zach on film

This week, Zach utters a Yippee ki-yay as he sits down to watch a building blow up, learn about parallel storytelling, and wonder why 1988’s Die Hard inspired so many film makers.

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steve de Souza and Jeb Stuart, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane’s wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), to keep the police at bay.

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  1. This is my favourite Christmas movie for one main reason… I work the night shift at a detox facility and I have had to work Christmas night for four of the last five years (yay for obscene amounts of stat pay!). The residents at my place never want to watch some fluffy light hearted happy Christmas movie, so I always watch Die Hard with them. It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to watch this on Christmas.

    There’s a few things that I have spotted having watched this so many times. One thing is when the Sgt. Powell originally gets the call to go check out Nakatomi Tower, when he looks up at the tower you can see gunfire flashes on the roof. Little detail that I really liked. And it takes place soon after one of the best lines in the movie:

    “Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only.”


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