Our big movie today is Das Boot, Wolfgang Petersen’s incredible WW II epic that not only has us rooting for the Germans, but delivers what is unquestionably the greatest submarine movie of all time. It opened in the U.S. today in 1982, and if you haven’t seen it yet, get thee to the nearest convenient distribution platform posthaste!
Sam Raimi was still working to shed his image as a horror filmmaker when he delivered The Quick and the Dead, a fabulously ridiculous ode to spaghetti westerns that opened today in 1995. Besides the director’s inspired over-the-top visual style, it features a full ammo belt of great actors having the time of their lives. Sharon Stone, fresh off of Basic Instinct, justifies all the attention she was getting for perhaps the only time in her career, while her nemesis Gene Hackman just revels in the sheer nastiness of his sinister gunfighter. He’s joined by the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe — both relative unknowns on their way up at the time — as well as veteran character actors Keith David, Lance Henriksen and Gary Sinese. We’re even willing to forgive it its ruthless cribbing of Once Upon a Time in the West. It’s simply having too much fun to care…. and it even manages to slip a little girl power into the equation too.