July 1 in Sci-Fi History: Innerspace (also Armageddon)

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Jul 1, 2017

It was on this day in 1987 that Innerspace premiered. Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short on the adventure of a lifetime.

Thanks to a lively discussion by commenters on this post the other day, we actually have a renewed interest in movies where people are shrunk down to tiny size. So we sat down and watched this one. And let's not mince words: It's as weird and '80s as it is perfect and wonderful.

So, the long and the short of it is that Dennis Quaid is shrunk into a tiny pod and injected into Martin Short, and then Meg Ryan has to help him get out and re-sized.

This is also the movie where Dennis Quaid met Meg Ryan. They didn't start dating until 1988 on D.O.A., and also they’re now separated, but they were married for a while and have both a son named Jack and great chemistry on screen.

Everything (and everyone) in this supermarket scene is incredible.

Most of the soundtrack, actually, is Sam Cooke:

Honestly, Innerspace really holds up and is one of those movies you probably haven't seen in a while. That said, may we also suggest a double feature? ...

Because Amageddon also premiered on this day in 1998. If the trailer doesn't make you so pumped to shoot off fireworks this week, you're dead inside.

And the movie didn’t disappoint. Case in point: the insane launch scene that just keeps going:

Proving that it's possible to hold two conflicting ideas at the same time: our love for Armageddon and our love for these videos by CinemaSins.

So if you're sitting around with relatives you don’t know how to talk to this weekend, perhaps suggest one of these classic American feel-good stories. And if those don’t work, fine, Terminator Genisys also premiered on this day in 2015.

Tomorrow: World UFO Day. Can you handle it?