by Jason Barr Posted: February 16th, 2013 at 10:23 am
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 on the respective links for my look back at Die Hard, Die Hard 2, and Die Hard with a Vengeance.]
The longest gap between Die Hard movies was the 12 years between Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007). In the interim, the world had drastically changed most notably because of 9/11 and developments in communications technology. No longer could terrorism be casually mentioned as a guise for a heist, and John McClane (Bruce Willis) wouldn’t be running around looking for the nearest pay phone. As Live Free villain Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) says to McClane, “You’re a Timex watch in a digital age.” It’s a crappy metaphor since Timex has been making digital watches for decades, but the sentiment is noteworthy: Is John McClane a relic? The question doesn’t really matter since Live Free or Die Hard barely qualifies as a Die Hard film, especially with Willis’ bored performance and the PG-13 rating. Instead, Live Free is best explored as the way a Die Hard movie would approach terrorism if a Die Hard film was directed by a hand-tied fan who didn’t understand the essence of the franchise.
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.
True to its title, Die Hard franchise is tough to kill. Risky Business reports that 20th Century Fox is in talks to hire screenwriter Skip Woods (Hitman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to pen a script for Die Hard 5. For those who are unfamiliar with the Die Hard movies (and if so, you scare and confuse me), the revolve around detective John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) and his very bad day fighting terrorists, getting the shit kicked out of him, and cracking-wise all the while. His most recent outing, 2007′s Live Free or Die Hard, was the first PG-13 installment, and while it was passable, Willis was showing his age and McClane lacked the bite he displayed in the previous three films. Also, elements like using fire hydrants and cars as projectile weapons plus single-handedly taking down a fighter jet didn’t feel true to the series.
But Live Free racked up $383 million worldwide so I’m surprised it’s taken this long to get some momentum on a new sequel. There’s no word regarding plot, whether or not Bruce Willis would return, or who will direct.
In a new interview with MTV Movies Blog for his upcoming action/comedy, Cop Out, action demi-god Bruce Willis let slip a few nuggets on the fifth installment of the venerable Die Hard franchise. According to Willis, the latest wrong place, wrong time adventure of everyman cop, John McClain, could be starting principle photography as soon as next year. Willis also mentions that he’d be excited to work with Len Wiseman, director of 2007′s Live Free or Die hard, the successful third sequel to the original film. For a few more of Bruce’s ideas on the fifth film and a couple musings on the Die Hard series, hit the jump…before it explodes.
Len Wiseman, the man who abused his blue-filter privileges for Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, will follow up 2007′s Live Free or Die Hard with an end-of-the-world flick entitled Nocturne. According to THR, 20th Century Fox has picked up the project based on an original idea about a group of people who survive the end of the world and the mystery surrounding how they got to that position. The project is currently looking for writers for what I have to say is not a bad premise.
As for Wiseman, his other potential projects, including the underwater military action flick Atlantis Rising and the futuristic war movie Shrapnel (why all the killing, Wiseman?), but doesn’t have a go picture. Wiseman has been a non-starter for some potentially major films like a remake of Escape from New York and an adaptation of the popular video game Gears of War.