Die Hard


Timmie, Ryan, and Mike go back almost 30 years to talk about a holiday fan favorite, Die Hard (1988).  Does it stand the test of time? Is it a Christmas movie?  Tune in to find out!

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I. Intro 

A. Offering a well-rounded look at everyone’s favorite action flick

II. Is Die Hard a legit Christmas movie? [00:04:10]

III. Why Is Die Hard So Beloved? [00:09:30]

A.  Entertainment, Wish Fulfillment

B. Strong Performances by Willis & Rickman 

C. Witty Dialogue

D. Action with A Sensitive Side

E. Story Is An Example of The Hero’s Journey Working

F. Not Everyone Loved It

IV. Does It Hold Up 30 Years Later? [00:27:08]

A. 1980s Time Capsule 

B.  Tone Is Weird As Hell

C. Characters Are Purposefully Stupid

D. Tries To Be A-Political

E. Fears of Globalization

F. Plot/character motivations fall apart when you look at it too hard

H. And yet… does it hold up?

V. Influences & References [00:41:37]

A. European Cinematography, Editing

B. References/Connections

VI. Mini Segments [00:43:35]

A. Die Hard Trivia

B.  NJAM Sees It

  • Horace and Pete
  • Westworld 
  • Arrival 
  • The Affair 
  • The Shallows
  • The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

C. Corrections

  • Chris Farley Show guest was Jeff Daniels, not Paul McCartney
  • The Bedroom Killer in Ruthless People was played by J.E. Freeman, not Robert Davi
  • There are only 4 Die Hard Sequels

VII. Conclusions 

A. Related Links

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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