Movie Monday: Armaggedon

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie I saw on the TV recently after having forgotten about it. It’s Armaggedon!

Plot Synopsis: A massive meteor shower destroys the orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis and bombards a swath of land around the North Atlantic. NASA discovers through the Hubble Space Telescope that the meteors were debris propelled from the asteroid belt by a rogue asteroid roughly the size of Texas, christened “Dottie” by its discoverer. The asteroid will collide with Earth in 18 days, causing a second extinction event. NASA scientists, led by Dan Truman, plan to trigger a thermonuclear detonation at least 800 ft (244 m) inside the asteroid to split it in two, driving the pieces apart so both will fly past the Earth. NASA contacts Harry Stamper, considered the best deep-sea oil driller in the world, for assistance. Harry insists he will need his full team to help execute NASA’s plan…

Plot: The plot isn’t that great, it’s highly inaccurate to science and plausability of NASA actually being able to do anything. Something that many critics have noted before I’m sure, in fact Roger Ebert hates this film so much that it even beat out Spice World for the worst movie of 1998 for him.

Casting: Bruce Willis is the star of the movie, and while he does a good job, I just couldn’t get into his character as it’s a bit too gruff for my tastes. Actually I didn’t really care about any of the characters, frankly I’m not a fan of the movie in general. The cast has some depth, but some of it is stereotypical.

Cinematography: The special effects are mediocre, not amazing, but not super terrible either.

Music: I didn’t remember much of the music, although the few bits I caught having seen parts of the movie on TV recently were okay. That being said it was during a family get together and I had much better things to do than watch a flop of a film.

Overall: A movie not worth watching in my opinion. Some Apocalypse junkies might enjoy it though.

For those who like: Apocalypse Settings, Sci-Fi, Bruce Willis.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Bookish Wednesday: Star Shroud by Ken Lozito

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a new series I came across recently. It’s Star Shroud by Ken Lozito!

Plot Synopsis: Kept secret for 60 years, the discovery of an alien signal forces a NASA pilot and computer hacker to team up to investigate an alien structure discovered in the furthest reaches of the solar system.

Plot: The plot of this first entry was pretty good, it was very engaging and it got me hooked almost instantly. That’s a pretty rare event these days for me, so I know that this series has some potential. There were some plot points that weren’t super original, but for the most part I really enjoyed this book.

Characters: Zack Quick is one of the main characters we get to experience in Star Shroud and he’s probably one of my favorites. He’s smart, and likeable. Most of the cast is very good, although some like Jonah Redford I just can’t stand. Our other “Main” character, Kaylan is also interesting, if somewhat naive and stubborn.

Overall: If you love Sci-Fi at all you’ll love Star Shroud.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Exploration, Astronauts, Action, Adventure, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.