Die Hard 4.0

January 13, 2014

[SOM #13]

We're back for the last Die Hard movie (for now). This time almost everyone from the original three is absent save for Bruce Willis himself and we struggle to locate our interest in what is otherwise a functional, but unrelated action flick.

We're aided by some sterling musical accompaniment and at the end we bring in the big guns with Doctor Mark Kermode's views on this particular waste of a sequel. There are also rants about the focus-grouped nature of this production, the PG-13 certificate, the subsequent lack of bite onscreen and why Willis needs to see a wigmaker and a vest-supplier.

Neil Taylor of GameBurst is back for more punishment along with DC community member Matt Ramsey.


Die Hard with a Vengeance

January 12, 2014

[SOM #12]

The third Die Hard movie gets the Gonzo treatment. This time John McTiernan returns to bring the series back to greatness. We discuss how in many ways this is the equal of the original.

Next week we gear up our hate-glands for the whimper of a finale, as opposed to the big bang we were hoping for.


Die Hard 2: Die Harder

January 11, 2014

[SOM #11]

The 1990 sequel to Die Hard. You know the drill; airport in trouble, terrorists, gunfights, blah blah.

Experience firsthand what happens when the Gonzo format encounters a movie that's actually just pretty mediocre. Tangents galore! Other movies, what made them good, anything to save us from traipsing through the minutia of this by-the-numbers late 80's action movie.

As it turned out, the conversation we had was pretty funny. Ask us now if you want to hear more pointless sequels discussed. If not, then we'll only focus on the good or terrible ones.

There's also some hilarious dubbing work from the TV edits.

Next week, we're back with the third Die Hard, which we love so, that should be more open to deconstruction.


Die Hard

January 10, 2014

[SOM #10]

Back from Back to the Future we bring you a quartet of reviews on the Die Hard quad, the first two of which are appropriately placed for the time of recording as Christmas movies.

With me once again is Neil Taylor of GameBurst. Also returning after his appearance in our Empire Strikes Back episode Mike Philips from The Fanboys Lunchcast, and sitting in to represent our community is Matthew Ramsey, better known on the DC forums as Mattharrier.

In this first show, we discuss the Nakatomi incident, John and Holly's relationship and Hans' status as one of the greatest movie villains of all time. We also look at how immensely influential Die Hard has been both for action-thrillers and the portrayal of cinematic heroes.