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May 5 2002 Spider-Man tops $100 million in opening weekend


On May 5th 2002, the eagerly awaited comic book adaptation Spider-Man, released on Friday May 3rd, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire in the title role, quickly became the fastest movie ever to earn more than $100 million at the box office, raking in a staggering $114.8 million. After a genetically altered spider bites … Continue reading

May 1 1941 Citizen Kane released


On May 1st 1941, Orson Welles’ landmark film Citizen Kane, which had generated such controversy that Radio City Music Hall refused to show it, finally debuted at at the smaller RKO Palace Theater. Citizen Kane is now revered as one of the greatest movies in history. George Orson Welles, an American actor, director, writer and … Continue reading

April 22 1937 Jack Nicholson born


On April 22nd 1937, John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson, famous for his roles in such movies as Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good As it Gets, was born in Neptune, New Jersey. He would become known as one of the greatest actors of his generation. Nicholson’s father left his mother before … Continue reading

April 13 1964 Sidney Poitier Wins Oscar For Lilies Of The Field


On April 13th 1964, Sydney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role as a construction worker who helps build a chapel in Lilies of the Field. Poitier was born on February 20th 1927, in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, while his parents were visiting the United … Continue reading

April 7 1970 John Wayne Wins Academy Award For True Grit


On April 7th 1970, the legendary actor John Wayne won his first and only acting Academy Award, for his role in director Henry Hathaway’s Western True Grit. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26th 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. His parents changed his name to Marion Mitchell Morrison later, when they decided to … Continue reading

March 24 1958 Elvis Presley Inducted Into Army


On March 24th 1958, after several deferments, Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was finally inducted into the United States Army. In effect, he started the day as the King, but ended it as a lowly army private. After turning 18 on January 8, 1953, he fulfilled his patriotic duty and legal … Continue reading

March 19 1953 Cecil B DeMille Wins His First And Only Oscar


On March 19th 1953, Cecil B. DeMille won the only Academy Award of his career. The legendary film maker won with The Greatest Show on Earth, taking home the Oscar for Best Picture. The big-budget film extravaganza about circus life starred Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, and Cornel Wilde. Born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1881, DeMille … Continue reading

The Apartment


The Apartment is the bittersweet, darkly comic tale of a mild-mannered office nebbish who sells little bits of his body and soul to climb the corporate ladder, falls in love on the way up and finds his way back down to redemption. Jack Lemmon will quite simply break your heart in this wry, cynical indictment … Continue reading

Some Like it Hot


One of the great screwball comedies, Some Like It Hot answers the burning question: will Jack Lemmon’s romantic life actually improve if he puts on a dress? You bet. In fact, just about everybody has a good time in this fun, silly movie, with Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag, hiding out from the mob … Continue reading

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


In the crowded pantheon of comic-book-derived movie-franchise superheroes, Wolverine, as embodied by the muscular Australian song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman, always seemed kind of special. A grouchy, sensitive loner with retractable metal claws and apparently unretractable facial hair, Wolverine brooded and growled through the first three “X-Men” pictures, helping to supply them (or at least the … Continue reading

Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur was made back when going to an epic movie was an international event. Great spectaculars were made with real people, mind-boggling sets and casts of thousands, long before digital special effects made them all obsolete. Epics were shown on gigantic screens in palatial movie houses, often with overtures and intermissions, and a really big … Continue reading

Gone With The Wind


1939 Is arguably the year of the greatest number of all time classic movie releases of all time. The greatest of them is, perhaps, Gone With The Wind. The classic American epic, Gone With the Wind sweeps across the Old South, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The tale of a selfish, headstrong Southern belle who … Continue reading

To Kill A Mockingbird


The movie gets it’s title from a quote by one of the main characters, Atticus Finch: “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, To Kill A Mockingbird raises great questions of racism, poverty, ignorance and injustice with enormous grace and emotional power. Moral and deeply … Continue reading

Casablanca


Casablanca is a great romance, a stirring wartime adventure, a suspenseful action movie, and in the end, a terrific buddy movie. It’s listed again and again on the top ten lists of critics and fans alike. Its snappy lines are repeated by movie buffs the world over. All in all, a great movie. The Plot … Continue reading

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