Friday, 21 January 2011

A-Z #16: Armageddon

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a buck each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and justifying why I own the films...

#16 - Armageddon 

Why did I buy it?

Now this gets tough. I bought it partly because I liked it a little ... but moreso because, at the time, it was a sweet special edition. This is not such a big factor anymore. I remember Armageddon being one of the first films out on DVD and, more importantly, it was released months before anyone could get it on video. In hindsight, not the best purchase.

Why do I still own it?

A combination of things. Firstly, I always worry that my film collection is elitest - ignoring the big-budget blockbusters and this is an example of a blockbuster that I appreciated and hold in my collection... with some small quantity of pride (not much). Secondly, Andrew Collins of the Radio Times, back in 2006, put together a list of 25 film all film buffs should have watched. I recall the 9-hour holocaust film Shoah was on the list alongside some more dubious films... one of which was Armageddon. The list was choosing the prime examples of cinema and Armageddon is an example of ridiulous, pro-America, completely-unrealistic but completely high budget blockbuster filmmaking ... that succeeded. It is definately a film that is close to being sold on... but those two points keep it hangin' on.

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  1. Somehow, I don't think the guy who holds the Jurassic Park films as his all-time favorites needs to worry about not having blockbusters in his collection...

    Dumpt it!!! ;)

  2. Y'know, going through these films, I do think that this might be the first film that may push me to selling it... maybe one last watch before its taken to the swap shop...

  3. I'm with Fletch, bloody sell it!

    It has a couple of interesting moments but is far too long with too much nonsense. A fundamental problem with Michael Bay (beyond the obvious ones) is his ability to pad out a few explosions with drawn out funny/emotional scenes that are neither funny or emotional. Armageddon is packed full of that kind of rubbish, although I do like Bad Boys.

  4. fu-u-u-uck Bad Boys. Now THAT is crap. I reckon you either own either Bad Boys or Armageddon and I chose Armageddon. Seriously... if its sold... you will know about it.


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