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: 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”
Kevin: November 1990, Houston, TX. A young Kevin and his best friend Rich arrive at the movie theater on a Saturday afternoon to see the highly anticipated (by them anyway) “Predator 2.” But when they arrive at the ticket booth, they are told that they are too young to see an R-rated movie. Undeterred, they … Continue reading Kevin Finally Sees “Predator 2” on the Big Screen Nearly 30 Years After Having to Settle for “Three Men and a Little Lady”
Kevin: We started our Tough Guy Challenge series by seeing if Bruce Willis superfan CJ could find something good to say about Bruce’s super-expensive and potentially career-killing flop “Hudson Hawk” (spoiler alert: he couldn’t). We also knew/feared we’d someday likely be covering “The Last Action Hero,” the equally troubled and badly received 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle which … Continue reading Tough Guy Challenge: Is Arnold’s “The Last Action Hero” a Misunderstood Gem, or Still a “Big Mistake”?
(Originally posted Dec. 11, 2016) CJ: The year is 2017. The world economy has collapsed, food, natural resources, and oil are in short supply, and a police state rules with an iron fist. Instead of making a joke about Donald Trump that is either brilliant or hacky depending on how you voted, I’d like to point … Continue reading “I’m Not Into Politics”: Kevin and CJ Tag Team “The Running Man”
Every great action hero needs a great hero name. For instance, would Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” be nearly as intimidating and iconic if his name was Detective Larry Fagenbaum rather than Harry Callahan? We think not, which is why the Tough Guy Digest staff was asked to give some of our favorite fictional names for … Continue reading TGD Staff Poll: Favorite Hero Names