Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Classic Movie of the Week: Die Hard (1988)

It’s the holiday season, so I thought I would post about my favorite holiday movie. The cinematic masterpiece Die Hard features neither Santa nor Hanukkah, nor the Holiday Armadillo (if you don’t know who the Holiday Armadillo is, you should click here). Yet, Die Hard is a movie about what the holiday season should be about: killing terrorists by means of one’s own sheer awesomeness.

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is a detective with the NYPD, who is attempting a Christmas reunion with his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). He finds her at a holiday office party in the high-rise Nakatomi Plaza. After a fight with his wife, McClane finds himself alone in a private bathroom. Before he can attempt to rectify the situation, a group of terrorists (the majority of which look quite a lot like Fabio) led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) seize the building. In the confusion, McClane is able to slip unnoticed into the building’s maintenance areas, but now it’s up to him to safe the rest of the hostages, including his wife.

Click here to see McClane spreading the holiday spirit.

Click here for the trailer.

Have a great winter break everyone!

Die Hard sadly cannot be found at any of the Princeton University libraries. However, it can be watched instantly on Netflix.

--Lolita de Palma '14

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