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Demolition Man

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic made quite a few people remember the many outbreak films Hollywood has made.  It made me remember “Demolition Man”.

Of course, it wasn’t for the main plot point of the movie – a violent cop and a violent criminal are cryogenically frozen, and are brought back centuries in the future to discover the world is much different.

It’s for the little ways the future changed and why.

The Long Kiss Goodnight

How the hell did this cost $65 million?

That’s almost as much as it cost to make “The Rock” the same year, and that got us Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris, and it got the studio more than twice that at the box office.

But darn it, I love “The Long Kiss Goodnight”.

Class of 1984

I’ll admit it.  Many of the films I enjoyed as a child were supremely influenced by a PBS show called “Sneak Previews” with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who left the show in 1982 and went to network syndication with “At the Movies”.  “Sneak Previews” continued without them and never really clicked with me.  Siskel and Ebert were it. 

If they liked a movie, I was seeing it.  That made for some odd requests from an 11-year old asking to go see “Halloween” or “My Dinner with Andre”.

The Poseidon Adventure

If there was a time when the world was turning upside down, it was the 60s and 70s.  The turmoil from Vietnam to Watergate made many question the things Americans relied on for decades.  That anti-establishment arc found its way into many films.  Sometimes it was overt, like in films like “Dirty Harry” and “Death Wish.”  Charles Bronson could do what the entire police force couldn’t – confront crime and defeat it.  Clint Eastwood had to defy police orders to get the bad guy, and he threw his badge into the river to put an exclamation point on it.