Hans Gruber is Santa Claus. This should be obvious even to those disadvantaged souls who didn't grow up with Die Hard on TV as the family yule log. Consider: both have murky European origins, both promise punishment to those who do not obey their edicts, and both bring annual delight to the world by plunging out of the sky. They also share terrific beards, though Hans is more fastidious about trimming. Alan Rickman even spent the better part of the past decade playing another fearsome children's character, as if unable to let go.
Yet another post in anticipation of Die Hard showing at the Bagdad as the latest Cort and Fatboy Midnight Movie, a mere two days from now. Preceded by What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, the second annual Cort & Fatboy live show with most of their regular podcast guests. Bagdad doors at 8:30 that night, live show at 9:00, the short C&F documentary Welcome to That Whole Thing at 10:30, David Walker and Matt Haley's short Blackstar Warrior (three words: blaxploitation Star Wars), and Die Hard at 11:00.