Bruce Willis has cemented himself as a bona fide Hollywood action star. So it’s no wonder why Everybody Wants to Kill Bruce, in this clever short film edited together using clips from various Bruce Willis films, from Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element to Pulp Fiction, to name a few. What makes this short especially awesome though is that it incorporates characters and clips from various other films (the ones from Death Proof and The Hurt Locker are particularly cool), really making it seem as though everyone is just after a piece of Bruce Willis.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (2013)
A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise, with Bruce Willis’ John McClane traveling to Russia in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged son, Jack (played by Jai Courtney). Unfortunately Jack has taken after his father’s tendency to get into bad scrapes, and turns out he’s up and joined the CIA as a spy working to extract an important asset, Komarov, from certain death. Komarov claims he has information on Chagarin, a Russian power player who has a reputation for bankrolling and masterminding various terrorist activities. Naturally, Chagarin wants Komarov dead, and it is up to Jack McClane to ensure his safe passage from the country. Jack’s operation hits a detour when his father crashes the party, which leads to Komarov being captured. Despite the obvious yet unexplained animosity between father and son, John McClane Sr and Jr team up to rescue Komarov. While the film doesn’t necessarily sound bad on paper, its execution is a monumental disaster. This may come as no surprise to many, given that the film was directed by Max Payne’s John Moore and written by X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Skip Woods, both men having committed some egregious crimes against humanity with their awful movies, and who really just went batshit crazy (for lack of a better phrase) with this film. A Good Day to Die Hard is 90 minutes of your life you will never get back, so mind-numbingly awful it almost makes you want to stab your feet with broken glass while hobbling out of the theater.
I don’t think about it too much. It just always has seemed whimsical to me, to think about it. You don’t get an Oscar for comedy, and you don’t get it for shooting people. You get it for novelty, of being fascinating to watch in some character role. But the Die Hard stuff and Dirty Harry are all fraught with the same thing that every story is fraught with.
LOOPER - written and directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.
In the year 2074, time travel has already been invented, but has been outlawed. Criminal syndicates use it as a tool to dispose of their enemies, by sending them into the past to be eliminated by assassins called “loopers”. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of these loopers. Joe has never let a target escape, until the target turns out to be his future self (played by Bruce Willis). Rian Johnson’s Looper is a wildly entertaining, thought-provoking film about the cyclical nature of human action, and how this seems to be magnified when coupled with such an elusive element such as time travel. Nathan Johnson’s gritty, industrial soundtrack amazingly amplified the atmosphere of the movie as well (full review).