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Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Sybil Pandemic
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
The Movie Skewer
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From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
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Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
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Armageddon (1998) Movie Recap Page 12 of 13
Posted by Team Agony Booth Posted on: November 25, 2003
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There's a shot of Rastaroid in space, which is pretty pointless since we cut right back to earth as some more little asteroids are tracked near Paris. The typical establishing shots of Paris follow, including a mind-bogglingly stupid one of kids partying in a stationary car. Also, there's a close-up of one of those European gargoyles, just to confirm where we are. The asteroid hits and completely wipes out Paris, and there's a scene I could watch again and again. Meanwhile, the audience just laughs, seeing as how the special effects at the time weren't quite up to showing a bunch of dust.

"Whoops! Looks like we're all about to be reduced to croissant crumbs!"


At NASA, there's more sloppily edited newscasts coming in, including a fuzzy shot of the Pope in what some might take as another "Christianity is all that matters" bit. After a pointless shot of the gaping hole where Paris used to be, Truman tells Grace he hopes the guys can leave the asteroid. His use of the word "hope" makes her go berserk for some reason, and she actually leaps on top of him, knocks him to the floor, and starts pummeling him. I really have to think she'd finally be escorted out of Mission Control and taken to a nice padded room after this, but no dice.

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On the asteroid, Rockhound has resigned himself to enjoying his front row seat to The End Of The World. But just when you most expect it, AJ arrives. The customary cheering and whooping follows on the asteroid and we cut back to NASA (how many cutaways is that for these guys?) as some random guy tells Grace, "Your boyfriend's back!" Man, this movie really has an inordinate amount of references to classic songs. No point, just something I thought I'd mention.

Harry redoes the "five words" routine yet one more time and says, "Damn glad to see you, boy!" That's six words, but we learn that it's intentional when AJ points out Harry's math is a little off. But, really, miscounting words is something I wouldn't put past this movie.

Truman asks Grace if she thinks they can dig 250 feet in an hour, as if she should have any idea. She responds with her only possible answer: "They'd better."

For some reason, AJ has been given control of the Armadillo as they drill, despite all the idiocy he's shown so far with the machine. Harry breaks the news that they're on their last transmission and drill bit, which of course is just transparent exposition, seeing as everyone here should already know this.

Rockhound, meanwhile, has been tied up with some duct tape that was apparently just lying around. Lev takes the tape off his mouth for no reason other than to allow Steve Buscemi the chance to make yet another lame joke.

At 770 feet, AJ hits a pocket full of methane, which everyone lets us know is a Bad Thing, in case we couldn't figure it out ourselves. This, however, is part of the film's main problem. Since this movie lacks a human villain, the only real way to generate conflict is to have lots of things go wrong, which is fine if used properly. However, having every single thing go wrong really strains believability, and just gets monotonous after a while.

Oh, and methane? Is a by-product of organic processes. Just something to think about. (Although, with all the grass and wind on this asteroid, should we really be surprised?)

"If you do not shut up, I'll put you in wood chipper again. Then I'm going to have some pancakes."


Anyway, AJ predictably wants to keep going, despite the fact that Max was just killed this way. Even more predictably, Harry picks this moment to finally trust AJ. Hilariously, AJ then records his depth as "775... 780", as if he just drilled through five feet in half a second. And these guys are worried if they'll be able to drill 250 feet in an hour?

AJ gets down to 800 feet, but for some reason it's not until he hits 802 that everyone starts celebrating. Down at NASA, killjoy Dr. Quincy reminds us that they still need to put the bomb in the hole. He says they only have 38 minutes to do so, which means it only took them 22 minutes to dig the 250 feet, not an hour. Not that we were ever given any indication of how fast these drills could work in the first place. Guess that would have cut down on the suspense somewhat.

Michael Bay indulges himself a little (okay, a lot) with a huge tracking shot across the asteroid, with the camera even doing a half barrel roll so we can watch the guys right side up. Unsurprisingly, something else has gone wrong. This time, it's a pipe somehow getting bent in the hole. Once again, for unknown reasons it falls to AJ to take care of things and saw the pipe loose.

AJ tells Harry he's almost done, as a close-up of the pipe reveals he's barely started. On the surface, something explodes and a bunch of asteroid fragments wreak some none-too-convincing havoc. Once he gets finished, AJ hits a convenient hydrogen pocket and is shot out of the hole. This might be a reference to Bruce Willis' similar exit from a water pipe in Die Hard With a Vengeance, but you'd think they'd actually have used Bruce Willis for this stunt if that were the case.

The flying rock fragments finally do something big, namely knocking Chris O'Donnell (or as he's known in this film, Gruber) off his feet, and causing him to get shish-kebobbed by a stalagmite. Things blow up somewhere and do something, but the too-close, quickly-edited camera work makes it impossible to tell exactly what.

Harry and Chick are almost crushed by a big boulder that passes right over them, and just like that, it's over. AJ breaks the news that Gruber is dead, and this is played like a big tragedy, even though the guy had maybe thirty seconds of screen time.

Well, here we go again, there's yet one more problem, which is that the bomb detonator has been damaged by the rocks. Harry wonders how they'll set it off, and an "artistic" spinning zoom into the hole takes us to Truman explaining that someone has to stay behind. Yeah, I was thinking the body count was kind of low for this kind of movie.

Sharp and Astronaut Useless have to be alive in order to fly the shuttle, so the rest of them have to draw straws. Everyone wastes some time arguing about who's going to do it in yet another scene ripped off from Dr. Strangelove. Only there, it was supposed to be funny that two guys were wasting precious time arguing about who was more sorry.

Sharp displays a handful of party straws that he got out of nowhere, and the guys all pick. Lev gets in a lame joke of his own by not knowing how the game works. By the way, as this is my second time dealing with Peter Stormare after my Lost World guest recap, I'll get people to stop thinking I'm crazy by saying that just before it got cancelled, Watching Ellie was no longer underrated and deserved a dirt nap.

"Alright everyone, we have six choices... Lemon, wild berry, sour apple, grape, mint, or orange flavored cyanide."


Anyway, AJ gets the short straw and takes it pretty well, and so does the audience, since we know there's no way anybody who's one-half of a couple is going to die in a movie like this. Sharp shows AJ how the manual detonator works, and AJ says the three-step process is so simple even he can't screw it up. Well, we don't know about that just yet.

"Dammit! Why do I always get the Capri Sun with the broken straw?"


Harry volunteers to accompany AJ down in the elevator, and we all know how this is going to shake out. Yes, Harry decides to sacrifice himself instead of AJ, though he risks AJ's life anyway by ripping his air hose out in order to force him back inside.

Harry tells AJ to give Truman his mission patch. He also says he's always thought of AJ as a son, and would be proud to have him marry Grace, which is kind of creepy when you think about it. And through all of this, one thing we don't see is Harry taking the detonator, which you'd think would be kind of high on his to-do list right about now.

"I swear I wasn't responsible for Reindeer Games, I SWEAR!"


Everyone reacts in their predictable ways to this development, and in the Armadillo, Harry wastes some more time by having a big conversation with Grace where they clear up all their issues just in time. It seems the main point of this scene is to show us that Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler have both mastered the art of forcing a single tear from their eyes, though they take forever to get to it. Anyway, their conversation ends and Harry's image dissolves into static.

"They're heeeeere..."


Our heroes still aren't in the clear, because now the shuttle won't start for some reason. Astronaut Useless goes in the back while Lev follows along and bugs her about knowing how to fix it. Meanwhile, Harry tells everyone to take off or else he'll blow the bomb anyway. I guess he said this just in case anyone was thinking he'd doom the whole earth just to save them.

Finally, Lev yanks Astronaut Useless out of the way and whacks some machine with a wrench, which starts the shuttle up again. And tah-dah, our heroes are saved. I guess seeing as how the whole team in Deep Impact died, I guess they figured they had to have a difference between the two movies. Besides, you know, one not sucking.

Even after all these years, Star Tours still rocks!


And yet there's still time for one more thing to go wrong, as everything around Harry spontaneously blows up. At this rate, maybe the asteroid will just split in half on its own.

Harry gets knocked down into a hole with one minute to go. Sharp considers going back to detonate the nuke themselves (how in the hell would they get back in time?) but Chick begs him to give Harry another minute. Well, by then zero barrier would be crossed and the world would be doomed, but whatever you say, Chick.

"Come on big bucks! No whammies, no whammies, STOP!"


Harry gets back to the detonator switch with thirty seconds to go, but wastes some more time as everyone in NASA watches the clock. Finally, he sets the bomb off with just a few seconds left. A weird zoom into Grace's eye takes us to the detonation, inter-cut with fuzzy shots of her memories of growing up. It's all very much like the ending of Johnny Mnemonic, to which I say at least this film is no longer reminding us of good movies.

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