This week we celebrate the culmination of 2014’s #25DaysOfXmas by exchanging gifts and wassailing late into the night. As our month-long celebration of the season finishes, we’re going to have a special Movie Monday question: What is your favourite Christmas special? This can be any seasonal episode, television special, or any film where Christmas is central to the plot. Mine isn’t just any Christmas movie, it’s THE Christmas movie….
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane’s wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), to keep the police at bay. (Wikipedia)
Last week, in case you missed it, we landed on a freaking comet! Also, Interstellar was one of the largest movies at the box office. To commemorate, this week’s Movie Monday question asks what your favourite space travel movie is. It can be anything that involves space travel, so use your imagination and boldly go where no one has gone before! Bonus points if there’s a comet involved! My entry is Michael Bay’s 1998 disaster opus, Armageddon.
Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. It features an ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David and Steve Buscemi. (Wikipedia)
Last week, Disney announced with much fanfare that they’ll be making Toy Story 4. The fan reactions have been mixed as the third installment of the series was definitively closed and fourth films have generally been horrific exploitations of market nostalgia at best (see: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Live Free or Die Hard, for example). In light of this, there are some good sequels floating around. I want to know what you think the best movie sequel is. For me, it’s a tough call, but I’m going to say U.S. Marshals with Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Robert Downey Jr. The Fugitive was already brilliant with Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, and Jones’s character was so fantastic that he really deserved his own film just so we could watch him chasing another wrongly accused fugitive!
U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Roy Huggins and John Pogue. The film is a sequel to the 1993 motion picture The Fugitive, which in turn was based on the 1960s television series of the same name, created by Huggins. The events depicted in the story do not involve the fictional protagonist of Dr. Richard Kimble personified by Harrison Ford from the initial film. Instead, an altered plot centers on a different fugitive played by actor Wesley Snipes, who attempts to elude government officials from an international conspiracy scandal. However, some of the actors from the previous film who portrayed Deputy Marshals, reprise their roles in the sequel. The ensemble cast features Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Downey, Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Wood and LaTanya Richardson. (Wikipedia)
This Wednesday is Flux Capacitor Day 2014, when we celebrate the day that “red letter day in the history of science: November 5th, 1955” when Doctor Emmett L. “Doc” Brown invented time travel. In honour of that celebration, for this inaugural Wingin’ It “Movie Monday”, what is your favourite movie involving time travel?
Besides the obvious choice of Back To The Future, my favourite time travel movie is The Final Countdown starring Martin Sheen and Kirk Douglas. It’s got some great lines, a fairly deep central question, and some excellent aerial scenes of F-15s dogfighting with “Mitsubishi Zeroes”!
The Final Countdown is a 1980 alternate history science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels through time to a day before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Produced by Peter Vincent Douglas and directed by Don Taylor, the film stars Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katharine Ross and Charles Durning. This was Taylor’s final film.
Produced with the full cooperation of the U.S. Navy and filmed on board the USS Nimitz supercarrier, The Final Countdown was a moderate success at the box office. In the years that followed, the film has developed a cult status among science fiction and military aviation fans. (Wikipedia)
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