Back in the summer of 1988, I was a 17-year-old cinephile who spent most of my free time either haunting the local arthouse or renting critically approved classics from the corner video store. I didn’t bother much with big, explosive action movies, because I didn’t think I liked them. And then a buddy of mine who’d seen Die Hard insisted that I check it out, so I went, and somewhere in the middle of watching Bruce Willis sneak around an office building to foil a band of master-criminals on Christmas Eve, I realized something: Blockbusters can be awesome. The twisty plot. The catch-phrases. The taut editing. The steely performances by Willis and Alan Rickman. The big finish. Die Hard opened up a whole new world of two-fisted cinema, new and old. So even though I’ve never bought into the opinion that Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie ever made, it had such a profound effect on my life that I’m willing to call it a Christmas miracle. It airs tonight on HDNet Movies at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, and again at 10:45.
December 15, 2014 Cable Pick Of The Day