It was either this, Rain Man or Who Framed Roger Rabbit for me. Coming to America was a personal choice, but I couldn’t pull the trigger.
I feel like, given that Die Hard revolutionized the action movie, being one of the top grossers of the year, and being remembered as it has – it’s fucking Die Hard – that pretty much makes it the choice for 1988.
This movie started the trend of the lone wolf action hero who is thrust into a situation he doesn’t want to be in and has to beat the odds and take down a group of enemies. Bruce Willis became a star because of this, with his sarcasm in the face of danger and unlikely action star demeanor.
Hell, for the next decade, all action movies were essentially called “Die Hard on a ____”. This is the choice for me for 1988. (more…)