requiem_for_a_dream

Today in Movie History: October 27

There’s a useful term when it comes to Requiem for a Dream: a great movie that you never want to see again. Director Darren Aronofsky set out to create the final cinematic word on drug addiction. The results are so agonizing to watch that even hard-core film nuts need to cowboy up to give it a look. That’s kind of the point. …

A Trip to the Moon

Today in Movie History: September 1

September’s a bad month for movies but we’ve got a few gems in there, and we’ll start with one of the earliest classics ever made. A Trip to the Moon, Georges Melies’s amalgamation of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and good old-fashioned stage magic, awakened the possibilities of the medium and set the stage for over 100 years of movie miracles to follow. The …

Bad Day

Today in Movie History: January 7

And then came that moment when we found ourselves staring eyeball to eyeball with the Nicolas-Cage-needs-money turd Season of the Witch — released today in 2011 — and said “what the heck, we’ll start the column with it!” We’re not proud, but there it is. (Incidentally, today is also Cage’s birthday. We hope he celebrates by watching one of his …