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: 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: 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: 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”