What's your favorite Holiday movie? A Christmas Story? It's a Wonderful Life? Scrooged? Nah, I'm talking about action movies set at Christmas time! Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, I Come In Peace, The Last Boy Scout and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang come to mind; i.e. Joel Silver, Shane Black, Renny Harlin and Richard Donner created their own wonderful sub-genre to celebrate peace on earth, goodwill towards men as well as extreme violence, machine guns, one-liners and explosion filled mayhem.
This December, The Arclight Cinemas is hosting multiple screenings of Holiday set classics dramatic, funny and action packed. I'll be hosting Die Hard 2: Die Harder with special guest screenwriter Steven E de Souza on hand for Q&A. Unlike The Van Damme Double Dip, Dolph Night or The Carl Weathers Tribute, The Arclight Presents Die Hard 2 was not curated by Dammaged Goods. While I did secure the guest, I won't be doing my usual trivia, prizes and custom tee shirt giveaway as the event is only a couple weeks away. In a strange bit of repertory screening coincidence, DH2 helmer Renny Harlin has 3 films showing in Los Angeles this month. This Thursday is The Adventures of Ford Fairlane at The Egyptian in Hollywood complete with Andrew Dice Clay and screenwriter Daniel Waters in attendance for a night I wish I had programmed. The same evening in Sherman Oaks, Harlin's "amnesiac assassin" tale The Long Kiss Goodnight starring Gena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson is also playing. Mr. Harlin was cool enough to respond to my invitation to speak at DH2 but awesome/sadly he's shooting a film overseas. Super buff and intense villain William Sadler lives in New York full time while I'm still working on lining up some additional guests.