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Armageddon [DVD] [1998]
Armageddon [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.70

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Con Air In Space, 1 Jan 2009
This review is from: Armageddon [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
If you liked that movie you'll love the brainless gung-ho mess that is Armageddon. An unbelievably stupid movie. By the end I was actually hoping the comet would succeed in wiping everything out. That would have been the best way to end this.

Watch Deep Impact to see how it should be done.

Deep Impact  - Special Edition [DVD]
Deep Impact - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Duvall
Price: £4.00

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent disaster movie, 1 Jan 2009
Its rather interesting that both Deep Impact and Armageddon were released around the same time because the two films deal with the same subject matter but in vastly different ways. While Jerry Bruckheimer gives us Con Air In Space, Mimi Leder takes a more considered approach to the threat of human extinction by chosing to concentrate on how exactly many of us would respond to the idea of the end of the world. Characters are fleshed out, warts and all. If one didn't already know this was a film about a giant meteor heading towards earth and knew about as much as the reporter who wants to uncover why 'ELLE' is such a closely guarded govermnment secret it is entirely plausible that events would unfurl as portrayed in this film.

I prefer films that do not try to insult my intelligence, like Armageddon with its over-the-top posturing macho nonsense. Deep Impact tells its story simply and intelligently. Morgan Freeman gives a magnificent performance as the President, a kind of mature version of Barak Obama. Robert Duvall is brilliant as the seasoned old astronaut pilot giving the young guns a lessson in seat-of-the-pants piloting. Tea Leoni, all inner turmoil and uncertainty until the end, is actually rather an inspired choice as a young ambitious reporter who suddenly realises that pulitzer prize fame is not the goal that she craves the most. And Elijah Wood plays the geeky kid from average family in average town USA who helps discover the comet that is hurtling towards Earth.

Deep Impact is a moving film, about hope, crushing disappointment and ultimately redemption. Its the sort of movie that the Americans occasionally get right. More often than not we get Armageddon, which is why the contrast between the two films is so fascinating. It is one of my favourite disaster movies, primarily because it understands that the impact of any disaster is really only as big as one's involvement and indentification with the main characters affected by it. By the end of the film you care about the fate of the bedraggled survivors of the shuttle expedition who have one last, vital card up their sleeve. Its a tragic, but heroic ending to a superbly crafted tale.

So if you want something to look at while you concentrate on munching popcorn buy Armageddon. If you want to watch a movie that stirs your emotions then Deep Impact may well be for you.

My Defence: Winning, losing, scandals and the drama of Germany 2006
My Defence: Winning, losing, scandals and the drama of Germany 2006
by Ashley Cole
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.52

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fools and their money..., 11 Sep 2006
As a expose of all that is wrong with the modern day footballer this takes some beating. Why, the sheer indignity of being offered such a paltry sum as £55k almost caused our hero to crash his car (while talking to his agent on his mobile). This added to the embarrassment of no Arsenal players going out with him on the town to 'get hammered' just days before the Champions League Cup Final. Then there's the final betrayal by the Arsenal board and fans who refused to cheer and support him after he'd been caught engineering his move away from the club was just absorbing. What else could our humble hero do but swear at the physio who questioned whether he was feigning injury?

A laugh-a-minute piece, breathtaking in its egocentricism.

White Bread, Black Beer
White Bread, Black Beer
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £5.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gartside is a reclusive genius and this is another work of art, 4 Jun 2006
This review is from: White Bread, Black Beer (Audio CD)
I wasn't too sure of this on first listen. But give it a few listens and you will be playing it all summer. Like many I grew up with the highly polished multi-hooked burping dub rock and soul of Cupid and Provision. These albums will always represent a kind of pinnacle of urgent yearning youth, a deliciously subversive mix of muscular funk and delicate falsetto. But Green finally seems perfectly at ease with letting the music take him where it wants to go and I think he pulls off another triumph with this album. The songs are simple, and yet edgy and unpredictable. There are glimpses of the pop-a-bam-bop Scritti of old, but its mixed with the kind of sensibility and warmth that comes with the years and tears.

First rate.

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