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(Onion AV Club)   "The only reason Die Hard works is because it's Christmas adjacent." That's no way to talk about one of the best Christmas movies of all time   (avclub.com) divider line 82
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-02 08:08:17 AM
Die Hard works because it has one of the first appearances of Unix in a major motion picture. And explosions.
 
2013-12-02 08:15:55 AM
Die Hard works because it's a perfect action film. And Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber is the greatest movie villain who can breathe on his own.
 
2013-12-02 08:16:25 AM
It also works because it had one of the best movie villains of all time.
 
2013-12-02 08:24:22 AM
The author of TFA isn't saying it's the only reason Die Hard works, he's saying it works as a "seasonally appropriate but not gratingly festive" movie because it's only Christmas-adjacent.

The movie works for a lot of reasons.
 
2013-12-02 08:29:08 AM
I was always partial to Roy Rogers, myself.
 
2013-12-02 08:42:06 AM

The_Sponge: It also works because it had one of the best movie villains of all time.


Fun fact, he only went to audition for the part at the behest of a friend as up to that point he was primarily a stage actor and considered film lesser to it.
 
2013-12-02 08:44:19 AM
Die Hard had Carl Winslow in it, your argument is invalid.

I_C_Weener: I was always partial to Roy Rogers, myself.


Well,Yippie-Ki-Yay Motherfarker
 
2013-12-02 08:44:22 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: Fun fact, he only went to audition for the part at the behest of a friend as up to that point he was primarily a stage actor and considered film lesser to it.


Sounds like his Galaxy Quest character. He obviously got over that pompous attitude, being in 21 Harry Potter movies.
 
2013-12-02 08:48:25 AM
You suck at reading, subby.
 
2013-12-02 08:52:18 AM
My best friend's family tradition on Christmas Eve is to watch all the Die Hards.
 
2013-12-02 09:16:36 AM

Mugato: Sounds like his Galaxy Quest character. He obviously got over that pompous attitude, being in 21 Harry Potter movies.


"I can make how much on stage?.........and how much am I making for this film?.......yes, yes I can whore myself out as often as you want"
 
2013-12-02 09:21:07 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: "I can make how much on stage?.........and how much am I making for this film?.......yes, yes I can whore myself out as often as you want"


I'm not a Harry Potter guy but I'm glad he got that gig, he's earned a big paycheck.
 
2013-12-02 09:28:04 AM
By the way....if you are an Alan Rickman fan, be sure to check out the movie "Bottleshock".
 
2013-12-02 09:29:02 AM
You're all wrong. Die Hard works because of Bonnie Bedelia's sensible-mom boobs!
 
2013-12-02 09:31:48 AM
He really nailed that snooty Euroterrorist thing.  He was way better than Liam Neeson or John Lithgow.  The snooty European villain is a great heel.  Professional wrestling has known this for years.
 
2013-12-02 09:39:25 AM

Tom_Slick: Die Hard had Carl Winslow in it, your argument is invalid.

I_C_Weener: I was always partial to Roy Rogers, myself.

Well,Yippie-Ki-Yay Motherfarker Mr. Falcon


/Fixed that for broadcast
 
2013-12-02 09:43:02 AM

Tom_Slick: Die Hard had Carl Winslow in it, your argument is invalid.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-02 09:52:36 AM

The_Sponge: By the way....if you are an Alan Rickman fan, be sure to check out the movie "Bottleshock".


I'm not a big connoisseur of wine, so I was surprised by how engrossing and entertaining I found that movie.
 
2013-12-02 09:53:14 AM
"... it's Christmas adjacent."

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"Who cares?"
 
2013-12-02 09:55:56 AM
Subby's reading comprehension is just reality-adjacent.
 
2013-12-02 09:57:33 AM

Tom_Slick: Die Hard had Carl Winslow in it, your argument is invalid.


I don't know why they don't bring back Al Powel. I realize he's in LA and McClane's in NY but the series never had a problem coming up with contrived reasons to get people back together.
 
2013-12-02 10:09:00 AM

naughtyrev: Tom_Slick: Die Hard had Carl Winslow in it, your argument is invalid.
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Thanks for the chuckle
 
2013-12-02 10:16:00 AM
"Die Hard works because it's only Christmas-adjacent"

Umm, do we have a grammar issue here? Does the author intend 'only' to be right after Die Hard? The headline is ambiguous at best, confusing to say the least.
 
2013-12-02 10:30:36 AM

Mad_Radhu: The_Sponge: By the way....if you are an Alan Rickman fan, be sure to check out the movie "Bottleshock".

I'm not a big connoisseur of wine, so I was surprised by how engrossing and entertaining I found that movie.



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2013-12-02 10:30:52 AM
Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.
 
2013-12-02 10:38:43 AM
Die Hard works because of things like this:

pixel.nymag.com

Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!
 
2013-12-02 10:42:12 AM
Die Hard, and make it quick.

media1.s-nbcnews.com
 
2013-12-02 10:42:24 AM
It's not really specifically a Christmas movie. It's set around Christmas, a time for getting together and allows some fun dialogue.

It's like Trading Places - it's set in the Christmas/New Year period and there's aspects of the period in the story, but you can watch it any time.

Whereas, George C Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge is pure Christmas, and every year, I pull it out my DVD and watch him own that role.
 
2013-12-02 10:43:56 AM
My hipster moment. It was probably 1994 when I started watching Die Hard while wrapping any left over Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. I was 12. It became my tradition. I'm 31 now, and I'm tired as fark hearing everyone else talk about how 'Ohh, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all time...'
 
2013-12-02 10:45:57 AM

OldManDownDRoad: Die Hard works because of things like this:

[pixel.nymag.com image 560x375]

Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!


Back then it probably cost 50 cents. I'm just not sure why, of all things, he goes for the Hershey's when the Nestle's Crunch is RIGHT THERE. Hell, there's probably even Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe even PayDay. And he goes for the most boring one of them all.
 
2013-12-02 10:47:30 AM
Wiki: Die Hard is said to be based on Nothing Lasts Forever, the sequel to Thorp's 1966 novel The Detective, which itself had been adapted into a 1968 film of the same name starring Frank Sinatra. Fox was contractually obligated to offer Sinatra the lead role in Die Hard, but he turned it down and the film was instead pitched as a sequel to the 1985 action film Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Schwarzenegger also turned it down, the film was pitched to, and rejected by, a host of the era's action stars before Willis was chosen. The studio did not have faith in Willis' action star appeal, as at the time he was known for his comedic role on television.

Die Hard could have been a much different movie.
 
2013-12-02 10:50:02 AM

akula: OldManDownDRoad: Die Hard works because of things like this:

[pixel.nymag.com image 560x375]

Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!

Back then it probably cost 50 cents. I'm just not sure why, of all things, he goes for the Hershey's when the Nestle's Crunch is RIGHT THERE. Hell, there's probably even Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe even PayDay. And he goes for the most boring one of them all.




i.imgur.com
He makes the correct choice.
 
2013-12-02 10:50:50 AM

OldManDownDRoad: Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!


Another one is that Karl and Theo seemed to have a bet on whether Takagi would give up the code. When Hans blew him away, Karl gave Theo a dollar.
 
2013-12-02 10:52:49 AM
Whenever I hear Ode to Joy being played, I keep expecting it to stop and Hans Gruber to say "Merry Christmas". That's how deep Die Hard buried itself in my brain - it screwed up Beethoven.
 
2013-12-02 10:53:07 AM

INeedAName: My hipster moment. It was probably 1994 when I started watching Die Hard while wrapping any left over Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. I was 12. It became my tradition. I'm 31 now, and I'm tired as fark hearing everyone else talk about how 'Ohh, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all time...'


There's nothing "hipster" about it. Some people just don't dig Christmas movies.
 
2013-12-02 11:00:30 AM

Mugato: OldManDownDRoad: Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!

Another one is that Karl and Theo seemed to have a bet on whether Takagi would give up the code. When Hans blew him away, Karl gave Theo a dollar.


Reminds me of another classic moment:

www.unc.edu

Watching the yuppie get blown away always puts me in the proper holiday spirit.
 
2013-12-02 11:16:12 AM

Vacation Bible School: akula: OldManDownDRoad: Die Hard works because of things like this:

[pixel.nymag.com image 560x375]

Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!

Back then it probably cost 50 cents. I'm just not sure why, of all things, he goes for the Hershey's when the Nestle's Crunch is RIGHT THERE. Hell, there's probably even Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe even PayDay. And he goes for the most boring one of them all.

[i.imgur.com image 480x270]
He makes the correct choice.


Ah, I need to rewatch it. 'Tis the season and all.

farkeruk: Whenever I hear Ode to Joy being played, I keep expecting it to stop and Hans Gruber to say "Merry Christmas". That's how deep Die Hard buried itself in my brain - it screwed up Beethoven.


Ditto. I can't hear Ode to Joy without thinking of them.
 
2013-12-02 11:21:19 AM

The_Sponge: It also works because it had one of the best movie villains of all time.

 
2013-12-02 11:38:28 AM

OldManDownDRoad: Watching the yuppie get blown away always puts me in the proper holiday spirit.


You never see him get blown away.

/just a gunshot over the radio
 
2013-12-02 11:42:15 AM

Vacation Bible School: akula: OldManDownDRoad: Die Hard works because of things like this:

[pixel.nymag.com image 560x375]

Dude engaged in a million-dollar heist glances around to make sure no one is watching while he steals a $1 candy bar. And apparently it was an ad-lib.

/Plus Huey Lewis decoy!

Back then it probably cost 50 cents. I'm just not sure why, of all things, he goes for the Hershey's when the Nestle's Crunch is RIGHT THERE. Hell, there's probably even Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe even PayDay. And he goes for the most boring one of them all.

[i.imgur.com image 480x270]
He makes the correct choice.


Hit em Endo!

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-12-02 11:46:51 AM
For me Die Hard is up there with Raiders as a (close to) perfect movie.

//Raiders has one thing that makes it slightly less perfect.
 
2013-12-02 12:19:00 PM

mjbok: //Raiders has one thing that makes it slightly less perfect.


How does he hold on to a submerged sub without drowning!?!?!

Don't leave us in suspense.
 
2013-12-02 12:25:00 PM
The scene with Marion, the basket and the truck blowing up.  It feels out of place and is shot kind of weird.

//The submarine thing is another discussion, but I believe there is a missing scene (or unshot scene) where he holds on to the periscope for hundreds of miles.
 
2013-12-02 12:28:12 PM

mjbok: For me Die Hard is up there with Raiders as a (close to) perfect movie.

//Raiders has one thing that makes it slightly less perfect.


I NEED to know what that one thing is!
 
2013-12-02 12:29:31 PM
I consider Die Hard the best action film of all time.... I remember the trailers when i was a kid, thinking it would be really cheesey, stuck in a building the whole time.   Oh boy, was i wrong.
 
2013-12-02 12:37:10 PM

farkeruk: It's not really specifically a Christmas movie. It's set around Christmas, a time for getting together and allows some fun dialogue.

It's like Trading Places - it's set in the Christmas/New Year period and there's aspects of the period in the story, but you can watch it any time.


i think i have my holiday season movie watching plans all set up.  blood, guts, machine guns, laughs, and pulling salmons out of a beard.
 
2013-12-02 12:41:34 PM

mjbok: The scene with Marion, the basket and the truck blowing up.  It feels out of place and is shot kind of weird.

//The submarine thing is another discussion, but I believe there is a missing scene (or unshot scene) where he holds on to the periscope for hundreds of miles.


I always wondered where the extra handgun came from in the shootout in Marion's bar, but it's such a great scene.
 
2013-12-02 01:06:17 PM

icebergcomics: mjbok: For me Die Hard is up there with Raiders as a (close to) perfect movie.

//Raiders has one thing that makes it slightly less perfect.

I NEED to know what that one thing is!


The fact that Indy's efforts turn out to be completely meaningless because the ending would have been the same without him?
 
2013-12-02 01:24:56 PM

ColSanders: icebergcomics: mjbok: For me Die Hard is up there with Raiders as a (close to) perfect movie.

//Raiders has one thing that makes it slightly less perfect.

I NEED to know what that one thing is!

The fact that Indy's efforts turn out to be completely meaningless because the ending would have been the same without him?


The US Government still gets the Ark and puts it safely away...
 
2013-12-02 01:25:01 PM

ColSanders: icebergcomics: mjbok: For me Die Hard is up there with Raiders as a (close to) perfect movie.

//Raiders has one thing that makes it slightly less perfect.

I NEED to know what that one thing is!

The fact that Indy's efforts turn out to be completely meaningless because the ending would have been the same without him?


Shhhhh.  Anyone referencing anything BBT related here will be immediately shunned.
 
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