“American Dream” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

I’m always game for a good crime story.  I’m hoping that American Dream will be just that.  I like the poster and the trailer looks good.

I especially like the start — if that’s what happen to a guy who owes $126.00, can you imagine what happens when you owe a whole lot more?  The problem I have with stories about guys who get in too deep to shylocks is, they knew what they were getting into when they got the cash advance.  It doesn’t make the interest or beatdowns (or worse) right, but as my man Rocky said, “If you wanna dance, ya gotta pay the band.  If you wanna borrow, ya gotta pay the man.”

Fingers crossed that American Dream is a good crime yarn.

Academy Award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan) directs this intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Luke Bracey, Point Break [2015]) and Nicky (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Nick Stahl, Sin City). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend Ana decides to take action herself.

“Truth is the Only Client: the Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy” – The Poster & Trailer!

I really like the poster for Truth is the Only Client: the Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy.  The trailer ain’t bad either.

I was five years old and on vacation with my grandparents in Miami when President Kennedy was assassinated.  Like the rest of the nation, my grandparents (and therefore me) were glued to the television watching updates on the murder of our President. Then a few days later, the man accused of taking the President’s life was himself murdered while surrounded by police officers.  Conspiracy theories abounded.

Growing up I was always intrigued by who actually killed President Kennedy.  Was it a lone gunman or were other groups involved.  I read the Warren Commission Report.  I read books and articles. I tuned in to shows and documentaries.  Ultimately I came to the conclusion that it was indeed, Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone, who killed President Kennedy.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t be looking forward to checking out  Truth is the Only Client: the Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy. 

Trailer for the new documentary feature Truth is the Only Client: the Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy, premiering November 17, 2020.

“Girl” starring Bella Thorne, Mickey Rourke and Chad Faust – The Trailer is Here!

The trailer for Girl starring Bella Thorne, Mickey Rourke and Chad Faust definitely looks like a drive-in movie feature.  As regular readers know, that’s not always a bad thing.  I do think the trailer gives away the story but that doesn’t mean I won’t tune in.

A young woman (Bella Thorne) heads back to her hometown, intent on exacting revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone beat her to it. She soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and his wicked brother (Chad Faust) as she slowly uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she ever could have imagined.

FRIEND OF THE DEVIL by Brubaker & Phillips – Now Available for Pre-Order!

Two days ago I shared the cover above for Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ next Reckless graphic novel: Friend of the Devil.  It wasn’t available for pre-order, but I said I’d keep you posted.

It’s now available for pre-order and below is the synopsis…

The next book in the red-hot Reckless series is here!

Bestselling crime noir masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are back with another new original graphic novel featuring troublemaker-for-hire Ethan Reckless.

It’s 1985 and things in Ethan’s life are going pretty well… until a missing woman shows up in the background of an old B-movie, and Ethan is drawn into Hollywood’s secret occult underbelly as he hunts for her among the wreckage of the wild days of the ’70s.

“No one does crime fic like Brubaker and Phillips, and their collaboration has never felt more new. Explosive. Vital. And yes… reckless.” – Damon Lindelof (LOST, HBO’s WATCHMEN)

Another hit graphic novel from the award-winning creators of PULP, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, CRIMINAL, and KILL OR BE KILLED — a must-have for all Brubaker and Phillips fans!

And look for the next standalone book in the Reckless series in October!

As you can imagine. I’m in.

“Dreamland” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here are the poster and trailer for Dreamland.  The poster shows some imagination and the trailer ain’t bad either.  (Update – I just learned that the poster is not official and was made by a fan!  What an awesome job she did.  Her name is Nicole Baroudi and you can see more from her by clicking the link! – Craig 10/28/20)

Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) “is fantastic” (Indiewire) in this “dazzling” (Hollywood Reporter) love story set amidst America’s struggle during the Great Depression. Eugene Evans (Finn Cole, “Peaky Blinders”) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber Allison Wells (Robbie) hiding closer than he could ever imagine. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, nothing is as it seems, and Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved. Travis Fimmel (Warcraft), Kerry Condon (Avengers: Infinity War) and Lola Kirke (American Made) also star in this “beautifully shot coming-of-age story” (Indiewire).

Featuring: Margot Robbie, Finn Cole, Garrett Hedlund, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Darby Camp, Lola Kirke

“Jungleland” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here are the poster and trailer for Jungleland.  I’m not 100% sold, but I am interested.

US Release Date: November 6, 2020
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, Jonathan Majors, Jessica Barden
Directed By: Max Winkler
Synopsis: A bare-knuckle boxer reluctantly travels across the country with his brother for one last fight.

“I’m Your Woman” – Crime Drama Poster and Trailer

Here are the poster and trailer for I’m Your Woman.  I like the looks of both and plan to check out the movie!

In this 1970s set crime drama, a woman is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey.

Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arinzé Kene, Frankie Faison, Bill Heck
Written By: Julia Hart
Directed By: Julia Hart
Produced By: Jordan Horowitz, Rachel Brosnahan

Tax Collector (2020) / Z-View

Before we get into my review of Tax Collector, let me say that I’m a David Ayer fan and after seeing the poster and trailer for Tax Collector back in July, I posted them both saying that I looked forward to seeing the movie.

ComingSoon.net  recently had a contest for a free DVD of Tax Collector.  I entered and won a copy.  That copy is what I am reviewing.

Tax Collector (2020)

Director: David Ayer

Screenplay: David Ayer

Stars:  Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, Shia LaBeouf, Jose Conejo Martin, Cheyenne Rae Hernandez, George Lopez and Brian Ortega.

The Pitch: “David Ayer is ready to make another movie!”

Tagline: From the Creator of  “Training Day” and “End of Watch”

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

David Cuevas (Soto) and his crime partner, Creeper (LaBeouf) are tax collectors for a crime lord known as The Wizard.  They collect a 30% tax on all illegal gang activity in the city.  If the money isn’t on time or the count comes up short, Cuevas and Creeper resolve the issue so it doesn’t happen again.

Cuevas is living a double life of sorts.  He has a beautiful wife and two children. He wants to be a good husband and father.  The life Cuevas lives has given him a nice house, lots of money and respect, but the things he does to earn them are hard to justify.  While Cuevas is a religious man, his partner, Creeper has come to terms with who they are and what they do.

Things go smoothly until a Conejo (Martin), a rival gang lord, returns to the city with intent to take over the Wizard’s operation.  Conejo meets with Cuevas and offers him a choice: join Conejo or Cuevas and his family will be killed.

To tell more would be to give away too much.  The movie contains more than a few twists, but it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone going to see Tax Collector that there are scenes of brutal violence.  If you’re a fan of David Ayer, then you know what to expect.

As a screenwriter, Ayer got my attention with Training Day.  As a director, it was with Street Kings.  Then as a writer/director he brought us Harsh Times, End of Watch, Sabotage (one of Arnold’s best), and Fury just to name a few.  Ayers’ films take us into a world where men are placed in violent situations and there are consequences to their actions.

I’ve never been a big Shia LaBeouf fan, but man, he owns every scene he is in.  His character, Creeper, is a stone cold killer, and LaBeouf was perfect for the part.  Remember No Country for Old Men and the character Anton Chigurh played by Javier Bardem?  Remember the universal praise Bardem rightly received?  I’d rate LaBeaouf’s performance at the same level.

Other standout performances include Cheyenne Rae Hernandez as Gata and  Jose Conejo Martin as Conejo.  It was also cool to see George Lopez playing against character and Brian Ortega from the UFC in a supporting role.

I really liked the Tax Collector.  If you’re a David Ayer fan, you probably will as well.


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“The Informer” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

I like the poster but REALLY like the trailer for The Informer.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!

An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, Common and Clive Owen
Directed by: Andrea Di Stefano

“Rouge City” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

In Rogue City, a complex case of rivalry between gangs and a group of cops unfolds in Marseille, where the border between personal and professional justice is blurred. A dark and intense thriller directed by Olivier Marchal.

Caught in the crosshairs of police corruption and Marseille’s warring gangs, a loyal cop must protect his squad by taking matters into his own hands.

“Thief” Gets the Cinephilia Treatment!

Thief, directed by Michael Mann and starring James Caan gets the Cinephilia and Beyond Treatment.  Click over and you’ll get…

  • Rarely seen production and behind-the-scenes photos
  • Thief script
  • Michael Mann video interview
  • James Caan interviews
  • Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream interviewed about Thief
  • Michael Mann on his filmmaking process
  • An evening with Michael Mann
  • Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair with Michael Mann
  • and much more!