Do They Know It’s Christmas? — Day Ten

Day Ten:
Christmas Connection:  A gang of terrorists help create the first remotely interesting office Christmas party in the history of office Christmas parties.  Sorry about the explosions and dead people though.
Nearly twenty-five years after its release, I don’t think people understand just what a left-fielder Die Hard was.  An action movie starring the guy from Moonlighting was not considered much of a slam dunk, even with director John McTiernan hot off the success of Predator.  It was up against summer blockbusters like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Coming to America.  And yet not only did the film open in July and manage to stay in the top ten well into October, it became a genre:  “Die Hard on a ______.”

That’s because Die Hard is just damn near the best action movie ever made.  It’s got a protagonist who actually gets hurt.  Badly.  Bad enough to make you believe even some of the more nonsensical stunts he pulls.  It’s got truly charismatic bad guys the film actually gets you to root for; they’re even given a downright heroic moment when they finally open the vault they’ve come to rob, and despite the fact that they’ve killed one man in cold blood and are trying their utmost to kill our hero, you can’t help but cheer for them a little when it happens.  And it’s just pretty damn spectacular.  Things don’t just blow up — they blow up real good.  

And it has to be one of the most quotable movies of all time.  “Now I have a machine gun.  Ho ho ho.”  “Welcome to the party, pal!”  Almost everything Hans Gruber says.  And, of course, the ultimate in Christmas sentiment, “Yipee ki yay, motherfucker.”  Try it when you begin emptying your stocking this morning.

Do They Know It’s Christmas?:   The good guys know; the bad guys know but don’t care.  And at it’s heart, it’s a movie about two people who just want to spend Christmas together and the band of invaders who make that hard for them.  So, pretty much every family Christmas ever.

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