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BLASTERMIND Demolition Time

There’s few tropes movies relish more than demolishing famous landmarks, firstly because of the pure scale of the CGI spectacle, but also because it can touch on powerful nationalistic fears. For American audiences, nothing says disaster like The White House reduced to rubble, but Washington is far from the only city to be the victim of cinematic devastation. Five of the most picked on are New York, Los Angles, Paris, Las Vegas and London, with Big Ben becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for silver screen explosions. Not to mention that 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow managed to trash pretty much the entire planet between them.

In honour of such carnage, today’s Blastermind features some of movie history’s biggest bangs, as well a few trickier firecrackers. One point for the film, one point for the landmark.

Usual request: please don’t put answers in the comments section below (though feel free to use it to boast/bemoan how well/badly you’re doing) but the folks on this thread are quite happy for you to post and discuss answers if you follow the golden rule of only posting answers in invisible text (if you don’t know how ask somebody there – they’re very friendly).

This week’s quiz written and complied by Emma Geen

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Batman Forever , Statue of Liberty

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Deep Impact , the wave just after swallowing up the Empire State Building (we’ll give you New York)

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Earth Vs. Flying Saucers , Washington Monument

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GI Joe: Rise of Cobra , Eiffel Tower

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Cloverfield , (what’s left of) the Statue of Liberty

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Flood , the House of Parliament and The London Eye (two birds with one stone!)

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Godzilla munches on Tokyo Tower

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince , The Millennium Bridge

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Independence Day , The White House

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Mars Attacks , Easter Island

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Monster Vs. Aliens , the Golden Gate Bridge

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Superman II , Mount Rushmore

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The Core , The Colosseum

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The Day After Tomorrow , The Hollywood Sign

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Star Trek , the Golden Gate Bridge

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Superman 4 , the Statue Of Liberty

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Transformers 2 , Pyramids of Giza

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V for Vendetta , Big Ben

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X-Men 3 , The Golden Gate Bridge

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Giant’s Stadium

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