When Bruce Willis isn't buying and selling real estate on the Upper West Side, he's acting as his alter ego, John McClane, New York City Detective and certified bad guy killer. Even though he's a New York cop, McClane, introduced to the world in 1988, doesn't defend his home turf until the third installment of the Die Hard series, "Die Hard With a Vengeance," which premiered 20 years ago today. In the film, he faces off agains Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons), who seems to be out for revengeafter all, McClane shoved his brother off a Los Angeles skyscraper in the first movie. McClane is joined by appliance store owner Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson), who is less than pleased to be risking his life to help McClane. It's not the classic that the original is, but it might stir up some nostalgia for New York City in the '90s.
—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
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