Day 21 – Favorite Action Movie

This movie is way too classic to not take home the prize for ‘Favorite Action Movie.’  This also happens to be on the ‘Favorite Christmas Movie’ short list for many of the men in my life.

I saw Die Hard so many times growing up, but only in snippets. Not much for a young girl to really latch onto with a sweaty guy in a dirty undershirt running around barefoot with a gun, just trying to beat the bad guys.  When I finally saw the entire thing, beginning to end, I think I was in high school.  I was hooked.  Great from beginning to end.

It was also a relief to finally understand how a guy who entered the building, intending on being a guest at an office Christmas party, eventually ended up looking like this:

… and barefoot, no less!

Seeing – and digging – Die Hard also lifted the veil on allll those shoot-em-up, blow-em-to-bits, dude movies that I’d seen my Dad and brothers watch and adore, but which consequently had no pull on my mother and I whatsoever.  And then, shortly thereafter I applied my understanding of action movies, as they marginally appeal to women, and cemented a theory which still holds true today.

Action movies are to men as chick flicks are to women.  They NEVER sound good to anyone belonging to the opposite of the target sex (i.e. a guy is never in the mood for a chick flick, and same goes for girls and action movies), but if forced to sit down and watch one, you know what?  We enjoy it 99% of the time.  They’re not bad in nature, just targeted for a different demographic, that’s all.

Anyway, Die Hard is my choice. I love Office John McLane’s character.  Nothing quite captures his essence better than that old favorite line:

“Yippee-ki-ay, M@#$er F#@%er”

Happy 4th of July, everybody!!

Coming tomorrow on Day 22 of the 30 Day Movie Challenge: “Favorite Documentary”

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