Saturday, May 28, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 241

The Date: May 28

The Movie: Sylvia (1965)

What Is It?: Gloriously sleazy soap opera with Carroll Baker as the title character, who has a sordid back story George Maharis is simply dying to uncover.

Why Today?: On this day in 1931, Carroll Baker is born.

Friday, May 27, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 240

The Date: May 27

The Movie: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

What Is It?: Vincent Price finds himself in a horror movie so bizarre, so insane, so giddy that he can get away with a pretty restrained performance. As the title character, he bumps off the medical professionals he blames for his wife’s death, basing each murder on a Biblical plague. Great gimmick; great flick.

Why Today?: On this day in 1911, Vincent Price is born.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 239

The Date: May 26

The Movie: Brides of Dracula (1960)

What Is It?: So what if there are no brides and no Dracula? Hammer’s second picture to trade on the count’s name is one of the studio’s best. Peter Cushing turns Van Helsing into an action hero, owning the role for good. Somewhere Hugh Jackman weeps.

Why Today?: On this day in 1913, Peter Cushing is born.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 238

The Date: May 25

The Movie: Henry V (1971)

What Is It?: Lauren Olivier's adaptation presents Shakespeare's happy few as a troupe performing in the Globe Theatre and as full-blooded characters in an expansive and lush piece of cinema. The best of both the theater and cinema worlds.

Why Today?: On this day in 1978, China lifts its censorship ban on Shakespeare.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 237

The Date: May 24
The Movie: A Simple Plan (1998)
What Is It?: Sam Raimi does the Coen Brothers and he does them well with one of his most low-key movies. A pair of Minnesota brothers find $4.4 million dollars in a crashed plane and their greed prods the situation out of control. Bodies pile up and crows descend.
Why Today?: Today is Brother’s Day.

Monday, May 23, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 236

The Date: May 23
The Movie: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
What Is It?: Arthur Penn skips backward forty years to tell the tale of a pair of smooching bank robbers and jolts Hollywood movie violence into the future. Perhaps the most charmingly non-dated countercultural movie of the sixties. The supporting cast is divine.
Why Today?: On this day in 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are mowed down by the dirty coppers.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 235

The Date: May 22

The Movie: Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

What Is It?: After several unsettling films, Werner Herzog makes a full-blown horror film, though his take on Murnau’s vampire classic finds the count weak, sniveling, and ill. As Lucy Harker (once again, filmmakers can’t keep Stoker’s characters straight), Isabelle Adjani is the portrait of Goth gorgeousness.
Why Today?: Today is Goth Day.
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