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John McTiernan

Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

DIRECTOR: John McTiernan

CAST:

Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp, Larry Bryggman

REVIEW:

I don’t know if it’s because John McTiernan is back in the director’s seat, or the inclusion of the always high-octane Samuel L. Jackson, or the script, or a combination, but Die Hard With A Vengeance has a higher energy level than Die Hard 2, even if it’s not as tightly-plotted and well-crafted as the original film. Continue reading

Die Hard (1988)

DIRECTOR: John McTiernan

CAST:

Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Alexander Godunov, Hart Bochner, William Atherton, Paul Gleason, Robert Davi, Grand L. Bush, De’voreaux White, Clarence Gilyard Jr., James Shigeta

REVIEW:

While the two movies’ tones are markedly different, Die Hard is in the same class as Raiders of the Lost Ark as action-adventure that shows the other innumerable wannabe action movies how it’s done. ¬†Both also share another asset: an everyman hero who’s not superhumanly buff, gets beaten up, and (almost) seems like a real person we can identify with. Continue reading

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