yesterday and the day before that

yesterday i watched the day after, the 1983 television movie about a nuclear exchange with the soviet union and its aftermath. it is showing its age, and its a little amazing to think how plausible that scenario seemed in the early 1980s. there was one little throwaway comment that seemed particularly funny given subsequent events — the conflict between the soviet union and the united states is triggered when west germany is cut off (again), and as a group of students are gathered around a radio listening to updates about what is happening, one of the students says they aren’t worried about the conflict escalating because it is just germany — but she’d be worried if it were in the middle east.

i think the thing that is most amazing to me about the film is that just barely twenty years later, i’m working side-by-side (virtually) with a number of amazing developers in and from the former soviet union.

the day before yesterday, i watched the day after tomorrow. there was a lot of hand-wringing about the politics of the movie when it came out, but at its core it is just an old-fashioned disaster flick. it’s not a terrible film, but it certainly doesn’t rise very far from its genre. and it’s hard to take bubble boy in an even slightly serious role.


I just returned that one to Netflix... I remember seeing it as a kid and being really freaked out by the whole thing. Now it seemed somewhat dated and cheesy, but still creepy. One of my all time red scare movies has to be Red Dawn.

» eecue (link) » july 21, 2005 3:25pm

that Bubble Boy comment confused me for a sec...i thought you were referring to that fine 1976 classic with John Travolta, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

» shannon (link) » july 21, 2005 4:44pm

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