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Who is John McClane?

What did you watch this weekend? Well, I spent my weekend getting acquainted with the all-American hero John McClane from the well-known Die Hard movie franchise. It may be hard to believe but before this weekend I had never seen a single film in this series! I know shocking right? But, as I had to explain to about five boys, who asked me, “Don’t you watch good movies?” Yes, I do watch good movies but I am a girl and we have extremely different tastes.

So there I sat, watching this action packed macho thriller in a room full of boys, and I have to say, I got pretty into it. We started with the first film and I was introduced to Bruce Willis’s character, John McClane. McClane is a New York cop, who is in Los Angeles to see his estranged wife Holly. McClane ends up at Holly’s Christmas Eve work party on the 30th floor of this huge skyscraper. Along comes this big bad group led by none other than Severus Snape. Yes, you read that right. Alan Rickman, who played Snape in the Harry Potter films, played the antagonist Hans Gruber in Die Hard (There was much laughing by the boys when I made this discovery).

 

While Holly is being held captive with her co-workers by this group of terrorists, McClane is using everything within his power to fight against these bad men, shoeless no less! I really came to appreciate this character and found it endearing when he would have little conversations with himself, I guess you need to be a little bit crazy to do any of the things he does in the film.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance, number three in the series was the next film to be crossed off my list. All the boys said the second film wasn’t as good so we skipped it. What I loved about this film was the awesome pairing of Bruce Willis with Samuel L. Jackson. They made a truly dynamic duo whilst roaming around New York City, with clues left by ‘Simon’, who was actually the brother of Hans Gruber, the mad man McClane killed off in the first film. There were a lot of twists and turns in this one and I enjoyed trying to figure out the clues before the characters did.

Overall, I have to say that I found these (at least these two) Die Hard films to be a captivating and exciting. Many times I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. I’m looking forward to seeing the other films in the series.               

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A review of reviews

For a change of pace I thought it would be prudent to gain some perspective on the ways in which others critic movies. Anyone can watch a movie and give their opinion on it, which I feel is what I have done so far on this blog, but I would like to be able to eventually have a succinct style to my reviews. I acknowledge that I have a lot of room for improvement and there are many things I can learn from studying the movie blogs of others.

 I was led to one blog, http://geriatricfilmreview.tumblr.com/, by my cousin, who is a part time actor and a very interesting and humorous character to say the least. The site is called ‘Movie Reviews by Old People’ and it is hilarious. While obviously fabricated, it offers reviews on recent films by some elderly citizens at the West Cherryhill’s Golden Years Home. The latest post was by a Mr. Muscare who reviewed “Never Say Never” (The Justin Bieber movie). Here is a sample of what he wrote:

 

“I like that Bieber boy.  He can sing and dance, and he has such a sweet smile, like Shirley Temple, but better.  My wife Barbara didn’t like it, she said it was too loud, but I thought it was just right.  This is the type of movie that makes me miss having a basement.  A place to go when I wanted to be alone, after I would play with all the neighborhood boys after my ice cream run around the block.” 

Up next is a site, http://www.btchflcks.com/, recommended to me by the professor for my blogging course, it’s called ‘Bitch Flicks: The Radical Notion that Women like Good Movies’. This site is, “devoted to reviewing films through a feminist lens. We’re interested in conversation about movies—good and bad—and the roles that women play in them. We strongly believe that movies both shape and reflect social values, and that the post-feminist leanings of many women today are misguided.”

 

Looking around the site I clicked on a review for Winter’s Bone, a film I myself have seen. The summary they gave was very thorough, and I appreciated that they went into detail about where the film took place and how the fact that it gave a raw depiction of poverty in the U.S. was what made it a captivating movie. Overall I thought this website did justice to empower females in the movie industry and in addition allowed for discussions of movies to take place on their site, giving an exclusive look on both sides of the spectrum.

There are also some very well-known and respected sites for movie reviews including http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/. When I think of movie reviews I trust when Roger Ebert gives it two thumbs up, or down. His site is easy to follow and to navigate. Also, there are links to buy his books, links to buy movie tickets and a link to receive his newsletter.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Uncategorized