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“I sure do”.
That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee. Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.
And Les Miserables.
And Rock of Ages.
And a heap more musicals.
And now I love SMASH.
My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.
Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?
I also happen to love me a good musical. And that musical can be on the big screen, the small screen or even live on stage.
I don’t care what people think.
I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!
I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show! I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?
My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format. This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.
This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing. It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway. It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed. Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.
So tease me all you want. It’s ok. Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t! Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world. It does make the world a better place.
What is your favourite musical? Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?
If you go to see A Good Day to Die Hard, the 5th instalment in the Die Hard franchise, don’t expect to see a typical Die Hard movie.
But firstly, what is a typical Die Hard movie?
When people think, Die Hard, they think of an ordinary guy, trapped in an impossible situation, armed only with his wit and determination not to die. Sure. 25 years ago when John McClane was trapped in a building alone and up against 30 terrorists. The only conduit to the outside world he has is via a CB radio to Sgt Al Powell, who’s out on the street. He saves the day as we all know and the credits roll to Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.
The sequel, just 2 years later, escalates with McClane once again in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is mostly solo but has a little help from an airport orderly and a reluctant airport police commander in trying to save his wife’s plane as it heads to Washington DC. Armed again with his customary one liners, he once again saves the day.
In the third instalment, Die Hard with a Vengeance, McClane is this time in the middle of the action, but not by accident but by invitation from another Gruber. Other than the opening challenge, set by Simon, McClane is joined by a sidekick in the form of Samuel L Jackson, who assists him in saving New York.
In Live Free or Die Hard or Die Hard 4.0, he has another reluctant sidekick in the form of Justin Long and then in the newest film, A Good Day to Die Hard he is joined by his estranged son, Jack.
See a pattern here? I’ll help you out. McClane in each movie since the original and most of the Die Hard 2, hasn’t been solo. The last three films he has had a companion throughout the movie. He has also become somewhat superhuman, surviving a flooded aqua dock and exploding ship, an attack from an F35 Jet after surfing on the tail of the same jet, and being flung around by a helicopter in the newest film. Sure he dangled from a fire hose in Die Hard and ejected out of an exploding military cargo plane in the second, but both are plausible and not that far fetched. However the stunts have been getting bigger and more unbelievable. Nothing about the sequels equals the same feel as Die Hard and to a lesser extent Die Hard 2.
During the 25 years he’s been a cop, don’t you think that John McClane has also grown and become more skilful and cunning in what he does? If the original John McClane tried to fight the Russians in A Good Day to Die Hard, he probably would have been eaten up and spat out in the opening gun battle. But as with anyone, he’s 25 years older, smarter and wiser.
This isn’t James Bond who replace the actors every 5th movie or so. This is Bruce Willis who coincidentally is getting old too, just like John McClane. Therefore not only is the actor ageing but so is the character. With ageing comes growth. With growth comes new skills and emotions and new ways of doing things.
I don’t go to each new Die Hard expecting to see the same movie or get the same feel as the original. I go expecting to see a kick ass action movie with plenty of explosions, gun fight, one liners and great villains. And when it comes to the villains, I never expect to see Hans Gruber again. He was an extraordinary bad guy, played by Alan Rickman. If each bad guy wore John Williams suits and spoke so well, then maybe but he really was one of a kind.
So my advice when going and seeing A Good Day to Die Hard is to sit back and enjoy it for what it is. A whole different movie to the original but with the same John McClane wit and never say die attitude.
I loved it and so has everyone else in my family full of McClanes.
4 out of 5 stars.
Since 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard or Die Hard 4.0 as it was known internationally, fans of the Bruce Willis arse kicking series have been waiting for the next instalment, especially considering that Willis said that there would probably be two more movies in the franchise.
Here is the first official image from Die Hard 5, featuring Bruce Willis and Australia’s very own, Jai Courtney.
Plot details are still sketchy but what we know is that the film is set in Russia where John McClane goes to the rescue of his son, Jack. Yep, Jack McClane! How cool.
The official name for Die Hard 5 is A Good Day to Die Hard and it will be released on February 14 in the US. We’ll have to wait until March 21 in Australia.
We can expect to see the first trailer next week when Taken 2 hits the cinema.
I can’t wait! Yippie Kai Yay MF’ers.
When I was a kid in high school and while sitting in the amphitheater for school assembly, I use to imagine the school was getting attacked by terrorists and it was up to me to save the day.
I remember how I would do it and the small spaces I would climb through and the ledges I would jump off to get to my position of advantage to take out the bad guys, one by one.
I can’t recall whether these daydreams started before or after I had seen Die Hard for the first time. Most likely before as Die Hard came out when I was in year 11 and I am sure I had rescued the school and all of the teachers and students a hundred times before then.
It was definitely before Sean Astin saved his school from terrorists in 1991’s Toy Soldiers, which is well before he became a hobbit. I still think that the producers of that movie tapped into my daydreams and stole my idea, though I didn’t have Louis Gossett Jr. in my daydreams which is a shame because he was so cool back in the ’80s and ’90s.
So back to reality and fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which side of the fence you’re on, I have never had to face off against terrorists and save the day. I did once chase down a bag snatcher which you can read about here, but other than that, my heroic days have been few and far between.
I wonder though what I would do in such circumstances. Have I seen too many movies where the good guys win and save the day? Does this really happen in real life? How many reports do we see on the news where the day hasn’t been saved?
The attacks on 9/11 and Bali prove that sometimes terrorists get what they want and even if John McClane or Casey Ryback or Jack Bauer were real and available they probably would have been able to do bugger all about it.
Yet we do hear of good news stories where terrorists do get stopped but it is generally by the agencies responsible for keeping us safe. The Mosman Bomb Threat is one recent example even though it was only an act of terrorism against one person.
I would like to think that if there was no one else specialised to do it, that I would stand up and fight against anyone trying to cause harm against my fellow man. Perhaps if more people stood up and said no to crime, the world might be a little better place to live in.
Luckily terrorism in my neck of the woods is rare and we live in relative peace in Australia. We have criminals, as does every society, but I think the major crime saving days will still be on the big screen with the score conducted by James Horner or Hans Zimmer and the credits roll at the end.
I’m not ready to prove that what I think is a reality of me saving the day in my mind is actually a one-way ticket to that giant big fluffy cloud in the sky with my last thought being, “you dickhead, did you really think you could make a difference, did you?!”
But if that day comes though, I will try and make that difference. For now, I’m quite content to daydream about it.
What about you. Did you ever daydream of battling terrorists at school or have you had these daydreams as an adult? Would love to hear from you.
I can’t believe I am going to write this piece and give even more airtime to that chick, Justine Bieber.
You know who she is. Of course you do. She has dominated your online world for the best part of two years now. She has polluted your twitter timeline. Well not her, but all of her fans….
Hang on, hang on, I am being disrespectful to the teen sensation. Of course Justin Bieber is a 17 year old boy and I gotta tell you, after watching the interview from Michael Usher on Australian 60 Minutes this week, I gotta say my opinion of the Biebs has somewhat changed.
I did joke about him being a ‘her’ and not calling him Justin but Justine. I did this based on nothing at all except knowing that he was occupying vital cyberspace which I would have much preferred be given to – well anyone!
I didn’t really know any of his songs but I knew his story. Well I thought I knew his story. I thought he was some kid who knew he could sing, and had an ok boyish look and charm about him and went online to sell himself as the next big thing.
I thought you pretentious little shit. Most stars wait to be discovered. You went online to be found.
Then I watched the interview. As it turns out, Justin had loaded the video onto YouTube so that his family could see him sing and dance. That’s ok I thought. I’ve done the same with my kids so far away friends and relatives can see what they’re up to.
He doesn’t quite know how they became viral and in turn created an internet sensation. Long story short, he was discovered by a producer, signed and his star rose rapidly.
He also came from a broken home and certainly didn’t have the advantages that a lot of kids have today. It appears as though his life wasn’t cookies and cream but he loved to sing and play the drums (which he was shown doing at a very young age rapping out a beat on some chairs).
He seems very down to earth and I gotta say, he’s pretty likeable.
When I heard about his hair being auctioned off a couple of weeks ago I thought this kid is so up himself that he thinks people want his hair but he explained that he thought he could sell it off for charity. Better off doing that than throwing it in the bin! He’s right. If he can auction off his do and raise money for a worthwhile charity, well why the hell not? Who am I to judge? Maybe I was jealous that he had hair to auction off and I don’t!
“It gives people hope and at the end of the day….if you focus and keep your dreams in front of you….never give up. Never say never. Anything is possible”
It’s a great attitude. Anything is possible with the right attitude. That’s how I try and live my life.
Justin Bieber, you’re alright kid and I’m going to give you a break from my cruel taunts and jokes.
That doesn’t mean I’ll be buying your songs though! But it also means I won’t be stopping my teenage daughter from buying them either.
Good luck mate. I hope it doesn’t go to your head and that in 20 years time, you’re not the current day Charlie Sheen.