Episode 79: Die Hard 2 (1990)

The Bit Players rejoin Bruce Willis for another Christmas Day massacre with their podcast on the 1990 action sequel, Die Hard 2. The guys discuss how, while John McClane’s character is ramped up to eleven with his indestructibility and one-liner delivery, Die Harder leaves something to be desired in the villain department. They then go on to discuss the importance of a great film villain in an action movie such as this, how the world could do with about 25 more Die Hard films, and who would replace Willis should they ever decide to go for full Bond Quan.

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Director
Renny Harlin
Stars
Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia

Selected By
Clark

3.4

Aired Monday, December 12, 2016

The Bit Players rejoin Bruce Willis for another Christmas Day massacre with their podcast on the 1990 action sequel, Die Hard 2. The guys discuss how, while John McClane's character is ramped up to eleven with his indestructibility and one-liner delivery, Die Harder leaves something to be desired in the villain department. They then go on to discuss the importance of a great film villain in an action movie such as this, how the world could do with about 25 more Die Hard films, and who would replace Willis should they ever decide to go for full Bond Quan.

Episode 34: Die Hard (1988)

Yippie ki-yay, anyone! The guys are scaling the elevator shaft of the Nakatomi Plaza alongside John McClane to go deep inside the 1988 classic action flick Die Hard. They walk through the greatest thrills, kills, and blood spills that take place in John McTiernan’s iconic film, which manages to feature not only excellent tension and pacing, but throws in some incredible set-pieces to boot. Bruce Willis embodies the everyman with his California-hating, front seat-limo riding, Christmas music-loving demeanor in a way that other action heroes like James Bond and Ethan Hunt simply have never done, bridging the gap between the action on screen and the butts in the seats, a phenomenon that has made the character of McClane endure for five films, growing more ludicrous with each installment. The guys also describe their own calling card that they’d send down the elevator to spook Hans Gruber.

Die Hard (1988)
Director
John McTiernan
Stars
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Selected By
Anders

4.6

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Aired Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Yippie ki-yay, anyone! The guys are scaling the elevator shaft of the Nakatomi Plaza alongside John McClane to go deep inside the 1988 classic action flick Die Hard. They walk through the greatest thrills, kills, and blood spills that take place in John McTiernan's iconic film, which manages to feature not only excellent tension and pacing, but throws in some incredible set-pieces to boot. Bruce Willis embodies the everyman with his California-hating, front seat-limo riding, Christmas music-loving demeanor in a way that other action heroes like James Bond and Ethan Hunt simply have never done, bridging the gap between the action on screen and the butts in the seats, a phenomenon that has made the character of McClane endure for five films, growing more ludicrous with each installment. The guys also describe their own calling card that they'd send down the elevator to spook Hans Gruber.

Episode 5: Unbreakable (2000)

The guys break down M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable, his excellently twisted take on the comic book or super hero genre. They look at the film’s place in the ranks of not only Shyamalan’s films as a catalog but comic book films as a whole, and how the character of Elijah Price (played by Samuel L. Jackson) might have predicted the future in saying that in “mediocre times,” the world needs a hero like David Dunn (Bruce Willis). It’s certainly fun to hope there are heroes like that out there, and the guys look into their own characters to decide what super powers they might possess in a world where such things exist, who their archenemy would be, and talk about big summer blockbusters that they’re excited for.

Unbreakable (2000)
Director
M. Night Shyamalan
Stars
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Selected By
Brian

4.4

Aired Friday, April 24, 2015
The guys break down M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 film Unbreakable, his excellently twisted take on the comic book or super hero genre. They look at the film's place in the ranks of not only Shyamalan's films as a catalog but comic book films as a whole, and how the character of Elijah Price (played by Samuel L. Jackson) might have predicted the future in saying that in "mediocre times," the world needs a hero like David Dunn (Bruce Willis). It's certainly fun to hope there are heroes like that out there, and the guys look into their own characters to decide what super powers they might possess in a world where such things exist, who their archenemy would be, and talk about big summer blockbusters that they're excited for.