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A new 8-part series examining the best American action film of all time: Die Hard. This podcast may center around the original 1988 film, but it explores more than just what happened inside Nakatomi Tower that fateful Christmas Eve – everything from action movies to film production to the evolution of the American hero. Die Hard is at once a product of its time, and the start of a new kind of moviegoing experience. Get ready for a fun ride through film history… and yippee-kai-yay, motherfuckers.
Latest Episodes and Notes
Almost a decade before there was Die Hard, there was Nothing Lasts Forever. We discuss the life of author Roderick Thorp, the origins of the novel Nothing Lasts Forever, and how the movie aligns with – and deviates from – the book that inspired it.read more
To many, the secret ingredient to Die Hard’s success was Bruce Willis and his portrayal of John McClane, an everyman police officer from New York, in the wrong place at the wrong time – and without even shoes on his feet. The McClane character has stuck in audiences’ memories ever since; we find out what makes John McClane so special.read more
While Die Hard is often marked as a turning point in American action cinema, we must first look at the state of action cinema as it existed before 1988. What does a “typical” 80s action movie look like – and how did Die Hard stand out from the crowd?read more