Kevin: So Mike, a lot of our readers are probably wondering why, of all the better-known movies in the Chuck Norris catalog, we are choosing to Tag Team the relatively obscure 1982 thriller “Silent Rage.” Well, it’s because this is the description for the film you came across while flipping through the channels a few … Continue reading Kevin and Mike Tag Team Chuck Norris, a Biker Gang, Three Mad Scientists, and an Indestructible Killer in 1982’s “Silent Rage”!
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: The #MeToo movement continues to keep Tinseltown in suspense over who will be in its crosshairs next, starting with taking down Harvey Weinstein for his decades of sexual abuse and blackmail, to most recently exposing Aziz Ansari’s inability to recognize non-verbal cues while having oral sex performed on him. In light of the current … Continue reading Before Harvey or Aziz, Michael Douglas Struck the First Blow for #MeToo Against Demi Moore in “Disclosure”
Kevin: It’s been an embarrassment of riches for CJ and myself at the movies lately, as we started last week seeing “Die Hard 2” (review coming soon) at the Alamo Drafthouse and ended it with our usual big-screen Christmas viewing of the original “Die Hard.” In between we also caught one of the many, many, … Continue reading CJ and Kevin Hit the Ice for the Bloodiest Stanley Cup Ever in Van Damme’s “Sudden Death”
Kevin: Awards season officially began last week, with “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out” cleaning up at the Gotham Awards , whatever those are (meanwhile “Geostorm” went home empty handed, ‘aint that a bitch!). Of course the main event is still the Academy Awards, which will be following up its most buzzed-about ceremony … Continue reading With Awards Season Kicking Off, TGD Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Trainwreck Oscars Ceremony from “The Bodyguard”
(Originally posted May 26, 2017) Kevin: Back in January we expressed our skepticism that the big-screen remakes of “CHiPs” and “Baywatch” could possibly match their television counterparts in both the action and comedy (at least of the unintentional variety) departments. We all know how the new “CHiPs” turned out, and it doesn’t look like Dwayne … Continue reading The Rock’s “Baywatch” Can’t Be More Entertaining Than Hasselhoff’s Bizarro “Baywatch Nights”
Update: When I wrote this back in March I promised to do an update after sitting down and listening to the second half of the “Daredevil” soundtrack; the fact that it is now mid-November should be an indication of how much I was dreading that. But with “Justice League” arriving this weekend, and with Ben Affleck’s … Continue reading “Justice League” Week: The Award for “Worst Soundtrack” Goes to … Ben Affleck’s “Daredevil” (Updated with 30% More Coolio!)
(Originally posted April 20, 2017) Kevin: We kicked off our “One and Done” series – examining the actors Hollywood tried and failed to turn into action stars – with 1985’s “Gymkata,” in which former world-class gymnast Kurt Thomas enters a deadly tournament and somehow always finds makeshift pommel horses when needed. A few years later – … Continue reading “One and Done”: Mike and Kevin vs. Jeff Speakman as “Jeff” in “The Perfect Weapon”
Kevin: Well it’s official, even though it is still early November we have the clear winner for worst movie of not only 2017, but possibly next year and retroactively for 2016 as well. The child-in-peril thriller “Kidnap” is like “Breakdown” if “Breakdown” had zero tension, consisted of characters who made bafflingly stupid decisions at all … Continue reading “Kidnap” Proves that Halle Berry is a Horrible Driver and a Worse Actress
(Originally posted Jan. 27, 2017) Kevin: Schwarzenegger. Stallone. Norris. Seagal. Thomas. Don’t recognize that last one? Well you’re not alone. For every Arnold or Sly who captured the public’s heart, there was a Kurt Thomas or Jeff Speakman who did not. But now they are finally getting their due with the Tough Guy Digest “One and … Continue reading “Yak-Mana!” The “One and Done” Series Kicks Off with Kurt Thomas and “Gymkata”
Kevin: “He gets the job done” has long been the justification for the collateral damage often caused by our favorite heroes in the pursuit of justice. For instance, Dirty Harry has lost almost every one of his partners, but it was worth it as long as San Francisco scum tasted lead from his .44 Magnum … Continue reading Worst Cop Ever? Brian “The Boz” Bosworth in “Stone Cold”
(Originally posted Dec. 19, 2016) Kevin: I’ll be honest folks, this was a tough one. Originally I was going to do a Drunken Review like CJ’s post on the “Point Break” remake, but after about 10 minutes I realized there was no way I could get as drunk as the editors obviously were when they … Continue reading Kevin Considers Ritual Seppuku While Reviewing “Suicide Squad”
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: Well we can officially add professional football to the list of former escapist entertainments that are now politicized, with a number of players last weekend either taking a knee or staying in the locker room during the national anthem in protest of recent criticism by President Trump. That in turn has led some fans … Continue reading Boycotting the NFL? Then Try the AFFA, the Bizarro Alternate Universe Football League from “Any Given Sunday”
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: While many people love a fun and cheesy disaster flick, the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is a grim reminder that Mother Nature’s wrath is anything but entertaining. But while the loss of life and damage to people’s homes and communities has been heartbreaking, we’ve also seen many inspiring examples of … Continue reading Worst Disaster First Responder Ever: The Rock in “San Andreas”
Kevin: Like the Israelis and Palestinians, the conflict between Daniel LaRusso and the Cobra Kai dojo will apparently continue on for eternity thanks to the recent announcement of a new chapter in the “Karate Kid” saga. The upcoming YouTube series “Cobra Kai” will once again pit Ralph Macchio’s character against Johnny Lawrence – played by … Continue reading Greatest Friend Ever? Evil Polluting Billionaire Terry Silver from “Karate Kid III”
Kevin: If there was any doubt that 1987 was one of the best years ever for classic action films, how about the fact that Tough Guy Digest had barely gotten done celebrating the unofficial 30th anniversary of “Lethal Weapon” last week before we realized that “Predator” also came out on this day three decades ago … Continue reading TGD Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of “Predator” by Honoring Dutch’s Fallen Comrades
Kevin: It’s extremely fitting that “Tango & Cash” was the very last big studio action film of the 1980’s, being released into theaters Dec. 22, 1989, as it pretty much encapsulates every ridiculous and awesome trend from that decade of excess. Mismatched cops, over-the-top villain, gratuitous violence and nudity, bad one-liners, complete disregard for proper … Continue reading Kurt and Sly Week: The Round Table on the Vintage ‘80s Awesomeness of “Tango & Cash”
Kevin: We kicked off our Kurt & Sly appreciation week – in honor of the two stars reuniting in this weekend’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – with a tribute to Russell’s Hall of Fame pre-game speech in “Miracle.” Today we put the spotlight not on Stallone the movie star, but Stallone the auteur … Continue reading Kurt & Sly Week: Stallone Whips Travolta into Shape with 1983’s “Staying Alive”
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: “January 16th, 2017 – Warner Brothers and producer Joel Silver have announced that they have started pre-production of a reboot of the iconic and beloved Carl Weathers action franchise “Action Jackson.” Starring Michael B. Jordan as Jericho Jackson Jr., directed by Antoine Fuqua, and featuring a planned cameo by Weathers, the new production will pick up the torch following … Continue reading “How Do You Like Your Ribs?”: The Round Table on “Action Jackson”
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: Two legendary filmmaking auteurs recently released the results of their bargain with the Netflix devil, largely forgoing the chance for audiences to see their films in theaters in exchange for the massive budgets needed to make their dream projects, with complete creative control and zero studio interference. With last month’s “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese … Continue reading Is Michael Bay’s Insane Netflix Spectacle “6 Underground” Actually a Stealth “13 Hours” Prequel?
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.?