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September 8th, 2007

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03:59 pm
Talk about a nostalgia trip: faintheart and I re-watched Wargames this afternoon. Matthew Broderick looks so young! Ally Sheedy looks so young! Michael Madsen looks so young! Yep, Mr. Blonde himself is one of the men in the missile silo during the opening scenes. According to IMDb it was his second movie - I completely didn't recognize him until I saw him in profile.

Ah, 1983 - the whole movie is a paean to a bygone age. We sat and pointed at all the things that have since passed away: look! a rotary telephone! A dot matrix printer! A military base with only flimsy chicken-wire fencing at the main gate that can be easily crashed through by four people in an open-topped jeep! And not a graphical interface to be seen, just the cool green lines of ASCII on H19 terminals, or something very like.

Although I tell you, what made me laugh the most was this exchange over Professor Falken's obituary:
Jennifer: He wasn't very old.
David Lightman: No, he was pretty old. He was 41.
Jennifer: Oh yeah? Oh, that's old.
I'll be 41 in a matter of weeks. Heh.

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Date:September 8th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
My sister sold a pony to the actor playing the military guy. (short and moderately roundish, who says things like "dagnabit! What's that computerese mean, anyhoo?"

Age references in movies are so cute, these days. Youth could be wasted on the young, true, but I'm enjoying WISDOM instead. Not that I've cornered the market, but compared to 15 years ago? I'm Einstein.
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Date:September 8th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, plus the images of Seattle in the background. Watching Say Anything has that same charm for me. Oh look! Another Lost World.
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Date:September 9th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was part of what gave me the real pangs of "wow, lost and gone forever". The Seattle skyline without the WaMu Ban Roll-on tower, etc.
Date:September 9th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
One of my favorite memories from college was going to see Wargames with a bunch of electrical engineering majors sometime in the early 90's. They broke out into open laughter at the set-the-handset-on-the-modem dialer and the ultra huge floppies. Good times.

I saw the movie on late-night TV not too long ago and realized that much of it was (supposed to be) set in Seattle, although the Seattle in the movie seemed to be somewhat related to Frasier's Seattle in that much of the architecture wasn't really from Seattle. (I vividly recall one Frasier episode where he went for a walk in downtown Seattle, past brownstone row-house after brownstone row-house. Uh-huh.)
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Date:September 9th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah - there were the places I recognized, and there were the places that were in California. :)

The 7-eleven scene was apparently filmed in CA, for example, according to IMDb. Fraiser - yeah, that was sort of "slap the Space Needle in the background, *poof* we're in Seattle". It reminded me of when the Green Arrow comic was set in Settle during Mike Grell's tenure, although that wasn't quite as egregious..

Although I am usually happy enough seeing Seattle get some recognition that I'll forgive a great deal of fast-and-loose.

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