Saw the new Die Hard. and it was everything I expected it to be, dad and son cause explosions, bad guys die. the end.
But apparently some people wanted it to be some critical study of the effects of an aging action hero reconnecting with his son. ya know some heartflet or faux-deep thing where maybe mclaine while being a badass wants more from his son. or hell the son being terrible at being a badass. ya know and there’d be some scene where like mclane is sad cause the violence can’t seem to end his family. they’re destined for this dark heroic road. despite him not wanting it for his son.
and ya know that would be a decent film. I guess. But not what I want to see from a current Die Hard film. Sure nothing will top the first one, And to be honest I don’t expect it to. It’s a great character study, and one that shows action movies can pull it off. But it’s also a sign of it’s times. It comes at the tail end of 80’s action movies so it makes sense that it was genre analyzing. There were a billion crappy 80’s action movies out at the time and it worked as a solid crit.
But now we live in an era where the aging action hero or hell action heroes in general are kinda passe’. Stallone and other 80’s action alum are trying to bring it back and guys like me are thankful. I’ve had almost 20 years of heroes who have to be all emotional to be relatable. and don’t get me wrong, those movies have their place. Everybody has to be young and beautiful. ie, gi joe with channing tatum (loved it but that dude does not look gruff) or like the rest of the superhero movie guys, minus robert downey be he too isn’t gruff. and look i like all those movies but it’s something about a blue collar guy with alot gumption saving the world. dude can;t double as model and let’s be honest if you lived like those dudes you wouldn’t. it works well for super-movies because a big theme in that is idealized humanity. action movies are about everyday guys rising to the challenge.
and so people are saying in the new one that no human would act like mclane or his son. lol i know at least a dozen father/son relationships that do, minus the explosions lol, It’s not hard for me to believe Mclane has a son that’s just like him but a step above by being a a cia agent. and there’s some depth right there. he hates and still respects his father so he tries to get back at him by being a more controlled better version of him. it’s just that neither dude are the type to sit down and discuss this over frickin tea or mope all day about it. they’re mclane’s they get over things quick. keep in mind this is a kid who grew up with his dad doing amazingly heroic acts every 5 years or so. so yeah maybe they don’t need to hug or talk about it. just save the world togther. and that’s what this movie does in spades. they do “talk” more or less but it’s john laughing at john jr cause he has some shrapnel in his gut. some may think this isn’t how a father should re-connect with his son. but in the case of the die hard movies it makes perfect sense they bond over this insane situation.
i think it all comes down to what certain people expect from films/life. lol if you’re looking for movies that explore the depth and complexity of human existence through either faux-deep darkness, lol like half of the films nominated for oscars. (some troubled person deals with some dark emotion and triumphs or doesn’t triumph over it by the end) and also think action movies are mostly the lame brute children of films then yeah new die hard isn’t for you. but don’t think it’s trash cause it’s not what you think an action movie is.
lol i’m not the biggest fan of how the themes explored in Little Children played out but i know it’s a decent movie.
But thankfully there’s the Fast and Furious movies that seems to marry the old 80’s action film with modern pretty boy aesthetics. Good stuff. lol still not a fan of 2 or 3 but the last 2 and the first one are all awesome.
lol rant over
2 characters i never thought i’d ever like are now a couple of my faves. i’ve pretty much been bombarded with awesome batman stories from the movie and the comics since grant morrison and now snyder, and tomasi.
panther is cool now because i finally realize how awesome it is to have a character who combines magic and science as a superhero, all the tribal stuff mixed with sci-fi awesomeness. what really sold me was his portrayal in the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest cartoon. also i feel like he’s the last of the popular characters that lee and kirby created that truly hasn’t gotten as much love as he deserves
rocket boy. his story will be told….. one day lol
old freelance stuff
a major thing to come. can’t wait til it’s done
some random unfinished pages from my story called Brawl’s story. title may change. lol has had like 50 different names over the years.
some old stuff. the last being the pages i did for Oni Press’ Jam Anthology
finishing up Nadia’s Loose Tooth. so here’s some rough stuff from it.