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Dear Danny Butterman: Your movies suck. - Thanks, ants.
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annlarimer
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Dear Danny Butterman: Your movies suck.
Watched Die Hard last night, in preparation for a story I'm theoretically writing. Apart from Alan Rickman's rather delightful scenery chewing (om nom nom), it was a tedious piece of bloated crap. I'm glad I didn't pay theater money to see it back in the day, since it would only have helped to kill my love of movies that much sooner. Also, hi there James Shigeta, you are always awesome.

I did like the bit where Bruce, Alan, and stupid exec are all on the phone, and Bruce is trying to save exec's life and exec is too stupid to figure it out.

I can't help but thinking that if Bruce hadn't been there, the robbers would have stolen their crap, blown up some shit, and left. Much lower body count and less property damage.

Still, a more watchable holiday movie than The Christmas Shoes.

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swankyfunk From: swankyfunk Date: October 27th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (linkage)
You ain't seen Die Hard before??
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 27th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (linkage)
No.
goddessdster From: goddessdster Date: October 27th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (linkage)
All right, Nicholas, what else is on the list?

Though I do agree that Danny's taste in movies is tremendously terrible (Bad Boys II?), Die Hard has many fine qualities if you're willing to turn your brain off.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 27th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC) (linkage)
...I don't know how. ;_;
From: ashenmote Date: October 27th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC) (linkage)
I saw it for the first time this year too!

I would like to add the disgruntled and incompetent presence of Mr. Vernham Paul Gleason to the list of plus sides to the movie, but maybe I am biased.

Much lower body count and less property damage.

See, you say that like it is a good thing.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 27th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC) (linkage)
See, you say that like it is a good thing.

Ohhhhhhhh, right.
From: saskia139 Date: October 27th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Another small plus: Reggie Vel Johnson as the doughnut-loving cop, a character he essentially recreated in Family Matters. And Rickman is mighty elegant when he chews scenery.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 27th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC) (linkage)
I...when he tearfully filled the Villain Who Just Won't Die full of lead, despite his Issues With Guns, I...I'm afraid I giggled.
twigcollins From: twigcollins Date: October 27th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (linkage)
it was a tedious piece of bloated crap.

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viedma From: viedma Date: October 27th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Die Hard is only good if there's a decade between you and the viewing of it, imnsho.
ide_cyan From: ide_cyan Date: October 27th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (linkage)
They were planning on blowing up all the hostages already to cover their tracks, but it'd have been a neater sort of carnage if they'd gotten away with it. I think maybe a couple fewer responding cops might have been killed overall.

I've seen Die Hard several times on TV; I think it's rewatchable, obviously, but I don't especially love it. It's overlong, the FBI stuff is just plain obnoxious, and all the good bits are scattered amid an unremarkable police/action drama. I don't think Alan Rickman is that interesting in it, either; Bruce Willis does better playing McClane's frazzled, improbably resourceful supercop. I haven't seen the second movie in the series all the way through. I might borrow it from the library one of these days, out of completism. And the fourth, most recent movie in the series is about three orders of magnitude [building or city to state to country] more bloated than the original: it throws the whole USA into chaos in order to have a series of localised hypertrophied action sequences centered on McClane & co.

I really love the third Die Hard (With A Vengeance), though. It's got problems (like, really, making it a point of attacking the black guy's prejudices against white people?) and it's quite (sometimes ridiculously) contrived, but it's pretty nearly only full of the fun bits. And Jeremy Irons is a more flamboyant villain, and he gets undressed down to a shoulder-baring camisole too.
nitasee From: nitasee Date: October 27th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Ah, Alan Rickman. How I love him when he chews the scenery. I figure Rickman knew he was in a dumbass movie and decided to enjoy himself - and his paycheck.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 27th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Plus it stops his teeth growing into his brain.
violetisblue From: violetisblue Date: October 27th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Alan Rickman was fun to watch, everything else sucked. Bonnie Bedelia's character was far too good for her husband so Mary and I pretend she was plotting with Alan all along, he faked his death and they ran off together. Bruce wouldn't care anyway, he's got wossname Second Banana who would totally give up his maiden name for him.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 27th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Or a lovely threesome with Bruce, Second Banana, and the driver. That limo's bar isn't going to drink itself.
teenygozer From: teenygozer Date: October 27th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC) (linkage)
Someone much cleverer than me (Neil Gaiman, I think) said that Die Hard was an anti-feminist tract about the complete deconstruction of a woman's life as an independent working individual: her boss is killed, her office is destroyed, the building where she works is wrecked, until nothing is left but her life as a wife to this guy and mom to his kids. (Keep in mind he put it way more elegantly than I did.)
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 28th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (linkage)
Now, that's just silly. Women aren't important enough to have movies made about them.
hawkmoth From: hawkmoth Date: October 28th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC) (linkage)
I've had a crush on James Shigeta for forty-something years now...
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 28th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC) (linkage)
Oh HELLS yeah.

Also he was in The Questor Tapes, which makes me all happy 'n shit.
sorchar From: sorchar Date: October 28th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (linkage)
A well-meaning lady at church gave me that Christmas Shoes book. I'm pretty sure it was the final catalyst that sent me tumbling into full-blown Type II diabetes.
annlarimer From: annlarimer Date: October 28th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC) (linkage)
Kill her. It's the only way.
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