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cinema_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
around_IN
for_CS
about_IN
a_DT
hundred_NN
years_NNS
now_RB
._.
?_?
it_NN
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
my_PP$
job_NN
to_IN
recap_NN
this_DT
century_NN
every_DT
time_NN
i_PP
talk_VB
about_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
i'd_???
like_IN
to_TO
think_VB
that_DT
i'm_???
beginning_NN
to_IN
understand_VB
the_DT
art_NN
more_DT
as_CS
i_PP
watch_VB
more_DT
films_NNS
from_IN
before_IN
my_PP$
time_NN
._.
recently_RB
,_,
i've_???
seen_VBN
the_DT
films_NNS
of_IN
hitchcock_NP
,_,
capra_???
,_,
fellini_FW
,_,
godard_NP
,_,
kurosawa_NP
,_,
chaplin_NP
,_,
lang_NP
,_,
and_CC
many_DT
others_NNS
._.
?_?
those_DT
men_NNS
were_BED
talented_JJ
artists_NNS
,_,
and_CC
their_PP$
films_NNS
reflect_VB
their_PP$
genius_NN
._.
?_?
they_PP
are_BER
likely_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
remembered_VBN
for_IN
._.
._.
._.
well_NN
,_,
quite_RB
a_DT
while_CS
._.
?_?
i_CD
like_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
too_RB
._.
?_?
yes_UH
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
disaster-slash-action_NN
movie_NN
._.
?_?
true_JJ
,_,
its_PP$
budget_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
more_DT
money_NN
than_CS
i'll_???
ever_RB
see_NN
in_IN
my_PP$
lifetime_NN
._.
?_?
and_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
doubt_NN
in_IN
my_PP$
mind_NN
that_CS
the_DT
only_JJ
reason_NN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
conceived_VBN
was_BEDZ
to_TO
make_VB
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
money_NN
._.
?_?
in_CD
fact_NN
,_,
i_PP
bet_VB
the_DT
producers_NNS
of_IN
armageddon_NP
would_MD
have_HV
worked_VBN
towards_IN
a_DT
lousy_JJ
film_NN
,_,
had_HVD
they_PP
thought_VBN
it_PP
would've_???
been_BEN
more_DT
profitable_JJ
._.
i_PP
certainly_RB
don't_DO
care_NN
what_WDT
their_PP$
intentions_NNS
were_BED
,_,
because_CS
michael_NP
bay_NN
(_(
the_DT
rock_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
such_DT
a_DT
skilled_JJ
director_NN
that_CS
i_PP
doubt_VB
he'd_???
ever_RB
make_NN
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
difficult_JJ
to_TO
sit_VB
through_IN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
skillful_JJ
direction_NN
doesn't_DOZ
complete_VB
the_DT
package_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
armageddon_NP
manages_VBZ
to_IN
keep_NN
everything_PN
together_RB
._.
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
well-thought_VBN
out_RP
(_(
and_VB
perfectly_RB
paced_VBD
to_TO
provide_VB
for_IN
an_DT
abundance_NN
of_IN
action_NN
sequences_NNS
that_CS
never_RB
feel_VB
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
terrific_JJ
,_,
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
sharp_JJ
,_,
and_CC
--_???
get_VB
this_DT
--_???
there_RB
are_BER
characters_NNS
._.
yes_UH
,_,
you_PP
read_VB
that_CS
right_JJ
._.
armageddon_NP
actually_RB
has_HVZ
characters_NNS
you_PP
can_MD
care_VB
about_IN
!_!
if_CS
you_PP
don't_DO
like_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
then_RB
you_PP
have_HV
a_DT
problem_NN
with_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
itself_PPX
:_:
armageddon_NN
is_BEZ
as_CS
good_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
film_NN
like_IN
this_DT
can_MD
be_BE
._.
if_CS
you've_???
seen_VBN
deep_JJ
impact_NN
,_,
then_RB
you_PP
know_VB
the_DT
basic_JJ
framework_NN
for_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
that_CS
an_DT
asteroid_NN
the_DT
size_NN
of_IN
texas_NP
is_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
strike_VB
the_DT
earth_NN
eighteen_CD
days_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
start_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
so_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
up_RP
to_TO
the_DT
u_JJ
._.
s_NN
._.
government_NN
to_IN
stop_NN
it_PP
._.
(_(
why_WRB
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
is_BEZ
always_RB
exclusively_RB
saddled_VBD
with_IN
these_DT
problems_NNS
is_BEZ
never_RB
fully_RB
investigated_VBN
._.
)_)
their_PP$
plan_NN
--_???
to_TO
send_VB
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
experienced_JJ
oil_NN
drillers_NNS
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
asteroid_NN
,_,
drill_NN
down_IN
several_DT
hundred_NN
feet_NNS
,_,
and_CC
detonate_VB
a_DT
nuclear_JJ
warhead_NN
within_IN
._.
the_DT
head_NN
driller_NN
is_BEZ
harry_NP
stamper_NP
(_(
bruce_NP
willis_NP
)_)
._.
his_PP$
group_NN
of_IN
men_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
colorful_JJ
bunch_NN
,_,
including_IN
a_DT
._.
j_NN
._.
(_)
ben_NP
affleck_NP
)_)
,_,
chick_NP
(_(
will_NN
patton_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
rockhound_IN
(_(
steve_NP
buscemi_NP
)_)
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
also_RB
an_DT
interesting_JJ
triangle_NN
formed_VBN
between_IN
a_DT
._.
j_NN
._.
,_,
harry_NP
,_,
and_CC
grace_NN
(_(
liv_CD
tyler_NP
)_(
,_,
who_NP
is_BEZ
harry_NP
's_POS
daughter_NN
._.
a_DT
._.
j_NN
._.
and_CC
grace_NN
are_BER
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
romantically_RB
intertwined_JJ
,_,
and_CC
dad_NN
isn't_BEZ
too_RB
happy_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
situation_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
absurd_JJ
to_TO
wish_VB
for_IN
a_DT
complicated_JJ
story_NN
in_IN
an_DT
event_NN
movie_NN
or_CC
a_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
movie_NN
or_CC
whatever_WDT
it_PP
is_BEZ
you'd_???
like_CS
to_TO
call_VB
armageddon_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
about_IN
story_NN
--_???
it_NN
's_HVZ
about_RB
viscera_RB
and_CC
action_NN
,_,
and_CC
thrills-a-minute_NN
,_,
and_CC
all_PDT
that_DT
stuff_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
incidental_JJ
,_,
really_RB
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
cohesive_JJ
and_CC
even_RB
remotely_RB
believable_JJ
,_,
because_CS
most_DT
people_NN
will_MD
be_BE
too_RB
wrapped_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
the_DT
explosions_NNS
to_IN
give_VB
two_CD
seconds_NNS
'_"
thought_VBD
to_IN
what_WDT
actually_RB
happens_VBZ
._.
but_CC
bay_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
one_CD
to_IN
congratulate_VB
in_IN
this_DT
case_NN
,_,
for_IN
he_PP
has_HVZ
made_VBN
a_DT
film_NN
so_RB
entertaining_JJ
and_CC
so_RB
visually_RB
sharp_JJ
that_CS
i_PP
doubt_VB
any_DT
director_NN
could_MD
have_HV
done_DON
it_PP
better_JJR
._.
i_PP
think_VB
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
budget_NN
went_VBD
to_TO
cameras_NNS
alone_JJ
,_,
because_CS
bay_NN
films_NNS
every_DT
action_NN
sequence_NN
from_IN
about_IN
thirty_CD
or_CC
forty_CD
different_JJ
angles_NNS
._.
take_VB
the_DT
spectacular_JJ
opening_NN
scene_NN
,_,
for_IN
instance_NN
,_,
in_IN
which_WDT
a_DT
meteor_???
shower_NN
obliterates_NNS
new_JJ
york_NP
._.
a_DT
meteor_???
flies_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
sky_NN
and_CC
crashes_VBZ
into_IN
a_DT
building_NN
,_,
which_WDT
sends_VBZ
fireballs_NNS
erupting_VBG
into_IN
the_DT
air_NN
and_CC
cars_NNS
spinning_VBG
like_IN
tops_NNS
upon_IN
other_JJ
cars_NNS
._.
the_DT
action_NN
itself_PPX
might_MD
take_VB
five_CD
seconds_NNS
in_IN
real_JJ
life_NN
,_,
but_CC
bay_NN
edits_NNS
so_RB
quickly_RB
that_CS
we_PP
get_VB
the_DT
same_DT
scene_NN
in_IN
six_CD
different_JJ
ways_NNS
._.
i_PP
like_VB
his_PP$
quick-edit_NN
style_NN
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
abrasive_JJ
and_CC
exhausting_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
very_RB
loud_JJ
,_,
and_CC
obnoxiously_RB
noisy_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
._.
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
fun_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
obnoxious_JJ
sometimes_RB
._.
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
put_VBD
every_DT
other_JJ
1998_CD
blockbuster_NN
to_IN
shame_NN
._.
deep_JJ
impact_NN
,_,
visually_RB
,_,
has_HVZ
absolutely_RB
nothing_PN
on_IN
armageddon_NP
,_,
and_CC
to_IN
offer_NN
a_DT
comparison_NN
between_IN
the_DT
quality_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
and_CC
godzilla_NN
is_BEZ
simply_RB
laughable_JJ
._.
special_JJ
effects_NNS
are_BER
very_RB
important_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
like_IN
this_DT
:_:
if_NN
they're_???
not_XNOT
good_JJ
,_,
then_RB
the_DT
image_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
convincing_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
doesn't_DOZ
work_VB
._.
everything_PN
here_RB
looks_VBZ
bright_JJ
and_CC
explosive_JJ
--_???
from_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
meteors_NNS
bursting_VBG
through_IN
skyscrapers_NNS
,_,
all_PDT
the_DT
way_NN
to_IN
the_DT
shots_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
earth_NN
through_IN
the_DT
jutting_NN
rocks_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
ominously_RB
approaching_VBG
asteroid_NN
._.
the_DT
effects_NNS
that_CS
don't_DO
look_NN
totally_RB
real_JJ
are_BER
still_RB
a_DT
pleasure_NN
to_IN
behold_VB
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
credit_VB
everyone_PN
involved_JJ
for_IN
creating_VBG
the_DT
first_OD
blockbuster_NN
so_RB
nice-looking_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
actually_RB
qualifies_NNS
as_IN
art_NN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
would_MD
add_VB
up_RP
to_IN
little_DT
more_DT
than_CS
an_DT
above-average_JJ
light_NN
show_NN
,_,
if_CS
i_PP
didn't_DOD
get_VB
the_DT
feeling_NN
that_CS
bay_NN
cares_VBZ
as_IN
much_DT
about_IN
his_PP$
characters_NNS
as_IN
he_PP
does_DOZ
about_IN
his_PP$
action_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
two_CD
and_CC
a_DT
half_NN
hours_NNS
long_JJ
,_,
and_CC
not_XNOT
all_PDT
of_IN
that_DT
is_BEZ
spent_VBN
submerged_JJ
in_IN
numbing_VBG
action_NN
._.
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
dedicated_VBN
to_IN
developing_JJ
the_DT
various_JJ
characters_NNS
'_"
subplots_NNS
._.
i_PP
won't_MD
suggest_VB
that_DT
these_DT
are_BER
complex_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
but_CC
their_PP$
problems_NNS
are_BER
real_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
emotions_NNS
aren't_BER
put_VBN
forth_RB
in_IN
a_DT
sentimental_JJ
and_CC
overbearing_VBG
way_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
three_CD
or_CC
four_CD
scenes_NNS
here_RB
that_CS
had_HVD
me_NN
pretty_JJ
choked_VBN
up_RP
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
a_DT
lot_NN
more_DT
than_CS
i_PP
can_MD
say_VB
about_IN
deep_JJ
impact_NN
,_,
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
banking_NN
on_IN
the_DT
feel-good_NN
parts_NNS
of_IN
its_PP$
story_NN
._.
bruce_NP
willis_NP
is_BEZ
terrific_JJ
,_,
and_CC
i'm_???
glad_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
him_PP
bigger_JJR
than_CS
life_NN
again_RB
(_(
recent_JJ
turns_NNS
in_IN
films_NNS
like_IN
mercury_NP
rising_VBG
have_HV
been_BEN
very_RB
disappointing_JJ
)_)
._.
tyler_NP
and_CC
affleck_NP
are_BER
great_JJ
together_RB
,_,
and_CC
make_VB
a_DT
convincing_JJ
couple_NN
--_???
all_RB
of_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
between_IN
them_PP
work_NN
on_IN
a_DT
comfortable_JJ
level_NN
._.
patton_NP
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
a_DT
magnificent_JJ
actor_NN
,_,
thankfully_RB
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
wasted_VBN
here_RB
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
minor_JJ
subplot_NN
revolving_JJ
around_IN
his_PP$
ex-wife_NN
and_CC
son_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
moving_VBG
._.
the_DT
comic_NN
relief_NN
from_IN
buscemi_NP
and_CC
peter_NP
stormare_NN
(_(
who_NP
plays_VBZ
a_DT
crazy_JJ
russian_JJ
astronaut_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
nifty_JJ
,_,
and_CC
keeps_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
lively_JJ
and_CC
funny_JJ
._.
i_PP
wasn't_BEDZ
challenged_VBN
to_IN
think_VB
real_RB
hard_JJ
while_CS
watching_VBG
armageddon_NP
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
don't_DO
mind_VB
too_RB
much_DT
._.
but_CC
the_DT
film_NN
doesn't_DOZ
insult_NN
my_PP$
intelligence_NN
--_???
it_NN
's_HVZ
pitched_VBN
perfectly_RB
to_IN
entertain_VB
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
what_WDT
all_RB
it_PP
really_RB
wants_VBZ
to_IN
do_DO
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
mindless_JJ
and_CC
escapist_JJ
,_,
but_CC
well-crafted_VBN
cinema_NN
._.
it_PP
might_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
created_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
wrong_JJ
reasons_NNS
,_,
but_CC
men_NNS
like_IN
michael_NP
bay_NN
have_HV
my_PP$
respect_NN
for_IN
showing_VBG
me_PP
that_CS
they_PP
are_BER
interested_JJ
in_IN
making_VBG
something_PN
good_JJ
,_,
in_IN
spite_NN
of_IN
the_DT
producers_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
budget_NN
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
saying_VBG
that_DT
films_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
are_BER
risky_JJ
moves_NNS
._.
what_WDT
i_PP
am_BEM
saying_VBG
is_BEZ
that_DT
armageddon_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
big_JJ
,_,
loud_JJ
,_,
expensive_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
that_CS
reminds_VBZ
me_PP
that_CS
art_NN
often_RB
comes_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
strangest_JJS
of_IN
forms_NNS
._.
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