Glass? Who Gives A Sh*t About Glass?

We do! And in this episode of Shoot The Glass we talk in depth about the action flick to end all action flicks, the film that catapulted Bruce Willis to the A-list and launched a thousand terrible Alan Rickman impressions, John McTiernan’s 1988 masterpiece Die Hard. We go through the film in more or less chronological order and attempt to tease out, moment-by-moment, what makes Die Hard so good.

As it turns out there are a lot of things that make it so good, and we decide that maybe we should just go back and watch it again, so much do we love it… along with our Bill Collins picks of the week: McTiernan’s other good films Predator and The Hunt for Red October, and two films that share some of Die Hard’s action aesthetic, The Bourne Identity and Mission Impossible III.

There’s an awful lot of genius in Die Hard, and two geeks talking about it for an hour or so isn’t going to do full justice to all of the clever and inspired decisions that the film makes, so don’t feel aggrieved if we’ve left out your favourite bit. The music, for example. It’s got great music but we don’t really get to discuss it. And Jan De Bont‘s cinematography could probably occupy a whole podcast itself… we can’t cover everything, or we’d be recording for a week! But we do give the film a lot of love, and hopefully we find a bit of insight along the way.

We also say a fond farewell to the great James Gandolfini, who unexpectedly passed this week.

So jump in the limo with Pete and Justin and we’ll hit the minibar on the way to Nakatomi Plaza in the latest episode of Shoot the Glass!

Play

Captain Picard Would Steal Your Handbag

In the latest episode of Shoot The Glass we eulogise the late great Ray Harryhausen, the special effects master who passed away only last month. Watching the guy from LA Law battle a stop-motion Medusa in a Sunday matinee was the highlight of my week back in the early 80’s, and it bears mentioning that Ray’s thirty-year-old work makes for a lot more fun than the CG-heavy, 3D emptiness of the more recent Clash of the Titans remake.

We also talk about Dan Harmon’s unexpected return to Community, and the long-anticipated fourth season of Arrested Development, the show that made single-camera sitcoms cool and paved the way for innovative shows like Community while also making Modern Family inevitable.

Then we discuss two films I haven’t actually seen, The Hangover Part III and Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. One of these films was surprisingly good according to Pete; I’ll leave it a mystery as to which one. You’ll just have to listen!

Spoiler: It’s Gatsby. But listen anyway!

Speaking of spoilers, we spoil the hell out of JJ Abrams’ new chunk of interstellar lunacy, Star Trek Into Darkness. We spend a lot of time alternating between gushing over this film and providing something resembling thoughtful critique. I’ll level with you, there’s more gushing than thoughtful anything. We didn’t get even a quarter of the way towards really exploring everything that this film might mean; alas, our enthusiasms just got the better of us.

We’re not used to actually liking movies, okay? At least, not ones made after, say, 1988.

So come join Pete and Justin on the Shoot The Glass Podcast! And hit us up on twitter at @shoottheglass if you want to talk to us.

Play