We have one major film for today, but OMG it’s a biggie: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which influenced science fiction filmmaking for generations and today remains one of the foundations of the genre. It’s available in many versions, but the one to look for is the Kino DVD and Blu-ray release from 2010. It was released today in its native Germany in 1927.
If it’s January, you take your pickings when you can get them, which means finding skeezy little genre films that actually have a little flair and enthusiasm. The Relic, Peter Hyams’ bit of silliness involving a monster set loose in a museum, is just such a film. It doesn’t transcend expectations, but Hyams’ competent direction delivers the scares and the monster (designed by the legendary Stan Winston) is a hoot. It opened today in 1997.