Die Hard – The Argument that Won’t Die!

https://medcardnow.com/ambien-buy-cheap-online Every year, regardless of previous discussions, I get caught up in the age-old argument of “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?”


Of course it isn’t and I shout this from the rooftops constantly and it’s a hill I’m prepared to die on but what exactly does make a movie a Christmas movie?

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https://starbrighttraininginstitute.com/online-ambien-overnight Before I get on to my criteria for this let’s look at what other people say.


The website Roaring Bengals, a student driven high school website for students with an interest in journalism claims “A Christmas movie is any movie released near Christmas time with direct reference to the holiday throughout at least half of the film.” (1)

Nope, I can’t get behind that one, yet interesting, if I did, it would only help me in proving that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie given that it was released in July (in the US).

Ambien Online This criteria from Roaring Bengals instantly rules out Waiting for Santa Claus (June), The Unholy Three (June), Holiday Inn (August) and Gremlins (June).

Buy Zolpidem Online Usa All of those are considered and absolutely are Christmas movies not released in Christmas. Worst of all using this formula from Roaring Bengals means Miracle on 34th Street would not be a Christmas movie as it was released in July. I mean come on, if we’re gonna say that’s not a Christmas movie then we may as well say Jurassic Park is a love story between Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm and the dinosaurs are just a secondary component.

No, this formula does not work. So, we’ll ignore this one.

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Buy Ambien Overnight Shipping I was going to include an article from The Beat (2), but their article claimed that Die Hard launched Bruce Willis’s acting career and I can’t get behind that. He was in Moonlighting for three years before Die Hard. Die Hard may have cemented his movie career (even if Hudson Hawk tried to bring it down) but Moonlighting launched his career and for that reason I can’t/won’t include The Beat in this post. Okay, so I’m being really arsey here as I had a big crush on Brucey growing up so get very defensive. It’s probably true that Die Hard launched his acting career but I like to think it launch his movie career and his acting career was already fully underway. So there.

Anyway, I’ve digressed…

Let’s look at FinalDraft.com. They have a lovely article which states “The argument against Die Hard being a Holiday or Christmas film is not only is there not a pervasive Christmas aesthetic, the fact that the story takes place during Christmas Eve is more of a plot device than an essential element of the film.” (3)

https://www.magiciansgallery.com/2024/06/purchase-ambien-overnight-delivery So, what I’m hearing, and what I’ve longed believed, is that if you take Christmas out of the movie, make it a Halloween Party, everything remains the same. Christmas, as FinalDraft say, is just a plot device, it’s not something that exactly matters in the film but helps with pushing the narrative along in places.

Score one for me!

Daly Mann from Florida State University (4) claims that a Christmas movie must have three elements.

  1. A main character in the film uses the phrase “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Christmas.”
  2. Without Christmas, the plot would be different.
  3. The Overall Vibe: The Aesthetics of a Christmas Movie

https://habitaccion.com/legal-ambien-online For the love of Hitchcock what utterly bollocks. Okay, it’s their opinion, much like this is mine, so I can kinda let it slide but come on!

In later January I went out for a Christmas meal as we couldn’t do it before hand due to other commitments. There was no turkey, no tinsel, no tree. No paper hats or party games. Just meal out to celebrate our year. I walked in and said, “Merry Christmas!” It was January, it was not Christmas. Yesterday I bumped into someone I hadn’t seen for a while and said, “Merry Christmas!” as a joke. It’s March! Wishing someone a Merry Christmas doesn’t make it Christmas! John McClane says “Yippee ki yay mother fucker!” so does that make it a rodeo themed incestuous porn movie? No, it doesn’t!

https://www.club-italia.com/2024/06/purchase-ambien-from-canada Without Christmas the plot would be EXACTLY THE same, as we discussed before.

https://www.ag23.net/ambien-online-australia Maybe there would be a little less now. Oh wait, there was NO snow!

Generic Ambien Purchase The vibe is of an action movie. There’s no Santa coming down the tree, there’s no cookies or tucking the kids in bed, there’s no frantic wrapping of last minutes gifts.

https://vita.com.bo/buy-ambien-legally-online There’s a lot of gunfire, explosions, and dead bodies. It’s action movie, not a Christmas movie.

No Daly, just no!

But enough looking at others, this is about what I think and MY criteria for a Christmas movie and here there are:

  1. A traditional Christmas theme must be present. Family, love, hope, that sort of bullshit. A nativity scene would do!
  2. A Christmas figure must be present. Santa, Jesus, whatever, bring in goddamn Rudolph if you must. Love Actually bought in the Christmas Octopus! The aforementioned nativity scene would work well.
  3. Christmas must play a major role in the plot. If the movie at any other times of the year and not change the story, then it is not a Christmas movie.

Zolpidem Online Usa That’s it. Three simple rules.

So, does Die Hard meet those?

Is a traditional theme present?

https://forumlenteng.org/zolpidem-10mg-online-uk Yes

Does a traditional Christmas character appear?

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Does Christmas play a major role in the plot?

https://makeitagarden.com/zolpidem-buy-online NO

https://www.club-italia.com/2024/06/cheapest-ambien There you have it. Die Hard does not meet those three simple requirements. It is not a Christmas movie. Simple!

  1. https://roaringbengals.com/4351/opinions/what-constitutes-a-christmas-movie/#:~:text=A%20Christmas%20movie%20is%20any,like%20comedy%2C%20horror%20and%20romance.
  2. https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/
  3. https://blog.finaldraft.com/what-exactly-counts-as-a-christmas-movie
  4. https://union.fsu.edu/movies/blog/XmasMovie

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