Today in Movie History: July 9

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise became a victim of its own success, making it easy to forget what a revelation Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow was when he first capered onto movie screens. Combined with Gore Verbinski’s acrobatic direction, what started out as a decidedly dodgy prospect somehow became the go-to movie for modern swashbuckling. (And if we’re totally honest, a great deal of credit also belongs to Geoffrey Rush, whose delicious Captain Barbossa never wore out his welcome.)  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl opened 15 years ago today in 2003.

The glorious summer of 1982 produced its share of unique films, few more so than the original TRON. The story is a bit of a mess, but the visuals were stunning — something never seen before — and the fascinating way it grappled with the growing reality of the computer age made it strangely prescient in many ways. Like it or not, we’re all on the Gird these days… and TRON saw it coming. It opened today in 1982.

Finally, there’s Anchorman, a film that didn’t look like much more than a goof when it first opened. It has aged like fine wine since then, and not only stands at the apex of Will Ferrell’s career, but had some things to say about gender status that remain all-too pertinent today. Ron Burgundy first told San Diego to stay classy today in  2004.



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