I’m not a huge movie person. Not really. Despite all the streaming services I pay for every month, I don’t watch movies all that often. However, I do have my favorites, which I tend to watch over and over again and never get tired of.
My favorite Christmas movie? White Christmas. Hands down. Most years, I watch White Christmas at least ten times, if not more, throughout the holiday season, but I’ve also watched it in the middle of summer. It’s just that good.
(Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney are absolute perfection.)
Another favorite movie of mine: Die Hard.
Die Hard is easily in my top five favorite action movies, and it’s possibly in my top ten favorite movies of all time.
When I was younger, especially in my teenage years, I was absolutely obsessed with Alan Rickman. I set out to watch all of his movies (not such an easy task back then, when the internet wasn’t much of a thing), and I first saw him play Hans Gruber in Die Hard when I was about fifteen years-old. I fell in love immediately, even though Alan Rickman’s character died in the end — I had grown tough skin by then, because most of Alan Rickman’s characters tend to be villains and are almost always killed off.
(I mean, come on. Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber is sexy AF.)
Aside from starring my favorite actor, Die Hard is just a really good movie.
However, that said… DIE HARD IS NOT A CHRISTMAS MOVIE.
It has driven me insane every single holiday season when people start debating whether or not we should categorize Die Hard as a Christmas movie.
Does the plot take place during Christmas? Yes. It does.
Is the movie actually about Christmas? No.
Therefore, it is not a Christmas movie.
And now, I finally have some back-up on this front.
Last night, former president, Barack Obama, sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and Fallon asked for President Obama’s stances on certain controversial topics. Among those controversies: should we consider Die Hard to be a Christmas movie?
Here’s President Obama’s answer, in a segment Fallon called “Obama Settles It.”
There you have it, guys. The debate has been settled once and for all. President Obama has spoken: DIE HARD IS NOT A CHRISTMAS MOVIE.
For those of you who don’t want to take 44’s word for it, here is Die Hard star himself, Bruce Willis, giving his stance on the debate, as well.
Again, from Bruce Willis’ own lips: DIE HARD IS NOT A CHRISTMAS MOVIE.
Today is December 5th, we’re smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, and I don’t want to hear one more word, from anyone, about their stance on this debate. Nobody’s opinion on this topic matters anymore. It’s done. In the words of Elsa (a character in an also-NOT-a-Christmas movie): LET IT GO.
Now we can focus on more important topics, such as how White Christmas is unequivocally the best Christmas movie to ever exist.
Yippee-ki-yay and happy holidays, motherf*ckers.
(I need this shirt.)