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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The North Face


The most thrilling, suspenseful, and terrifying movie I have ever seen. I have no idea how the film makers were able to film this movie, but it is a herculean achievement by any standard. By the end of the movie I had hypothermia and rope burn. Remember, this is a TRUE STORY!! This is a movie in German with English subtitles, and you will forget that it is in a different language. Released in 2008 in Germany, and again here in the States earlier this year.

Check out the trailer on Youtube:

Those of you who subscribe to Netflix can watch it instantly.


Also loved Toy Story 3. That Pixar sure understands how to tell a story, don't they?

All Things Possible,


  • At 10:20 AM, June 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Greetings forum family,

    Chris, good to hear from you. We know you are busy, so thank you for taking the time to post. I will have to watch The North Face and of course you can't go wrong with Pixar.

    I would appreciate your prayers for my grandma. She has bone cancer in her thumb – what a strange place. They will be removing it this week. This has not been the best year for my family.

    Sending out warm wishes and hugs all around.


  • At 3:15 AM, June 24, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Birthday Chris. Thanks for the link. Looks like a great movie...

  • At 9:15 AM, June 24, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Birthday Chris.

    "Beautiful Chris"


  • At 9:19 AM, June 24, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Birthday Chris!


  • At 7:42 PM, June 28, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    North Face? I haven't watched the trailer yet but it must be about Everest which is a interest of mine so I'll be sure to watch it and the movie!

    And I agree - Pixar has done it again! It's great to see that someone remembers what it means to tell a great story. And in the third movie of a "franchise" no less. Quite the rarity these days.

    I hope everyone is doing well. It's been a while it seems since I've been here at the forum. Glad to see everyone else is still around, too!


  • At 9:06 AM, July 02, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Wow, Chris...guess my browser missed the new posting. I'd better get back to the future!

    Happy July 4th, and may you all have a brilliant Independence Day, both on the calendar and life-wise. Sometimes daily living seems as daunting as the North Face. That's why we need good spiritual cinema, a tool to help us climb.

    Tanya, prayers go out to your family. It truly has been a challenging year for you. Keep on keeping on:)

    It would be great to know when a new post is up. Hope the new forum is working well...and my wish is for it to really get lively this summer! I noticed at the top of the link, it says discussion forum:)

    I just remembered it's time for my favorite summer pastime, imagining I'm over in the French countryside traveling the byways of Tour de France. Starts tomorrow, I understand. Am I the only fan? Well, I get to pretend I'm on vacation over there:)

    And, I second Tanya re Chris posting. A person whose life just keeps speeding up:) Thanks for the postings and inspirations...Sue

  • At 10:40 AM, July 04, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    omg, i'm 16 years old girl from finland and i just saw your very old movie george of the jungle 2, and i fell in love with you ! hahaha i know it's funny :-D i hadn't heard about you ever before and i had to google you and i found this page :) and i have to say; oh my god you were really gorgeous back then, and you still are, of course !

    i really love you ! take care,

  • At 7:05 PM, July 05, 2010 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Well thank you Suvi for your lovely post! Yes, back when we made that movie you were probably only 9 years old! I'm so pleased you enjoyed George - it's so nice to still get good feedback!

    I hope you all had a great Independence day! Thanks Tanya, Anita, and Tim for my lovely Birthday wishes. I had a great low key bday. Best to your grandmother, Tanya.

    Thanks Dave for your posting about the movie. I look forward to hearing what you thought of it. And thanks Sue for your always insightful comments. Best of luck with your blogs!

    Hope you all have a fantastic July. We just saw Knight and Day. Immensely entertaining!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 8:37 AM, July 06, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope all had a wonderful 4th.

    My grandmother had her thumb removed and is doing well. It doesn't look like the cancer spread.

    Welcome Suvi, and we share your love for Chris.

    The forum is too quite. I pray that you all are having the time of your life this summer.


  • At 8:12 PM, July 07, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Just heard that tall buildings swayed in L.A. tonight July 7...thinking of you Chris. When I mentioned earthquakes to my daughter who is moving back to CA this month, she is preparing herself for the inevitability, she said. Hope all is well.

    I forgot to check the email box, so maybe I will see the new comments now. But wish there were a way to know of new topic postings.

    Welcome to new forum guests this month, it's nice to have you aboard. And Tanya thanks for telling us about your grandmother, and for coming back to check on us:)

    Having a very HOT summer now here in the midwest, right Dave and Tim?
    Hope to hear from across the pond soon, as well!

    ATB/P everyone. Sue

  • At 4:31 PM, July 10, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yes Sue, it has been very hot and extremely humid here as well. The type of heat and humidity that just sucks the life out of you.

    Had a pleasant surprise today. I got home from work just in time to see Chris get killed off by a pterodactyl on the Syfy channel. "The Land That Time Forgot" was on. I had just sat down, turned on the TV when I saw Chris start to climb the cliff to take a look around. Few seconds later he was gone! Sorry Chris, sucks to be lunch.

    Hope all is well with everyone

  • At 11:09 PM, July 11, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi Tim, thanks for the update:) You got the description...perfectly said. We're really in the throes of summer! Saw storms your way, coming and going across the midwest. Keep cool, however you can!

    We have Land That Time Forgot...and that was our reaction as well to the "let's send this great character off to be a Pteradactyl's lunch scene". Big smile here! I think there should be a sequel. Chris' cool character really didn't get eaten after all, but lived to go on a very long adventure, so that many fans, young and old, might enjoy seeing him on the screen. the soapbox now. Frankly, I didn't see how that fit with the in totally unnecessary. You can holler at me if you want, Chris. I'm just trying to make a point to filmmakers.

    As for the Land That Time Forgot, it occurred to me the other day, that it could be a great title for a blog, about my clutterbusting efforts this summer in my basement!
    I'm finding many wonderful buried treasures there...and I know this adventure will be going on for awhile! I could use a Pterodactyl to take off with most of it...

    I second your thoughts, Tim...hope all is well with everyone. I guess all are on summer vacation...May it be ATB and P...Sue

  • At 12:59 PM, July 12, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I like the idea Sue! Chris maybe you could kill the Pterodactyl with a pocket knife, from the inside (he-he). See ATP...Tanya

  • At 2:47 PM, July 12, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have to admit that after Chris was carried off to what ever fate awaited him (maybe Chris could pitch the sequel idea or maybe even a prequel),I ventured off into my own adventure....sleep. Can't tell you how the movie ended.

  • At 5:11 PM, July 15, 2010 , Blogger Nicole Buzas said...

    Making George of the Jungle must have been a blast!

  • At 11:55 PM, July 15, 2010 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Yeah, Nicole - it was a blast indeed!! Thanks for watching it!

    I hope you all are dealing well with the weather. After suffering through those Michigan winters, I look forward to the ridiculous heat. However, my dogs aren't crazy about it.

    Hey Tim and Sue - I like your "Land that Time Forgot" sequel idea - Stack comes Back! I had a similar thought seeings as you never actually see the character die. But he does take a pretty good beating!

    Hope this finds you all doing excellent!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 2:57 PM, July 16, 2010 , Blogger Nicole Buzas said...

    It's alright. i *heart* movies.
    Brrr.... on this side of the world we've just begun our winter. At least in Auckland we don't get any snow!

    Land that Time Forgot. I haven't seen that movie yet...


  • At 9:02 AM, July 21, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Greetings family forum,

    As July is wrapping up, I hope this finds you all well.

    Welcome Nicole.

    Chris, you know we will all support the sequel "Stack comes Back"

    I'm working on a video for my friend Anastasia Blackwell, as her stunt double - all the work none of the glory. That seems to be how life is working out. he-he


  • At 6:55 PM, July 22, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone,

    In anticipation of a long line of storms headed our way, thought I'd write a note before it hits, to say thanks for the conversation about the sequel idea:) Tanya I like that: Stack Comes Back!

    Hello also to Nicole. It's nice to have a new face on the forum.

    Tanya, best wishes with your stunt work. Hope to hear more sometime. All of the work and none of the glory happens in almost all arenas of our lives, I think, at times.

    Thankfully, it helps to believe that all things work out for a purpose somehow.

    Tim, hope all is well. This line of storms is really a long one. I'm not sure if these hot Michigan summers lately are better than the cold Michigan winters! At least no huge icicles (sp?) on your roof now.

    Now that our daughter will be in CA, perhaps I can escape some of the extremes once in awhile. Hope to get out there a few times in the next 3-4 years. It was nice having them on the east coast, a day's drive.

    Hope to hear more about the new movie projects from Shorris and company. And also, some news of Inception, whenever anyone sees that. Since I'm into dreamwork now, I guess I'd better make a point to see it.

    ATB/P rest of the summer to you...Sue


  • At 2:38 PM, July 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Everyone
    Sue, we lucked out and were just south of the line of storms. We got plenty of rain but the worst of it was just north of us. I could look out and see the lightning to the north. Sadly, the heat and humidity has stayed and the only word that comes to mind to describe it, well the only printable word, is oppressive. The dogs don't seem to mind as long as I fill their pool with some water :-)

    Fall is not too far off and I for one can't wait.

  • At 5:08 PM, July 23, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tim, Looks like another day of this oppressive stuff. Storms seem to be making a bee line for you, me and Dave this week. We'll all be willing to head to temperate CA...ha. We won't think about the earthquakes and fires, but all these tornado warnings are driving me crazy. And flooding. Our yard is like a sandy beach, so we're OK there. But the rains have been tremendous today in Michigan.
    Storms pop up instantly. Tigers are not able to play right now. Dave, hope all is well down thataway.
    The dog videos are a riot, and I felt a little cooler just watching.
    Thanks for sharing. Your dogs are beautiful. Shows coming up?
    We'll have to think ATB/P COOL, and think about how we wished it were summer last winter! Sue
    So far our power if OK...keeping fingers crossed to make it through Saturday

  • At 7:58 AM, July 25, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope you and Dave are high and dry. We had over 7 inches of rain Friday night which has left standing water everywhere including my yard. We came dangerously close to the koi pond cresting its banks which would have provided and easy exit for the finned inhabitants. Thankfully the water has receded and there was no damage done to my property. It did make getting to work Saturday very interesting as many of the roads I travel were covered with water and the closer I got to the actual city of Chicago, the worse it got. Today is a beautiful sunny day with mild humidity. That should help dry things out a bit.

    Keeping an eye on the weather in the gulf. At least with all the rain we have up here there is no real threat of oil being washed up.


  • At 7:21 PM, July 25, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi Tim and everyone...yes, high and dry here at last. Tons of rain here, but the bulk of it was probably along Dave's southerly track. Again, though, I live on sand, probably the shore of an old lake. Water goes through like a sieve, so we need a lot to keep things green. But even here, we could be sprouting fins:) Glad you made it through, that was a tough week. Hope it's just like today when our kids come home. Beautiful as you said. And you're right, no oil washing up. Power stayed on, too, and tornadoes slipped past, as well.

    I loved your dog videos, beautiful dogs. Maybe I should get that kiddie pool down from the garage rafters for the next heat wave:). We had a big pool in the 80s during that very hot series of summers when the kids were small. (I didn't know Chris then, but he might recall those very hot summers). Thanks for the update. Glad to know all is well in IL.

    Of course, now I can ask my daughter about CA, I remember times of extreme dryness and fires the last time she was there.

    What would we do without the weather to hash over?

    Of course, hot summer dog days are good days for air conditioned theatres and movie going. Can anyone tell me if you liked Inception?

  • At 9:55 AM, July 29, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Happy weekend forum we say Hello to August. How is that possible?! I got a little notification today that Ufuk's birthday is coming up, so Happy
    Birthday Ufuk, and hope your projects are ATB/P.
    Decided I'd better put an addition to my previous note. Tim, Our talk about oil? Yes, it can be anywhere, as no sooner did we mention that, than here we are with an oil spill in Michigan, and hoping it will be contained.
    Enjoy the mild temperatures Tim and Dave, and hope to hear how summer is going from everyone else. That's a big hint!:) And, of course, some movie news would be good, as well. Looking forward to a week-long visit from our now California kids next week:) Sue

  • At 8:15 AM, July 30, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    So, where is everyone? I hope the absent means that everyone is having a wonderful summer.

    It's almost time for school to start again, so I'm running around with my head cut off. And no that's not part of my stunts (just trapeze).

    Sue that's for the news letters.


  • At 8:50 PM, July 30, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Me, too, Tanya. I trust they all are. But I know there are some exciting things going on with people and it's way too quiet here:)...
    Thanks for the note. Incidentally, after I'd clicked send on the email, I realized how the drumming and music probably fits in with someone's new movie project. Just a thought....and it seems another among us has been seen on a set here in Michigan...wonder if he will share those stories:).
    Tim, it looked like the pipeline not only goes right through our county and by me, on to Stockbridge, but also on to Chicago area. Until this week, I'd nearly forgotten it was here. It just shows, we can never take things for granted. As in freedom from oil spills. My sound works now on my computer, do I'll have to look at your doggie films again:) Tim my email is if you'd enjoy being on my newsletter list.
    And, Ute and Jaschenka...have fun at Castlefest! Chris, you must be beside yourself in crazy busyness. Hope you get some downtime. It's amazing how a visit from your kids can give you a whole fresh perspective on things. Flew in tonight...and should be at the in-laws right now:) ATB/P/D all...
    that's my "dreamable" addition:) You can never have too many "all things"...Sue

  • At 2:52 PM, August 01, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    Chris, i didn't read this your post before. So thank you for sharing the trailer to the great movie "North Face", for your thoughts, comments. I wrote my best wishes to you for a very happy fantastic birthday, on the previous post last month, and i'm glad to read now, it was a great day for you. All best wishes again with everything!

    I send best wishes to everyone with thoughts and prayers to your grandmother, Tanya; i'm sorry for her serious health problems.

    Welcome on this forum to Anita, Suvi and Nicole!

    Thanks Sue, Tanya Dave and Tim as always for your nice posts and Sue for the emails with newsletters too!

    Thanks Tim for sharing the videos as well; your dogs are nice and beautiful.

    Weather is now, and has been abnormally dry and hot here for about six weeks lately. Despite all the extreme, dangerous weather events, hope you all are having a wonderful, safe summer!

    Take care everyone!


  • At 8:17 PM, August 01, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello everyone,
    Though I'm currently between full-time jobs I'm staying busy and thought I'd up date you on a couple of my projects that may be of interest. First, my play, "Upon the Heath" has been selected to be on of the play performed at Boxfest Detroit ( times throuhgout August. This festival is used to promote women directors in theatre. It marks the first time that one of my plays is being produced by someone I've had no prior relationship with - so it's quite exciting to see what someone else will do with my work (like letting the little bird out of the nest for the first time). The other thing I've been doing is some wrk as a background performer for one of the several films currently filming in Michigan, "Real Steel." I'm one of about 1,000 "extras" so chances of seeing my handsome mug on the screen are slim, but the experience has been well worth it. It's been several years since I was last on an active movie set and wow, have things changed in the terms of technology. I ca't talk about the specifics of the show or my experiences until after the film is released (next Holiday season) but it looks to me to be a sure fire crowd pleaser! I'm currently working on lining up more background work and getting an agent so I might get the occasional speaking part. But, as our forum host knows, that's much easier said than done! But, it gives me something to do in between sending out resumes. I've got a couple other things I'm working on too, but I don't want to bore you all.

    I'm glad to see that everyone for the most part is having a good summer. Here's wishing you all that the last half (third?) is as good or better than the past!

    Take care and ATP!


  • At 8:51 PM, August 01, 2010 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    WOW DAVE! That is wonderful news! I applaud your being proactive and making the most of this time between jobs. It's a great opportunity!! The first on-set experience I ever had in Hollywood was as an extra on the set of a not so great movie called Desperate Measures. I was so excited and nervous! I was in a scene with Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton. And it came as some surprise that they ended up being just normal folks like you and me! I can't wait to hear more of your "between jobs" adventures!! Bravo!

    Thanks Nicole, Tanya, Sue, Tim, and Alex for keeping things happening here in the forum. I hope you have all survived your respective climate challenges. It has been unbearably mild here. I don't know how much more of this perfect weather I can take.

    Loved the dog videos, Tim! They remind me of a dog I use to have. I maintain that dogs are the most perfect creatures of the planet.

    Hope you're having a great time with your family, Sue! I know you'll treasure every second!

    Tanya, do you teach Trapeze? You mentioned that school was starting. Are you teaching or learning (though I realize we can't help but do both all the time!)

    Great to hear your compassionate voice Alex, as always.

    I have been working for the past several months on a project that has been completely engrossing. Thanks for your patience. I hope to share some of the details with you all soon.

    Have a wonderful week!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 11:30 AM, August 02, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good to have more activity. Thank you Alex for your well wishes, it has been a hard year. 1st my dad, then my cousin, and now my grandmother.

    Great to hear the wonderful things you are doing Dave.

    And as always it’s good to hear from you Chris. I perform on the trapeze, teach, do some stunt work, but I’m always learning.

    Sending you all love, Tanya


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