The China Syndrome (1979)

Rated R because we dropped some effies.

What better way to enjoy the summer (and our staycation) than to spend 45 minutes jawing about a potential nuclear disaster? Fun in the sun, baby! The Next 157 Project has a lot of praise to dole out to Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and director James Bridges for their outstanding work here. Ryan has some love for producer/co-star Michael Douglas too, although Bev isn’t quite as down with him (in general). This documentary-like drama feels so real that it’s hard not to be drawn into its intense grip. It’s also more of a story about television and journalism than it is about nuclear power, so that appealed to us TV people. So get comfy in your lawn chair as we enter the middle of July and enjoy our take on one of the most-underrated thrillers of the late-’70s.

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For The Record: We finished the 5 episodes (not 6) of the Chernobyl miniseries several days after recording this podcast. It’s fascinating & brilliant. Highly recommended, but it’s not an easy watch.


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Information about the Three Mile Island & Fukushima accidents

1979 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: Some Like It Hot and Network and All The President’s Men and On Golden Pond and Glengarry Glen Ross and The Simpsons

YouTube links: The opening scene and the almost-accident happens and explaining the “China Syndrome” and Godell does his own thorough inspection and they’re looking for a scapegoat and Jack meets Kimberly

Previously on the Next 156 Project: Once Upon A Time In The West

July 22nd on the Next 158 Project: Inglourious Basterds