Remember, remember the fifth of November: Two reasons to celebrate
It's Nov. 5, a date of high significance that pop culture courteously makes sure we won't forget.
In Great Britain, of course, it's Guy Fawkes Day, an annual occasion that celebrates the day in 1605 when the assassination plot of King James I was foiled and a man by the name of Fawkes was arrested for his role in the effort. It's also a great excuse for Londoners to set off fireworks and for the rest of us to either read an Alan Moore comic book series or watch the movie adaptation of said comic series: "V for Vendetta," an underrated 2006 film starring one of this year's Osar-buzziest ladies, Natalie Portman.
Then there's that other really important thing that happened on Nov. 5 -- specifically, Nov. 5, 1955, the day that Doc Emmett Brown slipped, hit his head and invented the flux capacitor, which is what makes time travel possible. We owe him an immense debt of gratitude. Without Brown's contribution, we couldn't have spent half of last week debating this viral video. And AMC Theatres certainly wouldn't be showing "Back to the Future" again in a handful of theaters tomorrow in honor of the occasion ... well, that, and the fact that there's clearly more money to be made from slapping the Robert Zemeckis classic onto the big screen again for the third time in two weeks.
So remember, remember the fifth of November. Or just watch a couple of great movies that happen to deal with the fifth of November. Whatever works for you.
| November 5, 2010; 8:54 AM ET
Categories: Movies, Pop Culture
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