1984: A Blockbuster Year

“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Ronald Reagan brought that oops moment to the world as he tested a microphone before a radio address; later that November Regan won a landslide re-election. That was the peak of […]

Movie-Still Monday: Red Dawn (1984)

With the cry “wolverines,” a group of teenage guerrilla fighters gun down their Soviet occupier. Red Dawn was part jingoistic American propaganda, part cathartic release from Cold War fears, and when it was released thirty years ago on August 10, 1984, it was the first movie to receive a PG-13 rating.     Like us, […]