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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


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.