North by Northwest (1959)

northDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Ernest Lehman (Screenplay)

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G Carroll, Josephine Hutchinson, Philip Ober

 

Plot: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Classic

 

Story: North by Northwest starts as New York advertising executive Roger O Thornhill (Grant) is taken my Phillip Vandamm (Mason) and his man believing he is George Kaplan a spy. Setting up to kill Roger he is filled with booze but escapes by finding himself arrested.

Roger teams up with his mother Clara (Landis) to figure out who this Mr Kaplan with the people in the hotel believing him to be and no one believing the story of his events, searching for the truth takes him right across the country where he meets the beautiful Eve Kendall (Saint) who aids in his escape but not everything is what it seems for Roger.

 

Thoughts on North by Northwest

 

StoryThis is the classic Hitchcock thriller that tells us the simple story of being miss-identified by all the wrong people with nowhere to turn to. This is a thriller that shows us that the idea that could easily be what inspired many a movie in modern times. The story had plenty of twists and turns along the way which at the time would have kept you guessing what will happen next at the time.

Action/Mystery/ThrillerThis has action when the chase scenes with the mystery of what is going on happening very early on with the thrilling side of the story keeping you guessing from the start to the finish. All the genres mix together to give us one of the most ground breaking thrillers of all time.

Characters/PerformanceRobert is a great everyday man who ends up in the middle of the bigger conspiracy going on with each of the people he meets either offering something new or a threat for his life. Cary Grant is brilliant in this role showing he was the star of the era with the rest of the cast all shining close to his level throughout.

SettingsEach setting is used to show how Robert is looking to escape or answers to what is going on. We have the iconic scenes in the crop field, Mount Rushmore and the opening shot overlooking New York.

Final ThoughtsThis will always be looked at as one of the best thrillers of all time that did truly inspire so many of the films we get in modern cinema.

 

Overall: An absolutely classic that could never be beaten.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 7 – The Call of the Simpsons

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Season 1

Episode 7 – The Call of the Simpsons

Couch Gag – This time nothing happens, really?

Plot SynopsisJealous of Ned Flanders’ new RV, Homer purchases one of his own, but the family’s trip into the wilderness soon goes awry.

What is going on reallyWe start by seeing how Bart and Homer are struggling with yard work while Flander’s have it so much easier, bring in the new RV bought by Ned causing Homer to want to by his own RV that is bigger and better than Ned’s.

The Simpson’s end up having to settle for the worst conditioned RV in the lot a used RV. This leads to the family going on an adventure into the woods for a camping trip. In true Simpsons style the RV ends up getting destroyed and they must fend for themselves in the woods.

As Homer and Bart go searching for help, Marge and Lisa look after the camping site while Maggie ends up on her own with her own story of being adopted by bears.

When Homer and Bart’s adventure goes on a disastrous side they find themselves naked and in the wild where Homer ends up getting mistaken for bigfoot bringing all the locals coming to search for bigfoot.

Star Character

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Final ThoughtsI have picked Maggie as the star of this episode because her story is like a silent movie getting all the laughs throughout it. This episode shows how the family can have an adventure outside of Springfield and built on the idea of being able to tell more than one story in an episode. I think this shows how we can pair the family up for different laughs along their journey but in the end will just be an average episode at best.

Rating 2.5/5