Miracle Mile

These are the end times … for the Hirshhorn’s exhibit Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950. To help send off this exhibit, the Hirshhorn brings you Disasterthon!, an all-day program (from DVD, I presume) of disaster movies including The Host, the 2005 War of the Worlds, Sharknado, 28 Days Later, and Dr. Strangelove. The museum leads their doomsday programming with its least known title, director Steve De Jarnatt’s romantic apocalypse, which I recently wrote about on Spectrum Culture. “Imagine you meet the girl of your dreams at 10 o’clock, and at 11 o’clock find out the world is going to end at 12 o’clock. This is how I describe Steve De Jarnatt’s 1988 bomb Miracle Mile to friends, framing the movie not in terms of nuclear annihilation but as a doomed romance. The film still works as a harrowingly effective B-movie apocalypse, but time has given it added resonance that even the director may not have expected.”