Die Hard [1988]

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Directed by: John McTiernan
Written by: Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. Based on the novel “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason

The cinematic equivalent of a theme-park rollercoaster. Sure, its overall tone is mostly cheesy and everything about it screams “eighties” (you decide if that’s a good or bad thing) but this is huge, preposterous fun. Things blow up spectacularly, stereotypical bad European guys get beaten up and bloodied, John McClane (Willis) cracks some witty one-liners.

The writing, the cinematography and Bruce Willis at the top of his game make this an undisputable action classic which some consider to be the alternative Christmas movie. It’s Alan Rickman, though, who steals the whole show as “exceptional thief” Hans Gruber. I know this came before, but I didn’t think of Severus Snape once. Rickman is splendid as the memorable baddie. I have to say, I had a feeling I wouldn’t enjoy this one, but I’m happy to report I did. Yippee-ki-yay, motherfuckers!

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