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Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Deep Impact


Creamguide(Films) rockets (!) back…to the future! with the very singularity of puzzlingly shit disaster epics: 1998’s DEEP IMPACT. Help Craig and Jack talk Chris down from a towering inferno of bafflement that has spanned two decades while they mix up Michael Biehn and Jurgen Prochnow and argue over the jelly tots on empire biscuits. There’s swearing, comedy fart noises and sheer rage in a film whose ineptitude is so big only the biggest of the big screens can do it justice.
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  1. George White

    April 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Starring my supposed celebrity lookalike, Elijah Wood.
    Leelee Sobieski,

    I agree. Earthquake is brilliant.
    It also has two of my WTF casting favourites.
    A. Lorne Greene playing Ava Gardner’s dad, despite being seven years older. They look like a husband and wife.
    B. 55-year-old Gabriel Dell as the brother of 24-year-old Victoria Principal. They try to make him look younger with tache, wig and glasses, but his voice and manner suggests a bloke in his late fifties.

  2. George White

    April 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Forgot to say Leelee Sobieski is just Helen Hunt age 21. She looks like what Hunt did in Trancers.

  3. Palitoy

    April 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I think that by the mid nineties you are into the territory of quite bland disaster movies – bloodless, shockless and without real urgency. ‘Deep Impact’, ‘Twister’ and ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ have that indefinable shiteness Chris Diamond cites here. All are from Spielberg. All have emphatically stifling political correctness checks and balances (the lack of docker-embarrassing roughneckery in ‘Twister’; Jeff Goldblum’s black daughter in ‘The Lost World’; the insurance-advert-deep relationships of Deep Impact)
    All of them have technical wizzes being glazed-over and wise when it comes to their tech so that they all appear to become Hoffman’s Rain Man character when explaining/”doing” their tech.
    It is all just so much technobabble when the point of 1970s disaster movies was the lack and/or dearth of experts and technicians to dig people out of the unfolding nightmare.
    To think Zanuck and Spielberg, the purveyors of Jaws, jettisoned the meat and flavour of that film in pursuit of some fully air-conditioned, “casual friday” centre-left utopian vision is truly baffling.

  4. George White

    January 19, 2024 at 9:51 am

    The one highlight about The Lost World (aside from having one of the last examples of proper Rangi Ram/Goodness Gracious me-style brownface in veteran Hollywood Brit Harvey Jason as ‘Ajay’) is the opening, Robin ‘son of Leonard’ Sachs is reading a Financial Times. I found the issue from December 1996, and brilliantly, there’s a big article about how panto is basically in crisis, and how Granada have banned Coronation St actors from doing it, while the Beeb have no problem with Ross Kemp and Patsy Palmer doing it, while the Australian soap star imports continue.
    And that I found wonderful, far more British than his wife and daughter (Camilla Belle)’s dodgy plummy accents.

    See also the Dreamworks/Spielberg/Jan deBont Haunting, only worth it, despite being shot mainly in a studio in Manhattan Beach CA and the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach, all the exteriors are England – Harlaxton Manor in Lincoln, and most noticeably, a Boston tenement played by Prioress House flats, Bromley. So the whole thing has the ‘UK plays US’ feel even moreso than the original, which was full of British character faces. I like to pretend the thing is set in Lincoln.

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