Armageddon (1998) (part 12 of 13)

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.

Armageddon (1998) (part 12 of 13)

“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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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

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