Weird and long and hollow and gross and adorable and unhinged and exhausting and upsetting and plastic and pastels and Hans Zimmer and labyrinths and crying and laughing and violence and sing-a-longs and farting and Jamie Foxx and fire and darkness and riffing and toy war and parody and robots and rockets and patriotism and Christmas and family and true love and death and Wonka-ism and
1. The original film is a classic. You must seek it out. The Narrow Margin. 1952. It rocks.
2. This film is it's own breed. The Peter Hyams breed. Peter Hyams has that unique knack for the mid-budget, blue collar Hollywood film; laser-focused on delivering pure cinema. Yes, in the Hitchcock sense, his films are pure cinema in their own grungy way. His films aren't so much about plot or character as they are about setting up a story or…
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…
"Time just gets away from us."
Only the Coens. The most authentic western in modern memory, only the Coens could accomplish what they do here and they warrant rewatchability to spare. For one, the Coens are masters of language. Always have been, always will be. The way they go about capturing the Old West linguistics and dialects and transplant them into unique and unusual accents of characters is an absolute treat to experience and in the process, transplants the viewer…