(This week marks the 30th anniversary of Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. To celebrate, /Film is exploring the film from every angle with a series of articles. Today: the cast and crew look back on the making of an action classic.)
John McTiernan‘s 1988 action tour de force is one of my favorite movies ever made. It’s a masterclass on every level: building entertaining characters, crafting escalating action, establishing and navigating geography, and putting an empathetic hero through the ringer in the face of extraordinary odds. McTiernan and his collaborators made this all look easy, but as the rash of Hollywood imitators that followed quickly proved, it was anything but.
Die Hard turns 30 years old this weekend, and to celebrate, I spoke with cinematographer Jan de Bont, writer Steven E. de Souza, and actor Reginald VelJohnson (who played Sergeant Al Powell) about why the film still holds up, how some of its most memorable scenes came together, and much more. Read More »
We will probably never get a Family Matters reunion, although if the Full House sequel/spin-off tv series Fuller House does big numbers, you never know. So for now, the closest thing we’ll get to a Family Matters reunion is the Lifetime television movie Flight Before Christmas that premieres this weekend.
The made-for-tv movie features Reginald VelJohnson (best known as Carl Winslow on Family Matters or Sgt. Al Powell in the early Die Hard films) and his former television wife Jo Marie Payton (who played Harriette Winslow). As you may have guessed from the title of the movie, the story follows a woman (played by Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory an) who gets dumped by her boyfriend right before the holidays and meets a guy (Ryan McPartlin of Chuck) on a flight home for Christmas. Watch the Flight Before Christmas trailer now embedded after the jump.
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“Please take off your shoes at the front door.” Was this a Japanese restaurant or a film screening? A sign with that request was on the door at the Crest Theater in Los Angeles Saturday night as Mondo host their eleventh Mystery Movie. The reason for shoe removal would become obvious seconds later as patrons entered the theater to see “glass” all over the floor. Yup, we were about to watch a 35mm print of John McTiernan‘s classic 1988 action film Die Hard and the glass on the floor was just one of the many surprises the Mondo team had in store, in addition to the poster.
Below, read more more and watch a video from the event. Plus, Mondo announces their latest gallery show, the first solo show of Laurent Durieux, featuring posters for The Birds, Forbidden Planet and Back to the Future. Read More »