I must have first seen Into the Night over twenty years ago, and no doubt it was a late-night television viewing. I’ve always been a night owl and love spending my evenings in front of the tv watching old films while sinking a few beers. My nocturnal habits and fascination for American city life would make films like Judgment Night, The Warriors and Into the Night essential viewing.Set mainly over the course of a couple of days, book-ended by brutal killings at LAX, Into the Night is a quirky thriller starring Jeff Goldblum as insomniac aerospace engineer Ed Okin. Okin is suffering from a bout of ennui, which peaks when he catches his wife in bed with another man. Heading off to the airport in the middle of the night, he crosses paths with Diana, a jewel smuggler running from a quartet of killers who are on a mission to retrieve some diamonds.What follows is a chain of events, some funny, some disturbing, and often bizarre, involving the reluctant Ed and beautiful and charismatic Diana, like “Princess Diana,” played by Michelle Pfeiffer. International intrigue, Hollywood insiders, and jewel thievery are the main ingredients to this mix, the film is also notable for the plethora of director cameos, from the likes of David Cronenberg, Don Siegel, Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Demme and Roger Vadim.Director John Landis plays one of the film’s Middle Eastern hitsquad. These bumbling buffoons wreak havoc everywhere they go, killing people like it’s going out of fashion. This uneasy blend of comedy and violence fitting in with the film’s increasingly surreal tone, as our duo career to a violent climax back at LAX.My favourite scenes from Into the Night involve just Goldblum and Pfeiffer in breaks between the action. In one, the two of them just sit in a diner, eating ice cream and talking. Jeff is quite entertaining with his patented milquetoast manner. When he opens up to Diana, it’s one of the few real glimpses into his character. It is fun to watch him almost sleepwalk through the film: the night’s events aren’t really fazing him as he’s already slipping over the edge.As for Michelle, she is completely magnetic, as she provides us with a neo-noir variation of the classic screwball dames of films like Bringing up Baby and The Palm Beach Story. Her alluring mystery woman makes Into the Night essential viewing, for Pfeiffer fans and those looking for a late-night dose of the offbeat.