On this day, in separate years, both Escape From New York (1981) and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) premiered.
We really had a hard time deciding which of these movies we wanted to start with. But ultimately one of them had Tina Turner, so duh. Let's just get right to the Thunder, shall we?
Bust a deal, face the wheel, gang.
The thing about Thunderdome that really separates it from the others is that directors George Miller and George Ogilvie really doubled down on the heart. That's not to say the others don't have this quality to them, but Thunderdome has the Tell of Captain Walker. It's so wry and heartbreaking and empowering all at once. Gets us every time.
And we can't resist ... but honestly, why would we? All the children sing!
We could go on about this movie, because it actually did quite well in a summer that was also packed with movies that had aggressive chases and pop stars. Which brings us to Escape From New York, which premiered on this day in 1981.
This is one of those movies that always gets confused with a lot of other New York-with-a-dirty-subway movies like The Warriors and Fame. We took a second look at it, though, and Escape From New York holds up. It's 1981's version of 1997, and that alone has some real doozies. Plus, Kurt Russell wears an eye patch throughout.
Both movies certainly hold up to watching again, and look, it's REALLY hot in some parts of the country. So find yourself an air conditioner and go to town.
Tomorrow: Contact, 20 years later.