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Movie-A-Day #362: X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963).

December 28, 2011

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.”

Movie-A-Day #361: Morocco (1930).

December 27, 2011

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.

Movie-A-Day #360: Raging Bull (1980).

December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day! Yes, I know this quaintly Anglo holiday has nothing to do with pugilism, but I can’t help being a sucker for a bad pun.

Movie-A-Day #359: Die Hard (1988).

December 25, 2011

Yipee-ki-yay and Merry Christmas, motherfuckers! And why did I pick “Die Hard” for this year’s Christmas movie over another, more popular holiday staple? That’s just the way I roll, homies.

Movie-A-Day #358: Go (1999).

December 24, 2011

In Doug Liman’s under-rated and under-seen “Go,” a simple Christmas Eve drug deal goes elaborately haywire, necessitating a road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The ensemble cast, led by Sarah Polley and Katie Holmes, features a lot of characters who get affected in a lot of different ways, so the film repeats the caper from three different points of view to get it all. Here’s hoping your Christmas Eve is a little less manic.

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