Tag Archives: John McTiernan

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN. In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a thriller, … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

Die Hard: Terror In a Highrise

40 STORIES OF SHEER ADVENTURE! Where would Bruce Willis be without this film? In 1988, he had spent several years charming viewers as a private eye on the hit series Moonlighting. He had won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his performance, but didn’t really seem destined to become a big-time movie star. But then Die … Continue reading Die Hard: Terror In a Highrise

The 13th Warrior

FEAR REIGNS. In A.D. 922, Arabian nobleman Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan (Antonio Banderas) becomes the thirteenth warrior in a party of Vikings that are facing cannibalistic creatures called the Wendol. Michael Crichton based his novel on “Beowulf”, the medieval poem… and then director John McTiernan turned that adventure into a conventional and violent, albeit good-looking, Hollywood … Continue reading The 13th Warrior

The Thomas Crown Affair

HOW DO YOU GET THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING? This longish but romantic remake of the elegant 1968 Norman Jewison caper manages to preserve the flair of the original. Admittedly, there is none of the technical playfulness that made Jewison’s film fun to watch, but the suggestive, unpredictable taunting between the insurance agent (Rene Russo) … Continue reading The Thomas Crown Affair