'Die Hard'


Midnight Madness: Die Hard

Daily from Dec. 21-22
11:55 p.m.
Film, Holiday

When Die Hard was released in 1988, film critics weren’t that into it. Roger Ebert even ranted that the police chief “successfully undermines the last half of the movie.” But 30 years later, the film is considered by many to be a holiday masterpiece for those who like their Christmas served with a side of carnage, shattered glass, and explosions. Bruce Willis is John McClane, an NYPD detective in L.A. for the holidays in hopes of getting back together with his wife. That plan takes a back seat when a bunch of German terrorists (led by Alan Rickman, working through a questionable accent) decide to take people hostage during an office Christmas party. McClane has to take them down, find a way to alert the LAPD, and re-woo his wife. This is cinema at its most ridiculous, and it’s glorious.