Kevin: That’s it, we’re finally done. No more speeches about family from childless criminals, no more hearing the word “nos” 800 times, no more watching Jordana Brewster act. Our long march toward the “Fate of the Furious” (see bottom of the page for links to previous movies) is concluded with “Furious 7,” in which the … Continue reading The Countdown is Over: “Furious 7” and Thoughts on “Fate of the Furious”
Kevin: It’s appropriate that the newest entry in the “Fast and Furious” series has been released on the weekend in which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, as the franchise over the years has performed an even more divine miracle: resurrecting the careers of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. With the addition of The Rock in … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fate of the Furious” Continues: “Furious 6”
Kevin: We’re officially past the midway mark in our march toward “The Fate of the Furious.” So far we’ve been introduced to Vin Diesel and his monumental belief in his own awesomeness in “The Fast and the Furious.” We’ve wondered about what’s really up between Tyrese and Paul Walker in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” We’ve … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: Kevin and CJ Tag Team “Fast Five”
Kevin: Well after a weird detour into the world of “drifting” by high school kids in Tokyo with “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” the “F&F” franchise is back to doing what it does best: trying to pass off Vin Diesel as the coolest, sexiest badass of all time. That’s right, Vin is back … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues with “Fast & Furious”
Kevin: As part of our long march toward“The Fate of the Furious,” today TGD looks under the hood of the red-headed stepchild of the “Fast and Furious” universe, “Tokyo Drift.” The third entry in the series exists in a weird no-man’s land for a number of reasons: only movie to not feature any of the … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”
Kevin: In the early 1990s, John Singleton made cinematic history when his debut feature “Boyz n the Hood” made him the first African-American and youngest person ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The talented and socially conscious filmmaker was expected to be a powerful voice in the film world in the years ahead, highlighting … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Continues: “2 Fast 2 Furious”
Kevin: When it was originally released in the summer of 2001, no one could have foreseen that the modestly budgeted “Point Break” rip-off “The Fast and the Furious” would eventually spawn 7 sequels over more than 15 years, generating $4 billion at the box office and turning its anti-heroes from low-rent L.A. truck hijackers to super-rich … Continue reading The Countdown to “Fast 8” Revs Up with the Original “The Fast and the Furious”
Kevin: The Super Bowl of professional wrestling is almost upon us, with the number of fans converging on New Jersey for WrestleMania 35 this Sunday expected to shatter the previous attendance record for the WWE's flagship showcase. Now one of the most profitable live sporting events in the world, the growth in popularity of WrestleMania is … Continue reading WrestleMania III Helped Launch Hulk Hogan’s Movie Career, and “No Holds Barred” Helped End It
Kevin: Warner Brothers yesterday released the first trailer for its Martin Scorsese-produced, Todd ("The Hangover"/"Old School") Phillips-directed, Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker origin film, mainly to prove to a skeptical public that a Martin Scorsese-produced, Todd Phillips-directed, Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker origin film is a real thing and not some elaborate prank. The first look at the appropriately … Continue reading First “Joker” Trailer Reminds TGD of the Dark and Gritty “Suicide Squad” That Never Was
Kevin: Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82, leaving behind a body of work including classics such as "Tom Jones," "Two for the Road," "Miller's Crossing," and "Erin Brockovich." Weirdly though, the film I will always associate with the legendary actor is the nearly forgotten 1981 Michael Crichton thriller "Looker," which seemed … Continue reading RIP: The Late Albert Finney and Michael Crichton Predicted the Computer-Generated Actors of Today in 1981’s “Looker”
Kevin: If you live in Austin and you are a fan of "Star Trek," "T.J. Hooker," or even the short-lived TV series "$#*! My Dad Says" then you are in luck, because the legendary star of all of those masterpieces, William Shatner, will be appearing at the Bass Concert Hall this Saturday evening. Shatner will … Continue reading Hey Austin “Star Trek” Fans, You Have a Reason to Leave the House This Weekend: William Shatner is Screening “Wrath of Khan” at Bass Concert Hall!
Kevin: Evanescence was dominating the music charts, Saddam Hussein was hiding in spider holes, and no one knew who Kim Kardashian was back when "Bad Boys II" was released in July of 2003. It took 8 years to get Will Smith and Martin Lawrence back into the roles that launched their film careers, and it's … Continue reading With Another Sequel on the Way, Kevin and CJ Ride Together and Die Together Watching “Bad Boys II”
Kevin: As you've no doubt noticed, Tough Guy Digest has been on a hiatus the last couple of months, as professional and personal obligations have kept us from being able to write multiple 5,000-word analyses per week on 30-year-old movies (except for Anthony, we just don't know where the hell he is). While we will … Continue reading TGD is Back, as Arnold Schwarzenegger Shows How Proper Parenting is Done in 1985’s “Commando”
Kevin: Have you ever had to step out of the theater while watching a movie, and when you returned it felt like something important happened while you were gone? Well that’s how CJ and I felt while watching “The Predator” a few days ago, and you probably will too even if you keep your eyes … Continue reading Review: If You Liked “Predator” but Wished It Had an Autistic Kid and Non-Stop Jokes, You’ll Love Shane Black’s “The Predator”
Kevin: CJ and I recently saw “Rocky III” for the second time on the big screen in the last few years at the Alamo Drafthouse, and I say that not to imply that we are better than most people because of that, because I think that’s pretty obvious. We’ll discuss the very, uh, close bond … Continue reading Mr. T Has the “Eye of the Tiger,” So Why Is He the Bad Guy in “Rocky III”?
Kevin: With Labor Day behind us, Major League Baseball is now in its final stretch before the October playoffs. To get in the mood, CJ and I caught a recent screening of a film that may not have as much on-the-field action as other baseball classics like “Major League,” “Eight Men Out,” and “Bull Durham,” … Continue reading After Watching “Field of Dreams,” TGD Pits Costner’s Baseball Skills Against Sheen, Quaid, and … Freddie Prinze Jr.?
Kevin: Today CJ and I are bringing in a couple of guest contributors (friends of the site Michael and Rich) to help out on our review of Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22,” partly because the four of us saw the film together, but mainly because we needed as much help as possible to make sense of this … Continue reading Review: Mark Walhberg Drives Right Into a Ditch on the Way to “Mile 22”