Kevin: Have you ever read one of those gossipy blind items about an unnamed Hollywood executive who allegedly tried to coerce an actress into some disgusting sex act, and you thought, “Hmmm, I bet they’re talking about Harvey Weinstein”? Well it turns out you were right, as the New York Times this week reported the … Continue reading Did Tom Cruise Base His “Tropic Thunder” Character Les Grossman on Harvey Weinstein? TGD Says …
Kevin: Considering it was once powerful enough to make the IRS bend to its will, it’s amazing that exposing the Church of Scientology has almost become an industry unto itself in the last few years, with documentaries like “Going Clear” and Leah Remini’s hit A&E show lifting the veil that once protected the secretive “religion.” But … Continue reading Way Before Leah Remini, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy Took on Scientology in the Brilliantly Funny “Bowfinger”
Kevin: “They don’t make movies like that anymore” is a phrase that would certainly apply to “Face/Off,” although they didn’t really make movies like that before either. That’s because “Face/Off” is a true original: an ultra-violent summer blockbuster, with a hilariously gonzo premise played completely straight, starring two VERY over the top and fully committed … Continue reading Kevin/CJ Tag Team the Insane Brilliance of Travolta/Cage in “Face/Off”
Kevin: During a news cycle involving controversy over White House leaks, provocations from North Korea, and Turkish security assaulting protesters on American soil, somehow the biggest viral story yesterday involved a very unfortunate would-be new trend in men’s fashion. If you are on social media to any degree it’s likely that you have seen at … Continue reading That Time James Bond Wore a RompHim™ in “Goldfinger”
Kevin: Every movie buff often assumes that films were better “back in the day.” Hell, in 1989 I remember seeing articles lamenting the quality of the then-current crop of films compared to 50 years earlier, and this was in a year that produced “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Field of Dreams,” “Dead Poets Society,” … Continue reading 2001: Worst Year Ever for Movies?
Kevin: During its brief but influential run on NBC in the 1980s, “Miami Vice” could claim credit for a number of trends: popularizing the no-to-socks/yes-to-pastels men’s fashion style that has obviously stood the test of time, bringing a sexier MTV-influence to the formerly stodgy police procedural format, and making Phil Collins cool for five minutes: … Continue reading The “Miami Vice” Sing-Off: Don Johnson vs. Philip Michael Thomas (Plus Surprise Guest)
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”