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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Film Discoveries of 2020 - KC (of A Classic Movie Blog)

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2020 Film Discoveries KC
Deceptions (1984)
I miss the kind of sexy, glamorous, jet-setting TV miniseries they used to make in the 80s. Movies created just for thrills. This is a perfect example of the genre, starring Stefanie Powers with big hair, swathed in fur and high fashion, making a deceptive switcheroo with her twin. She’s swept off her feet by an Italian lover and whisked off to a yacht to dance with the decadent to the Pointer Sisters while unraveling a dangerous criminal enterprise in the art world. It’s all so earnest.

Kills on Wheels (2016)
A thriller centered on characters with disabilities who are played by actors who have disabilities, and yet the film isn’t all about how they have disabilities. I understood much of what has been wrong about the way differently abled people are often portrayed and roles about them are cast in watching this fascinating and thrilling flick that gets it right.

Death Takes Holiday (1971)
I watched the TV version of this classic supernatural love story because I wanted to see Yvette Mimieux, but I ended up being impressed by the whole cast, and deeply touched by the tender, thoughtful tone of the adaptation. Mimieux has a rare shot at an emotionally complex role, showing how much more she had to offer than pretty, blonde placidity. Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas have fantastic chemistry as her parents in a pair of juicy late career roles and Monte Markham steals it away from all of them in a mesmerizing performance. I’d love to see this one on Blu-ray.

American Gothic (1987)
This was precisely the year I needed to hear the murderous Yvonne DeCarlo mutter about her psychopathic children not completing their homicidal chores. She is “Ma” to Rod Steiger’s “Pa” in this nasty little flick about some rude young folks who regret breaking into an isolated house in the woods. Great Pacific Northwest-set camp.

The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)
I binged every Claudia Jennings movie I could find this year, and this buddy/caper flick was a highlight. Stymied by a patriarchal system, Jennings and her partner-in-crime Tara Strohmeier start robbing banks. They dive into a hedonistic lifestyle with their new-found riches and the beautiful thing about it is that they get to enjoy it.

Class Action Park (2020)
My orderly Virgo soul nearly exploded as I watched this documentary about a chaotic New Jersey water park notorious for requiring a steady stream of ambulances. Run by teenagers and owned by a man who never let safety protocols get in the way of his visions, as nightmarish as the broken limbs and deaths that come out of a day at Action Park are, its wildness is exactly why it became a rite of passage for so many and the source of many jaw-dropping stories shared here.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Loving Nic Cage as I do, I was eventually going to get to this movie, but I made it a priority after director Werner Herzog said it was a favorite of his works. I love that Herzog found his way to big budget moviemaking, because he so perfectly injects his surreal, but bluntly honest sensibility into the machinery of Hollywood. Of course Cage is a perfect actor for this director; he must have seemed like a kitten after Kinski.


Others:

Mayhem (2017)

Bone (1972)

Laughter in the Dark (1969)

Nightkill (1980)

Pale Flower (1964)

Bit (2019)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

1 comment:

Laura said...

This was very adventurous viewing, KC! (At least it would be for me, LOL.) Loved reading it -- especially about the Yvonne DeCarlo/Rod Steiger movie. Had no idea such a thing existed. (I read her memoirs but must have forgotten...) That theme park doc sounds wild as well.

Fun stuff here!

Best wishes,
Laura