Trailers by Brandon: We're gonna take Rambo to the old town road


There’s another Rambo movie coming out, Godzilla is in theaters and there’s a couple of cheesy looking horror movies coming our way. No, it’s not the 1980’s, it’s just 2019. We’ve also got our first look at The Kitchen and The Goldfinch to discuss in this week’s Trailers by Brandon.

Opening this week:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The trailers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters have been pitch perfect — the one that utilizes a rendition of “Over the Rainbow” is quite honestly one of the best trailers I’ve seen in the past year or so. Critics have been pretty split on the film as a whole since the embargo dropped, but I don’t even care. Give me some good, satisfying monster battles (which I would argue the 2014 Godzilla did as well, even though I’m well aware that’s not a popular opinion) and I’ll leave the theater happy.


The Rocketman trailers, in my opinion, have only been so-so. With all the backlash Bohemian Rhapsody received, I’m still a little surprised they rushed this out so quick but, hey, word of mouth has been pretty good, so maybe they really will do Elton John justice for all I know.


And then we get to the Ma trailers, which I’ve liked purely because they’re creepy and everything a horror fan could want. I don’t know if it’ll be a “great” movie or anything, but they’ve got my money just for Olivia Spencer’s performance alone.

New trailers:

Rambo: Last Blood (Sept. 20, 2019)

I shouldn’t be as excited about this one I am. Scratch that — we shouldn’t all be as excited about this as we are, because I know I’m not the only one. Yet, I mean, c’mon. They used “Old Town Road” in this trailer, for God’s sake. How can you not watch this and get excited about the idea of another Rambo movie — presumably the last one, based on the title — with Sylvester Stallone? Between this, the Escape Plan movies and whatever else he’s got cooking up, Stallone at least proven to be an actor who continues to be interesting as he ages.

The Kitchen

Widows meets The Godfather with an all-star cast (I’m so happy that Melissa McCarthy is sticking with drama after her work in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) in The Kitchen, meaning this is one that you are most definitely going to want to keep an eye on in the coming months.

In Fabric (2019)

A24 horror movies are almost always worth a watch, even if they present you with as ridiculous of a premise as “haunted dress.” Yes, sometimes you get a Climax, but most of the time you’ll get something more along the lines of The Witch, Hereditary or Green Room, meaning that it’s almost always a journey worth taking.

The Goldfinch (Sept. 13, 2019)

Can’t say that I really know what this movie is about based on this trailer alone, but you can see a lot of talent and impressive filmmaking here. It doesn’t hurt that it comes from Brooklyn director John Crowley, either. They’re clearly hoping The Goldfinch will get Oscar attention, but only time will tell if the movie is actually worthy of that kind of praise.

Annabelle Comes Home (June 26, 2019)

I want this to be good. Really, I don’t think my heart can take another Curse of La Llorona. I may be setting myself up for disappointment given that I haven’t liked most/any of these Conjuring spin-off movies, but the trailers have all be fine and they seem to be leaning into this Night at the Museum idea so maybe, MAYBE Annabelle Comes Home can be the one to turn the tide.


Does anyone else feel like this is a little, I don’t know, beneath Pixar? I look at this trailer and my first thought is Trolls. Of course, that might just be because both films have trolls in them, but the humor and even the animation all just kind of seems dumbed down for their usual quality. Hopefully, they’ll prove me wrong in future trailers and then the movie itself, but they’ve got a bit of an uphill battle to fight now as this kind of just looks like The Good Dinosaur 2.0.

The Command (June 21, 2019)

I’ve seen movies like The Command a hundred times before and I’m sure I’ll see a hundred more before I die. It’s a familiar story that usually does exactly what it wants to do. Great. Fine. That’s nice, I guess. Can’t say I’m all that compelled to see it, but more power to anyone who does.

Lying and Stealing (July 12, 2019)

Who knew that a heist movie could look so…..boring. Tired. Unoriginal. All these things and more (and I’m a sucker for heist movies, too!). Sorry, but they aren’t going to be lying to me or stealing my hard earned money THIS TIME.


Godzilla (2014)

My hot take of the day is that the 2014 Godzilla is, in fact, a good movie. Yes, people wanted more monster battles (go watch a hundred MCU movies if you just want CGI fight scenes) and I’ll agree that Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn’t the most charismatic actor in the world, but the tension building and the ultimate pay off still makes the whole thing worth it, I think.

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Brandon Schreur

The fella over there with the hella good hair. Movies and TV are my jam, and the fact that I get to write about them on a regular basis is the bees knees.

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