There’s nothing I can say about “Die Hard” that hasn’t been said before. It’s not only the action classic that set in motion an entire subgenre (remember when every 1990s action film was “Die Hard” on a …), it’s my favorite Christmas flick not involving a child’s air rifle. Or Jesus. Scratch that, it is my favorite Christmas flick. period. Don’t like that? Yippee-ki-yah ... You know the rest. I need not go into plot, if you don’t know how wonderfully Bruce Willis kicks ass in a L.A. skyscraper against a rogue group of terrorists-as-thieves, than you’re under age. Or ignorant. Alan Rickman, in his big screen debut, is hands down the coolest villain ever. His voice. The suit. The glint in his eye. Even as I root (every time) for Willis’ bleeding barefoot all-too-human scared-shitless cop John McClane, there’s never been a viewing where I don’t think, “If I were bad, I’d be Rickman’s Hans Gruber.” The dickering around to paint cops/feds as dicks is a unneeded crock, was in 1988, and still is the case. But the Everyman Hero, that elevator shaft, the helicopters, the C4, the way Michael Kamen turns Christmas tunes pitch dark, and the final confrontation and “Yippee-ki-yah” – drool. Best. Action. Film. Ever. A+
I love movies that thrill, challenge, move and excite me, no matter their genre, origin, year of creation, or language. I detest being pandered to and insulted, or blinded by glitz. For the sport of writing I will keep my reviews to 200 words or less. Not always, but for the most part. Some films demand a long response, be they great, bad, or simply baffling. I am a writer by trade, and if I cannot be precise, I need to be silent. Also know this: I do not turn my brain off or leave my brain at the door when I watch a movie, I have plenty of time to not think after I die. Hope you enjoy, even if you disagree.
And ... The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Apartment (1960), Apocalypse Now (1979), Badlands (1973), Blue Velvet (1986), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Conversation (1974), Die Hard (1988), Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), A Face in the Crowd (1957), The French Connection (1971), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Goodfellas (1990), The Incredibles (2004), L.A. Confidential (1997), Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), Memento (2001), Miller's Crossing (1990), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), The Producers (1968), Ran (1985), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Toy Story (1995), Tree of Life (2011), Unforgiven (1992), The Wages of Fear (1953)