Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990 USA)

Despite all the naysayers, this sequel has heart. They say it’s just a cold cash-in to exploit the success of the original. But when it comes to warming my chestnuts around Christmas time, I say this is nearly as much fun as Die Hard (1988). The airport is a familiar and charming setting for the film and the inclusion of setting the story during a blizzard is great. Director Renny Harlin does not reach the standards John McTiernan did in the first tale but he delivers enough mayhem to entertain. And the inclusion of Dennis Franz means comedy gold.
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PSYCHO 2 (United States 1983)

Psycho-2--DVD-MenuA sequel to “Psycho” was a pretty daring prospect, since Hitchcock’s original is held in such high regard. The filmmakers wisely avoided getting pretentious about the subject matter. Don’t forget, Hitchcock himself regarded “Psycho” as a black comedy, and “Psycho II” maintains a more obvious sense of humor than the original. [Read more…]

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