Most of my readers probably can guess what I think is the best movie about nuclear war, but most of you have never heard of my second favorite. It’s not Fail Safe, that’s for sure. Sure, that one has Larry Hagman’s first major film role, but he can’t save it from its implausible ending. Fail Safe also gets a lot of the technical details wrong. No, we have to take a look back at the 80’s for this one, not the 60’s. Miracle Mile is a somewhat obscure little film from 1988 that didn’t even make back its budget at the box office, though it has since become a cult classic.
Take a look at the trailer. I know it looks like a mashup between a romantic comedy and an action movie, and that’s exactly what it is. Trust me, it’s better than the trailer makes it seem. I will discuss why, but no spoilers because you really need to see Miracle Mile.
I know the “love at first sight” plot, might put people off, but it works in the context of the story. The phone call scene that changes this movie from a romantic comedy into sheer action packed terror is truly chilling. Miracle Mile is a real-time action movie. The phone call says we have 70-80 minutes until doomsday, and the rest of the movie is 75 minutes of intensity with not a single moment left out. We never even know if the call was a cruel hoax until the very end, we see the action solely from the characters’ point of view. And don’t miss a great performance from Denise Crosby. She’s essentially playing Tasha Yar from Star Trek TNG as a Los Angeles yuppie.
Watch this movie. You’ll understand why it’s my second favorite if you do.
UFO Over Southern California, November 2015:
You may have seen this on the news a few months ago. I immediately knew it was a missile test because of the twilight halo effect. Here’s a video that discusses the launch and explains why missiles at twilight look so bright:
There is lots of amateur footage of missile tests out there if you know where to look. And almost all of it is at twilight. I’m not really sure why that is. Maybe it’s because there’s not much to see if a missile is launched in full daylight or in the darkest part of the night, so no one would even see it to film it. Some of us in the missile watching community believe that missiles are tested at twilight so that people will notice. In other words, they are launched at twilight for propaganda purposes. But who is this propaganda directed toward? Not potential nuclear rivals. Every member of the nuclear club (except two) provides full details of missile tests to all the other nuclear armed powers to avoid accidental nuclear war. I can only conclude that twilight missile tests are meant to be seen by the American public as some sort of propaganda effort.
NEXT WEEK: A look at some subtle Soviet propaganda from the early 80’s and a discussion of anti-SALT II efforts in the US.