Last week, I wrote a column about my recent attempts (and mixed results) at expanding my cinematic horizons. While I expected some response from the column, I was surprised with how much of a response I got.


In short, a few years ago I decided to expand my horizons by watchingthe films that are generally considered to be among the best ever made. The trouble I had was that many of the films didn’t resonate with me on a personal level.


I recently found a list of the top 100 films of the 21st century and found many films I enjoyed. I have now decided to expand my search from simply classics to more modern films. I also started asking the people I know to recommend films based on their knowledge of my tastes.


I immediately got several responses from my coworkers, including some recommendations not of films but of actors I might enjoy. The next day, I got several emails with suggestions and ideas of films that I should try. Among these was an invitation from a local film group to attend one of the classic movie showings.


The group focused primarily on films released before 1980 with a wider following and are generally well received. Despite all of these films coming out years before I was born, I decided to take them up on the offer.


It happened that they were holding a viewing for 1951s “Captain Horatio Hornblower” staring Gregory Peck as the titular English sailor. One of the reasons I decided to attend was because I primarily knew Peck from his role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but knew very little of his long acting career.


The film itself had all the trappings of a big production from golden age of Hollywood: large casts and set pieces and the practical effects. The film did have its issues, which were spoken about at length after the movie, but I still enjoyed myself, and really that’s what this is all about.



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