I was a bit surprised how little this shifted in perspective having already seen it, but there were definitely some lines of dialogue that leapt out at me this time that didn't on the first go-through, and the Ron Livingston character felt more present (even in his absence).
The Last Laugh feels like two different documentaries smashed together: one about Renee Firestone, a Holocaust survivor who goes around speaking about her experience but maintains a healthy sense of humor, and one about how Jewish comedians (and others) have navigated mining Nazis, Hitler, and the Holocaust for humor. Both are semi-compelling, but neither has a resolution.
In the second half of the movie, the film also tackles the notion of political correctness in comedy. Personally, the problem with this…
First things first: The Die Hard sequels can never be Die Hard. Despite a handful of cheesy moments, the original film is a masterpiece of action movie engineering. The writing and acting are top-notch all by themselves, but it's John McTiernan's brilliant direction that sets the movie head and shoulders above 99% of the genre, and the trajectory of Die Hard 2 (love it or hate it) established that key plot elements and the McClane character would be the backbone…
Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage. 90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.