A Love Letter to 'Die Hard'

Much love to Linda Holmes' discussion of Die Hard, and how Die Hard 5 can never live up to the insanely high standards put forth by the original:

[In Die Hard], just about every frame in the film is either (1) setting up or (2) paying off a specific piece of the story. Even everything that happens at the beginning that would normally be window dressing and character development and throat-clearing has a specific reason for being there. "Fists with your toes." Holly slamming down the family photo in her office. Her Rolex.

This essay made me appreciate Die Hard more. That is a difficult thing to accomplish. Kudos.

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