Thursday, December 15, 2016

Die Hard and its Questionable Mainstream Status

If there's anything women don't have patience for, it's men condescending along gender lines. This winter, there's been a lot of specific feedback about men claiming that Die Hard is their favorite Christmas movie--Dana Schwartz has an excellent article here where she mocks a character performing this role.


Exhibit A: What people remember about Die Hard.


While I appreciate the immortal frustration of having to deal with condescending men, these articles also make me feel hot and itchy with rage. Not just because Die Hard is my favorite movie, but because this issue cuts at the heart of one of my least favorite things--Die Hard's misinterpretation as a Reaganesque police power fantasy.