All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
40 Stories. Twelve Terrorists. One Cop.
NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of pitiless terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.
Warning! Contains spoilers … and rhymes … and grammatical abominations.
It’s late in December; again I must rhyme;
Becoming tradition at cold Christmastime.
It's Action film Friday; so what’s on the card?
There’s no other option; it must be Die Hard.
White knuckle McClane dislikes travel by air;
On landing evacuates quick with his bear
A party’s afoot; the firm’s Christmas affair;
Where ex Ms. McClane awaits John to be there.
Argyle, John’s ride, tries to draw out his fare;
While John prefers silence; decides to forbear.
Argyle’s heart is to John quite apparent;
Offers to wait; 'case reunion goes errant.
Off on the wrong foot; Holly’s name now maiden;
Puts John in a funk; his spirit is laden.
A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single moment of frustration for the viewer.
If that wasn't enough, there is a seamless camera. The lighting is impeccable. The editing is celestial. The Christmas theme ingenious. The music is thunderous joy. The pacing is a genre blueprint. The f/x…
Crackling fire in the fireplace.
The soft glow, cast off by the lights in the Christmas tree.
The smell of pine trees.
The nostalgic ambiance created by Christmas decorations.
The promise of a scrumptious and indulgent Christmas dinner.
Watching Bruce Willis violently kill people on a lazy afternoon.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
Christmas, the most wonderful time of year, can also be the most trying. What if your relationship with a family member is strained and difficult? Christmas will force you together for presents and pie despite your mutual antipathy. What if you hate traveling in general and flying in particular? Christmas doesn’t care—it will drag you to the airport kicking and screaming. For a holiday all about peace and joy, it can cast an awfully hectic and depressing shadow.
Most depressing of all is Christmas in Los Angeles. Brownish and smog-covered, a sea of concrete and metal, L.A. is singularly unattractive and no…
Most people like to think that there are four Die Hard films (soon to be a fifth) but these people are wrong. There is only one genuine Die Hard and a bunch of movies that happen to share the same actor, and even the same character name, but are most definitely not, Die Hard. Now I do enjoy some of these imposter films but they stretch the everyman credibility of the original that helped make it stand out from the muscular He-Man action movies of the period. John McClane was just in the wrong place at the wrong time - an average cop, average husband and average man pushed to exceptional limits.
Even with the diminishing returns of the sequels…
This film has done for the action genre what viagra has done for old men.
Nothing to say...
Ich hatte mal wieder Lust gute Actionfilme zu gucken und da dachte ich mir, ich nehme einfach meine Stirb langsam Quadrilogy.
Der erste Teil der Reihe und einfach ein guter Film. Es gibt viel zusehen und das obwohl es hauptsächlich in einem Gebäude spielt. Ich würde sagen, dass spricht für sich. Unerreicht am Actionhimmel kann man sich diesen Film immer wieder ansehen. Bruce Willies als John Mcclane macht diesen so perfekt. Langeweile kommt an sich nie auf und Einfallsreichtum ist groß. Das waren noch richtig gute Filmzeiten damals.
I hate Bruce Willis. He's persona is detestable and incredibly annoying, and it usually shines through his acting. This film makes up for that, something that is incredibly rare, in my opinion.
I can't even count the number of times I have seen Die Hard but it has to be at least 15. Man do I love this film. In my humble opinion it has to be the greatest action film ever made. Perfect in every way, and no matter how many times I see it, I can't find anything wrong with it and it entertains just as much as the first time. Released on July 15th, 1988, I was to young to see Die Hard in the theater in it's original release, but since then I have owned it on VHS, twice on DVD and seen it in the theater in a one night only second run.
Having directed Predator, John…
This is another review I am doing over to replace the ultra-short original one I had up. The rating hasn't changed, though. There aren't too many films I have seen many times in my life but this is one of them... and it is also one of my favorites. I have seen this on television, on VHS, on DVD, on Blu (how I saw it Wednesday night), with my family on Christmas Day back in '09 when we were at the house of one of my sisters, who lives halfway across the country from me. I even got to see it on the big screen the summer of '04 and the print was an original and beat-up, which was great…
It's the pinnacle Christmas movie! What could possibly be any better than Die Hard - an action packed, one-line slugging 80s blow-shit-up cinema classic. It's only competition for the top Christmas movie ever is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but the two are up there for very, very different reasons.
The greatest action film of all time.
The acting was fantastic, the action was grounded but very exciting, there were no cheesy one-liners on the level of an Arnold or Stallone movie, it was intense but knew when to be light hearted, it was funny but knew when to be serious, and unlike most films of its genre, it actually earned the sentimental moments towards the end of the film. The characters were fleshed out substantially, the intentions of the antagonists were simple yet understandable, there were no silly twists or unneeded reveals, and perhaps one of the best compliments you can give a film, its structure was absolutely perfect. I must have seen this film 20+ times, and there…
"Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there."
""And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer." Benefits of a classical education."
"You asked for miracles, Theo, I give you the F...B...I."
I love you, Hans Grüber.
"Put the wand down and give me the detonators, Potter"
- Alan Rickman (Aka Hans Gruber aka Professor Snape aka my new favourite villain)
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!