Everything goes in waves and cycles, right? The ocean, fame, sports teams, relationships, training and eating plans, good luck, misfortunes. Nothing gold can stay yet it can't rain all the time.
Not so for Michael Bay's 1998 recruiting ad for Nasa and so much more, Armageddon. After chips, tacos and margaritas at El Coyote down the street (I really should take more pictures, I happy hour as frequently as I see movies!), it was time to take a trip back to the good ol' 90's. I remember going to Driver's Ed and letting a friend borrow the soundtrack to Armageddon that summer. I'm sure the members of Aerosmith remember that summer well, their "Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was everywhere and that album sold something like 3 million copies.
I was surprised at how much of the flick works, it's a disaster movie from the 70's on PED's (Performance Enhancing Drugs, steroids is too general a term used by uneducated low foreheads) with a large, memorable cast of characters played by wonderful actors (Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Peter Stormare...). On some level you know it's all impossibly implausible (oil drillers sent to space to drop a nuke into a potentially world ending asteroid...actually it sounds less ludicrous than trying to explain the plot of I Come In Peace...)but it's also incredibly fun and exciting. Strangely, the scenes that fall flattest are the emotional anchor types with Affleck and love interest Liv Tyler. The stakes continue to rise and saving the world is far from a cake walk. Plus, if you don't feel a little something at the end during the Affleck/Willis or Willis/Tyler scenes, well, you're just too cool for this school.
Now, if someone could just screen The Rock. Until then, enjoy this clip of a Russian Astronaut.