by Dustin Brewer
On this week’s Trailer Watch: Zac Efron has a new reality show, Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto are taxing gangs, Seth Rogen is “An American Pickle” and more!
The Tax Collector (August 7th, in Theaters)
There is a long list of reasons I would like to see this movie (Shia LaBeouf, Shia LaBeouf reteaming with “Fury” writer/director David Ayer, and more) but then I watched this trailer and got to hear Shia say arguably the greatest line of his entire career:
“I got a .380 on each ankle, a .38 on my right, .25 on my left, chopper in the trunk, glock in my belt… I’m on it.”
I’d pay any amount of money to be able to watch this movie right now.
Respect (December, in Theaters)
This is one of those movies that doesn’t even need a trailer. Jennifer Hudson won every award for her performance in “Dreamgirls” and it’s a no-brainer that she’s going to absolutely crush this performance and is one of a rare few that has the vocal talent to take a role like Aretha Franklin. Add in a cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blidge, Marlon Wayans, Titus Burgess, and Marc Maron and you can start clearing a front row table (maybe virtually?) at the Academy Awards now.
An American Pickle (August 6th, HBO Max)
The title immediately made my imagination go wild with thoughts of Seth Rogen just doing his own version of the “Pickle Rick” episode of “Rick & Morty” but the trailer itself is nothing I could’ve braced for: a brine accident at a pickle factory leaves an immigrant worker in 1920 perfectly preserved when he awakens 100 years later. Rogen plays him and his lone surviving relative, his great grandson. The trailer makes me feel like this is definitely going to be a sneaky sentimental movie more in line with “50/50” than “This is the End”.
Yes God Yes (July 24th, Drive-Ins & VOD)
This comedy with Natalia Dyer (“Stranger Things”) is sure to generate some controversy with its’ topic but this trailer makes it look as if it’s a satire that’s similar to “Saved” and a coming of age story like the recent “Booksmart”, “Mid90s”, “Ladybird”, and others.
Down to Earth with Zac Efron (July 10th, Netflix)
Zac Efron travels the world trying different foods and exploring various cultures and sustainable living is a synopsis that I would’ve never expected in a million years. Maybe it’s my fault for just assuming he was just a giant set of abs with legs but continuing to use his platform for projects like this is awesome.
Mortal (August 3rd, VOD)
What if teenage Thor crash-landed in a small town & also didn’t realize he was teenage Thor? That and the fact that this movie is directed by André Øvredal who directed “Trollhunter” is all you need to know to know that this is a movie to keep your eye on.
The Mothman Legacy (TBA)
Funded on Kickstarter, this documentary is primarily made up of first-hand accounts from witnesses claiming to have encountered the mythical Mothman. The Mothman is a mythical figure that is seen as an omen for terrible things. Google it, watch the Richard Gere movie, anything you need to do but if done right, this could very good.