PERILOUS ASSIGNMENT (1959)

This movie is a documentary about the making of Third Man on the Mountain. If you have ever seen Third Man on the Mountain or ever get the chance to watch it, make sure you check this documentary out as well. It was really interesting to see how the crew of the movie managed to film up on a mountainside in the Swiss Alps. They had to hike and climb up the mountain while carrying all the equipment needed along the way or pulling a packed donkey up along with them. This was back in the day when not only did you need to bring the camera, but rolls and rolls and rolls of film. We found it interesting and think it would be a good watch if you are interested in this “making of” type of stuff.



THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN (1959)

This movie is about a young man, Rudi, who dreams of climbing the highest peak in the area, The Citadel (The Matterhorn in real life). The Citadel has claimed many lives but no one has ever made it to the top. Will Rudi be able to do it? This movie turned out to be more interesting than we thought it was going to be. We became invested in seeing if Rudi was going to make it to the top and if so, how. The scenery is beautiful as it was filmed on location in Switzerland. While we wouldn’t say it is one that everyone must go out and find a way to watch right now, we do think it is one to check out if you ever come across it. We think it was a good watch at least once but we think the young kids will get bored.




THE STRAIGHT STORY (1999)

Based on a true story, the movie follows the journey of Alvin Straight when he decides he needs to mend the relationship with his estranged brother who has become ill. His brother lives 250 miles away. This was a movie we had never heard of before and we weren’t sure what to expect. It turned out, though, to be a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed the movie and were fully invested in rooting for Alvin to make it to his brother’s safely. We recommend this movie to all and wouldn’t be opposed to watching it again ourselves.



A FAR OFF PLACE (1993)

Little Reese Witherspoon!! This movie was another one of those pleasant surprises. Neither one of us had seen this and had no idea what it was about or if it was any good. Nonni and Harry just met and are from opposite worlds. But after poachers kill their parents, they must trek across the Kalahari Desert with native African, Xhabbo, to safety before the poachers hunt them down as well. We got into it. We had to see if they would make it. While it isn’t a movie that I would scream at everyone absolutely must see, see it. Elephant lovers be warned that I was crying, a lot, within the first 5 minutes.



THE AFRICAN LION (1955)

After spending three years filming African wildlife, Disney made this documentary. “A true Life adventure!” And you know what? It was a true life adventure! It was really interesting. The film not only shows you the life of a lion and his pride, but also lots of other animals in the African safari such as elephants, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, and cheetahs. The movie keeps your interests by moving on to different animals but also ties together how they all live and survive in the same world. We think animal-loving kids would love this documentary and think it will hold their attention. We definitely think people should give this one a try. It was a pleasant surprise.




SNOWBALL EXPRESS (1972)

A man inherits a hotel and in the Rocky Mountains and hastily quits his job and moves his family there. Upon arrival, they discover the hotel is a wreck. They decide to fix it up and open a ski resort on the newly acquired land knowing nothing about the sport. This movie actually was a pleasant surprise. We quite enjoyed it. It contained a lot of entertaining slapstick comedy, a good story and never felt like it was dragging. We laughed and were entertained. It is just a feel good, fun to watch, movie.




THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE (1956)

Based off a true story, Union soldiers volunteer to steal a Confederate train to take back to Union territory. Along the journey, the men try to destroy the Confederate tracks and telegraph wires. This movie was a pleasant surprise for us. We weren’t expecting to like it as much as we did. It was interesting because it was based on true events and we weren’t really sure how it was going to end. Sure we know that the North beats the South in the Civil War, but this movie was purely about this one incident and the brave men who did it. And props to the one Confederate solider who kept on the stolen train’s tail. He was one determined dude. We really weren’t sure if they were going to be successful or not. Even if you do know what the outcome it, I still think it is a good watch.We are glad we have seen it and wouldn’t object to watching it again if that time ever came. While we think the young kids may get bored, unless they love trains, adults can enjoy this one.