Today in Movie History: December 22

As usual, there’s an eclectic mixture of titles that saw release today, starting with a classic Universal monster picture. Carl Freund’s The Mummy opened in today 1932, featuring Boris Karloff in his second brilliant role for Universal. Today also saw the release of The Mummy’s Curse in 1944: the third sequel of the remake of the original, featuring Lon Chaney, Jr. in …


Today in Movie History: December 18

Mumble, mumble… something, something…  highest grossing movie of all time that somehow turned into a pop culture afterthought… Avatar… freaking Avatar opened today six years ago in 2009. A far less well-known (and as underrated as Avatar is overrated) movie shares the same release date: Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Long viewed as a runt in the master’s litter, it remains something of a forgotten …


Today in Movie History: December 17

12 years ago today, Peter Jackson’s Return of the King arrived in theaters: eventually winning 11 Oscars, cementing our current franchise-heavy cinematic culture and finally validating fantasy movies as an undeniable art form. It’s actually an auspicious date for fantasy movies: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal came out on the same day in 1982, moving the celebrated puppeteer beyond the …


Today in Movie History: December 11

“You can’t handle the truth!” Okay, maybe you can. Rob Reiner’s rip-roaring military courtroom drama A Few Good Men hit theaters today in 1992. The same day, the Muppets delivered their version of A Christmas Carol, with Michael Caine playing Scrooge. Besides the film itself (which is good holiday fun), it marked the first movie appearance of Kermit the Frog since his creator Jim …


Today in Movie History: December 10

“Nothing is written…” In your drop-the-mike moment for this week, Lawrence of Arabia was released in theaters in 1962. That should leave it all alone on the podium for today, but we’ll squeeze in room for one more: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Sleuth, released this day in 1972. With a pair like that, we really shouldn’t squeeze in any more… Okay, …


Today in Movie History: December 3

We’re back after a longer-than-anticipated Thanksgiving hiatus. Today marks the release of a several notable films, many of them Oscar winners. John Ford delivered what many consider to be the definitive Wyatt Earp movie (sorry Val Kilmer fans) with My Darling Clementine in 1946. With Creed making so many waves, it’s worth noting that the original Rocky opened across the …


Blu-ray Review: Cooties

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Petrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia and Cooper Roth Directed by: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion Running time: 88 Minutes Year of release: 2015 More than anything else Cooties represents a cathartic scream for anyone who’s ever had to teach elementary school. Obviously every teacher needs to be fair …


Movie Birthdays: November 19

We have a trio of talented actresses celebrating birthdays today: terrific character actress Allison Janney was born in 1959; perennial perky blonde Meg Ryan was born in 1961; and the great, multiple Oscar-winning Jodie Foster was born in 1962. Happy birthday ladies, and thanks for all the great films!