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Today is the 25th anniversary of "Die Hard," a movie that forever changed the landscape of American action filmmaking. Director John McTiernan brought in European sensibilities and fluid camera movements that were unheard of at the time, adding an artistic edge and much-needed stylistic flourishes to a genre largely defined by hulking he-men and an almost complete lack of aesthetic embroidery (seriously — look at other action movies from 1988 and try not to fall asleep). It was as much a game changer as "Avatar," but never heralded as such; instead it was quietly acknowledged as an admirable achievement while its artistic merits went largely unheralded. Get More »
Now that Tweeting has made e-mails obsolete, perhaps emojis can make moviegoing a thing of the past. For those non-Japanophiles out there, an emoji is the cuter Asian cousin of the emoticon, and its diverse selection of adorable characters takes us back to our caveman days of communicating through pictures.
It's about time we put this craze to the test by hashing out the plots to ten of our (and presumably your) favorite flicks through the emoji meatgrinder, and here are the results.
'Back to the Future' (1985)
When a movie is so good that it completely pulls you into its universe, it's only natural to wonder what must have happened after the credits rolled.
Thankfully, we've followed some of your favorite movies through to their logical next steps so that when you watch them again on DVD or at their inevitable 3-D re-release, you won't have to waste mental energy asking questions like "Whatever happened to that guy?" and can move on to more important stuff like "What's the meaning of life?" and "Who the hell ate my Girl Scout cookies?"
Check out the illustrated speculations below, courtesy of our pal Old Red Jalopy.
'Die Hard' (1988)
"Scary Movie 5" opened in theaters this past weekend and if you're like most human beings, you're probably wondering just one thing: Why?
But the fact that Hollywood made yet another "Scary Movie" is really no surprise. After all, most studios believe that while you may not be able to beat a dead horse, you can certainly continue to milk a dead cash cow ... which explains why so many franchises continue to get sequels long after any they've stopped being interesting, fresh or creative. Why make something new when you can make something cheap and derivative instead? Get More »
"Olympus Has Fallen" hits theaters this weekend and if you've seen the trailers, well, it might look just a little familiar to you. Gerard Butler plays a disgraced Secret Service agent who finds himself trapped inside the White House when it's overrun by terrorists. Armed only with courage and, well, a gun, he wages a one-man war to save the President — and America itself.
There are a few tired old flicks that could use a good dose of youthful vigor. Very youthful.
Look, movies like "Die Hard," "Being John Malkovich," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "12 Angry Men" are great and all, but they're not getting any younger. In fact, a lot of classic movies are really starting to show their age. So how can a film of yesteryear stay relevant in today's youth-obsessed, ever-reinventing entertainment industry?
Well, the answer's pretty obvious, don't you think?
Ultimately, just think about how much money these productions would save on catering. Baby food's a lot less expensive than a three-course spread (with an alternate option for the vegetarians), after all.
We're all about having a little evening fun here at NextMovie, so long as we're able to get to bed at a reasonable hour. That's not too much to ask, right? We just want to be able to get a little bit of beauty rest before the next day begins.
That's why we have a great deal of respect for the characters of the following nine films - even if, you know, they're in movies and they're not real, and the movies were almost definitely filmed over the course of weeks instead of just one night.
At one point in "Groundhog Day," Phil Connors (Bill Murray) claims to his co-worker Rita (Andie MacDowell) that he is a god. (Not the god, he doesn't think.) To prove it, he recalls that he's been "stabbed, shot, frozen, poisoned, hung, electrocuted, and burned."
John McClane laughs at you, Phil Connors. John McClane is the god.
Over the course of the first four films in the "Die Hard" franchise, John McClane (Bruce Willis) almost died 68 total times. And we're not talking "almost died" in normal terms, like "someone is pointing a gun at me" almost died, we're talking "He just got chucked off of that moving 747 - how is he still alive?" almost died. John McClane can not be killed.
A comprehensive breakdown, by film, and method: Get More »
Is Bruce Willis's skin really dry, or are we seeing things?
Actually, animator Lee Hardcastle has gone and turned John McClane into John McClay, reimagining the "Die Hard" franchise in claymation. Called "A Good Clay to Die Hard," the "Wallace & Gromit"-style take on Bruce Willis's classic action franchise makes blood, guts, and guns look incredibly pasty, although not without its share of action-packed, endlessly explosive sequences that doesn't stray from the original.
Plus, he's in Russia! That's right: John McClay's all up in the Motherland, and he's ready to nuke the sh*t out of it. (And, hey, if that's not your thing, look up "Creature Comforts" on YouTube instead, and stick with talking zoo animals.)
This season, the only musical that seems to be on everyone's mind is "Les Miserables." Considering all the accolades it's collected as we near the Oscars — where the movie will potentially give scene-stealing hams Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway another reason to shine onstage at the Kodak Theatre — it doesn't look like movies set to music are going by the wayside anytime soon.
And while this homemade, YouTube creation that posits "Die Hard" as a movie musical is tongue-in-cheek, that's not to say we wouldn't be the first in line at the theater. Sure, you can have your Javert and Cosette, but are you trying to tell us you wouldn't want to spend ninety minutes hearing Hans Gruber's battle with John McClane set to music?
Plus, there's a Reginald Vel Johnson cameo. 'Nuff said.