes of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’ are also shown first on Sky One, and well in advance of the terrestrial screenings, which are rearranged around sports events, much to the annoyance of their fans. The popular ‘Roswell High’ is also regularly shown. Daytime on Sky One is dominated by the chat shows of Sally Jesse Raphael, a woman who is a ‘Guess Who?’ card come to life, and Jenny Jones. However, these are inferior to the forerunners in the genre like Oprah and Ricki Lake, and are best glossed over. There are the odd British made programmes which make it onto the American dominated channel. ‘Kirsty’s Home Videos’, presented by Kirsty Gallacher, is Sky One’s version of ‘You’ve Been Framed’, although it is a million miles away from Lisa Riley’s japes with animated video cassettes with its saucy continuity sequences and often violent clips. There also seems to be a lot of nudity, something that you definitely would not want to see on its ITV1 equivilent... ‘Dream Team’ is one of the few non-American dramas shown on Sky One. The Sunday night serial charts the ups and downs of the fictional Harchester football team, as they battle against relegation. Usually at the end of every series there is some kind of accident which means that a whole new cast can be wheeled in the following series, and the player-based stories are consistently ludicrous. However, it man ages to be one of the most popular non-terrestrial shows for some unknown reason. Elsewhere on Sky One, it is possible to find a smattering of children’s programmes like Pokemon as well as WWE, which allows big fat men to play-fight each other whilst masquerading as sportsmen. The presentation of th
e channel is quite downmarket, although unlike ITV1, it doesn’t try to dress it up as being anything that it isn’t. Instead of Mary Nightingale trying to look as intellectual as possible, pouting into the camera as is swoops down on top of her with some soothing music in the background, you’re more likely to see a naked butt-cheek on Sky One’s continuity sequences. Sky One is merely there to provide the entertainment wing of the vast Sky network rather than serve any other purpose. Whilst it’s one of the better channels of the hundreds on offer thanks to ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’, there is an awful lot of rubbish which fills the schedules, particularly during the day. There are also ad breaks are also longer and more frequent, which is never a good thing. If they ever lost ‘The Simpsons’, you get the feeling that they really would start to struggle. Until then however, my Sky Digital box in the evening is always firmly locked on channel 106...
Sky One is one of the main channels you get free with all Sky subscriptions, and personally, apart from The Simpsons and Futurama, I'd actually pay good money to never have to see (or hear anyone else talking about) anything else on the channel. Everything else on Sky One is generally very boring. Programmes such as 'Buffy' and it's spinoff shows such as 'Angel' and 'Dark Angel' are really very tedious, bad drama, but with a highly attractive lead star. This is shown through most of the programming on Sky One - such as the new, pretty appaling "Is Harry On The Boat?". Tedious, badly produced tripe. The Simpsons and Futurama get my vote as absolutely hilarious, but everything else on the channel is awful. Which is a right shame, as it has potential to be a very good channel. Sky is succesful enough to be able to have diverse channels as part of it's repertoire. The likes of BBC 4, Discovery and the History channel provide a lot for people who prefer interesting things as to lowest common denominator drama and Jeremy Beadle-style 'ha ha ha, he fell in the water' you've-been-caught-on-candid-cam crap. It's a shame, because television has great potential to be an absolutely amazing system for learning, education and personal advancement. The combination of video, stills, sound and information can create a fantastic learning environment. Shame it's wasted on, umm, Buffy. If they can broadcast more specialist programming, then it will pay off in the end. Believe me, this isn't a good reason to get Sky. Meanwhile, jazz fm, BBC Four and MTV 2 are. Press 'off'.