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SINCE James Cameron used this year's Oscars ceremony to proclaim himself King of the World, every Hollywood director has been dreaming of his own massively overlong, cash-harvesting blockbuster in which a group of poorly realised characters get the living daylights bashed out of them by an enormous heavy object. In Titanic, Cameron belted Leonardo DiCaprio with an iceberg. In Deep Impact, Mimi Leder chucked a comet at Vanessa Redgrave. And now, in Armageddon (12), Michael Bay sends Bruce Willis hurtling into a giant asteroid. One day - if we're really unlucky - all films may be as stupid as this.

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I'M SLIGHTLY TROUBLED by the fact that my father read Party On last week. Usually he's totally bemused by my social life ("clubbing" for him means "thing that caveman does" - which is probably quite accurate if you go down Oxford St. for your fun). Anyway, during our weekly phone call he proudly announced that he'd managed to "get through the whole thing", like he'd conquered some sort of SAS mental assault course.

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