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The 39 Steps, a review by Rich


39 Steps



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.

Fairly uncomplex Hitchcock thriller in comparison to later efforts, this has all the ingredients of action, dark comedy and suspense to make it work. It is clearly filmed too much within a studio, and you would be disappointed having read the book to see how far this strays from the original storyline, but the interesting camera angles, lighting, lead acting and direction keep this films head above water.
 :D

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on April 14th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Chasing Amy, a review by Tom




Title: Chasing Amy
Year: 1997
Director: Kevin Smith
Rating: R
Length: 114 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Ethan Suplee
Ben Affleck
Scott Mosier
Jason Lee
Casey Affleck

Plot:
Chasing Amy is the third installment in the "New Jersey Trilogy" from award-winning writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma). Cult comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), only to be thwarted by her sexuality, the disdain of his best friend Banky (Jason Lee), and his own misgivings about himself. Filled with Smith's unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships, Chasing Amy offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and self-doubt skew reality.

Extras:
Booklet
Closed Captioned
Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Scene Access
Trailers
Video Introduction

My Thoughts:
I haven't seen this movie for a while. It is still great. Probably the best Kevin Smith movie (though I enjoy watching some of his other movies more due to their geek factor :laugh:).
Nice to see Ethan Suplee here in the role of a fan. He also had a minor role in Mallrats. He will later join up with Jason Lee in "My Name Is Earl".

Rating:

(From Lesbian Movie Marathon on March 29th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Mein Leben & Ich: Staffel 1 (2001/Germany)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(Germany)
Length:352 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:


Plot:
"Das Leben ist bescheuert - vor allem das eigene!" Alex hat nur einen Wunsch: Sie möchte ihre Ruhe haben. Die findet sie in ihrem Zimmer. Ein Raum, den ihre Eltern das letzte Mal betreten haben, als sie fünf war. Alex' jüngerer Bruder Sebastian, 11, ist genau das Gegenteil. Er ist fröhlich und hat eine positive Weltsicht. Alex glaubt, dass dies nur zwei Gründe haben kann: extreme Dummheit oder ein Hirntumor. Alex' Eltern, Anke und Hendrik, haben sich Anfang der Achtziger kennengelernt und leben seit 16 Jahren in der Kölner Südstadt - in einem eigenen (Reihen-)Haus. Hendrik arbeitet als Ingenieur bei einer Autofirma in Köln-Niehl. Anke hat eine Halbtagsstelle als Musiktherapeutin. Beide diskutieren oft, warum Alex so "anders" ist. Alex hat eine Freundin: Claudia, 15. Deren Eltern sind reich und geschieden. Sie ist die einzige, die sich von Alex' rüden, sarkastischen Sprüchen nicht verjagen lässt. Der Beginn einer wundervollen Freundschaft...


Mein Leben & Ich
1.01 Der Einbruch (2001-09-14)
Writer: Paula Roth (Writer), Paula Roth (Created By)
Director: Ulli Baumann
Cast: Wolke Hegenbarth (Alex), Gottfried Vollmer (Hendrik), Frederik Hunschede (Sebastian), Maren Kroymann (Anke), Nora Binder (Claudia), Sebastian Kroehnert (Niko), Susanne Czepl (Frau Ehlert), Maximilian Cress (Florian), Ulrich Simontowitz (Biologielehrer), Ludger Burmann (Hausmeister)

I first saw this series when I caught an episode of the third season on TV. I was surprised to see a good German TV show. I had thought they had died out.
It is very loosely based on "My So-Called Life", but it's an half-hour comedy series instead of an hour long drama series.
The first episode introduces the characters very well and it was a joy to rewatch it again.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 9th, 2012)