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”
Kevin: The reviews for the newest “Star Wars” spin-off “Solo” came out this week, and the consensus seems to be that the film is an entertaining but flawed and unnecessary look back at the origin of our favorite space smuggler. Of course one advantage this movie has is that we know Han, Lando, and Chewie … Continue reading The Rewind: Did “The Last Jedi” Get Better With Time, or Does it Still Really Suck?
Kevin: If you are wondering why you are seeing a bunch of “Star Wars” memes in your social media feed today, it’s because it is May the fourth, get it? You know, how “fourth” kinda but not really sounds like “force,” so “May the fourth be with you.” Yeah I know it’s really stupid, but … Continue reading “Star Wars” Friday Flashback: May the Fourth Be With “Solo” to Be Better Than “Rogue One” or “Last Jedi”
Kevin: “The Last Jedi” this week officially became the highest grossing movie of 2017, and while such a milestone would normally be an indication that said film is a four-quadrant crowd-pleaser, the newest “Star Wars” is actually one of the most polarizing box office champs of all time. While many early reviews hailed it as … Continue reading “Star Wars” Postmortem: Is “The Last Jedi” Backlash Unfair, or Does the Movie Really Just Suck?
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
Update: Unfortunately we will not be able to add “watching Bruce Willis blow away a diverse group of criminals” to our list of family activities this Thanksgiving, as the release date for the “Death Wish” remake has been pushed from Nov. 22 of this year to March of 2018. No reason has been given, although … Continue reading Updated: TGD Makes a “Death Wish” to Free Bruce Willis from VOD Purgatory
Kevin: It’s not uncommon for your first impression of a movie to drastically change by the time you give it a second viewing, whether it’s one you initially liked but now find wanting, or one you were lukewarm about but feel compelled to revisit. For every “Twister” that loses its impact when its effects are … Continue reading The Rewind: Does “Rogue One” Hold Up on the Small Screen?