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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.
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.
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.
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Die Hard is the "best" at lots of things. Its possibly the best action film ever made; and also the best Die Hard film, no questions asked. I think its the best Christmas movie ever made and finds one of the best action movie villains in Hans Gruber.
Woah. That's a lot of bests, huh?
Well, I think Die Hard earns them all earnestly. John McTiernan is like the David Lean of 80's action films; and like Lean, the words "they don't make 'em like they used to" can be applied to many…
This might be the best all-around action film ever made. Considering that the era (late 80s/early 90s) is pretty much the golden age of action films, that's really saying something.
Don't get me wrong. There are other action films with more action, better action, or bigger budgets, but when you consider everything, this one is pretty hard to beat. The idea is simple and usually that leads to better films (especially for the action genre), the script is fantastic, the villains are just the right amount of villainy, and you have what really marks the introduction of the "Bruce Willis character" that he's been playing in basically everything else since.
The character really is that good. He's a down and…
the plot: interesting with with a few turns
the villains: Gruber is one of the best villains ever
the action: the best 1 v many story off all time
the hero: John McClain the everyday man, awesome, relateale
Esta segunda vez la disfruté muchísimo más que la primera. A pesar de saber lo que iba a pasar lograba volver a llenarme de tensión y aunque no me gusta mucho este género (Porque para nadie es un secreto que salen las películas más comerciales y muy malas) Die Hard es la excepción. Buena trama que atrapa desde los primeros 10 minutos. Si no hubiesen tantas escenas 'mojoneras' y poco reales le daría la media estrella.
"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's Die Hard. Come on. I don't need to explain myself.
As far as macho action movies go, this is lean and perfect. Nothing to run home about race and gender-wise, but other than that or a distaste for the genre, this is untouchable.
Action movie G.O.A.T.
I want to say this is the perfect action movie, but the only thing that bothers me from time to time is that the stupid chief is REALLY really stupid.
Airtight suspense and brawny action made sublime, by prioritising character, internal logic and great casting.
This is definitely the best Christmas movie ever made. And one of the all-time greatest action movies.
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