Episode #49: Matinee

In this episode, we leave our bunkers and march like atomic ants to the movie theater to enjoy the film Matinee (1993). What does this story about director Joe Dante’s love of B-movies monster flicks have to say about the Cuban Missile Crisis and its impact on kids living in Florida? How do you write … Continue reading Episode #49: Matinee

Mini-Nuke Episode #12: Starship Troopers

In this episode, we wanted to learn more about the mobile infantry, so we talked about Starship Troopers, both the 1997 movie and 1959 book. How does the story deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the war against the bugs? Why was the book’s author inspired to write a protest against the campaign to end nuclear … Continue reading Mini-Nuke Episode #12: Starship Troopers

Low-Yield Hot Take: Blade Runner’s Nuclear Plot Lost Like Tears in Fallout

In Philip K Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that forms the basis of the 1982 movie, a nuclear "World War Terminus" was responsible for post-apocalyptic San Francisco. This is the reason why most animals are dead and humans use bioengineering and cloning to create artificial animals like snakes and robot cats. … Continue reading Low-Yield Hot Take: Blade Runner’s Nuclear Plot Lost Like Tears in Fallout