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: 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: 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: 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”
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