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The 39 Steps, a review by Danae Cassandra

Where We Are:  The United Kingdom

What We Watched:

The 39 Steps
Year of Release:  1935
Starring:  Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle
Directed By:  Alfred Hitchcock
Genre:  Suspense/Thriller

The best known of Hitchcock's British films, this civilized spy yarn follows the escapades of Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves him in a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued. Adapted from John Buchan's novel, this classic Hitchcock "wrong man" thriller encapsulates themes that anticipate the director's biggest American films (especially North by Northwest), and is a standout among his early works.

My Thoughts:
This was a really, really good film.  Of course, with Hitchcock's name attached to it I was expecting it to be - and it didn't disappoint me.  It had a great atmosphere, great cinematography, suspense, and excellent work from all the cast.  Hitchcock really knew how to keep you interested, and how to pace and move things - you find out what's going on as Hannay does, which I felt really kept the suspense of the film going.  The editing, script and dialogue are all great too.  A really superb film. 

Recommended for anyone, unless you can't stand old movies.  Then I feel sorry for you.

Bechdel Test:  Fail

Overall: 5/5

(From Around the World in 86 Movies on June 2nd, 2013)

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Return to Halloweentown, a review by addicted2dvd

     Return to Halloweentown: Ultimate Secret Edition (2006/United States)
Wikipedia |IMDb |Trailer |
Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:David Jackson
Writing:Max Enscoe (Screenwriter), Annie De Young (Screenwriter), Juliet Giglio (Screenwriter), Keith Giglio (Screenwriter), Paul Bernbaum (Original Characters By)
Length:88 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1

Sara Paxton as Marnie
Judith Hoag as Gwen
Lucas Grabeel as Ethan
Joey Zimmerman [J. Paul Zimmerman] as Dylan
Kristy Wu as Scarlett

Unlock the secrets in the fourth installment of the hit Disney Channel Halloweentown series and discover a "Behind-The-Scenes Spooktacular" with an insider's look at the special effects and creature creations on the Ultime Secret Edition DVD.

Everyone knows Marnie Piper (Sara Paxton, Aquamarine) is a witch, so it comes as no surprise when she wins a full scholarship to prestigious Witch University in Halloweentown. Marnie travels through the portal to become Witch U's most famous coed. But everything is not what it seems. There's a new school rule: No magic allowed! With the help of old friends Ethan (Lucas Grabeel, High School Musical and High School Musical 2) and Benny the Skeleton, and new friends Professor Periwinkle and Aneesa the Genie, Marnie learns she holds the key to revealing the ultimate secret.

The exciting Halloweentown series continues with more magic, mystery and suspense in Return To Halloweentown!

  • Scene Access
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes

My Thoughts:

This one I enjoyed more then the last. Not surprised as this one takes place for the most part in Halloweentown. And it has a story that is interesting enough to keep your attention. A fun Halloween film for the entire family that is worth the time put in to watch it.


Horror/Halloween Challenge Films: 29/52

(From Horror/Halloween 2016 Challenge on October 14th, 2016)

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"Due South" marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Diefenbaker's Day Off
Fraser smells a rat when his neighbor Charlie suffers from one too many "accidents." Promising Charlie's daughter Lucy that he'll investigate her dad's streak of bad luck, Fraser discovers that Charlie is the unwilling fall guy for an insurance scam. In his efforts to help Charlie out, Fraser runs afoul of investigative reporter Mackenzie King, who thinks that the displaced Mountie is a part of the scam. Meanwhile, Fraser's still-unlicensed pet wolf Diefenbaker runs afoul of the local dog catcher.

My Thoughts:
Another really fun episode. I got a kick out of the wolf's adventures every time Fraser leaves him alone. And I also really liked this investigative reporter. The very end of this episode suggests she may be back in more episodes... I hope she is.

My Rating:

(From "Due South" marathon on June 23rd, 2009)