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.
“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…
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.
Part Eight of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge
A Recipe For The Perfect Action Film:
-Get Bruce Willis.
-Write a cracking and streamlined script full of character and variation.
-Provide a setting that's memorable and visually interesting.
-Find exceptional supporting performers including Severus Snape and Reginald VelJohnson.
-Allow ample time for build-up, character details, and the increasing of tension.
-When shit hits the fan, don't let up until the credits roll.
-Give the hero the bare essentials at the beginning of his situation, don't let him be a one-man-army from the start.
-Quotable lines need to be plentiful.
- "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker"
die hard is THE seminal christmas movie honestly
preaching to the choir
turn in your hymnals to page 274
Die Hard is a well written action flick. The stakes are high, the villain has a good plan, and the hero is likable.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Part of the Buddy the Elf Challenge.
Watching Die Hard at Christmas has become part of the standard routine for myself and my brother. Every year I dislike this film a little bit more but I'm not mean enough to put an end to the annual tradition. He likes it and I'm a good sister. I really am. Props to me.
Ever since I first saw this film about five years ago I've struggled to fully understand its ubiquitous praise. From what I can gather it's the action film that both established Bruce Willis as a star and laid the foundations for later genre tropes. That's a huge generalisation, I know, but my knowledge of the genre is pretty dire.…
Film #19 of Christmas 2014.
The entire world must have made the Nice List at Christmas in 1988, because Santa brought us all the most special present: The greatest action movie of all time.
There is nothing more fun than a Christmas with John McClane.
Die Hard IMO is the best pure action movie ever made. If one was to look up action movie in the dictionary Bruce Willis' face should be there saying "Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Fucker!" Not only that but Die Hard is also one of the best Christmas movies ever made and a staple that I watch every year before Christmas!!!! Enjoy!!!
Came home as my partner was watching this, missed the first 20 minutes, I just want to say that everyone talks about this movie's amazing script when I think Jan de Bont's photography is the real MVP. THIS MOVIE IS GORGEOUS.
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