Kevin: We’re closing out our breakdown of the murderous adventures of architect Paul Kersey with “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown,” which was the last in the series produced by the Cannon Group before legendary schlockmeisters Golan and Globus parted ways. First though they parted with original series director Michael Winner after he had a falling out with … Continue reading “Death Wish” Week: Bronson Gets a Catering Job, and Also Singlehandedly Destroys Two Drug Cartels, in “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown”
Kevin: We started our look back at the Charles Bronson "Death Wish" sequels with, obviously, "Death Wish II," in which the world's most trigger-happy architect tracks down his daughter's killers by randomly walking around Los Angeles and somehow coming across one of them every single night. With no more family members left to avenge, "Death Wish … Continue reading “Death Wish” Week: Bronson Takes on His Greatest Adversary, The Giggler, in “Death Wish 3”
Kevin: If you didn’t check out Bruce Willis’ remake of “Death Wish” this past March, it’s likely because you were dissuaded by its lousy 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as the fact that it came out a couple of weeks after the Parkland High School shooting. Well its score would have been … Continue reading “Death Wish” Week: Bronson Shows Bruce How You Really Take Out the Trash in “Death Wish II”
Kevin: We don’t often write about comedies here at Tough Guy Digest, because it’s difficult to know what else to say beyond that if something made you laugh then it was successful, and if it didn’t then it wasn’t. And what people find funny can wildly differ, since for every one genius who recognizes the … Continue reading “No Small Parts”: Jesse Plemons Takes “Game Night” to Hilarious and Disturbing Places
Kevin: CJ you checked out "Solo," appropriately enough, by yourself this weekend, and it sounds like you did not have much company since the box office numbers were the biggest embarrassment Disney faced this week until Roseanne said “hold my beer.” I was still kind of interested in seeing the film despite the fact that it … Continue reading CJ Catches “Solo” and Bows Before Alden Ehrenreich, Now and Forever the One True Han Solo!
Kevin: The version of “Solo” that audiences see this weekend will likely be significantly different from the one originally envisioned by “21 Jump Street/The Lego Movie” masterminds Chris Miller and Phil Lord before they were abruptly fired during production last year. In their search for a veteran filmmaker who could quickly come in and deliver … Continue reading Thirty Years Before Going “Solo,” Ron Howard Tried to Navigate George Lucas’ Worst Instincts in “Willow”
Kevin: While “Karate Kid” fever is again sweeping the nation like it’s 1984, I remained wary of the new “Cobra Kai” television series mainly because any time Hollywood tries to revisit a beloved decades-old property, it almost always turns out badly (e.g. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Independence Day: Resurgence”). … Continue reading Is “Cobra Kai” Worth Signing Up for YouTube Red, or Should We Just Watch “Karate Kid III” (or “Iron Eagle”) Again?
Kevin: The reviews for the newest “Star Wars” spin-off “Solo” came out this week, and the consensus seems to be that the film is an entertaining but flawed and unnecessary look back at the origin of our favorite space smuggler. Of course one advantage this movie has is that we know Han, Lando, and Chewie … Continue reading The Rewind: Did “The Last Jedi” Get Better With Time, or Does it Still Really Suck?
Kevin: A couple of weeks ago CJ and I reviewed “Avengers: Infinity War,” and we found ourselves surprisingly amenable to Thanos’ desire to wipe out a good chunk of humanity after sitting next to the world’s most annoying Marvel fan. After nearly three hours of having to endure this insane woman’s loud commentary on the … Continue reading Who Is More Annoying in a Movie Theater: Greta Gerwig or the Woman Tweeting Behind Her?
Kevin: If you are wondering why you are seeing a bunch of “Star Wars” memes in your social media feed today, it’s because it is May the fourth, get it? You know, how “fourth” kinda but not really sounds like “force,” so “May the fourth be with you.” Yeah I know it’s really stupid, but … Continue reading “Star Wars” Friday Flashback: May the Fourth Be With “Solo” to Be Better Than “Rogue One” or “Last Jedi”