Archive | January, 2013

Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice!

29 Jan

Pride and Prejudice just turned 200! yay! In honor NPR posted this delightful cartoon which might be the quickest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that I have been able to check off the list. Link

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A Very Pride Hard Christmas Featuring Die Hard (1988)

3 Jan

die hardWhat better way to celebrate the season than to watch the greatest Christmas film of all time?  Some might say that It’s a Wonderful Life, A Miracle on 34th Street, or Elf is the greatest Christmas movie of all time, and those people would be wrong.  Die Hard is the greatest Christmas film of all time.  Case closed.  That being said, I had never actually seen Die Hard all the way through, so this is my thoughts about the film having never seen it before.

Drinking Game

We weren’t going to watch this sober now were we?  Here are the rules I came up with for Die Hard.

Drink

  • Every time they mention Christmas!
  • Whenever we see John’s feet or we are reminded that he is barefoot.
  • Every time a henchmen is killed.
  • Every time that John switches out the clip on his gun or takes out a clip of his gun to check the bullets.
  • A drink for each time a level of security on the safe is broken.
  • Every time that Deputy Robinson shoots down Carl Winslow’s ideas or advice.
  • Every time there is an explosion.
  • Every time that we get a cutaway to Argyle in the Limousine.

Chug

  • Someone says “Yippie Kia-Yay Motherfucker”
  • Hans Gruber Dies

Pour One Out

  • Every time a hostage is killed.
  • Whenever John McClane is shot.

Thoughts and Opinions

Again I have never seen this movie so over all it was a great time, pretty much everything you would want from an action movie with lots of 90’s hair.  I thought the pacing of information on the terrorists plans was done well.  We got little tid bits along the way which was nice and left a lot of misdirection so you never knew for sure what they were up to.  Too often we get all the information in some monologue all at once or it’s some crazy unbelievable twist at the very end.  Die Hard did a good job of keeping the plan complex enough that they had a getaway plan but not so complex that it was off the wall crazy.  Alan Rickman makes a great villain, it’s no wonder he would later go one to play Snape, he’s just too easy to hate.

My favorite part is how the cops and FBI were beyond incompetent.  I get that its better if the lone guy inside doesn’t have the cops on his side but wow.  They didn’t even believe it was a real hostage situation for way too long.  At one point Carl Winslow’s boss is convinced John McClane is the only terrorist and that the body that fell out of the building was a suicide jumper.  This is after Carl Winslow’s car has been decimated by machine gun fire and moments later the cops are fire on from every angle with guns and rocket launchers.  After which Carl Winslow’s boss doesn’t then say “oh shit we are in real trouble” he just keeps on believing that it is a couple guys and will blow over.  The FBI then come in to take over and plan on using attack helicopters to kill the terrorists.  They then say out loud that they will probably lose 20-25% of the hostages which “they can live with”!

Some observations were:

  • John McClane totally is carrying his gun on the air plane; this is definitely a pre-9/11 film.
  • Definitely a pre-cell phone film, once the landlines are cut no one is able to reach the police.
  • McClane recovers from his feet getting cut up pretty quickly.
  • Carl Winslow got off with no consequence for accidentally shooting a 13 year old kid.

Interesting Trivia from IMDB

  • This was Alan Rickman’s feature film debut.
  • The German that the terrorists speak is sometimes grammatically incorrect and meaningless. In the German version of the film, the terrorists are not from Germany but from “Europe”.
  • The scene where McClane falls down a shaft was a mistake by the stuntman, who was supposed to grab the first vent, as it originally was planned. He slipped and continued to fall, but the shot was used anyway; it was edited together with one where McClane grabs the next vent down as he falls.
  • On-screen body count: 22.