Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
The newest Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, opened yesterday, and so we’ve teamed up with 20th Century Fox to give away limited edition infographic posters for the first four movies. Each poster breaks down the body counts, explosions, plot points, and more for each film. They posters are pretty neat, and we’re giving away sets to 10 lucky readers. The posters are on high-quality paper and measure approximately 12″x16″.
Hit the jump to check out the posters, and to find out how to enter. Be sure to check out my retrospective on Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard plus my review of A Good Day to Die Hard.
This week, I’ve looked back at the Die Hard series, and I can say without hesitation that of the ones that are currently available on Blu-ray, three of the four are worth owning. Because A Good Day to Die Hard just hit theaters, Fox has released Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection, which is a five-disc collection featuring the first four Die Hard films (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard), and an all-new bonus disc, “Decoding Die Hard.” The set is Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day for $25.00 (58% off $59.99), so it’s worth a purchase if you don’t own these films on Blu-ray. It also comes with a reward code to see A Good Day to Die Hard, but see the film at your own risk.
And in case you missed it, Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection is still $129.99 (57% off $299.99), so click here to go pick it up.
[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years. Click here for my look back at the first Die Hard.]
There wasn’t a shred of doubt that after Die Hard became one of the biggest hits of 1988, a sequel wouldn’t be far behind. Two years later, Die Hard 2 (with the tagline “Die Harder”, although this is sometimes erroneously believed to be part of the title) opened and became one of the biggest hits of 1990. But the rush came with a lack of ingenuity, and Die Hard 2 is mostly a retread. Rather than focusing on John McClane (Bruce Willis) as the outsider, Die Hard 2 is about how he can’t catch a break. It has to be due to the chronological proximity to the first movie. However, while the sequel lacks originality, its biggest problem is misunderstanding the motives of McClane, and ignoring the conflict between his drive to do the right thing, and once again saving his wife.
Fans looking forward to the release of the upcoming fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, now have the opportunity to experience the absolute maximum amount of Die Hard before watching the new film. 20th Century Fox announced today that a five-film Die Hard marathon will be playing in theaters on February 13th. Fans will watch Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard back-to-back, leading up to a screening of director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard a few hours before it opens wide. That’s a lot of Die Hard.
Hit the jump to check out a poster for the event. Further details will be announced soon. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters on February 14th.
With every favorites list – be it book, TV, or film – comes a bit of controversy. Several titles make the list that many feel shouldn’t have, while others are excluded that probably deserved mention. Last week we posted our Top 10 Christmas films, which more or less covered the films we felt reflected the spirit of the holidays. Due to the popularity (or lack thereof) of that list, we decided to put together an alternate Holiday Films collection without the constraints imposed upon the original list. In this instance we were free to include any and all films that took place within the holiday, whether they exuded a radiance of yuletide spirit or not. So, without further ado, hit the jump for Collider’s Alternate List of Christmas Films.