Today in Movie History: March 19

Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind remains one of the finest pieces of pure science fiction from the past 20 years. It entails a heartbroken man (Jim Carrey), who is told that his ex (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of him systematically erased, and decided to undergo the same process. Smart, wise, and surprisingly creative, it speaks with a great deal of wisdom about the necessity of pain to put happiness in perspective. It opened today in 2004.

There aren’t many of us who remember Ravenous, a nothing little horror movie that opened and closed without fanfare two decades ago. But it’s developed a cult following in the ensuing years and its gleefully horrific tale of a 19th century Army fort in the Sierra Nevadas that slowly succumbs to cannibalism is one of the most unique you’ll ever see. A strong cast — topped by the likes of Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Neil McDonough and Jeffrey Jones — aids director Antonia Bird in creating its ghoulish delights. It opened today in 1999.

We’ll close with The Shaggy Dog, one of Disney’s more notable live-action efforts about a young boy (Tommy Kirk) whose encounter with a cursed ring turns him into a sheep dog. It’s pure balderdash, but also charming fun from one of Uncle Walt’s more vibrant creative periods. It opened today in 1959.


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