Today in Movie History: February 18

One of the greatest screwball comedies of all time hit theaters today in 1938: Bringing Up Baby, the tender story of an heiress, a paleontologist and a pet leopard that shows what kind of magic Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant could bring to the screen. Though viewed as a flop at the time, it actually did decently at the box office, and today is viewed as one of the final words on funny movies of the era. Also, a leopard.

Elsewhere, it’s kind of hard to believe that a little sci-fi thriller like Pitch Black could not only have made a bona fide star out of Vin Diesel, but remain a viable franchise 16 years later. On the other hand, David Twohy’s lean, gritty little riff on the Alien formula holds up quite well, and no one can deny the appeal of Diesel in what remains his favorite role. (On a personal note, it’s also the first movie I reviewed in a professional capacity, so I have a soft spot in my heart for it.) It opened today in 2000.

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