Electric Dreams

December 3, 2004 at 5:08 am 6 comments

Cheeky has been reminiscing about the past in the last few days. Don’t know why. Is it quarter life crisis……maybe. Anyway, cheeky was lying on the bed, thinking and day dreaming and then suddenly remembered this movie that cheeky had watched when he was still a little boy.

Has anyone watched this movie before. It’s a movie set in the 80’s with cheesy love songs and all things 80s. It’s a heart warming and funny movie that revolved around an unique love triangle that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and maybe shed a few tears as well.

Here’s a review of the movie from IMDb.

This upbeat love story features an architect named Miles who decides to modernize his life by buying a computer. Not knowing a thing about them he purchases the biggest most power system he can get ahold of, and wastes no time in having all sorts of accidents – dropping it, spilling wine on it, cross wiring it. All of which ends up causing something amazing to happen, the computer gains self-awareness! Using it’s word processor, speakers and microphone the computer learns to communicate with Miles and they become friends as he teaches it about life. Then a pretty chello player moves in next door and the shy Miles and super-intelligent but inexperienced computer conspire to get her to love Miles in the best tradition of Cyrano. After the computer and the woman start to share music together through the heating ducts the computer falls for the woman too. Soon man and machine are battling for who has the right to date her. In the end the computer concludes that it doesn’t have a chance with the woman and wishes the couple a happy life together. It arranges for it’s own destruction after it requests a musical tribute to the new couple on a local radio station. The film features wonderful music, animated dream sequences, and high comedy farce as the computer tries to compete with Miles.

There were a few scenes that captivated Cheeky, one was when the computer and Madeline did a duet of the musical piece Lover’s concerto, she using a cello and the computer, well its own software programs. Another was when the computer “killed” itself to fufil the love between Miles and Madeline. And last but not least the ending, when the song “Together in a Electric Dreams” was played and the whole city started dancing on their feet, giving you an exhilarating joy and feeling. Those of you who went to Zouk during mambo nights should find the song familiar. Credits must be given to the songs in the movie because they gave the movie an added dimension. Songs like “love is love” by culture club, “Electric Dreams” by P.P Arnold and of course the classic mentioned earlier by Human League with Philip Oakey. On and on, a charming movie with a bit of everything for everyone, and cheeky is sure some of you will get a little teary eyed after watching it. If you have not watch it, cheeky strongly recommend it.


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  • 1. Jayaxe  |  December 3, 2004 at 9:45 am

    I tell you, you weren’t the only one reminiscing. I think it’s maybe because we wanted to change some things in the past. And maybe just want to escape from thinking how the future will be.

    Anyway, that is a great story! Do local shops stock the movie CD/DVD?

  • 2. Bubblemunche  |  December 3, 2004 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of this show! But I know the song though :)

  • 3. Fat Fingers  |  December 5, 2004 at 6:04 am

    yeah i love that song!
    but never heard of the movie.. i want to watch it..

  • 4. cheeky  |  December 5, 2004 at 7:29 pm

    It’s a pretty old movie, dun know got stock or not. try esplanade library. It was shown on ch 5 many years back.

  • 5. lisalil  |  May 21, 2005 at 9:54 am

    oh man….i have been looking for this movie forever..everybody i talked to thought i was nuts..thank you so much,i remember a lot of stuff from the 80s..example..do you remember a show that a girl,who was actually a robot,who was kept in the closet,and they would get her out and play with her..man,i can’t remmebr anymore,but i seem to remember a red dress…anyone?? anyone??
    haha please email me if you remmebr this…

  • 6. Big Bad Wolf  |  October 25, 2005 at 12:54 pm

    Yesterdays news??? No, this film is still going strong. Have seen it dozen times, and would love to have it on DVD.

    Maybe…. maybe…. someday….


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