Die Hard ★★★★★

Part Eight of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge

A Recipe For The Perfect Action Film:

Step 1:

-Get Bruce Willis.

Step 2:

-Write a cracking and streamlined script full of character and variation.

Step 3:

-Provide a setting that's memorable and visually interesting.

Step 4:

-Find exceptional supporting performers including Severus Snape and Reginald VelJohnson.

Step 5:

-Allow ample time for build-up, character details, and the increasing of tension.

Step 6:

-When shit hits the fan, don't let up until the credits roll.

Step 7:

-Give the hero the bare essentials at the beginning of his situation, don't let him be a one-man-army from the start.

Step 8:

-Quotable lines need to be plentiful.

- "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker"
- "No fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza?"
-"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs....."
-"Welcome to the party pal!"

Step 9:

-Name your hero John McClaine.

Step 10:

-Shoot over-the-top Germans in the head consistently.

Step 11:

-Only blow shit up when it aids the story. But when you do blow shit up, do it well.

Step 12:

-Have it set on Christmas.

Step 13:

-Direct it with consistency and subtle flair.

Optional (actually essential) additions:
- A cocaine-addled asshole
-A Teddy-Bear
-Elevator Shafts

Wait, I just described Die Hard? Oh well....

Simply put, It's a simple and terrifically entertaining film that is endlessly re-watchable and enjoyable. Easily one of my all-time favorites, Die Hard is as good as entertainment gets.

I'll be back later, going to watch Die Hard again.

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