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: 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!
Well it’s January, which means it’s time for the best and worst that Hollywood has to offer. “Best” meaning the Oscar contenders that are finally going into wide release in the rest of the country, and “worst” meaning garbage like “Dirty Grandpa” and “Underworld: Blood Wars” that the studios dump off and which will … Continue reading The Tough Guy Digest Year in Review and 2018 Movie Preview
Kevin: It’s been said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but before yesterday you could have added “Tom Cruise’s ability to perform increasingly insane stunts unscathed” to that list. But like his fellow Greek god Icarus flying too close to the sun, Cruise was finally punished for his hubris in … Continue reading TGD Wishes Tom Cruise a Speedy Recovery Following “Mission: Impossible” Injury
Kevin: It looks like a lot of Americans were more interested in cooking hot dogs and hitting the beach than going to the movies this past Memorial Day, as box office earnings for the four-day weekend were the lowest for that period since 1999, mainly due to the underperforming “Pirates 5,” the second-week nosedive of “Alien: … Continue reading Following “Baywatch” and “Pirates” Box Office Debacle, TGD Highlights Previous Memorial Day Hits and Misses