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  • Re: Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

    You need to define 'Christmas movie' before you can determine whether Die Hard does or does not fit those criteria.

    Is a Christmas movie a movie that explores the values and practises associated with the holiday, ie. 'the meaning of Christmas'?

    Die Hard shows us John McClane attempting to reconcile with an estranged family member, his wife, at a party. Circumstances force them to occupy a building together. While others present focus on material wealth, which leads to their downfall, John places a higher value on personal relationships, and this factors into his happy ending.

    Is a Christmas movie a movie that takes place at Christmas?

    Die Hard takes place over the course of a work Christmas party and its aftermath. The Christmas setting is largely peripheral, with critical but ultimately minor plot relevance, serving as the impetus for the protagonist's presence (attending wife's work party) and villain's plot (building is largely unoccupied due to holiday).

    Is a Christmas movie one that you would be willing to watch on Christmas?

    Die Hard features smart writing, respectable acting, engaging action, relatable characters, and no overt moralising, making it inoffensive and engaging for audiences of almost all ages and backgrounds. The presence of minor Christmas elements weighs subtly but heavily in its favour here; a movie with no Christmas elements would be less desirable to watch over the Christmas period, regardless of its other merits.

    Die Hard does not focus on the spirit, values, or celebration of Christmas, meaning it rates lower in criteria #1 and #2 than more Christmas-centric movies like Jingle All the Way and Elf. However it rates relatively highly overall when all three criteria are taken into account. By rating highly in the crucial criteria #3, it pulls ahead of more Christmas-y but less watchable and, critically, less re-watchable movies like Home Alone 2, Batman Returns, Gremlins, Reindeer Games, and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. It goes without saying that for adult audiences it ranks well above the myriad saccharine family-oriented movies like Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, Frosty the Snowman (1969 animated), and It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Re: What Happened To You Today?

    Taryius said:
    High above, Antonius opens her glistening, tooth-lined maw wide and rains a great tempest of dragonfire down upon you, from which there is no escape or reprieve.

  • Re: What Happened To You Today?

    Daeir said:
    Wow, don't out Antonius. That's not PC.
    Also, she'll fuck you up.
  • Re: Calling all Battlestations! Share how you play achaea!

    The semi-controlled chaos that is where I work/live!

  • Re: Calling all Battlestations! Share how you play achaea!

  • Re: OOC Raves

    Lunch at work. Chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, a great beer. Not pictured: the pork chop I already fucked up.

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  • Re: Memorable quotes

    Aegoth says, "Does anyone need anything at all ever?"

    Reyson says, "A little advice about rituals would be most welcome."

    Aegoth says, "Always sacrifice a goat."

    Reyson says, "A goat? Truly?"

    Aegoth says, "Always."

    Aegoth says, "For the best rituals."

    Reyson says, "I shall endeavour to find a goat, in that case. Thank you, 

    Aegoth says, "Use a rusty knife."

    Aegoth says, "And make sure before you kill it that it has full sentient understanding of its sorrowful plight, particularly one of regret as it has failed to achieve its goatly life goals during its tiny goat life as you slit its goat throat, and spill its goat blood to sanctify the ritual."
  • Re: Quick Questions

    Talking about theory stuff is fine and all, but about .1% of the population will actually make the necessary code to do any of this stuff that is being talked about.
  • Re: What Happened To You Today?

    Oracle Ascendant Ryldagh Valeth, Spawn Slayer has appointed you to the position of Chancellor. <3

    Jonesey has bestowed his Housefavour upon you for: Congrats Chancellor..

    So terribly happy today. That's also my first ever HF in the Consortium!