The Day After (1983)

“Hey, I can see my house from—oh, crap”

From We Belong Dead, Issue 31, published 2022

If you live in a place like New York or Tokyo, you’re used to seeing your hometown destroyed on screen. It’s a slow year if the Statue of Liberty isn’t decapitated in at least one movie.

I’ve spent most of my life in Kansas City, a mellow Midwestern town that’s often overlooked in popular culture. Except that one time in 1983, when we got obliterated in a nuclear war.

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Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

From Spotlight on Science Fiction, published 2022

Without the title card, the beginning of Panic in Year Zero! could be mistaken for a family road trip comedy. It has a hip jazz score by Les Baxter and features a long-married couple who tease and flirt with each other while their teenage kids complain about being stuck in the car all day.

But as they leave Los Angeles and head to their mountain camping spot, they see a blinding flash of light. Then another. Then a mushroom cloud over the city.

The groovy music sticks around. The happy family doesn’t.

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Rambling Thoughts on “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019)

I’m watching more movies for fun, now that I’m not getting paid for reviews. Periodically, I will publish my reactions, just because. Also, you will probably like this more if you’ve seen the film in question. A detailed plot synopsis is on the Wikipedia page, if you want a shortcut. Here, there be spoilers…

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March Madness Mikes

Yep, we were downtown a couple of hours before the KU game, as people were lining up for the Trump rally. Both events were just a few blocks from our recording spot at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet. And we lived to tell the tale!

Also, to talk about the Oscars, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Zootopia, a couple of other movies, and Deadpool (finally).

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