Wednesday, October 6, 2010

John McTiernan Movies

Mostly-'80s action movie director John McTiernan was sentenced on Monday to a year in prison.

The charges sounded like something out of one of his movies: perjury and lying to the FBI in a wiretapping case involving former P.I. Anthony Pellicano.

As dramatic as his real life is at the moment, we want to celebrate the fictional flicks he directed. Sure, he also directed "Medicine Man" (Sean Connery: "I found a cure for the plague of the 20th century, and now I've lossssshtt it!"), but you've gotta give the guy major credit for unleashing a pair of late-'80s masterpieces onto the world: "Die Hard" and "Predator."

"Die Hard" stands for me as one of the most entertaining flicks ever ("Welcome to the party, pal.") and Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber should be on anyone's top-10 fictional villains list. And "Predator" is an awesome, quotable romp -- plus, it stars Jessie Ventura and Carl Weathers alongside the Governator ("Get to da choppah!").

Good luck tis year, Mr. Director. Here's hoping you keep in mind the immortal words of John McClane: "Yippie-kay-yay, motherBEEEEEEP!"

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