/Filmcast Ep. 219 – A Good Day to Die Hard

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Dave, Peter, Adam, and Devindra continue their discussion of House of Cards, praise the brilliance of Black Mirror, and discuss why John McClane is an allegory for American foreign policy. Be sure to read up on Making a Trailer First and a Movie Second, and A Die Hard’s Guide to Die Hard. Also, be sure to donate to our FilmAid fundraiser today!

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In the event this discussion of Bruce Willis‘ fifth outing as John McLane trails off after a couple paragraphs, let me offer a pre-emptive excuse: that might be the purest way to reflect the prime characteristics of A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis gives a detached, disinterested performance in the series’ fifth film, and the movie skips from scene to scene as if being played from a DVD dragged across gravel.

A Good Day to Die Hard is a sketch of a movie, and a bare outline of a Die Hard film. It feels small, constrained, even cheap. Its closest kin are Luc Besson’s Euro-quickies, rather than John McTiernan’s densely-choreographed, gorgeously anamorphic franchise installments. If there’s praise to bestow, it goes to Fox’s marketing department for making this dead-eyed bore look zippy and energetic, even if that illusion can only last for bare minutes at a time. Read More »

If Sequel Bits has a mascot, it’s gotta be Bruce Willis. Guy has four sequels due out this year, and in this edition he talks about two of them, A Good Day to Die Hard and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Also after the jump:

  • Dirk the Daring and Angry Birds could be in Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • James Wan continues casting for Insidious Chapter 2
  • Hasbro will bring Jurassic Park 4 toys to shelves in 2014
  • Nicholas McCarthy‘s indie horror The Pact is getting a sequel
  • Andy Serkis is excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Trek production designer discusses his biggest challenge
  • Jai Courtney explains why the McClanes don’t get along

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Bruce Willis Says ‘Die Hard 6′ is in Development

Briefly: A Good Day to Die Hard hasn’t opened yet, and the people who have seen it are heavily embargoed, but there’s already talk of a sixth film in the franchise. Appearing on the One Show on BBC, Bruce Willis was asked if a sixth film would come to pass. According to Bleeding Cool, he simply smiled and said “yes.”

We’ve got nothing more than that, but I would trust Willis, as one of the powers behind the series, to speak with more authority than your average actor about the possibility of a sequel. That could always change if the new film opens poorly. But Fox has aggressively marketed the movie, and done a good job of creating anticipation. As to whether the film holds up, well… I haven’t seen it. We’ll see. The only questions might be who will directs, and what clever naming device will fit “die hard” into the title?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and you know what that means: Fox is ramping up their marketing efforts for their big romantic holiday release, A Good Day to Die Hard. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets… Again will feature old songs along with new ones
  • Writer Scott Z. Burns discusses Apes and Blade Runner 2
  • Rich Moore and his stars are totally up for more Wreck-It Ralph
  • Enroll in Starfleet Academy with the Star Trek Into Darkness app
  • Chris Pine will kidnap J.J. Abrams for Star Trek 3 if he has to
  • Riddick is back out in the rain in the newest still from Vin Diesel
  • The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new TV spot and a poster
  • A Good Day to Die Hard will run about 90 minutes…
  • … one of which you can watch right here…
  • … along with a featurette that offers more plot

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The start of Sundance means there’s heavy focus on indie films, but meanwhile the big-budget blockbuster sequel types are making news as well. After the jump:

  • See a whole bunch of stills from A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Watch a “Recovered File” from the Paranormal Activity 4 DVD
  • Now Mark Wahlberg says Transformers 4 will be a reboot
  • Here’s what Klingons will look like in Star Trek Into Darkness

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When we first met John McClane in 1988, he was just an everyman cop trying to help his wife and her colleagues out of an office building. But oh, how things have changed. Each installment of the Die Hard franchise has gone bigger than the last, and number five, A Good Day to Die Hard, is no exception. McClane travels to Russia not only to save his son, but, apparently, to defend democracy itself.

In real life, we saw that progression unfold over two and a half decades. But next month, you can relive it in just a matter of hours. Fox has announced that it will bring all four previous films back to the theaters for one day only, as part of a marathon leading up to the release of A Good Day to Die Hard. Hit the jump for more details.

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Super Bowl, teaser posters, rumors and more are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • A new image from Fast and Furious 6 is out and find out when you’ll see the first footage.
  • Watch a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about The Legend of Conan.
  • J.J. Abrams has ideas for a third Star Trek, but nothing is set.
  • Filming on The Muppets sequel, The Muppets…Again, starts this week.
  • Another teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released.
  • The R-rating for A Good Day to Die Hard is confirmed in a new commercial.

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