Die Hard

Die Hard Podcast Recording copyright 2020

I had to do something to make up for last week. I think that’s going to be the pattern from now on. When I do something really bad, I have to follow it with something really good. I forgot how good this movie is. I haven’t seen it since the mid 90’s, and it aged well! I also didn’t realize how many ways I get into movies when I watch them. This one involved a lot of yelling at the screen. It’s sort of like when I watch sports only with less throwing of things.

It came out in 1988 from Twentieth Century Fox and was directed by John McTiernan. It was written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E de Souza and based on the novel by Roderick Thorp. It stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, Bonnie Bedalia as Holly Gennaro McClane, Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell, and Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber.

As a side note, there is a lot of background noise like rhythmic thumping, clattering, and meowing. For some reason, the cats decided that it was the perfect time for zoomies, playing with toys, and demanding to be fed early. Here they are looking so innocent and sweet, which they most definitely are not. I’m also still trying to figure out the best way to record. I keep trying different things, so bear with me until I get it right!

Some notes:

  1. Obviously it contains spoilers
  2. There is some explicit language, so if you’re easily offended, then you probably don’t want to listen. Yelling at the screen does not bring out the best in me.
  3. I didn’t know how funny this movie is! You hear about it as an action movie, but it has so many gags and tongue in cheek moments.
  4. I would like to apologize to all of the English teachers I had in my life for my incessant habit of leading sentences with dangling pronouns and ending with dangling participles. Basically, any time I say “he” and immediately follow up with something good, I’m probably talking about McClane. Whenever I say “he” and follow with something bad, it’s probably Gruber. There are a few exceptions. For instance, when I say he in reference to the chief, it’s about Robinson the idiot. I promise to try to do better!
  5. If I hated my liver then I would make a drinking game out of every time I say (and then have to edit out) alright, so, and okay. I’ve got to get a better vocabulary.