Die Hard Review

Die Hard Review

www.hypergeeky.comDie Hard is a film we all know and love.

An adaptation of the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever, this tale of an office Christmas party gone wrong is 131 minutes of pure ’80’s goodness.

The film’s use of charming villains, reluctant heroes, and enough action to stretch the duration 40 minutes past the genre’s hour-and-a-half average resulted in a box office hit, a 20-year franchise, and nuclear explosion that brought us super-action lead, Bruce Willis.

With so much going on, it’s easy to forget it’s a Christmas film.

We first meet our hero, Detective John McClane (Willis) of the NYPD, upon his arrival in Los Angeles.

Six months separated from his wife, Holly, he accepts her invitation to attend the office Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza.

Being a homicide detective, John is completely out of his element amongst this sea of business people. Clearly from two different worlds, we get a glimpse of the tension that divided the couple’s marriage amidst a brief attempted reconciliation.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Review

Alice in Wonderland (2010) Review

www.hypergeeky.comTim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland feels more like a tired retread rather than a revisionist retelling or inspired remake.

Burton’s trademark visual style aside, the newest Alice story doesn’t go too far off the beaten path putting her against familiar foes in a drearier setting while confronting her most stubborn enemy — herself.

It’s a girl-power film with a finish that’s so underwhelming, it feels less like an uppercut and more like a slap to the rear.

A young woman with great expectations, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself at her own engagement party.

Unhappy with the circumstances of marriage suddenly being placed on her timid shoulders, she treks through the garden and follows a white rabbit into Underland, a familiar place she’s visited in recurring dreams.

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Lost in the Rabbit Hole — Alice in Wonderland Review

Lost in the Rabbit Hole — Alice in Wonderland Review
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A young woman with great expectations, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself at her own engagement party.

Unhappy with the circumstances of marriage suddenly placed onto her timid shoulders, she treks through the garden and follows a white rabbit into Underland, a familiar place she’s visited in recurring dreams.

Once there, the curious inhabitants wonder whether she’s the Alice of prophesy or just a coincidental namesake.

Contending with the growing prospect that she is the prophesied hero, Alice has to take up the mantle and the pressures that come with it as her journey leads her to its logical conclusion — slaying the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky.

It’s a girl-power film that sets up our heroine for a strong finish, but we’re left with an ending that’s so underwhelming, it feels less like an uppercut and more like a slap to the rear.

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