Kevin: So CJ you and I just took part in a pretty historic event: we saw a Bruce Willis movie in an actual movie theater! That’s right, for the first time in what feels like forever, a Bruce Willis movie didn’t go pretty much directly to VOD, it had higher-quality costars than 50 Cent, Kellan … Continue reading Review: It’s Bruce vs. Bronson, as Kevin and CJ Line Up the “Death Wish” Remake in Their Sights
Kevin: “Man I can’t believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?” That’s the kind of existential question that vexes John McClane in “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” and one Mike, CJ, and I will try to answer today in the second part of our Christmas … Continue reading “How Can the Same Shit Happen to the Same Reviewers Twice?” Part 2 of the “Die Harder” Round Table
Update: Unfortunately we will not be able to add “watching Bruce Willis blow away a diverse group of criminals” to our list of family activities this Thanksgiving, as the release date for the “Death Wish” remake has been pushed from Nov. 22 of this year to March of 2018. No reason has been given, although … Continue reading Updated: TGD Makes a “Death Wish” to Free Bruce Willis from VOD Purgatory
Kevin: “Die Hard.” What is there left to say about “Die Hard” that hasn’t already been said? It may be the greatest action movie of all time. It may have the greatest action hero and villain of all time. It turned Bruce Willis from funny TV star to awesome action icon, and proved you can release … Continue reading “Merry Christmas Mother….”: Part 1 of the Round Table’s Celebration of “Die Hard”
Kevin: December 7th, 1941, may be a date which will live in infamy, but for action fans December 13th, 1991, is a date which lives in whatever the opposite of infamy is (famy?), as that was the day the Bruce Willis-Damon Wayans masterpiece “The Last Boy Scout” was released into theaters. I was one of … Continue reading “If You Touch Me Again, I’ll Kill Ya”: The Round Table on the 25th Anniversary of “The Last Boy Scout”
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”
Kevin: It’s been more than two weeks since Steven Seagal was designated by Vladimir Putin as a “special representative” to improve humanitarian ties with the United States, yet somehow distrust over the efforts by Moscow to influence the last presidential election still remains. While Seagal’s affinity for Mother Russia continues to perplex, we had noted … Continue reading Schwarzenegger and Belushi Demonstrated the Good Kind of Russian Collusion 30 Years Ago in “Red Heat”
Recent late night text from Kevin to the Tough Guy Squad: Hey guys, for some reason I am watching “Live by Night” for the first time since I wrote about it last year. Mike, do you remember when they kind of implied that Affleck’s character had a superhuman ability to absorb pain like Bruce Willis … Continue reading Mike, CJ, and Kevin Couldn’t Stop Texting Each Other About the Awfulness of Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night”