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Let's Drift: John Maclean's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Mat Colegate , July 3rd, 2015 06:51

As his debut feature Slow West hits the cinemas, John Maclean - former Beta Band member turned director - takes time out to reveal his 13 favourite films to The Quietus

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Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)

This is the film I've probably watched the most out of all of my choices. I think it was the first 18 certificate film that I had the guts to rent from the video shop when I was 15. Every time I watched it knowing more about cinema I'd appreciate it even more rather than less. The writing and the structure. It's such a well crafted script and I think that's why it's lasted so well. Even compared to the rest of the Die Hards it's tremendously self-contained. As soon as they bought the mayhem out into the street it lost its tension. It's almost like Rio Bravo where being contained in a building really helps. The bigger you go the less tension there is. When you've got one person in a room its always going to be more tense than a bunch of people blowing up the earth.


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