Happy New Year’s, and welcome to the brave new world of 2012. The Mayans claim that this year will bring the end of world, and Roland Emmerich agrees, so you know it has to be true! Enjoy your hangover and your parade and your bowl games while you can.
Happy New Year’s Eve! Don’t bother ringing out the old year with the new Garry Marshall directed twaddle at the local multiplex. Instead go for “Strange Days” and spend your last day of 2011 with Angela Bassett kicking ass, Juliette Lewis channeling P.J. Harvey and Ralph Fiennes tracking down memory recording technology at the end of the millennium, all under the direction of Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. It’s time to party like it’s 1999 indeed.
Today is Bacon Day! It’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite fried pork treat in all its forms. But why not spend the day with Kevin Bacon too? So pop up a bowl of bacon-flavored popcorn and enjoy “Footloose” on an endless loop.
The gorgeous horror queen Barbara Steele turns 74 today. Mario Bava’s “Black Sunday” catches her at her prime in a dual role as a vengeful undead witch and her beautiful descendant.
On this date in 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen published his first groundbreaking scientific paper about his accidental discovery of x-rays. His work would go on to start revolutions in both physics and medicine. And, of course, to provide inspiration for the world of science fiction, like Roger Corman’s whacked-out but completely scientifically impossible
“X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes.”
Happy birthday to Marlene Dietrich, who was born 110 years ago today. “Morocco” – with its turgid love story between a cabaret singer (Dietrich) and a French Legionnaire (Gary Cooper) – may not be the best of her films, but her gender bending tuxedo musical number is rightfully iconic.