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Miracle Mile (1988) 4.19/5 (3)

 

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Rating: The Good – 77.1
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Duration: 87 mins
Director: Steve De Jarnatt
Stars: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar

Obscure thriller from the vault of hidden gems that follows a love struck young musician on a frantic chase through LA after he gets an anonymous tipoff about an imminent nuclear attack. As he tracks down the girl of his dreams in order to evacuate her, he encounters one curious character after another under a series of hectic circumstances. Anthony Edwards is the everyman at the centre of things and he’s a ball of nervous energy and dorky charm. As he whisks us through a succession of bizarre episodes like wheeling his unconscious girlfriend in a trolley down the streets of nighttime LA, his unassuming presence keeps the madcap hijinks grounded in a kind of tilted reality. Steve De Jarnatt and DP Theo van de Sande are to be commended for bathing the entire aesthetic in a soft blue neon glow. LA looks every bit the fantasy world the story demands and it’s rather pleasing to behold too. Several other factors work towards a successful movie experience but none more effectively than Tangerine Dream’s intense electronic harmonies. It’s what we came to expect from them back in the day and like Sorcerer or Near Dark, they catch the movie in a current of unabated tension. There’s no doubting that Miracle Mile is a weird ride, kind of like John Landis’ Into the Night on mushrooms, but it’s also uniquely affecting and brimming with warped fun.

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The Sure Thing (1985) 2.86/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good – 66.8
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 100 mins
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards

Very 80′s, very nostalgic (even if you haven’t seen it before), and highly enjoyable comedy about a college freshman (John Cusack) who travels across the country to hook up with a ‘sure thing’ only to get stuck travelling with the girl who has most recently rebuked his advances (Daphne Zuniga). Some of the jokes are dated but for the most part The Sure Thing still works. The chemistry between the two leads is excellent and Cusack, who was one of the kings of the 80′s teen comedy, owns the camera when it’s on him. Great support from Anthony Edwards and Cusack’s long-time buddy Tim Robbins.

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