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(Deadline)   A Good Day to Die Hard is top at the box office, though Identity Thief is close behind, ready to steal the top spot on this long weekend. The latest Twilight clone, Beautiful Creatures, bombed as expected   (deadline.com) divider line 12
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2013-02-17 04:58:31 PM
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falcon176: I saw the new Die Hard, it's a brainless action movie, as expected, and thusly enjoyed.


That's just it, a Die Hard movie shouldn't be brainless.
2013-02-17 11:28:11 PM
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I read Beautiful Creatures for the same reason I read Twilight. My teen/tween nieces told me to read them so we could have something to talk about.

The Twilight conversation started like this:

I kind of get what you like about it. It must seem wildly romantic, and, at the same time, I can see why you might want to read something where the girl gets to give into her passions and press for things to go further and further, and it's the boy who's in charge of putting the brakes on. I was a teenage girl, and it really stinks that in real world, we're the ones who have to stop doing what our bodies are telling us to go for. It's hard, and it's nice to see the other side have to take over that duty because, even though it's got to be done, why is it us?

That said, let's take a look at some of the dialogue. Do you think this is good?


The Beautiful Creatures talk went started something like this:

I enjoyed this book a lot more than Twilight. If you like this book, I think you're really going to like Southern Gothic fiction. The dialog and sense of atmosphere are a lot stronger than Twilight, So what's your favorite thing about the book?

I won't be seeing the movie, though, because:

1) The movie turned the family into Casters, and that is really different in the book.
2) They got rid of the Marian, the Librarian.
2013-02-17 11:16:12 PM
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Saw it a couple hours ago.

Yeah, definitely the worst Die Hard by far.  Too short, the villains were all aggressively one-dimensional, not enough focus was paid to the relationship between John and Jack.  And Jai Courtney definitely has a career ahead of him (to be fair, I liked him a lot in Jack Reacher), but Christ, it won't be playing John McClane's son.  All that being said, a lot of my problems have to do with the way the movie was scripted and shot.

For all those who don't know, John Moore is the same guy who farked Max Payne up so unceremoniously.  He really hasn't done anything truly right since Behind Enemy Lines, and it shows - for instance, there's one scene early on where John gets hit by a Mercedes shortly before stealing it.  Now, without really knowing what the details were behind shooting that bit, one would think they could make getting hit with a car look...real.  Nope.The rest of that scene is weirdly shot and edited, too - one second the giant MRAP (I assume that's what it was) is dead behind whatever van Jack was driving, and the next, it's crashing through a concrete barrier and messing up some cab driver's day while the van's about a quarter mile ahead.  It doesn't get much better from there - a lot of slow-motion, for instance.  TOO MUCH slow motion, although they probably had to do that, lest they end up with a 60-minute pilot for a Die Hard TV series instead of a feature film.  As for the script, I could call it an off day for Skip Woods, but he has X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hitman on his resume.  Then again, Hitman showed more effort than this did.

So what was good about it?  Well, I could think of worse ways to spend $13.50.  Bruce Willis, with no help from the script whatsoever, still managed to put enough John McClane into the movie to not completely lose me.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead's still hot...even if she's in this for all of a minute and a half.  And for the series die-hards (sue me) and attentive gun aficionados, it's nice to see McClane still has a love or appreciation for Beretta 92s.

TL;DR?  A meh action movie.  A terrible Die Hard.
2013-02-17 11:08:30 PM
1 votes:

falcon176: I saw the new Die Hard, it's a brainless action movie, as expected, and thusly enjoyed.


Does he drop the farking f-bomb left and right? That actually bothered me more than anything else about Live Free or Die Hard (besides the obviously ludicrousness of the "hacking" plot). An NYPD cop doesn't go around calling people "jerkwads", he calls them a farking dickhead.

/Die Hard is best, With a Vengeance is close. DH2 is fine for mindless action.
2013-02-17 08:16:53 PM
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Mugato: falcon176: I saw the new Die Hard, it's a brainless action movie, as expected, and thusly enjoyed.

That's just it, a Die Hard movie shouldn't be brainless.


For example... Hey did you see the watch??? Rolex... This represents holly wanting to move on from John and of course at the end John unclasps the watch sending Hans to his doom and holly calling herself McLain not gennero... Let it snow let it snow let it snow... The last 2 die hard movies were incomprehensible...
2013-02-17 05:40:17 PM
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thecpt: damn.  I DVRd it just to see the badness.


It's got some stupid fun at the end, but the first hour or so is just really dull because they are trying to take the characters seriously and develop them. I think some script writers and filmmakers take the "show don't tell" mantra a little to seriously and drag down their movies with scenes that unnecessarily go over the life story of their characters, when a little quick exposition to establish the characters before moving on to the action that we really want to see. For example, Die Hard didn't need a prologue showing John as a cop in NYC and his marriage falling apart. A little bit of exposition and few small scenes with his wife set up the situation nicely.
2013-02-17 04:33:07 PM
1 votes:

12349876: USA doesn't matter for action flicks anymore.


And to add another example, if you look at the domestic numbers for "Battleship" and see 65 million you say that's a flop, but if you look at the international number that says 237 million for a total of 300 million, you have to say that's a mild success.
2013-02-17 04:30:13 PM
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Mugato: 5-Day Holiday $36.4M

That's pretty poor actually.


USA doesn't matter for action flicks anymore.  You posted this before the 1PM update that says It earned $61.5M from 9,595 screens in 63 markets and held the #1 market position in 32 out of 37 new openers.
2013-02-17 04:22:23 PM
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Mugato: TheManofPA: Anyone see Die Hard? The reviews said it was downright terrible so I chickened out and avoided. Would like to see thoughts through a non-critic lens? Mind you, when I see "This is the Superman 4 of the series", I tend to take that seriously

Same here. It's a sad state of affairs when I opt out of seeing a Die Hard movie in the theater.

What pissed me off about Roger Ebert's review is that he said he's a "huge fan of the original classic". He gave Die Hard 2 stars. Doesn't he know we can look that sort of thing up? Mandible missing prick.


Roeper reviewed it, not Ebert. Roger's still recovering from his last surgery.
2013-02-17 04:13:36 PM
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TheManofPA: Anyone see Die Hard? The reviews said it was downright terrible so I chickened out and avoided. Would like to see thoughts through a non-critic lens? Mind you, when I see "This is the Superman 4 of the series", I tend to take that seriously


Same here. It's a sad state of affairs when I opt out of seeing a Die Hard movie in the theater.

What pissed me off about Roger Ebert's review is that he said he's a "huge fan of the original classic". He gave Die Hard 2 stars. Doesn't he know we can look that sort of thing up? Mandible missing prick.
2013-02-17 02:12:24 PM
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Klippoklondike: Anybody see Identity Thief?  It looks terrible, but is making a lot of money.  Any chance it is actually good?


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2013-02-17 12:12:32 PM
1 votes:
5-Day Holiday $36.4M

That's pretty poor actually.
 
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