Friday, December 27, 2013

Favorite Christmas Scene Friday! Die Hard: "Welcome to the party, pal!"

So we're here, readers, and here is the Friday after Christmas. Two full days after Christmas, in fact. But we can't really move on that quickly, right? Why pass up the opportunity to feature a Christmas movie for this week's Favorite Scene Friday? How about we compromise with a great scene from the greatest "best-Christmas-movie-that-isn't-really-a-Christmas-movie" movie?

Cult Collective via JoBlo

And, hey, Christmas may be over, but soon it'll be time to party again for New Year's Eve, and Die Hard is one big party if you think about it.  

This week's scene is great, because it's where the film goes from crazy to "Bruce-Willis-throwing-bodies-out-of-skyscrapers" insane. You see, up until this point, cop-defending-a-highrise-full-of-people John McClane (man I'm doing that hyphenating thing a lot in this post) was essentially the only good guy in the fight. The local authorities had no idea that the Nakatomi Plaza had been taken over by terrorists lead by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). As soon as the body of a terrorist crashes into Sgt. Powell's (Reginald VelJohnson) car, the movie is in full swing.

Not only is Die Hard a great Christmas movie (and action movie, duh) it's a great '80s movie. They don't make 'em like this anymore, despite Sly Stallone's best efforts with The Expendables flicks. There was something fun about '80s action movies and Die Hard in particular. In this week's scene, McClane throws a dead body out a window and that should be horrific, (for Sgt. Powell it is) but he's able to spit out a classic quip. "Welcome to the party, pal!" Welcome indeed. Happy New Year, everybody!

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