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 Review: “Kidnap” Proves that Halle Berry is a Horrible Driver and a Worse Actress
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”
Kevin: Like death and taxes, if nothing else this summer movie season you could count on the newest “Mission: Impossible” film to be both really good and to have a much lower second-weekend drop at the box office compared to other blockbusters which opened much higher. I know this is a shocking concept for Hollywood … Continue reading “I’ll Figure It Out!”: Forget Making Plans, Ethan Hunt’s Just Winging It Now in “M:I – Fallout,” and CJ and Kevin Like It
Kevin: It’s hard not to feel like we’ve been transported back to the 1980s lately, what with Tom Cruise reigning at the box office, tensions between the United States and Russia at a fever pitch, and Steven Seagal dominating the headlines, not for his film work obviously but for his new Moscow-appointed role as a … Continue reading Russia’s Newest Agent Steven Seagal First Took on America’s Deep State 30 Years Ago in “Above the Law”
Kevin: The 2008 “darn it, we ALMOST killed Hitler” thriller “Valkyrie” wouldn’t by itself be considered a particularly noteworthy entry on Tom Cruise’s resume, were it not for the fact that without the partnership that began between the star and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on the film, we wouldn’t have such subsequent Cruise classics as “Edge … Continue reading Before “Mission: Impossible,” Cruise and McQuarrie Gave Us “Jack Reacher,” the Hero Who Needs No Pen!
Kevin: Danny Glover celebrated his birthday this past Sunday, which in most cases would have prompted a simple congratulatory tweet from Tough Guy Digest before we went back to important matters like trying to figure out how to mark the 25th anniversary of “Demolition Man” this year. However, I found it hard to concentrate on … Continue reading Danny Glover’s Birthday Reminds TGD of “Lethal Weapon’s” Most Disturbing Scene
Movies vs. Reality Kevin: When we began our discussion of “Skyscraper” we never thought we’d have so many thoughts that it would turn into our first ever two-part Tag Team, but like CJ when someone breaks out the cocaine at a party, once we started we couldn’t stop. In Part 1 earlier this week we … Continue reading The Rock’s “Skyscraper” Gets the Sequel It Deserves, With Part 2(!) of Our Tag Team on the Most Handicapable Action Hero Ever
Kevin: Since we started this site several years ago, those of us who make up the Tough Guy Squad have done Tag Teams on classics such as “The Running Man,” “Above the Law,” “Over the Top,” “Face/Off,” and, for some reason, “Silent Rage.” However, we’ve never done a two-part Tag Team, but that was before … Continue reading Like The Rock’s Bulging Biceps, CJ and Kevin’s Thoughts on “Skyscraper” Couldn’t Be Contained to Just One Post!
Kevin: When it was released in 2014, Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer” was a welcome throwback to the days before nearly every major studio action movie was a family friendly, PG-13 comic book/fantasy/sci-fi property. An adaptation of the ‘80s TV show, the film starred Denzel as Robert McCall, a former government operative who uses his talent … Continue reading “Equalizer 2” Early Review: Denzel is the World’s Deadliest Lyft Driver in a Satisfying Sequel
Kevin: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s highly anticipated remake of the Anna Nicole Smith thriller “Skyscraper” is out this weekend, and there was no way CJ and I weren’t going to be first in line for what was described as “The Towering Inferno” mixed with “Die Hard.” If you are a fan of this site then … Continue reading Weekend Preview: Is “Skyscraper” Worth Paying Full Price, Matinee, or Skipping Entirely?
Kevin: The release this Friday of “Skyscraper” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a welcome throwback to the days when every third action movie seemed to be “inspired by” (i.e. ripping off) “Die Hard,” including “Under Siege” (terrorists on a ship), “Passenger 57” (terrorists on a plane), “Sudden Death” (terrorists in a hockey arena), and … Continue reading Can’t Wait for The Rock’s “Skyscraper”? Then Check Out 1996’s “Skyscraper” with Anna Nicole Smith!