March 13th, 2013

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 29 "Lore" is simple and gritty

**Lore** opens this weekend at the Living Room Theater on the Florida Atlantic University Campus. This German movie with English subtitles has been winning awards on the film festival circuit.

Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) is a 14 year old girl whose parents are Nazis. As the allies overtake Germany, Lore and her siblings become separated from their parents.

To find a safe haven, Lore must escort her 4 brothers and sisters accross the treacherous black forrest in Germany. Along the way, Lore learns to trust a person she had been socialized to hate.

**Lore** is simple and gritty. After witnessing death, sex and brutality, **Lore** concludes on a serious note. Lore and her siblings have witnessed things that will haunt the rest of their lives.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 29 1988 Flashback "Die Hard"

As "Moonlighting" prepared for it's final season, Bruce Willis moonlighted with "Die Hard." Having been associated with goofy comedy, Willis started his career as a bonifide action hero.

The plot is simple, terrorists take over a building in Los Angeles. Alan Rickman portrayed the master villain who has many tricks up his sleeve. Alexander Godunov is Rickman's major henchman. In contrast, Willis plays a vulnerable cop named John McClain is on the outs with his wife, played by Bonnie Bedelia. The summer of 1988 was a hot one for Bedelia who was on the big screen as Harrison Ford's wife on "Presumed Innocent."

The action was thrilling. The humor was appropriate. "Die Hard" has grown in statue through the years.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 29 1995 Flashback "Die Hard with a Vengance"

It took five years, but John McClain returned to his New York City Cop roots - minus his wife. This time, John McClain matches wits with Jeremy Irons, who is the brother of Allen Rickman from the original "Die Hard." With Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) as his racist sidekick, McClain chases clues and prevents New York City from exploding.

For a third sequel, "Die Hard with a Vengence" hold up until the overkill climax.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 29 Don't end this franchise with "A Good Day to Die Hard'

The disappointing box office of **The Last Stand,** **Bullet to the Brain** and **A Good Day to Die Hard** has been predicted as the death knell of action movies starring actors who are over 55 years old. If cinema history has taught us one thing, don't count out Arnold Swarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.

The 5th film of the series, **A Good Day to Die Hard** features John McClain (Willis) in Moscow, Russia. McClain is trying to see his son Jack(Jai Courtney), who is a political prisoner. Things explode, people betray one another and John McClain gets another boo boo on his forehead.

This is the weakest entry of the **Die Hard** series. While John McClain is still a great movie character, the overwhelming use of special effects stifle the human element. In fact, this does not seem like a **Die Hard** movie, but more like a weaker **James Bond** or **Bourne Identity** flick.