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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Film Discoveries of 2020 - Cathie Horlick-Wilson

Cathie (Cahcat on Twitter) is a personal friend of mine and She is a dedicated movie watcher and a DARKMAN fantatic. Her love of movies knows no bounds. Do yourself a favor and go check out her lovely blog:
Also, check out a few of her previous discoveries lists:

I love watching movies! I don't get to watch movies like I used to, but I do get to watch some movies and that’s what counts. Even as movies are watched more in parts I still enjoy them and managed to make a few discoveries in 2020.

I got on to DISNEY+ and watched THE SIGN OF ZORRO (1958). Now it’s on my discovery because I don’t think I ever watched this all. Growing up we had The Disney Channel when it first came on to cable. It was a glorious time of the Disney Channel with D-TV, and the old cartoons and shows. I would watch episodes of ZORRO all the time. So I wanted to dive back into that and watched the film, THE SIGN OF ZORRO which is a collection of the first episodes into a movie. It was a fun romp, the origin story of ZORRO coming to be the defender of the people in California. Don Diego de la Vega has returned home with his fateful mute companion Bernardo to find his little town under the rule of Capitan Monastario. Don Diego uses his image as a spoiled rich man to separate himself from his true hero nature as ZORRO and he dons the cape and sword to help his town and right wrongs. I’m a sucker for sword fights and action and THE SIGN OF ZORRO is a pure treat from beginning to end. Enjoy the ride.

So we’re in a quarantine world and it’s all so different now. Just as lockdown started here in Los Angeles we managed to get some video rentals in to support our favorite video store in South Pasadena; Vidéothèque. They always help me discover some “new to me” movie!

THE HELLBENDERS (1967) also known as THE CRUEL ONES is a Spaghetti western starring Joseph Cotton as Colonel Jonas. He’s got a plan to steal some money and take it to the confederate side. (Hmm, some people don’t know when they’re licked, huh.) So this plan Jonas has is pretty elaborate, well thought out and he has his sons along for the ride. Family sticks together, right?! This plan really could be pulled off without a hitch, but this is a Spaghetti western, and they’re not really all that good. Bad guys who just make it worse when they stop thinking with their heads, ya know what I mean? I dug all the twists along the way and I’m a sucker for old actors like Cotton. The dusty desert trail was a sweaty treat.

FAST COLOR (2018) is a pretty recent movie and it had a good buzz when it first came out. It was a discovery to me because when I finally got to see it, I was blown away. The movie is beautiful, and rich and I would love to see more of this world. It’s got super hero flair with strong women with powers that are unknown to most in the world. Ruth has a super power and has been held captive by a group trying to put her powers to their use in the world where water is scarce all around. It’s also about family; Ruth turns to the family she left, her mother and daughter. All the women have powers, and come from a family with powers that are mysterious and also amazing. It’s not easy to describe without giving away what makes the movie special. There’s a simplicity to it but it reaches real depths on the themes of family and truth. It was a movie that helped inspire me at the start of quarantine life.

My last discovery was something I had been trying to watch for a while, ever since I discovered the author Nevil Shute in 2019. Thanks again to Vidéothèque I watched the Mini-Series of A TOWN LIKE ALICE (1981). Now I loved the book on which this mini-series was based, this is the second adaptation (I’m still out to watch the first) and it is pretty fateful. I only had one issue with a little plot/character bit near the end. A TOWN LIKE ALICE follows the journey of a young Englishwoman, Jean Paget who comes into an inheritance, as recollected by her solicitor Noel. Jean’s plans for her money delve into her past during WORLD WAR II when she was in Malaya where she became a prisoner of war with a band of other women. It was during this time she met an Australian POW Joe Harman (played by Bryan Brown) who came to help Jean and the women. The two of course get tiwtterpated but due to the events of their meeting Joe assumes Jean was married and then when Joe is caught stealing for the women she believes Joe to have died at the hands of a Japanese Captain. Jean returns to Malaya and help the people who ultimately save her life and while there she finds out what happened to Joe where she then sets out to Australia. It is a romance story and the romance is in full bloom between the two who are Jean and Joe. A rather beautiful and earnest tale.

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