Friday, February 1, 2013


                                                                                                              Picture: Theo Kingma
There have been some classic movies made over the years on the venerable Stage 8 on the 20th Century Fox back lot. But unfortunately the latest one to have taken over the vast soundstage isn't one of them.
  A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth in the series starring former bartender Bruce Willis,  is an abysmal mess....100 minutes of explosions, bombings, bullets and car chases (108 cars were wrecked during the filming) with a "story" that makes absolutely no sense.
Willis and Gianopulos unveiling the mural
   Nevertheless, the franchise has made over one billion dollars for Fox, so representatives of the world's press were invited onto the lot for a screening of the movie and to witness studio boss Jim Gianopulos and Bruce Willis unveil a hideous mural of a young-looking Willis, resembling a cross between the Jolly Green Giant and a manic Mel Gibson.
  Afterwards, perhaps to compensate them for having had to sit through the movie, the guests were invited for food and drink on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, where the first Die Hard was filmed 25 years ago. In those days Willis looked more like the mural. 

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