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: 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: 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!
Kevin: The recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was only slightly more historic than the brief meet-up between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010’s “The Expendables.” After getting to see these two icons finally sharing the screen, action fans were even more excited about the news that Arnie … Continue reading TGD Quick Take: How Does “Escape Plan 2: Hades” Compare to “Escape Plan”? Also, Remember “Escape Plan”?
Kevin: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” begins by posing an interesting philosophical question: with the dinosaurs on the island of Isla Nubar about to be destroyed by an active volcano, should we intervene to save these dangerous and unpredictable creatures? Or, as Jeff Goldblum advocates to a Congressional committee, should we just let nature take its … Continue reading “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”: Dinosaurs Will Inherit the Earth, Because Man (and Bryce Dallas Howard) is Stupid
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: We started our look back at the Charles Bronson "Death Wish" sequels with, obviously, "Death Wish II," in which the world's most trigger-happy architect tracks down his daughter's killers by randomly walking around Los Angeles and somehow coming across one of them every single night. With no more family members left to avenge, "Death Wish … Continue reading “Death Wish” Week: Bronson Takes on His Greatest Adversary, The Giggler, in “Death Wish 3”
Kevin: If you didn’t check out Bruce Willis’ remake of “Death Wish” this past March, it’s likely because you were dissuaded by its lousy 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as the fact that it came out a couple of weeks after the Parkland High School shooting. Well its score would have been … Continue reading “Death Wish” Week: Bronson Shows Bruce How You Really Take Out the Trash in “Death Wish II”
Kevin: CJ you checked out "Solo," appropriately enough, by yourself this weekend, and it sounds like you did not have much company since the box office numbers were the biggest embarrassment Disney faced this week until Roseanne said “hold my beer.” I was still kind of interested in seeing the film despite the fact that it … Continue reading CJ Catches “Solo” and Bows Before Alden Ehrenreich, Now and Forever the One True Han Solo!
Kevin: The version of “Solo” that audiences see this weekend will likely be significantly different from the one originally envisioned by “21 Jump Street/The Lego Movie” masterminds Chris Miller and Phil Lord before they were abruptly fired during production last year. In their search for a veteran filmmaker who could quickly come in and deliver … Continue reading Thirty Years Before Going “Solo,” Ron Howard Tried to Navigate George Lucas’ Worst Instincts in “Willow”