A master craftsman notable for his almost Hitchcockian ability to create suspense and keep action moving at an exhilarating pace, director John McTiernan began his involved with theatrical arts early in life. His father was an opera singer, and McTiernan made his theatrical debut at age seven playing bit roles in his father’s shows. After high school he became involved with summer stock, where he directed, acted, and designed until attended Julliard and New York University, where he studied film. He then became designer and technical director at the Manhattan School of Music.
McTiernan went on to make over 200 television commercials before making his feature film debut by directing the fantasy horror movie Nomads (1985). He followed that up with Predator (1987), a sci-fi action film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger that spawned a franchise.
In 1988, McTiernan helmed his best-known film, the blockbuster Die Hard. Starring Bruce Willis, the film was a hit with both audiences… read more
McTiernan exposes the fraudulence of movie magic in order to adore the true magic it conceals and in doing so brings the celebrations of life and art into one. A wonderful love letter to action cinema and Hollywood at large.
For an action-movie lover like me a movie ahead of his time and better of all the "meta-cinema\grindhouse tribute\sproof" of the internet era. McTiernan does not forget that you can't make a movie simply shaking together all the elements of a genre led to excess, you still need a plot, a script and a director! The Hamlet sequence is awesome.
I haven't seen this movie since I was a kid so my thoughts may be different once I watch it again but whenever I think about Last Action Hero all I can remember is how much fun it is. Must have seen it close to 20 times. Hollywood excess at it's most excessive...and entertaining. It's like everything great about the 80s was shoved into one movie, but released in the 90s.
I really don’t understand why this movie gets so much flack, it’s really a great idea and fun critique of Hollywood movies. Maybe it was too ahead of its time and maybe it still is, but I enjoyed it… read review