As far as hockey movies go, it will be hard to top 2011’s Goon (unless you throw Slap Shot into the mix). Director Jay Baruchel, who co-wrote and starred in the original, takes on the challenging task of ensuring the franchise doesn’t have a sophomore slum with Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Thankfully, he succeeds with flying colors.
Team first and fearless “goon” Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is back, and during the story’s first act he’s named team captain. Doug’s joy is short-lived after a bloody confrontation with hockey terror Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell) leads to his temporary retirement. With his wife Eva (Alison Pill) expecting their first baby, Doug lands a dead end desk job to pay the bills.
When Anders joins The Highlanders, Doug’s team goes on a losing streak mainly thanks to Anders’ divisive and violent nature. With The Highlanders at their lowest ebb, Doug may have a shot to rejoin the squad once he gets back into playing shape. Helping Doug get back into hockey fighting shape is his old nemesis Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Baruchel also returns as our protagonist’s vulgar best buddy Pat, with Elisha Cuthbert starring as Eva’s crass but lovable BFF Mary.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers predictably doesn’t take any of the proceedings any seriously, and Baruchel unabashedly puts a ton of sport movie tropes into his narrative. Everyone looks like they’re having a great time, and once again Sean William Scottis winning as the ultimately kindhearted enforcer.
The ensemble of Goon: Last of the Enforcers have the best comedic moments in the film, and a big part of the comedy’s success lies in letting the supporting cast have their respective moments in the sun (T.J. Miller nearly steals the show as an obnoxious sportscaster).
Goon: Last of the Enforcers opens in theaters and Digital HD September 1st, and if you’re looking for a winning comedy with a ton of laughs and a bit of heart (not to mention a plethora of fisticuffs), then this movie should be right up your alley.
For a long time, Martin Lawrence has wanted to make a third Bad Boys movie, and the studio behind it, Sony Pictures, was on board with the idea. Lawrence and Will Smith both signed on to the project; the studio hired a director and even gave the movie a tentative release date. Now, however, it looks like the film’s in limbo. They lost the director, the film was taken off the schedule, and Lawrence has told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out, Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.” As for Smith, yes, he’s making other movies — including a live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin (he’ll play the genie) — but he’s still not ruling out the idea of the Bad Boys sequel. He loves the character, and he loves working with Lawrence, but when we spoke to Smith a few years ago, he felt like the window of opportunity was closing on Bad Boys. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
We’ve thought all along this movie would have a hard time getting made, and now it looks like it could be D.O.A. What do you think? Would you want to see Lawrence and Smith team up again for Bad Boys 3, or do you think the franchise has run its course? Share your thoughts with us!
When Wilmer Valderrama joined the cast of NCIS, he knew he had some pretty big shoes to fill. And he wasn’t just talking about the departure of Michael Weatherly’s character, Anthony DiNozzo — Valderrama understands that when he steps on the set, he’s also having to live up to the standard set by the real-life NCIS agents whose lives inspired the series. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wilmer Valderama)
Marvel has had amazing success with most of its superhero movie franchises, but the Thor standalone movies have been a disappointment for the studio. They haven’t given up on the character, though. They’re bringing it back for another new movie this fall in Thor: Ragnarok, and star Chris Hemsworth told us the new film really feels like it’s a franchise reboot, because they’ve completely changed the way they’re approaching things. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth)
In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, the Mel Gibson headlined Attack Force Z hits Blu-ray and digital on November 7. Originally released in North America in June 1982, the story centers on a group of commandos who are tasked with rescuing plane survivors on a South Pacific island that’s occupied by the Japanese. Gibson stars as Captain P.G. Kelly in this WWII tale that co-stars Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and John Waters (Breaker Morant).
Attack Force Z features a new 4K scan and restoration of the film. Special features include the 25 minute segment “The 2-Men Debriefed” which contains interviews with executive producer John McCallum and actors Waters and Chris Haywood. The theatrical trailer and a photo gallery are also included.
“Previous home video versions of this film have looked sub-par,” said Eric Wilkinson, MVD Entertainment Group’s Director of Acquisitions and Sales. “Umbrella Entertainment has done an amazing job restoring this film to its original glory. As a collector of physical media myself, I’m happy to announce that Attack Force Z represents the first of many classic films on Blu-ray that MVD will be releasing in the near future.”
Attack Force Z is available for pre-order on MVDshop.com and Amazon.