The Smackdown All over the country, kids savor the last gasp of summer and trudge back to school, looseleaf notebooks and lunch money clutched ever so tightly in their hands. Teachers meet and greet the […]
It’s the End of the World as We Know It. Back in 1998, during the Year of Lewinsky, Paramount/DreamWorks got into a game of chicken with Touchstone. The result was two disaster films about comets that were about to crash into the Earth and destroy all life. The two films could share a single log-line:
When a “planet-killer” sized comet is discovered to be on an imminent collision course with Earth, an international space effort — led by the United States — sets out to deflect the object by setting off nuclear weapons deep inside its core so that it will miss Earth and, therefore, save humanity.
I won’t tell you how the Earth fared yet, but I can tell you that the point of impact in the theaters was about two months apart. Talk about operational redundancy!
Even though Deep Impact was the first in the theaters, for our purposes, we’re giving the “Defending Champion” designation to Armageddon because it won at the box-office. Armageddon grossed $553-million world-wide to the Deep Impact gross of $349-million. Incredibly, IMDB (the Internet Movie Database) has it as a virtual tie with both films scoring a 5.9 out of ten audience rating. […]
The Smackdown There must be something about Scarlett Johansson in a foreign land getting mixed up in love, sex and forbidden romance that is like catnip to directors. So far it’s inspired two of them […]
The Smackdown Does the world actually need two films in less than a month starring Brendan Fraser as a cocky action hero in a film where the stakes are supposedly life-and-death but not really?Â How […]
The Smackdown Movies are already an illusion — stories committed to film that feel real but, at best, are only an impression of reality. With this Smackdown! we have a couple of competitors about real […]
After the Obama-Clinton slugfest this year, we all know that polls have their limitations.Â And we know that blog polls are even more unreliable than most.Â Still, we’re drawn to doing polls more often on […]
The Smackdown There’s no doubt that superheroes and stoners are king at this summer’s box office, but if you’re craving a little romanticism – oh hell, a LOT of romanticism – and stories that don’t […]
The Smackdown Get your groove on with these two films that pit a pair of musical mommas against each other in a cinematic dance-off and sing-a-long. Itâ€™s Oscar-winner Meryl Streep against John Travolta in drag. […]
The Smackdown For years, everyone knew the Big Three of Classic Horror: Dracula, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein.Â That other Undead Dude, The Mummy was second-tier, a guy with a few flicks but not the […]