Movie Review: North by Northwest

Suave, debonair, the ultimate spy he’s Roger Thornhill.  Wait, Roger Thornhill?  Yes long before Sean Connery filled my screen with his surly charm there was Cary Grant with his self depreciating humor.

Cary Grant plays Roger Thornhill a man who is mistaken for a government agent by foreign spies.  As he runs for his life he meets and falls for Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) a cool blond on a train who hides Roger in a pull down bed.  Roger is attracted to her only to find out that she is a government agent who has been passing on information from the very spies that are trying to kill him.

Alfred Hitchcock the director of this film makes the best use of these actors Cary Grant is perfect in his role as the much put upon Thornhill who only wants to be left alone and return to his mundane work.  Eva Marie Saint is the cool Nordic blond that Hitchcock loved to put into his movie.  James Mason is the perfect sneering enemy making dark quips as he deals with Cary Grant’s interference.

This is one of Cary Grant’s best performances he is what George Clooney aspires to be and still falls short.  But it is Hitchcock’s direction that brings out these qualities.

North by Northwest is a suspenseful thriller that doesn’t rely on fight sequences to make it exciting but instead there is a cerebral quality that draws the viewer in and elevates him beyond physicality.

If you haven’t watched this try to find it on Turner Classic Movies or even better buy it pop some popcorn and sit down to watch a great movie.

North by Northwest gets five stars out of five.



Q. 51. Which is the first commandment?

A. The first commandment is, “You shall have no other Gods before me.”

You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3


Q.  50. What does the preface to the Ten Commandments teach us?

A. The preface to the Ten Commandments teaches us, that because God is the Lord, and our God and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all His commandments.

“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.” Deuteronomy 11:1


Well my router has gone the way of all electronics and died the death of all hardware.  So until I get my new one on Monday (hopefully) and get all my security redone not much posting will be happening.


No movie review today but just announcing some possible changes.  I’m thinking of changing Frenetic Friday to Saturday, and change the name.  Keeping Earworm Wednesday, and Movie Monday.  Catechism will always be on Sunday.


Q. 49. What is the preface to the Ten Commandments?

A. The preface to the Ten Commandments is,  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”
Exodus 20:2

Twelve years


Right now my best friend daughter’s son is learning to crawl by the time he will be ready to be schooled it will be close to twenty years.  He is the next generation will he learn about this tragedy or will it be forgotten like so much history has been?

Tell your children, and your grandchildren don’t let it become a paragraph in a history book.

Movie Review: From Up on Poppy Hill


Studio Ghibli is famous for intensely beautiful hugely detailed films with stories that touch on a variety of genres.  Fantasy, science fiction, action, drama, or comedy they have done it all.  Now comes their latest film:  From Up on Poppy Hill.  Set in Yokohama in 1963 just before the ’64 Olympics in Japan this slice of life film focuses on two young people, Umi and Shun.  These two teenagers  face many challenges from losing a piece of their history to something unexpected that happened during the Korean War.

Director Goro Miyazaki brings to life Yokohama of the sixties with a look at student life there and how it felt to be alive during that time.  And he brings you into the lives of these young people so that you care for them and what is happening to them.

My one regret with this film is that I didn’t get to see this at a movie theatre that isn’t to say that it won’t look good on your large flat screen it will, but in my humble opinion Studio Ghibli films are meant to be seen on a bigger screen for the best effect.

This film is rated PG and I give it a high family friendly rating so my final vote is four and a half stars out of five.