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Interesting Crossover Film in terms of Hollywood Production


I'm watching the old Die Hard 2 here because it's Christmas Eve and it was next on the roster. A very much favorite film of mine back in the day, but i've not seen it in years. This movie felt very modern and radical back in the day. But watching it now, i'm surprised by how many of the scenes look and feel like the cinematography of old, from the 60s and 70s. Every now and then you get glimpses of how modern films are made today. This movie is right in the middle. I would definitely characterize this as a predominately old school film, with far more in common with Dirty Harry than Fast and the Furious.

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interesting observations - at times DH2 did have the look/feel of a 70s disaster movie like one of the Airport movies..

of course DH1 itself was kind of a take on the disaster genre (Towering Inferno) meets the 80s action film

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And that is a good thing!

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I had this conversation on another forum....and I think it's likely down to director Renny Harlin (who's movies used to have great cinematography and tight close-up shots, zooms, etc, that as such, became his trademark) He likely learnt or mimicked such techniques from the autuers of the 60's/70's. in later years, his camerawork panned-out a little (to fill the screen up with the vast backdrops of his ever bigger projects...think Cliffhanger or Cutthroat island)
His 'mojo' seems to have vanished around the time of 'Driven' (and his output since, has been patchy, at best)

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