Deathcember (2019)

Deathcember (I saw the version split into two films)
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas screening
Seen on: 19.12.2019

Deathcember is an advent calendar in movie form, giving us 24 (plus some extra) Christmas-themed films to count down until Christmas. The films vary in style and tone, but they are all filled with (a) holiday spirit.

As with most anthologies, Deathcember has some clear winners and a few that were not for me (with the former being more present in the first volume and the latter more in the second volume), but I assume that the favorites and unfavorites will vary from person to person. It was definitely nice that they included more than the usual token female director (although there could have been more people of color involved). I was a little worried that so many short films in less than three hours would get a little too much, but it was surprisingly not-exhausting (I was glad that they showed the version split into two volumes). In short, it was a very fun evening. There are definitely worse ways to pass time during the holiday season.

After the jump, I talk about each of the segments individually. If you prefer to be surprised what’s behind those doors, you probably shouldn’t continue. But I won’t give away spoilers.

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Die Hard 2 (1990)

Die Hard 2
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson
Based on: Walter Wager‘s novel 58 Minutes
Sequel to: Die Hard
Cast: Bruce Willis, William Sadler, John Amos, Dennis Franz, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnsonWilliam Atherton, Robert Patrick, Franco Nero

Plot:
John McClane (Bruce Willis) travelled to DC with his kids to visit his in-laws for Christmas. His wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) is on the plane and on her way to join them, so John is waiting at the airport to pick her up. Also en route to the airport in DC is General Esperanza (Franco Nero), a drug lord being extradited to the US. As Holly’s plane is delayed, John stumbles upon a plan by Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) to free Esperanza and tries to stop them.

Die Hard 2 is not a bad sequel, but I didn’t think it was as good as the first one. And as the first one already left me pretty cold, this one didn’t do much for me either.

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Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard
Director: John McTiernan
Writer: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza
Based on: Roderick Thorp‘s novel Nothing Lasts Forever
Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton

Plot:
Police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels from New York to LA for Christmas, where his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) and children have been living for the past months. But shortly after he arrives at Holly’s office Christmas party, terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) take the entire party hostage. Everybody but John, that is. With no way of contacting anybody on the outside, it’s up to John to get rid of the terrorists one by one.

I’m a little late to the party with this movie, I know. And maybe because I’m late to the party, I don’t really get what all the fuss about this film is about? I mean, yes, it’s a good action movie. There are some nice jokes. But I just didn’t think it was all that great.

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