95. Die Hard 2 (1990)

Directed by Renny Harlin
Written by Steven E. de Souza and Doug Richardson
Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedilia, and Art Evans

You’re bound to repeat yourself, no matter how much you try to break from the past. After an eight year hiatus, I started writing music on my own again. Constraints breed creativity, so I made rules for myself: keep it simple; tune your guitar like a normal person; don’t try to be sad all the time. So far, I’ve got five interconnected songs about death and dying. Fuck. But instead of family lore or extended hospital stays, the lyrics concern queer alien love on another planet, sometimes sung in major keys. And none of the instrumental parts are as show-offy as I used to write. Not that I’ve got the chops anymore for fancy fingerpicking. Yet the songs still sound like me, like that restless sixteen-year-old in 1999, 1:00 am on a school night, wrestling with an unplugged electric guitar. Irony withers with age, and now I get stoked when I hear a Goo Goo Dolls song at the CVS while I’m picking up my lithium. There’s pleasure to be had in the naked thrill of exploding airplanes and machine gun fights, even though the dawn of my legal adulthood coincided with 9/11 and all the wars it spawned. But McClane is lovable, a family man who flashes his wedding ring and a disarming smile at the flirtatious desk clerk. Do you think yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker is a phrase reserved for special occasions, or does it roll off John’s tongue when he overcomes any daunting challenge? A Sunday crossword, a perfect omelet, figuring out half the puzzles in The Secret of Monkey Island, which, OMG, also came out in 1990. S wants to start a joint blog with me about the two of us independently playing through the same Super Nintendo RPG. I’m on board, so long as he knows I probably won’t write about the game.