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“The Tax Collector”

by Justin Lyons

2020 sure has been an interesting year for movies. We’ve missed our fair share of big releases, but here we are in September with a new film from David Ayer, a director who has seemingly taken nothing but criticism over the past half decade. Maybe some of that has been warranted, maybe some of it hasn’t, but here he stands with a new movie available for rent.

Ayer is re-teaming with Shia LaBeouf, whom he directed in one of the best performances of his career in 2014’s “Fury.” LaBeouf is past the point of only being recognized for the “Transformers” series. He’s truly one of the most gifted actors working right now, and this nice, little roll he’s found himself on since exiting Michael Bay’s billion dollar franchise has solidified him as a top tier talent.

He’s coming off a fantastic 2019 with “Honey Boy” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” so it was no surprise seeing him marketed as a co-lead in “The Tax Collector.” It was, however, a shock to see him in a supporting role in the film itself, and that’s the movie’s biggest problem.

It might be better said that the movie’s biggest problem is that none of the characters, aside from LaBeouf’s character, called Creeper, are very interesting. Each and every one is built upon a foundation that we’re familiar with, including those in other David Ayer movies. Their principles and motivations never sincerely stand out.

David, the main character played by Bobby Soto, drives around Los Angeles collecting a percentage of gang profits for his boss, a man called Wizard. He does it to protect and provide for his non-gang-affiliated family, who are in fact good. When Wizard’s ex-rival returns to town, dead set on taking over Los Angeles, David’s allegiances and strength are put to the test.

Again, we’ve seen that before, so viewing it again, in a mostly predictable manner that doesn’t make “The Tax Collector” stand out among memories of other gang movies and stories, doesn’t let it resonate. It never pushes for that emotional connection to the characters or story that I was looking for. Possibly the most unfortunate part is that there’s evidence of potential here. There is potential in these characters and in this world that makes me think there’s a decent movie in here somewhere, but it needed more time to give the characters the life and development they deserved.

The story itself also feels disjointed in an effort to develop the relationships with characters, even though those relationships don’t benefit from the sacrificing of story. Most beats, particularly toward the end of the film, seem to just happen without express purpose. There is a guiding narrative pushing David against the rival gang leader, but most events in the story don’t have the build up that I had hoped for. Things just kind of occur without any rhyme or reason. We have a character whom we’re supposed to immediately latch onto and a character whom we’re supposed to immediately hate, and none of the story beats ever allow the characters to breathe and change.

Each scene is also played at the highest possible level. Subtlety isn’t always a synonym for high quality, but constant high octane sequences never helped David’s character. Despite being a lover of action sequences, I found myself more intrigued by David’s moments with his family. He shows the struggle of balancing his roles as a protector and as a “tax collector,” but it’s never enough to round out the character.

It feels like Ayer is going through the motions, which is disappointing from a director who has obvious talent. He didn’t fall into the screenplay for “Training Day,” and he surely didn’t accidentally direct “Fury” and “End of Watch” with the skill and charisma of those films. That filmmaking talent is in there, but in going back to a story reminiscent of his earlier work, it appears he is recycling his own techniques. Even the visual look of the movie, which Ayer typically excels with, feels bland. He does pull a couple of visual tricks from his repertoire in flashbacks and high-intensity action sequences, but the flashbacks feel played out, and one specific moment of slow motion was enough to pull me out of a movie that appeared to go for gritty reality.

There are positives to take away from “The Tax Collector.” Again, Shia LaBeouf is immensely talented, and that shows in this film. Every single time he’s on-screen, it’s tough to look away. He does take a supporting role in the movie, but he steals the show right out of Bobby Soto’s hands. Some of that is due to the writing as Creeper is a far more compellingly written character than David, but LaBeouf commits so hard to every single word, and he’s an absolute blast to watch.

The scenes in which David and Creeper drive around Los Angeles, spewing mostly throwaway dialogue, are easily the most fun in the film. Creeper is the muscle of the duo, but I enjoyed his humanity. I have to credit LaBeouf because when Creeper is thinking, it’s easy to watch the wheels in his brain spin. He has these survival instincts, and he’s skilled with weapons and intimidation tactics, but he’s not a robot. He diets, meditates and wants to be included in David’s personal life.

“The Tax Collector” isn’t memorably bad. It’s just not memorable at all, and that is the most frustrating thing about the film. There is potential in the story, the characters and the story world, but it’s so easy to think of scenes that should have been cut in favor of scenes that should have been added. There’s also so much inspiration behind Creeper, but he’s not the focus of the film, which I think would have made the movie much more engaging.

There comes a certain point in the film where nothing is left to care about, and the story revisits a relationship that doesn’t feel earned. Had it spent more time developing that relationship, I might have been invested in the final act, but one short sequence and one small show of good faith wasn’t enough to make me believe that some of these characters would show the support they’re asked to show. Nevertheless, I’m happy to discuss Shia LaBeouf in a positive way. Maybe with that tattoo on his chest forever he’d be better suited in a similar role as a lead performer.

“The Tax Collector” is streaming now on Amazon.

WATCH: Loafy Official Trailer | New Adult Animated Series Premieres Across Comedy Central

Loafy Series Premiere

Comedy Central today released the official trailer for “Loafy”, the original, improvised animated digital series created, written and voiced by Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”, “Mr Mayor”), who also executive produces the series alongside Luke Kelly-Clyne and Kevin Healey’s Big Breakfast, a recent acquisition of Propagate Content. The eight-episode series will roll out across all Comedy Central digital and social platforms beginning August 8.

The animated comedy features a weed-dealing manatee who runs a drug empire from his water tank at the Center Park Zoo and features the voices of an all-star guest cast including Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Kevin Smith, Jay Pharoah, Nina West, Ron Funches, Tom Green, Jason Mewes, Hannah Simone, Eugene Cordero, Will McGlaughlin, Shannon O’Neill and more.

Beyonce – Black Is King

By Eamonn Burke

Last week, Beyonce released the second trailer for her upcoming film Black is King, set to release on July 31. The production is a visual album that will feature multiple celebrity cameos including Jay-Z and Lupita Nyong’o, as seen in the trailer. Coming one year after Disney’s lasted adaption of the The Lion King, the film spins the old story into a tale of a young kings ascendence into power that represents the journey of black families worldwide. Although the new trailer is not much longer than the previous teaser, it offers a deeper look into the story: “Life is a set of choices. Lead, or be led astray. Follow your light, or lose it” Beyoncé’s opening voiceover says.

Beyonce called the project a “labor of love” and adds that “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant.” However, the film has not gone without controversy. Many have criticized the film for cultural appropriation and for “romanticizing Africa.” One such critic is black feminist Jade Bentil at the University of Oxford, who tweeted this statement:

“The repeated tropes/symbolic gestures that homogenise & essentialise thousands of African cultures in service of securing the terrain for Black capitalist possibilities & futures is tired.”

Other criticisms include glorifying African cultures inappropriately and creating false aesthetics. Scenes from the trailer such as Beyonce riding a horse dressed in animal hide and her excessive jewelry have created controversy about how she is portraying African culture.

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Maestro #1

Almost 30 years ago in the landmark story FUTURE IMPERFECT, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David and superstar artist George Pérez introduced Marvel fans to a far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro – the master of what remains of the world. Ever since, the mystery about how this villainous version of Bruce Banner came to be remained untold but next month, Peter David returns to reveal Maestro’s shocking origin in MAESTRO #1! With astounding art by Dale Keown and Germán Peralta, this series will answer questions that have haunted fans for decades about the fall of earth and the rise of Maestro! Get your first look at this highly anticipated launch in the MAESTRO trailer and discover the secrets of one of the Hulk’s greatest foes when MAESTRO #1 hits the stands this August!

MAESTRO #1 by Peter David, Dale Keown, and Germán Peralta is on sale this August in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com!

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

Cable #1 Trailer

ENCOUNTER BIG SWORDS, BIG MONSTERS, AND EVEN BIGGER STAKES IN THE CABLE
#1 TRAILER

It’s a new dawn for mutantkind’s toughest soldier. Not quite the grizzled old war veteran from them future but still just as rebellious and hardheaded, Cable is back in a new solo series. See Nathan Summers confront his destiny in the CABLE #1 trailer featuring Editor Jordan D. White, Assistant Editor Annalisse Bisa, and writer Gerry Duggan.

WATCH TRAILER HERE

On sale now, CABLE #1 is delighting fans with its high dose of action, fun, and shocking twists. Duggan’s writing combined with Phil Noto’s iconic art results in a high energy adventure where readers will get to see one of Marvel’s most famous X-Men in an exciting and revelatory way.

“This is the story of a young soldier who hasn’t seen the world end a bunch so he’s more fun and untethered,” Duggan says. “[Phil Noto] and I have the same ideas for Cable. I think we’re gonna surprise some people. If you think you know Cable, you don’t.”

CABLE #1 by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto is on sale now in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit Marvel.com

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J.J. Abrams × Marvel

J.J. ABRAMS, THE MODERN MASTER OF MYSTERY, MAKES HIS MARK ON MARVEL IN THE SPIDER-MAN #1 TRAILER!

The All-Star team of J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, and Sara Pichelli assembles for this sensational series!

J.J. Abrams takes the webbed wonder to new heights when he and his son Henry partner with legendary spider-artist Sara Pichelli for a Spider-Man story like you’ve never seen before! Cadaverous, a terrifying new villain, will force Spidey to make some of the hardest choices of his life. Can he protect MJ, Manhattan…or even himself? Check out this brand new trailer for SPIDER-MAN #1 featuring Executive Editor Nick Lowe and writers J.J. and Henry Abrams!  

“Having these geniuses working together on Spider-Man, the greatest fictional character of all time, couldn’t be better,” Lowe exclaimed, a sentiment shared by the Abrams. “We knew [Sara Pichelli’s] stuff – she’s a genius,” J.J. added. “The fact that we got Sara to do this book was the luckiest gift of all time.”

Henry Abrams went on to shed more light on the creative team’s thinking behind the scenes. “Spider-Man in general has been one of the most interesting super hero characters to me – how when he gets stronger, his problems get bigger,” he said. “A large focus on our series was [Spider-Man] as a person and not just him as a mask. So how does he deal with these real issues? It’s been a pleasure exploring that.”

“Cadaverous is one of the most terrifying Spider-Man villains of all time – and that’s saying something,” Lowe warned. “Spidey has faced the Green Goblin, Carnage, Venom, and Cadaverous might be even scarier and a little bit grosser than any of them.”

 SPIDER-MAN #1arrives September 18 in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

Dave East stars in New Hulu Series “WU-TANG: An American Saga”

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Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in The Hustle

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures presents the FIRST OFFICIAL TRAILER and POSTER for THE HUSTLE Starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson


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Want to see how this trailer made its way online? Check out how Joanne the Scammer helped Anne and Rebel get their hands on the trailer!

See the Joanne The Scammer Video HERE.

THE HUSTLE is in theaters EVERYWHERE May 10, 2019
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THE HUSTLE

In the hilarious new comedy THE HUSTLE, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

Director: Chris Addison
Screenplay By: Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning and Dale Launer and Jac Schaeffer
Producers: Roger Birnbaum p.g.a., Rebel Wilson p.g.a.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp
Distributor: MGM

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YG’s New Album ‘Stay Dangerous’

YG’S NEW ALBUM STAY DANGEROUS SET FOR AUGUST 3rd RELEASE ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS; ALBUM PRE-ORDER LAUNCHES TODAY

STAY DANGEROUS FEATURES SMASH HIT “BIG BANK”, “SUU WHOOP” & NEW SINGLE “HANDGUN” FEATURING A$AP ROCKY

“HANDGUN” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY; YG TO PERFORM STAY DANGEROUS LIVE AT ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT & 4HUNNID FASHION SHOW ON AUG.5

PRE-ORDER YG’S STAY DANGEROUS: http://YG.lnk.to/StayDangerous

Multi-platinum Bompton-based rapper YG doubles up today with the launch of the pre-order for his eagerly awaited new album STAY DANGEROUS arriving next Friday, August 3rd via Def Jam Recordings (tracklisting below) – and the release of a new single and music video for one of the album’s premiere tracks, “Handgun” featuring A$AP Rocky. The“Handgun” video will exclusively be broadcasted on BET Jams for the first 24 hours of its release.

LISTEN TO “HANDGUN” HERE: http://YG.lnk.to/Handgun
WATCH “HANDGUN” VIDEO HERE: http://YG.lnk.to/HandgunOfficialVideo

STAY DANGEROUS is also now available for pre-order through SPOTIFY’s exclusive Pre-Save platform at http://YG.lnk.to/StayDangerousPreSave. SPOTIFY Pre-Save allows fans to save an album to their collection before it is released and all 3 instant grat tracks will automatically be added to their library and any playlist they choose. Fans who pre-save the album will also receive a Stay Dangerous prize pack which includes, a Stay Dangerous hoodie, Stay Dangerous hat, and a physical copy of the album.

Anticipation is building up to the release of STAY DANGEROUS, follow-up to YG’s acclaimed Still Brazy (June 2016), hailed by the New York Times as “an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record.” On August 5th, two days after the new album drops, YG will host the STAY DANGEROUS album release concert at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where he will perform the album live in its entirety for the first time. The event will include a fashion show for YG’s popular clothing line 4Hunnid, which will be debuting its new “Kut & Sew” line. Buy tickets for the event here.

“Handgun” follows up YG’s smash single “Big Bank” featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Big Sean, released in June, the first single pick from STAY DANGEROUS. The music video for “Big Bank” has amassed over 32 million views. Check out the music video here!

YG has appeared in several films since 2012, including his own Bompton-centric documentary Blame It On the Streets. His next appearance will be in White Boy Rick, a true crime drama upcoming September 2018 from Sony Pictures, starring Matthew McConaughey and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta). Check out the movie trailer at: http://youtu.be/qns48PtK2io

STAY DANGEROUS TRACKLIST

1. 10 TIMES
2. BULLETPROOF (FEAT. JAY 305)
3. HANDGUN (FEAT. A$AP ROCKY)
4. SUU WHOOP
5. CANT GET IN KANADA
6. TOO COCKY
7. BIG BANK (FEAT. 2 CHAINZ & BIG SEAN & NICKI MINAJ)
8. POWER (FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN)
9. SLAY (FEAT. QUAVO)
10. 666 (FEAT. YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE AGAIN)
11. TOO BRAZY (FEAT. MOZZY)
12. PUSSY MONEY FAME
13. DEEPER THAN RAP
14. FREE THE HOMIES INTERLUDE
15. BOMPTOWN FINEST