Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Avenge Me, Boys!

Speaking as a History Geek, I'm rather gobsmacked that the United States of America has now been fighting the War In Iraq longer than this nation's involvement in that border skirmish called World War 2. All I gotta say is: Red Dawn now more than ever!

"Well, who is on our side?"

"600 million screaming Chinamen.."

"Last I heard, there were a billion screaming Chinamen."

"There were....."

Those who fail to learn from fictional history will be doomed to relive it on VHS and then DVD. Dude, the United States was strategically nuked and then invaded by the Soviet Union and its Communist allies from Latin America (including Cuba)! Meanwhile, only China and England stood with the Yanks and both were decimated; the rest of Europe decided to sit this war out. Hello! This could still happen!

For those who remember laughter, not only was 1984 the year Red Dawn captured our imaginations, but it was also Orwell's iconic year with his fictional world distracted by a never-ending state of war. Hmm... If only Orwell had written songs with Iron Maiden the way Michael Moorcock collaborated with Hawkwind and Blue Öyster Cult..

For me 1984 was the year of The Metal Wars and Red Dawn.

"You think you're tough for eating beans every day? The scarecrows in Denver would give anything for a taste of what you got. They've been under siege for about three months. They live on rats and on sawdust and sometimes... on each other. At night, the pyres for the dead light up the sky. It's medieval."

I miss The Cold War.

"All that hate's gonna burn you up, kid..."

"It keeps me warm."

Hmm, now that I think about it, although I'm geeking out on Red Dawn right now, I just realized how much money I spent in 1984 going to see other movies like Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Suburbia, 2010, The Terminator, Conan The Destroyer, The Last Starfighter, This Is Spinal Tap, Dreamscape, Dune, Repo Man and Top Secret..

Hory Crap... was 1984, like, the best movie year ever?! Discuss amongst yourselves.