Archive for July 5th, 2007

Fantastic Four Falls (though did it ever really stand up?)

July 5, 2007

rise posterI’d like to say a little something about this new Fantastic Four film, “Rise of the Silver Surfer”, because really anything more than a little bit is giving it too much credit.

I did not like the first film, I wanted to, but it made money (as it seems this one is also doing). But I loved the teaser for Rise so much, in which Johnny gives chase, the Surfer grabs him by the neck, drags him into space and then lets him go…bam that was the end! that I was willing to give it a chance.

The only good thing about this second installment was the trailer for “Live Free or Die Hard” which I hadn’t seen, which my friend hadn’t seen either. It was a new trailer, and I was watching it just as I had left the previous theatre no more then ten minutes before as the credits to Die Hard were beginning their crawl. The trailer was exceptional, “Ode to Joy” booming over the top. I wanted to walk out and watch it again. (more…)

Live Free or Die Hard Beats All

July 5, 2007

I have two strong inclinations right now, the first is to go watch the original “Die Hard”,the second is to take a moment and write about the new film “Live Free or Die Hard”. Obviously we can tell which is winning, it’s even beating out my motivation to write one of three stories I’m working on, that I need to be working on. But how can I not take a moment to talk about one of the most inspiring series I grew up on, and my favorite Christmas movie.

Die Hard PosterI was 10 years old when I saw the first “Die Hard”, maybe 11 since I wasn’t lucky enough to see it at the theatre. It was however the first “R” rated film I saw by myself. My parents came home from whatever they were doing and I had finished it. 10 or 11 is a pretty young age to witness something as violently powerful as “Die Hard” was. I remember my head yanking back when Mr. Takagi had his brains loosened from his head, my hands clenched in awe as John McClane threw himself off an exploding roof top. Most generations have their films and their heroes; the 70’s had Dirty Harry, late 70’s Luke Skywalker, early 80’s Indiana Jones…these are all great characters, but for me, the character that affected my youth more than any other was Detective John McClane. There was something untouched and pure about this character. Instead of moving head long into action he spent the first part of the movie trying his best to avoid it…hiding out on a level of the building that was under construction, quietly closing a door when he saw the “terrorists” moving past…the last thing he wanted was to work on his vacation it seemed, or to work at all. Maybe that was a bad influence on me, but the great thing about McClane was that under the rough character there was someone trying to be better, someone trying to act polished, sure he’s always been in the wrong place at the wrong time but more importantly somehow he never knows the right thing to say at the right time. This leads me to the most powerful thing about his character, what he wants and loves always reveals itself through his actions and those actions always spoke louder than anything anyone ever said.