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 Posted:   Feb 19, 2013 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

There is even a "Die Hard" short reference in this current film - you'll recognize it when you see it.

What was the reference? I was watching for it, but apparently didn't see it. You can hide it in a spoiler tag.


I would guess the slo-mo plummet of Yuri's character to his death at the blades of the chopper, reminiscent of Hans Gruber's slo-mo pummet in the first film (both characters feature the same wide-eyed "I can't believe this is actually happening" look on their face)




A Good Day to Die Hard -- 7.5/10

For reference...

Die Hard -- 9.5/10
Die Hard 2 -- 10/10
Die Hard 3 -- 8/10
Die Hard 4 -- 8.5/10
Die Hard 5 -- 7.5/10

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2013 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Loved the final shot of the film, a great way to end it. As I've said before, one of the greatest things about the evolving franchise is how it sticks to how important family is to John McClane: DH1 and 2 focused on his wife, DH3 his work family, DH4 his daughter, DH5 his son. To see John and his two kids reunited at the end of DH5 was very special and sweet. If there is a 6th and final Die Hard film (and Willis has said he would do just one more), I hope it brings together John, Jack, Lucy, and Holly in some way, if not for the entire film than for the film's finale.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2013 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Willis has spoken about his desire to bring back Bonnie Bedelia. One of the things I've always found interesting about the Die Hard movies, although I guess it really only applies to the third through fifth films, is that there is never a love interest. Most action movies find ways to work in a love interest, but aside from Bedelia's presence in the first two, there's never been one in the others; not even a one-and-done romance a la James Bond. Although I can't really imagine McClane mixing it up on the dating scene. Haha!!

And as long as we're ranking favorites . . .

1. Die Hard with a Vengeance - 5/5
2. Die Hard - 5/5
3. Live Free or Die Hard - 4/5
4. Die Hard 2 - 4/5
5. A Good Day to Die Hard - 2/5

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2013 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I also thought that more could have been done with the Komorov and his daughter/McClane and his son parallel. It was touched on briefly, but not enough I felt. The relationships were established and explored in the film, but as far as drawing comparisons between these relationships between fathers and their children (and their children's relationships to their fathers) would be a promising subject.

DH5's action finale was a great one. In comparison, DH4's action finale (if you don't count the jet attack, which I suppose you could) of a showdown in the hangar seemed anticlimactic and low-key. DH3 left a lot to be desired in the action finale, too -- seemed like just a tacked-on showdown between McClane and Simon, without hardly acknowledging Simon's army...

blah blah blah I could talk forever about this stuff. Ramble end!

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2013 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Avengers (2012) -- 8.5/10

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2013 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Die Hard -- 9.5/10
Die Hard 2 -- 10/10


This is an Al-Pacino-in-Jack-And-Jill-level credibility loss on your part.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2013 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Die Hard -- 9.5/10
Die Hard 2 -- 10/10


This is an Al-Pacino-in-Jack-And-Jill-level credibility loss on your part.


Phew! At least it wasn't an Al-Pacino-in-Gigli-level credibility loss!

Close call.


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Speaking of Die Hard 2, when Willis was on David Letterman last week Dave played a Die Hard trivia game with Mr. McClane. One of the questions was, in the edited version of Die Hard 2 what was McClane's big sendoff line?

Bruce got it right! "Yippie Kay Yay, Mr. Falcon!"

I always thought that was hilarious because it was so random, and it is still hilarious, but I never knew of all things why 'falcon'? And then I realized that Esperanza's code-name was Falcon. "Eagle Nest, this is Falcon. Mayday. I repeat, Mayday..." So it makes just a tiny bit more sense, but not really. Still hilarious.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2013 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Speaking of Die Hard 2, when Willis was on David Letterman last week Dave played a Die Hard trivia game with Mr. McClane. One of the questions was, in the edited version of Die Hard 2 what was McClane's big sendoff line?

Bruce got it right! "Yippie Kay Yay, Mr. Falcon!"

I always thought that was hilarious because it was so random, and it is still hilarious, but I never knew of all things why 'falcon'? And then I realized that Esperanza's code-name was Falcon. "Eagle Nest, this is Falcon. Mayday. I repeat, Mayday..." So it makes just a tiny bit more sense, but not really. Still hilarious.


Impressive that he actually knew, because it's not like Willis himself redubbed McClane's lines for the edited version. Whenever I find Die Hard 2 on regular TV, I have to watch for at least a little bit, because the voice actor who dubbed McClane's lines sounds nothing like Bruce Willis, and it's hilariously awful! big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Jurassic Park (1993) dir. Steven Spielberg (7.5/10)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) dir. Stephen Chbosky (7.5/10)

The Hour: Series 1 (2011) created by Abi Morgan (8/10)

Sinister (2012) dir. Scott Derrickson (4.5/10)

Here Comes the Boom (2012) dir. Frank Coraci (7/10)

End of Watch (2012) dir. David Ayer (8/10)

To Rome with Love (2012) dir. Woody Allen (3/10)

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2013 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Dark Knight Rises -- 6.5/10

for comparison...

Batman Begins -- 8/10
The Dark Knight -- 8/10

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

There is even a "Die Hard" short reference in this current film - you'll recognize it when you see it.

What was the reference? I was watching for it, but apparently didn't see it. You can hide it in a spoiler tag

I would guess the slo-mo plummet of Yuri's character to his death at the blades of the chopper, reminiscent of Hans Gruber's slo-mo pummet in the first film (both characters feature the same wide-eyed "I can't believe this is actually happening" look on their face)


Another DH1 reference in DH5 that I really enjoyed was when the dancing villain (the Evil Scenery Chewer) has McClane and son on their knees at his mercy, and everyone is trash-talking each other. Then John McClane starts to laugh extensively at the exchange in order to distract the villain, just as he did with Hans at the end of the first film.

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Game of Thrones, Season 2 (2012) created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss -- I still don't love this show, but I do enjoy it. (7.5/10)

Surrogates (2009) dir. Jonathan Mostow -- Laughable. (2.5/10)

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) dir. Rich Moore -- Wow, 2012 really was a disappointing year for animation. (5.5/10)

Deadwood, Season 1 (2004) created by David Milch -- Excellent television. (9.5/10)

The Awakening (2011) dir. Nick Murphy -- Good-looking but problematic ghost story. (5/10)

Taken 2 (extended version) (2012) dir. Olivier Megaton -- Megaton follows up the awful Colombiana with this equally awful sequel to the amusing but inexplicably popular Taken. (3/10)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

High Noon (1952) - 5/5

Have always wanted to see this, knowing its influence on Outland. Very atypical western, but one of the best I've ever seen. Gary Cooper was fantastic, and I really sympathized with him in his plight to find help. The final showdown is perhaps a bit anti-climatic after such a build up, but overall it was a very enjoyable film that, at times, felt more like a drama than a western.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Wreck-It Ralph. A way better video game movie than Tron: Legacy. 9/10.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Rango (2011) - 7/10
A solid effort by all involved with some stunning animation. It certainly surprised me even though I had read a lot of reviews praising it because the trailers were painful. Quite a number of good laughs as well. The score fit well but wasn't particularly standout or good.

A passage to India (1984) - 8/10
A powerful film with some delightfully beautiful imagery and a great picture of India at the time of English occupation. It gets a few points down for some predictable parts of the plot and a few parts it dragged but overall it was quite enjoyable and really good considering its length. Maurice Jarre's score was nice and fit the film well although the similarities between this and his theme for Ryan's Daughter (below) were such that I kept whistling the Ryan's Daughter theme (and so did my dad!)

Ryan's Daughter (1970) - 7/10
A solid film that lost points mainly because the plot was so depressing and negative at times. The film had beautiful cinematography and it was nice to see such sweeping shots of the beautiful countryside and beach in Ireland. Maurice Jarre's score uses strange instrumentation here that I didn't particularly care for but his theme is delightful and quite catchy. I found myself whistling it long after I finished the film.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) - 10/10
A fascinating documentary on a subject I normally would not be interested in at all, fashion. Still, the interviews in the film are all fascinating and it gives a nice history lesson of the 1950s and on. My dad was so interested in the film that he watched it twice.

House of Cards (Netflix 2013) - 10/10
An absolutely amazing series and probably one of the most addictive of anything I have seen recently. Casting and writing are top notch and I can't wait for the second season.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) - 7/10
Like you have probably heard already, the best part of the film is the little girl. The actress who plays her is fantastic and really draws you in. Overall, this is a film that is interesting for the cinematography and the music more than anything else, along with the look into the culture in this area. The plot itself is pretty bare and not very interesting.

The Game (1997) - 6/10
I didn't love it like some users on here. I found the plot to be a bit too strange and hard to follow. Much of this comes from the film's purposefully vague explanation of things. It probably would have been better if I had watched it closer to its original release because so much now was just strange. It doesn't age well.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Since last time, I've caught up on a number of genre flicks, most of them bad:

Grave Encounters 2 (2012) dir. John Poliquin -- The first was a bit of a misfire, but it had some really creepy bits by accident. This is just garbage. (2/10)

Rogue (2007) dir. Greg McLean -- I'd seen a lot of good reviews of this but had put off watching it because the director's previous film, Wolf Creek, was so awful. This is a solid carnivore flick. Probably won't return to it, but definitely much better than his debut. (6/10)

Cold Sweat (Sudor frío) (2010) dir. Adrián García Bogliano -- A stupid little flick that goes for that gonzo, over-the-top horror/comedy vibe but fails to achieve it. (3.5/10)

Detention (2011) dir. Joseph Kahn -- Finally, a pleasant surprise. A colorful, often hilarious genre mash-up, absurd, surreal, with elements of sci-fi, horror and teen angst. Wallflower meets Scott Pilgrim, maybe, except that doesn't even begin to cover it. Consistently delightful and highly recommended. (8.5/10)

Cube (1997) dir. Vincenzo Natali -- Tense but pointless little sci-fi horror thing. Would have been better had the characters been a little more solidly drawn. (6/10)

The Sessions (2012) dir. Ben Lewin -- A nice little feel-good drama. Funny and charming, but unexceptional. (7.5/10, or maybe 8)

The Master (2012) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson -- Impeccably crafted but I just didn't care all that much. *shrug* I don't even really know what to rate it. 7, maybe?

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Rogue (2007) dir. Greg McLean -- I'd seen a lot of good reviews of this but had put off watching it because the director's previous film, Wolf Creek, was so awful. This is a solid carnivore flick. Probably won't return to it, but definitely much better than his debut. (6/10)

Yes.

I loved this film, was quite surprised by how drawn in I was and how many times I remained motionless and breathless while I watched the tension onscreen. The scene where Michael Vartan sneaks around the crocodile lair and rescues Radha Mitchell was one of the most anything-can-happen-at-any-moment, incredibly intense scenes I've ever seen on film.

And they'll kill anyone in this movie! Sam Worthington! A cute dog!

I liked the little character touches like the bespectacled tourist attempting to care for the mother and daughter who just lost their husband/father. The final shot of the film is awesome, and the photography of the deep outback was spectacular.

Enjoyed seeing Mia Wasikowska in a smaller role. She shined bright even though she wasn't a major player in this.

Love Michael Vartan. Wish he was given more leading man roles.

For once, Mastadge, we seem to agree! I disliked Wolf Creek very much and thought this was leaps and bounds improvement.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Alex Cross (2012) -- 8/10

Terrific cast all around. Found this film very enjoyable, slick, entertaining. Pulls no punches, at times shocking and brutal, even for a PG13. Matthew Fox's villain is mesmerizing -- the man is a brilliant actor. A bit over the top here, but that was the character, and Fox pulled it off as enjoyable over the top as opposed to hammy, self-conscious, distracting over the top (i.e. Nic Cage). Tyler Perry acquitted himself quite nicely I thought, his character suitably coming across as driven, vengeful, authoritative, and very good in the family scenes. The friendship between Perry and Edward Burns was great. Lots of great character work in this film, small nuances and finely drawn development. Great sets, propulsive score. Direction left a bit wanting, Jean Reno's character detracted from the film slightly (although he had a nice wrap-up at the end), and some of the camerawork was not to my taste.

Also, seriously, please filmmakers stop using the wilhelm scream. Yes, it's cinematic recurrence was slightly amusing at first, and no, most people wouldn't notice or care, but every time I hear the scream in a film now (a film that isn't Spielberg or whatever) it takes me right out of the film. Grrr argh. Rant over.

Overall highly recommended, and much better than I anticipated.









 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Please more detail. I'm curious about this one and I am curious your thoughts what was good and bad.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Please more detail. I'm curious about this one and I am curious your thoughts what was good and bad.

Added text as you posted, apparently! Go back and check out my thoughts now.

 
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