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Hellboy II

Hellboy II

Date: Oct 15 2008

Themes: Friend, Pop Culture


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

When you think about it, comic books and movies are pretty similar. Both are a combination of dialog and images. That must be why a lot of comic books, like Spider-Man and The Hulk, have been made into movies in recent years.

Everyone has heard of those comic heroes because they have been around for a long time. But have you heard of Hellboy? Like Wanted, Hellboy is a newer comic that has been made into a film. Well, two films, actually, the second one, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, came out not too long ago.

Hellboy is a demon created by the Nazis. But since they lost World War II, the Americans took care of him and raised him to work for a secret part of the government that investigates the paranormal.

Spirits and monsters can make for cool-looking movies. But Mason thinks Hellboy II may have focused too much on looks. Listen to him talk to Marni about it.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Marni:  Just went and saw the new Hellboy.

Mason:  Why didn’t you ask me first? I could have saved you some pain.

Marni:  Well, because I loved…Hear me out! I loved the first one. My friend who works for Dark Horse Comics who works with Mike Mignola said it was insane and she loved it and so…

Mason:  That’s a pretty glowing review.

Marni:  Exactly. So I go, expecting to love it, and I was entertained. The people I was with, they didn’t like it as much as the first one. But I thought it was entertaining.

Mason:  It was just style over substance where the first film was exactly the opposite and that’s why it succeeded.

Marni:  I agree.

Mason:  But Del Toro was just drunk on the success of Pan’s Labyrinth, which don’t get me wrong, phenomenal film, and I loved the visual aspect that he brought to Hellboy II with some of the cooler scenes there.

Marni:  It was eye candy. A lot of eye candy.

Mason:  Totally eye candy. But the story got lost among that. Like the character of Hellboy that’s so endearing in the first place. The relationship felt completely glossed over. I couldn’t stand watching it.

Marni:  Yeah, it was kind of…It was a little cheesier than the first one. I don’t know, it could have been better.

Mason:  I literally was checking my watch at like an hour in thinking it had been about two hours. It was that kind of film.

Marni:  Yeah, that’s not a good sign.



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Marni says she went to go see Hellboy II and Mason immediately knows that she had a disappointing experience. He saw it and wishes he could have warned her.

Although she admits it was somewhat of a let-down since a reliable source told her it would be good, Marni thought the movie was OK. She definitely liked the first one better.

Mason thinks that the director, Guillermo Del Toro, got carried away with making the movie look cool since another very visual movie he made, Pan’s Labyrinth, was very successful.

Who’s your favorite comic book hero? Has there been a movie about him or her yet?



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I have seen that film. Could say it was very funny. It is for children not for adults.

03:37 PM Feb 03 2009 |



i love it   my email is () and ()



03:09 AM Jan 21 2009 |





04:59 PM Jan 09 2009 |




the movie is not very good

09:00 PM Nov 27 2008 |


Hong Kong

I did not see Hellboy I, but I think I will watch it because it is a hot movie now.

09:44 AM Nov 27 2008 |




oh,i can't see the movie,but i know that.

02:52 AM Oct 20 2008 |




My favorite comic heroes are the X men they are greatCool 

04:25 AM Oct 19 2008 |


Viet Nam

what does “eye candy” mean ???

03:12 AM Oct 19 2008 |



I always find fictional characters awful. I advise people who want to see this movie that they shouldnt keep their hopes too high. I just want to see that movie to learn some new vocabulary items Thats it… 

05:08 PM Oct 18 2008 |

Mr. Nuno

Mr. Nuno


Loved the first one and now I have to see the second!

04:44 PM Oct 17 2008 |

Mr. Nuno

Mr. Nuno


Nice review.

04:42 PM Oct 17 2008 |



i have seen I,impressive ,hope the second one will be better

10:35 AM Oct 17 2008 |



its a good movie…........................

01:15 AM Oct 17 2008 |




Hellboy,I wonder why they chose that named.

07:27 PM Oct 16 2008 |




I can’t to say nothing about Hellboy 2,because I don’t saw…But,If it will be boring,I prefer to see with my own eyes hehe :D
...To the principle,it’s the film style that I like…I saw the first and I liked a lot :)

08:49 PM Oct 15 2008 |




I watched Hellboy 1, and I thought it was cool.  I liked the last part when Hellboy made the right decision.

It was either to open the port for the monsters or no.  Offcousre, he chose not to open it, for he was told

to save america. 

 What makes a man, a man is not his arrogance nor his power, but by the decisions he makes.  That was

the theme of the hellboy.  At least I think so.

I have not wached Hellboy 11,but I am looking forward to watching it.

I think the author, Guillermo Del Toro, wants to tell us how smart and more advanced american intelligents

are, creating movies about the Nazis and their failure in ww 11.

My comic hero is spider man, i liked his movies.

03:27 PM Oct 15 2008 |




regretful, i haven't seen the two movies, but i saw spider-man.

my favourite comic book is 老夫子, it is a funny book telling the normal things happen daily and adding some funny elments.

03:14 PM Oct 15 2008 |




At least the first one was a great movie!!

02:10 PM Oct 15 2008 |




the lesson is good, but the moovie is awful! I saw hellboy 2, after 2 minutes I already guessed the end of the story… It was a bit boring cuz of it. The only thing that I liked is that i couls recognize the subways of budapest, cuz the shooting was here. :D haha

01:15 PM Oct 15 2008 |




the lesson is good, but the moovie is awful! I saw hellboy 2, after 2 minutes I already guessed the end of the story… It was a bit boring cuz of it. Theonly thing that I liked in it, that I could recognize Budapest, cuz the shooting was here. in Bp. :D

01:11 PM Oct 15 2008 |

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