Book Review: Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History
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Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History
By James Mottram & David S. Cohen
Foreword by John McTiernan
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release date: October 30, 2018

In this writer’s opinion, Die Hard is the greatest action film ever made. Based on Roderick Thorp’s Nothing Lasts Forever, John McTiernan’s 1988 classic combined all the elements that make for the perfect action movie: a great protagonist, an equally detestable villain, tremendous action set pieces, and insanely quotable dialogue. It made the careers of its stars, Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, and it proved that an ’80s blockbuster didn’t need a muscle-bound hero to sell tickets. Willis played John McClane like the everyman who wanted to be a Will Rogers-esque cowboy, and Rickman’s delightfully evil Hans Gruber became the prototype for action bad guys. 30 years and 4 sequels later, James Mottram and David S. Cohen along with Insight Editions bring you Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History. This epic 230+ page book is the perfect holiday gift for the Die Hard enthusiast in your life.

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Book Review: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters
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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters
Written by David S. Cohen, Foreword by Guillermo del Toro
Hardcover | Insight Editions
254 x 279mm | 160 Pages
Release Date: June 18, 2013

When hordes of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the Pacific Ocean, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes all of humanity’s resources. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special weapon is created: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled by two pilots locked in a neural bridge that allows them to share memories, instincts, and fighting skills.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Pacific Rim is easily one of this summer’s most anticipated blockbusters, a sci-fi action adventure that pits giant robots against giant monsters in an all-out battle for mankind. Now, thanks to Insight Editions, you can go behind-the-scenes of del Toro’s film and see the artists and craftsman responsible for bringing del Toro’s world to life.

Written by David S. Cohen, Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters chronicles the production of del Toro’s film with stunning concept art, on-set photography, and cast and crew accounts of the shoot.

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