3 Reasons Why “Die Hard” is NOT a Christmas movie.

 

Around this time of year a certain argument starts to show up and it’s one we disagree with hard here at Experience Grind, it’s very rare when both hosts agree so vehemently so you know this argument at least has some thought behind it. We are here today to stop this notion that “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie. That is not to say that it can’t be a part of your Christmas tradition, that’s the beautiful part about what makes a tradition, you make up the rules. “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie but a movie that takes place during Christmas.

So without further ado Experience Grind presents the 3 reasons “Die Hard” is NOT a Christmas movie.

 

  • Christmas is not ancillary to the plot.

 

The biggest argument against Die Hard as a Christmas movie is the fact that Christmas doesn’t matter at all to the plot. I know, I know, I already hear your arguments:

  • “Yea it does! It’s the reason John is coming to town and the reason all the people are staying late in the building to have the party!”
  • None of that is Christmas specific they could have been staying over to celebrate the opening of the building (a workable excuse given that the building was under construction at the time of filming) John coming to town is easily explained as trying to reconcile his marriage whether it’s for a Christmas party or grand opening doesn’t matter the main focus is reconciliation.
  • It’s the reason why the police/Security guards are caught off guard!”

 

  • The guards are caught off guard because the building isn’t open yet, again this could be easily replaced with a business opening party for the employees Christmas has not effect
  • The police would never operate with less officers just because it was Christmas in fact it’s more likely they have more officers on duty because of that sweet Holiday overtime pay they would receive.

 

  • There is no Growth for the characters.
    In our opinion a requirement to be a Christmas movie is that a character needs to learn a lesson or a hard truth about themselves or the world that leads to growth for that character. Scrooge learns to help those less fortunate than himself, The Grinch learns to not isolate himself and to love his neighbor Rudolph learns to help peers when they need it and be the bigger person. 

 

 

John McClane goes through no such character growth he is the same person at the beginning of the film and the end he has the same moral compass, convictions and motivations.

 

  • There is none of that old fashioned “Christmas Magic”™

 

As stated in our opening argument you could change the holiday in Die Hard to literally any other time of year and it would have the same effect. Christmas has no outcome over the actions in the movie. Compared to “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” where the central theme is the Christmas bonus Clark is hoping to receive to install a pool and his bosses understanding of how cold hearted it was to not reward his employees instead of press charges for being kidnapped, or the Red Ryder BB Gun Ralphie pines for throughout “A Christmas Story” which he gets at his lowest moment when he thinks he has been denied the one gift he desired most. John McClane overcomes all of his obstacles with wit and fortitude to not give up, it is his ingrained nature as a cop, there is no magic or helping hand giving him assistance.

Look, Die Hard is a fantastic action flick that we will watch anytime because we thoroughly enjoy it in every aspect, it is a well-paced and tight action flick that a lot of other action films could study to find out why it works so well (the recent sequels should have that’s for sure.) but it is an action movie that just also happens to take place during Christmas. Much like the difference between “Art” and “Pornography” it is hard to quantify a Christmas movie but you know it when you see it and “Die Hard” is as much a Christmas movie as “Lethal Weapon”.

Oh, what’s that? You didn’t know another classic action movie from the 80’s was also set during Christmas time? Weird, it’s almost like it had no bearing on the overall plot of the film…

 (<You right now)

Episode 90: The Stream Dream Team

Kyle & Ryan are joined by a very special guest Sound Engineer Andry makes his return to the show this time coming out from behind the sound board to talk about all the games the guys played during the 24 hour charity stream they took part in in early November. As always expect a lot of tangents and unrelated issues besides the main topic, as well as the new segment “What You Hyped For?” this was a beautiful mess of an episode that we hope you enjoy.

Episode 89: Big Trouble

The boys have come together to talk about the 2003 crime comedy “Big Trouble” NOT Big Trouble in Little China. This movie stars a whole lot of actors that you know and love from all over the tv and movie world. The boys talk about why these people got together and what the big controversy surrounding this movie is (Pssst! Not Much) They also kind of talk about the giant shit hole Hollywood seems to be in general lately and it might be a topic the revisit in the future.

Episode 88: Metal Slug 3

On this episode we talk about the SNK shoot em up “Metal Slug 3″…or at least we try to. We of course go off on a lot of different tangents about things that have no relevance to the game itself but overall this episode turned out really good, we get into the “Meat & Potatoes” of the game which is all you ever wanted right? We also hit on that Battlefront 2 controversy and a lot of other things.

Episode 87: Thor: Ragnarok

You had to know this episode was coming if you’ve ever listened to the show and know how much of a fan Ryan is of all things Marvel Cinematic Universe. The dudes sit down and wax poetic about what they hope is the first good Thor movie and the continued greatness of the MCU in general. does it hold up? Let’s find out together on this episode.
Also spoilers ahead of course dummies.

Episode 86: Double Dragon Neon

Double Dragon Neon is a modern sequel to the daddy of all  beat em ups. Kyle & Ryan sit down in the new studio to discuss this game that captured their attention during the 24 hour charity stream they participated in. Did it capture it in a good way or a bad one? Join us to find out on this episode.

Also there are tangents…lots and lots of tangents.

Episode 85: Blade Runner & Blade Runner 2049

In a move from the old days of Experience Grind Kyle & Ryan decide to discuss two movies instead of one. They are joined again by Laura as they dive into “Blade Runner” and it’s sequel “Blade Runner 2049” check it the F out you heartless replicants.

Episode 84: Halloween Spooktacular

Greetings ghouls and ghosts! On this final episode of the spookiest month Kyle and Ryan are joined by the lovely Laura to have a discussion about all things Halloween! From costumes, to tricks and real life Haunted places they’ve been. It’s always a hoot when Laura is on so you know this episode is going to be overflowing with great things get her and get spooky.

Episode 83: The Evil Within w/Brooks

 

Can we quit trying to name this holiday something catchy and fun, It’s flippin’ Devils Night at the witching hour and we’re talking about the supremely messed up “the Evil Within” A survival horror game by the legendary Shinji Mikami the father of Survival horror and “Resident Evil” does this game add to his staggering legacy or does it stumble and shuffle around like a zombie? find out right now on EXPERIENCE GRIND PODCAST! (c)

Episode 82: The Thing (2011)

 

For this episode of Schlocktober? Jock(Jams)tober? Sarlacctober? Kyle & Ryan handle another sequel to a movie from they discussed last year “The Thing (2011)” a movie that many criticize for its overuse of CGI and attempts to recapture the magic of a cinema masterpiece. The boys attempt to detach themselves from that classic film and look at the prequel with an objective eye and evaluate it on it’s merits. this is also the second episode recorded in the new Experience Grind HQ 3.0 so you should notice some sound improvements.

one final note we established a new Patreon goal maybe you would like to help us reach it? https://www.patreon.com/experiencegrind

Episode 81: An American Werewolf in Paris

 

It’s Shocktober! Rocktober? Jerktober? Kyle & Ryan have difficulties naming the month of October a catchy theme name, maybe there are some residual effects from #StonerMovieSeptember still hanging around? Anyways the boys get together in a new recording space to discuss the sequel to a Horror movie they discussed last October, the special effects masterpiece “An American Werewolf in London” Does this quintessential 90’s film hold up as the original it tries to emulate and pay homage to? Maybe. (pssssst! probably not)

CORRECTION!!! We state Tom Savini performed the special effects in “An American Werewolf in London” when it was actually Rick Baker a special effects pioneer we discussed and gave credit to in that episode and we got it wrong here, blame the booze.

The boys also discuss their first ethnic kiss and tongue kissing in general, and is it bestiality if you bang a dog while you’re transformed into a werewolf?

Episode 80: The Big Lebowski (#stonermovieseptember)

 

Kyle & Ryan Conclude their celebration of #stonermovieseptember with “The Big Lebowski” a movie that is discussed outside of Stoner movie circles as well as within. Do the boys try and break down what makes this film so beloved it led to the creations of Big Lebowski festivals and even a religion? Or do they just argue about who is the better character? You should watch and find out!

Episode 79″ Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

 

Stoner Movie September continues to BLAZE on as Kyle & Ryan discuss the comedy rock opera “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” They discuss musical talent as well and make fun of each other like normal. They also talk about Religion which everyone wants to hear about.

Episode 78: Pineapple Express (Stoner Movie September)

 

#stonermovieseptember continues to roll on as Kyle & Ryan sit down to discuss a movie Kyle has hated since the one and only time he saw it “Pineapple Express” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. They also talk about some other dumb stuff before it and Sound Engineer Andry quits the show for the second time in as many episodes.

Why don’t you share this episode wth your friends like a poorly rolled joint in high school?

Episode 77: Dazed and Confused (Stoner Movie September)

Hooooray! Stoner Movie September has arrived! We kick things off with a trip back to the 70’s with the 1993 film by Richard Linklater. Kyle & Ryan talk about what they were like in high school, what makes a good stoner movie, and just what it’s like to be big losers.

Episode 76: Plowgames Interview

Kyle & Ryan took a road trip this week to visit the studios of “Plowgames” to talk about their recently released WWII strategy card game “Last Front” they also discuss game design and the differences between designing for physical games compared to video games.

Follow Plowgames on Twitter: https://twitter.com/plowdigital?lang=en
Pick up a copy of “Last Front”: http://lastfrontgame.com/

Episode 75: Psychonauts (2005)

Kyle & Ryan sit down and have a chat about the 2005 action, platformer by Doublefine Games “Psychonauts”. They spend a lot of time talking about mental instability as well as trying to guess what the inside of the others head looks like on a daily basis.

Episode 74: What Dreams May Come (1998)

 

In this episode Kyle & Ryan tackle a request to talk about the 1998 drama “What dreams May Come” from good friend of the show (and known cheater) “Magic Micah”

This episode starts harsh and just get’s harsher as the boys really did not enjoy this movie in the slightest. They also talk about the afterlife and some dream directors for the project.

Episode 73: Overwatch

 

Kyle & Ryan are again joined by their good friend Alex to sit down and have a discussion about the Blizzard team based objective FPS “Overwatch” they ramble about their favorite characters, babysitting and why they think Overwatch is just so darn enjoyable!

Episode 72: Comic Con Breakdown(with a lil’ D23)

 

This week Kyle & Ryan are joined in the studio by their friend Alex and the three of them get into a discussion about all of the things that were announced so far at San Diego comic Con as well talk about a few of the the announcements from the Disney expo “D23”