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Neil Gits To See Die Hard

3rd March 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

I’ve mentioned before both on the show and in my blogs how I’ve been on a mission over the last four years to catch up with all those major TV shows I missed out on in my previous life as a mobile DJ/quiz night host working up to 5 or maybe 6 nights a week, whilst others had their feet up in the lounge chilling out with the telly. Classic dramas, vintage sitcoms, groundbreaking series of their time and quirky clsssic shows that everyone got into … except me ! … they all needed to be given the once over by my square eyes and there are LOTS more on my still to see …

However, when it comes to films, there aren’t so many old ones from the last 35-40 years that I really need to watch, helped a little by the fact that one of my 90s girlfriends was a keen cinema goer and another in the late 80s actually worked as an usherette (yes, I got in free most weeks !), plus when Nathan was growing up, we made a big thing of hiring a DVD at least once a week on one of my rare nights in. It’s no coincidence that he’s now studying film and creative writing at university ! It does mean though that I don’t think I could handle one more Marvel / Dc Superhero movie though and anything with a 15 minute car chase scene could send me right off to sleep ! Which leads me on to “Die Hard” ….

Since the first of the five films came out in 1988, I had not seen one installment of the iconic Bruce Willis action series – and it’s a big hole in my list that needs filling. Having observed several ridiculous and highly improbable car chases & epic physical battles bween good and evil characters in James Bond, Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne releases, I didn’t hold out much hope for the debut Die Hard film, but although there were large elements of total implausability as you would expect, it did also seem to have it’s tongue in its cheek alongside all the smashes & the bashes. I really quite enjoyed it to be honest and am now looking forward to slotting No:2 into my viewing schedule soon …

Films are also a great source of inspiration for music to play on my show, I often find something in a soundtrack, however brief an appearance it makes on screen. I didn’t get any ideas from this film (it was set at Xmas – enough said !!) but I reckon you could look through any of my playlists and find at least one song that you associate with a movie you’ve watched. Check out this week’s one and see if you can !

The Tunes – Monday 25th February 2024

Level 42 – Something About You
Change – Oh What A Feeling
D-Influence – Phuncky Times
Eruption – I Can’t Stand The Rain (Full Album Version)
Hues Corporation – Rockin’ Soul
Natasha Watts – Brighter Days
Four Tops ft Phyllis Hyman – Maybe Tomorrow
Sunfire – Young Free & Single
Mass Production – Inner City
Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
Armenta – I Wanna Be With You
Sybil – When I’m Good & Ready
Thelma Houston – Baby Mine
Rodney Franklin – Fiesta
Heatwave – Razzle Dazzle
Blue Magic – Welcome To The Club
Incognito – Stories Of Our Past
Down To Earth – Waiting No Longer
Luther Vandross – The Night I Fell In Love
Groove Association ft Georgie B – Here We Go Again
Leroy Hutson – Now That I Found You
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – I Don’t Blame You At All
Hi Tension – Power & Lightning

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