Today in Movie History: January 14

Damn Alan Rickman too? Our obit will follow semi-directly.

And then someone said, “let’s make a movie version of The Green Hornet, and let Seth Rogen write and star!” And they did. And it opened today in 2011, and died a horrible death at the box office, and everyone forgot about it. Until now. You’re welcome.

Elsewhere… Roger Corman didn’t have big-budget hubris on his side, and we respect his earnest efforts (as well as those of┬ádirector Daniel Haller) to adapt the notoriously unadaptable work of H.P. Lovecraft. But their version of The Dunwich Horror — reimagined through the psychedelic transcendentalism of the late 1960s — is a hot mess. At least it’s an interesting hot mess, with a shamelessly mugging Dean Stockwell as sinister cultist Wilbur Whateley and Sandra Dee as his would-be victim. (If you look close, you can also spot a pre-star Talia Shire in a bit part; her brother Francis Ford Coppola was part of Corman’s crew.) Anyhoo, it opened today in 1970.

We’re leaving the classy one for last: Richard Attenborough’s Shadowlands,┬áthe beautiful story of the romance between author C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) and his American paramour Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), opened today in 1994.