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December 24th, 2014

11:40 am - Entourage, Focus, The Duke of Burgundy, Woman in Gold, Get Hard
Entourage     HD720p 121MB
Early trailer for the big-screen version of the TV series, to be in theatres next summer. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys (Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon) are back ... and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood. Also part of the cast are Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Constance Zimmer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey and Emily Ratajkowski. Directed by series creator Doug Ellin.

Focus     HD720p 125MB   HD1080p 204MB
I was already sold after the first trailer, and I don't think this second one will change anyone's mind, but here's another trailer for this crime thriller about a seasoned master of misdirection (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with a novice con artist (Margot Robbie). As he's teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high-stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of his latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loo ... and the consummate con man off his game. Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, BD Wong and Adrian Martinez are also part of the cast. Interestingly, this is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love., I Love You Phillip Morris).

The Duke of Burgundy     HD720p 16MB
Another very visually and aurally interesting looking movie written and directed by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio). It's an erotic drama in which Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) inhabit an exclusively female world. Their love for each other is expressed through ritual sado-masochist role-play. Cynthia, the cool ice queen, seemingly dominates the obliging, submissive Evelyn. The couple occasionally venture outside the hermetic world of their relationship, pursuing their shared interest in entomology (the title refers to a rare species of butterfly) and attending talks by the haughty and seductive Dr Schuller. The relationship begins to unravel however, when Cynthia starts to suffer from performance fatigue.
It was as not easy to find a good summary on the various festival websites. But you have to watch the trailer anyway in order to get a feeling for the movie. Not for everyone, but it sure looks very unique.

Woman in Gold     HD720p 94MB
Drama that tells the true story about a Jewish refugee (Helen Mirren) who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria Altmann has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making. Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern and Tom Schilling are also part of the cast. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn).
I don't think you still have to watch the movie after you've seen the trailer. It shows you all the important scenes.

Get Hard     HD720p 119MB
Comedy about a hedge fund manager millionaire named James (Will Ferrell) who is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin. The judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James' one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to "get hard" and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things. Alison Brie, Edwina Findley and Craig T. Nelson are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of screenwriter Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3, Idiocracy).

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December 23rd, 2014

11:52 am - The Loft, In the Heart of the Sea, True Story, Two Days, One Night, American Sniper
The Loft     HD720p 50MB
Thriller which is a remake of a Belgian movie from 2008 with the same name, again directed by Erik Van Looy (The Memory of a Killer). It tells the story of five married guys (Karl Urban, James Marsden, Eric Stonestreet, Wentworth Miller and Matthias Schoenaerts who reprises his role) who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city - a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realise one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor and Margarita Levieva are also part of the cast.
Very stylish looking but with a January release, the studio doesn't seem to have a lot of faith. A first redband trailer surfaced more than two years ago: Redband 16MB.

In the Heart of the Sea     HD720p 111MB
Second trailer for this action adventure that shows the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. At least in the way six credited screenwriters piece it together from a book. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The movie reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain (Chris Hemsworth) searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Jordi Mollà are also part of the cast. Directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Rush).

True Story     HD720p 47MB
Psychological cat-and-mouse drama about on-the-rise New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) who receives troubling news from his editors that he is accused of falsifying part of an investigative piece on child laborers in Africa. Jobless and disgraced, he retreats from the city and falls into a depression. One day, he hears startling news that a fugitive accused of murdering his family was captured in Mexico claiming the identity of "Michael Finkel of The New York Times". Intrigued by the story, he travels to interview the accused (James Flacco or Franco or something like that) to help save his name. Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee and Gretchen Mol are also part of the cast.
Not sure if the two lead actors are the best choice, but sounds like an interesting story.

Two Days, One Night - Deux jours, une nuit     HD720p 26MB
US Trailer for the latest social drama written and directed by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Lorna's Silence, The Child, Rosetta). Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realising that the company can operate with one fewer employee, management tells her she is to be let go. After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, she races against time over the course of the weekend, often with the help of her husband, to convince each of her fellow employees to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job.
Cotillard won the Best Actress Award at the European Film Awards for her role, an Oscar nomination might be possible. Though not anymore in the Best Foreign Language category, the movie didn't make the shortlist.

American Sniper     HD720p 100MB
Full trailer for this action drama about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front. Upon returning to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids, he finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. Second movie this year directed by Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Bird, Invictus).
Borat said it best, it's the war of terror.

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December 19th, 2014

11:28 am - A Little Chaos, Knight of Cups, Wild Card, Tip Top, Ida, The Hobbit
A Little Chaos     HD720p 93MB
Romantic period drama that follows Madame Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) who is an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still-to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). However, as she works on her creation, she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Le Nôtre and forced to negotiate the perilous rivalries and intricate etiquette of the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman, who also directs). Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory and Jennifer Ehle are also part of the cast.
Despite its cast, trailer unfortunately doesn't really grab me. Festival reviews also aren't too kind.

Knight of Cups     HD720p 31MB
Trailer for the latest romantic drama written and directed by Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The New World, The Thin Red Line) that will take part in the official competition in Berlin. Available information so far reads: Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Main cast members are Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman. But there's also Imogen Poots, Jason Clarke, Teresa Palmer, Antonio Banderas, Brian Dennehy, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Armin Mueller-Stahl and voice of Ben Kingsley.
Looks like Terrence Malick has arrived in the present.

Wild Card     HD720p 91MB
Longer US trailer for this action movie about a Las Vegas bodyguard (Jason Statham) with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend (Dominik García-Lorido) is beaten by a sadistic thug (Milo Ventimiglia), he strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly he is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Michael Angarano, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Sofía Vergara, Anne Heche and Jason Alexander are also part of the cast. Directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air, The Expendables 2). Screenplay by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, The Princess Bride) based on his own novel.

Tip Top     HD720p 11MB
Absurdist political farce from France in which an Algerian turned informant for the French police, is found murdered in a small French town. Two offbeat and unethical female investigators (a fiercely authoritarian Isabelle Huppert paired with an inquisitive and voyeuristic Sandrine Kimberlain) are brought in to investigate the possibility of police involvement with the murder. Meanwhile a seemingly degenerate cop (François Damiens) with a heart of gold acquires an eager, albeit naive Algerian informant who quickly gets into trouble.
Reviews are all over the place, but I love seeing the cast in a movie like that.

Ida     HD720p 78MB
Drama from Poland that already was released in most countries earlier this year. But I never posted the trailer and the movie now turns up on many top ten lists of critics and I wanted to offer an opportunity to see what it looks like. It is also Poland's submission for best foreign language movie. It's about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love, The Woman in the Fifth) who won the directing award at the European Film Awards last week. Movie also won best screenplay and best cinematography.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies     HD720p 121MB   HD1080p 164MB    Feat HD720p 343MB   Feat HD1080p 510MB
The end is near, a "one last time" Hobbit trailer, and a six-minute featurette about the 17 years long journey of the trilogies.

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December 16th, 2014

06:24 pm - Lake Como part 1
The plan was to take a break for a week or two before I write about the second leg of the Italian trip. Now it's been more than half a year. Inconceivable! Let's see what I still remember.

After Florence I took the train up north to Milan. It was already slightly raining when I left, and it got only worse when I arrived in Milan. After a late lunch I stood a while outside with an umbrella to find out if there's a chance that the rain will stop. But no such luck, it was pouring down constantly. So I decided to take the rest of the day off to rest after the exhausting days in Florence, and watched a bit of crappy Italian TV.

While half a day of rain isn't a problem, the big worry was that it would be bad weather for a longer period of time. While it wasn't great the next day, the rain at least had stopped, and I made a day-trip about 40 kilometres further north by train to Lake Como.


When we were kids we spent pretty much all our summer holidays at the Adriatic Sea. On the way there we always crossed the border at Como/Chiasso. But I never visited Como itself, which was one of the main reasons for the second part of the trip to Milan and Como.

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December 13th, 2014

11:22 am - The Divergent Series: Insurgent, The Gunman, Blackhat, Still Life, White God
The Divergent Series: Insurgent     HD720p 39MB
Full trailer for the second franchise movie in which Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite (Kate Winslet). Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd and Ray Stevenson also return. Octavia Spencer, Daniel Dae Kim and Naomi Watts are new to the cast. Directed by Robert Schwentke (RED, Flightplan, R.I.P.D.).
They made the trailer quite action heavy. I guess I wasn't the only one who struggled to stay awake watching the first part. Also, a teaser that was released a while ago: HD720p 21MB.

The Gunman     HD720p 43MB
European financed action thriller about a veteran assassin (Sean Penn) who is ready to retire, but the organization that he works for has no intention of letting him go. Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca are also part of the cast. Directed by Pierre Morel (From Paris With Love, Taken, Banlieue 13).
It pains me a little to see so much talent wasted in an almost comical looking, generic movie. Hopefully, my impression is completely wrong.

Blackhat     HD720p 53MB
Second trailer for this thriller set within the world of global cybercrime, that follows a furloughed convict (Chris Hemsworth) and his American (Viola Davis) and Chinese (Tang Wei) partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice, The Insider).
Putting a quote at the beginning of the trailer from the liars who tend to lie whenever they move their lips seems misguided, but I guess it won't be in the actual movie. Still looks like a Michael Mann "best of" set for a January release, but I don't mind.

Still Life     Fra HD720p 23MB    Swed HD720p 31MB
Quiet, nice looking drama with a few comedic touches from the UK about a funeral officer (Eddie Marsan), a public servant responsible for burying those whose relatives cannot be found. As he struggles to give dignity in death to those who had lost it in life, he tenderly writes eulogies and carefully chooses music to accompany the funerals. But he always fails in his attempts to have someone present, leaving him alone to witness his "clients" last journeys on earth. But his commitment to the dead is not appreciated by his employers, his work will be passed on to a more "efficient" office and he is made redundant. So when an unknown neighbour dies alone and friendless, he takes on his case as a final assignment. He journeys outside London to track down the man's long-abandoned daughter (Joanne Froggatt).
You can choose between the trailer versions from France and Sweden, I recommend watching both.

White God - Fehér Isten     HD720p 44MB
Interesting looking movie from Hungary that can be seen as a "Planet of the Apes" with real dogs. Do I have your attention? When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed 'unfit' by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called 'unfit' dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time housepet who has learned all too well from his 'Masters' in his journey through the streets and animal control centers how to bite the hands that beats him.
Movie won the top prize in the "Un Certain Regard" section this year in Cannes and is Hungary's best foreign language submission.

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December 11th, 2014

11:35 am - Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Appropriate Behavior, Black or White, The Great Museum
Inside Out     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 129MB
First full trailer (more like a long scene) for something that's become exceedingly rare, a non-sequel Pixar movie. This time they'll take us inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Written and directed by Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.).
Looks great. Even if we'll from now on only get on average an original Pixar movie once every three years, it's surely worth the wait.

Mad Max: Fury Road     HD720p 115MB   HD1080p 166MB
Second, equally action-packed trailer for the reboot of another popular franchise. Set in post-apocalyptic world in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Nicholas Hoult, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are also part of the cast.
Directed by George Miller (Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Babe: Pig in the City), director of the first three movies, who, after making a couple of family-friendly movies, apparently wanted to return to his roots.
Looks like two hours of non-stop mayhem.

Appropriate Behavior     HD720p 14MB
Indie, comedic relationship drama about a young woman (Desiree Akhavan, who also co-wrote and directed) for who being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, she embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
The quoted reviews about how funny the movie is seems setting expectations too high, but it looks amusing.

Black or White     HD720p 45MB
Family drama about an Los Angeles attorney (Kevin Costner), who, after having already mourned the death of his daughter, is dealt a staggering blow when his beloved wife (Jennifer Ehle) is killed in a car crash. Elliot had been raising his biracial granddaughter Eloise with his wife, and now, in the midst of his terrible grief, he's blindsided with a custody suit: Eloise's African-American grandmother (Octavia Spencer), is demanding that Eloise be placed in the care of her father (André Holland), a reckless drug addict whom Elliot still holds partly responsible for his daughter's demise. Anthony Mackie is also part of the cast. Written and directed by Mike Binder (Reign Over Me, The Upside of Anger, Man About Town).
That's a strange story in the best of times. But even more so given current events in the US. That leaves mainly its cast on the plus side.

The Great Museum - Das große Museum     HD720p 33MB
UK trailer for this documentary that gives us a look behind the scenes of one of the most important museums in the world: the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. We follow the camera on its extended forays through the magnificent halls and well-stocked storage rooms, listening in on the exhibition curators and lingering with interest by the restorers. All those working in the midst of these artistic treasures and portraits are almost on first-name terms with them and their Habsburg benefactors; for some, this stately heritage feels like a ball and chain.
Looks like a very good mixture of being informative as well as entertaining.

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December 10th, 2014

11:50 am - San Andreas, The Walk, Last Five Years, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Kingsman: Secret Service, Boyhood
San Andreas     HD720p 86MB   HD1080p 115MB
Teaser trailer for this Hollywood disaster movie in which, after the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Will Yun Lee, Colton Haynes and Kylie Minogue are also part of the cast. Directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore).
I'd say I liked it better when the movie was called 2012.

The Walk     HD720p 45MB
Early teaser for this movie that tells the true story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan. Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale and Ben Schwartz are also part to of the cast. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight, Contact), still saying no to drugs motion capture. Though, seeing the way Gordon-Levitt looks here, I'm not so sure.
If you either don't want to wait until the movie comes out, or don't want to pay the 3D surcharge in order to find out if you are afraid of heights, I strongly recommend the thriller-like, Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire that tells the same story in a more authentic way.

The Last Five Years     HD720p 49MB
Adaptation of a lesser-known Broadway musical. It's a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. It's about a young, talented up and coming novelist (Jeremy Jordan) who falls in love with a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick). Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of her songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while his songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You and, Beautiful Creatures, Freedom Writers).
Reviews say the adaptation consists pretty much of non-stop singing, so you better really enjoy musicals.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus     HD720p 16MB
Trailer for the latest movie directed by Spike Lee (Inside Man, 25th Hour, Jungle Fever), a stylised horror thriller that's also a love story. Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with a woman that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.
Remake of a 1973 horror movie called Ganja & Hess that probably few people know. Which also means there's a lot more blood in the actual movie than in the trailer. Usually, not my genre, but it looks stylish enough to have me a little interested.

Kingsman: The Secret Service     Redband HD720p 48MB    UK HD720p 28MB
A redband trailer and another trailer from the UK that will probably ensure that you've already seen at least two thirds of the plot-points and the jokes from this upcoming big screen adaptation of another slight variation of a typical graphic novel by Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass). It tells the story of a super-secret spy organization (Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong) that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Samuel L. Jackson is also part of the cast. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Layer Cake).

Boyhood     HD720p 138MB    YouTube
Ten minute featurette for Richard Linklater's ("Before" trilogy, Waking Life, Dazed and Confused) movie (experiment) filmed from 2002 to 2013 that covers 12 years in the life of a family, which increasingly looks like a favourite at next year's Academy Awards.

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December 9th, 2014

11:31 am - While We're Young, Still Alice, Vice, The Connection, What We Do in The Shadows
While We're Young     HD720p 98MB
Trailer for the latest comedic drama written and directed by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha, The Squid and the Whale). Aging gracefully is never easy, and it may be worse for artists. Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) is a New York documentarian who never quite got his due. As he labours over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it's plain that he has hit a creative dry patch. Josh and his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), tried to start a family and were unable - and have decided they're okay with that. Enter a young artist couple (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried), who approach Josh after a class he teaches. They are spontaneous and untethered, ready to drop everything in pursuit of their next passion - retro board games one day, acquiring a pet chicken the next. For Josh, it's as if a door has opened back to his youth. Charles Grodin and Adam Horovitz are also part of the cast.
Looks amusing, though I so far have never been able to really connect with Baumbach's movies.

Still Alice     HD720p 46MB
Drama about a renowned linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) who struggles to maintain her mind and self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. At first, Alzheimer's means losing her way around the streets of Manhattan, but soon - far too soon for her husband (Alec Baldwin) and three grown children (Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish) - it's much more. But even as it puts her marriage to the test, her new condition does provide the opportunity to reconnect with her youngest daughter (Kristen Stewart) with whom she's never seen eye-to-eye. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Last of Robin Hood, Quinceañera).
Movie began a limited release in the US last weekend (before a wider release in January) to qualify for awards. My impression of the reviews is: Great performance by Moore in a somewhat less great movie.

Vice     HD720p 50MB
Action movie about a man (Bruce Willis) who has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between his mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
There's still an impulse to get interested when reading Bruce Willis' name in the context of such a movie. But it's time to get that impulse under control since this one again looks more like another "direct-to-video" release at best.

The Connection - La French     HD720p 25MB
Crime thriller from France that tells the French side of the story/movie that you can guess when you put the English and French title together. Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one's warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the most untouchable godfather of them all.

What We Do in The Shadows     HD720p 49MB
US trailer for this amusing mockumentary from New Zealand about flatmates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they're just like anyone else - except they're immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old flatmate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his new found eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. Also written by Clement and Waititi ("Flight of the Conchords", Boy, Eagle vs Shark).

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December 5th, 2014

11:48 am - Terminator Genisys, Shaun the Sheep, Wild Card, Strange Magic, The Hobbit
Terminator Genisys     HD720p 152MB   HD1080p 156MB
Impressive first trailer for the reboot/relaunch/remake/whatever of this action franchise that I believe will be another trilogy. The year is 2029. John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when Tech-Com spies reveal a new plot by Skynet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever. On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back through time to save his mother's (Emilia Clarke) life and ensure his own existence. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons are also part of the cast. Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World).
I was never into this franchise and its various incarnations, so don't ask me what's going on here and how everything fits together.

Shaun the Sheep     HD720p 28MB
Full trailer for the big screen debut of Shaun the Sheep. When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Looks delightful.

Wild Card - Joker     HD720p 22MB
Trailer from France for this action movie about a Las Vegas bodyguard (Jason Statham) with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend (Dominik García-Lorido) is beaten by a sadistic thug (Milo Ventimiglia), he strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly he is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Michael Angarano, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Sofía Vergara, Anne Heche and Jason Alexander are also part of the cast. Directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air, The Expendables 2). Screenplay by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, The Princess Bride) based on his own novel.
This is a remake of a 1986 movie that starred Burt Reynolds. I suspect reading the list of supporting actors (who probably mainly have cameos) and the screenwriter may set expectations too high. But it may increase the chances that this will be one of the better Statham solo movies in recent years.

Strange Magic     HD720p 48MB
Trailer for a "madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion". Voices will be provided by Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio and Alfred Molina.
The big selling point here is that it's produced and based on a story by George Lucas and he hence gets prominently mentioned in the trailer. I guess only few remember him, but he made some pretty interesting stuff 30, 40 years ago. But that doesn't keep this movie from being unceremoniously dumped in January. And it's hard to argue with the studio here. I guess it was a pill Disney had to swallow when they bought Lucasfilm in 2012.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies     Hobbit Legacy 720p 34MB    Billy Boyd HD720p 55MB
The end is getting near, so here's a trailer from all six movies that allows you to "relive your favorite moments". And also the music video for Billy Boyd's song "The Last Goodbye".
Edit: Another 6 minute featurette about completion of the Middleearth saga: HD720p 319MB.

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November 28th, 2014

05:39 pm - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Match, Cake, Unfinished Business, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens     HD720p 53MB   HD1080p 100MB
The first, early teaser for the franchise reboot, to be in theatres next Christmas. It is said to be set 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi". Among the new cast members are John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. From previous instalments Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will return. Directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III).
I believe the first title suggestions for further sequels are already circulating. If you would like to get acquainted with John Boyega I recommend watching Attack the Block.
Additional links: HD720p 30MB   HD1080p 78MB.

Match     HD720p 21MB
Drama about a Seattle couple (Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard) that travels to New York to interview former dancer Tobi (Patrick Stewart) for research on a dissertation about the dance landscape of 1960s New York City. Now a beloved but somewhat hermitic ballet instructor, Tobi eventually warms to the strangers sitting in his Inwood apartment, regaling them with wild anecdotes from his colorful past. But when the line of questioning veers away from his career and becomes uncomfortably personal, the true motive behind the couple's visit begins to emerge. Based on a play by Stephen Belber who now also directed the movie.
We see Stewart far too rarely outside those comic book movies.

Cake     HD720p 44MB
Drama with some comedic elements a woman in a chronic-pain support group (Jennifer Aniston), who, while struggling with her own trauma, begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member (Anna Kendrick) and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman's husband (Sam Worthington). Husband and wife William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Adriana Barraza, Chris Messina and Lucy Punch are also part of the cast. Directed by Daniel Barnz (Won't Back Down, Phoebe in Wonderland, Beastly).
A rare non-comedic performance by Aniston that has critics not entirely convinced, but it's surely a change of pace for her.

Unfinished Business     Redband HD720p 44MB
Redband trailer for this comedy about a hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) who travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit. Sienna Miller, James Marsden and Nick Frost are also part of the cast. Directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man).
Usually in the trailers for those R-rated comedies there's at least one or two scenes that make me smile, but here: nada. It's all very, very awkward. That I subsidised this as a German taxpayer probably also plays a role. For science!, you can also watch pretty much the same trailer sanitised to be a greenband version: Greenband HD720p 55MB.

2001: A Space Odyssey     HD720p 30MB
Starting this weekend there will be a re-release of Stanley Kubrick's legendary movie/trip in cinemas all over the UK. So if you're living in that part of the world, and you are interested in movies, no matter if you "understand" the movie or not (nobody does), I recommend thinking about attending a screening so that you can cross it out on your (movie) bucket list. And keep in mind that the movie by now is almost 50 years old.

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November 26th, 2014

11:01 am - Jurassic World, Pan, Amira & Sam, Loitering with Intent, Peanuts
Jurassic World     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 94MB
First trailer for the reboot of the popular franchise that takes place twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park. Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. As far as I can tell, no one except for BD Wong of the original cast returns, instead there will be Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer and Vincent D'Onofrio. For easier international marketing, Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy are also part of the cast. Directed, surprisingly, by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). I guess J.J. Abrams wasn't available.
Full disclosure, I've not seen any of the Jurassic Park movies. I only know Jeff Goldblum's laugh and supervisors not doing their job properly (allegedly!) from social media.

Pan     HD720p 116MB   HD1080p 206MB
Family movie that is "offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie". The action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny - to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Amanda Seyfried as Mary. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Hanna).
The desperation of Hollywood to use existing characters in story variations in order to lessen their risk.

Amira & Sam     HD720p 26MB
Romantic, comedic drama that follows Sam (Martin Starr), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when she runs into immigration trouble, he offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more.
Looks much nicer and more interesting than I was expecting.

Loitering with Intent     HD720p 33MB
Indie comedy about two aspiring writers Dominic and Raphael (Michael Godere and Ivan Martin who actually wrote the script for this movie) who, after a chance run-in with a film producer (Natasha Lyonne) eager to invest in a new project, need to come up within 10 days with a script. Hoping to escape the bustle of New York City to write in peace, the duo head to the upstate country home of Dom's sister (Marisa Tomei). But their writer's retreat descends into bacchanalian romp when her hostile boyfriend (Sam Rockwell) and his younger brother (Brian Geraghty) bring old flames and simmering grudges to a head for the group.
Don't care much for the rest, but it's hard for me to resist Tomei and Rockwell.

Peanuts     HD720p 34MB
Another teaser for the upcoming animated movie based on the beloved characters that will try to prove that generations have been utterly wrong in enjoying these characters without paying a 3D surcharge. Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age 4).
If you could turn off the music in the middle third of the trailer I'd say it looks passable. But we still have about a year to make up our minds until the movie comes out.

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November 25th, 2014

11:35 am - Far from the Madding Crowd, Pitch Perfect 2, Electricity, Paddington, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Far from the Madding Crowd     HD720p 35MB
An early teaser for another adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy. It tells the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, The Celebration, It's All About Love).
I think that's Mulligan singing.

Pitch Perfect 2     HD720p 47MB
First trailer for the sequel to the 2012 musical comedy that follows Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Beca (Anna Kendrick) through their senior year at Barden University. All the countless blondes return, new cast additions are Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal. Elizabeth Banks also returns, this will also be her directorial debut.
Looks like such a preppy, fictional university.

Electricity     HD720p 30MB    YouTube
is an astonishing journey seen through the eyes of a young woman whose epilepsy brings extraordinary hallucinations as she searches for her lost brother.
Visually interesting looking drama from the UK about a young woman (Agyness Deyn) – brash, sexy, witty – who lives on the Northeast coast away from the world and her past. But when her mother dies, the past draws her back in. When she discovers that her younger brother (Christian Cooke), the only one who looked after her when they were kids, disappeared to London years ago, she resolves to try and find him. But the search could kill her. Her epilepsy brings vivid visual distortions, strange auras and terrifying visions that we experience through her eyes. Paul Anderson is also part of the cast.

Paddington     US HD720p 47MB    UK HD720p 30MB
Full trailers from the UK and the US for this family movie based on the books of Michael Bond that tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced now by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins) who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (Nicole Kidman). Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon are also part of the cast.
Kidman playing a taxidermist is ... courageous. UK reviews indicate that it's an agreeable family movie.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness - Yume to kyôki no ôkoku     HD720p 23MB
For the fans, a documentary that takes us inside Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio that created such classics as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. It is offering unprecedented access to the work of producer Toshio Suzuki and world-renowned filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

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November 20th, 2014

11:49 am - Cinderella, Danny Collins, The Age of Adaline, Penguins of Madagascar, Happy Valley
Cinderella     HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 139MB
Full trailer for this live-action re-telling inspired by the classic fairy tale. Young Ella's (Lily James) merchant father (Ben Chaplin) remarries following the death of her mother (Hayley Atwell). Eager to support her loving father, she welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters (Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when her father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella. One day she meets a dashing stranger (Richard Madden) in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, she finally feels she has met a kindred soul. Helena Bonham-Carter, Stellan Skarsgård and Derek Jacobi are also part of the cast. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing, Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).
Aims to "bring to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation". Well then.

Danny Collins     HD720p 95MB
Comedic drama inspired by a true story about an aging 1970s rocker (Al Pacino) who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner and Bobby Cannavale are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, Fred Claus, Last Vegas).
Hollywood increasingly takes into account the aging of the population.

The Age of Adaline     HD720p 55MB
Romantic drama about a woman (Blake Lively) who, after an accident, one icy night in 1935, ceases to age. She keeps her condition a closely-guarded secret while embarking on a number of incredible adventures throughout the 20th century. After years of a solitary life, she finds the love and courage that enable her to fully begin living. Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman and Kathy Baker are also part of the cast. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever, The Vicious Kind).
Not that I've ever seen one, but "Lifetime Movie Event" comes to mind.

The Penguins of Madagascar     HD720p 99MB   HD1080p 174MB
Another full trailer for the Madagascar spin-off. Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), from taking over the world.
I was already highly amused when I recognised the voice of the narrator for the first time in a previously released extended clip. Now I'm additionally surprised to find out that I have a role in the movie.

Happy Valley     HD720p 29MB
Documentary that observes the year after Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges. For over 40 years, Joe Paterno was the celebrated head coach of Penn State University's storied football team. Lauded not only for his program's success on the field, but also for students' achievements in the classroom, he was a revered figure in a town where team loyalty approached nationalistic fervor. Then in November 2011 everything changed when longtime assistant coach Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That).
Touches upon so many important topics. Now in limited release in the US and available on demand.

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November 15th, 2014

11:56 am - Fifty Shades of Grey, Zero Motivation, Testament of Youth, Bad Turn Worse, Night at the Museum 3
Fifty Shades of Grey     HD720p 50MB
Full trailer for the "hotly anticipated" film adaptation of the bestselling book series by E.L. James about an abusive relationship. It follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Also part of the cast are Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Callum Keith Rennie. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy).
To be in theatres around the world on Valentine's Day. Well, in countries that celebrate the greeting cards and flower industry promoted event.

Zero Motivation     HD720p 18MB
Dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. It details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, two best friends spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle, female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted.
That looks pretty funny.

Testament of Youth     HD720p 21MB
UK trailer for this period drama based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman's point of view. Brittain (Alicia Vikander), irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family (Emily Watson, Dominic West) and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend (Kit Harington) as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front she realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. Hayley Atwell, Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor are also part of the cast.

Bad Turn Worse     HD720p 16MB
Indie crime thriller now in limited release in the US. After a weekend of partying with stolen money, three Texas teens (Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, and Mackenzie Davis) find themselves indebted to a sociopathic criminal (Mark Pellegrino). To pay their debt, he forces the teens to steal from his boss, a money-laundering gangster named Big Red (William Devane). Things go from bad to worse when betrayal, distrust, and corruption complicate an already dangerous plan.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb     HD720p 47MB
Second trailer for another instalment of the franchise. Official summary is about as generic as it gets: Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled instalment ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite (Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais) and new characters (Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Dan Stevens) while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. As the two previous ones, directed by Shawn Levy (The Internship, Real Steel, Cheaper by the Dozen).

Avengers: Age of Ultron     HD720p 38MB
For completeness' sake, the third trailer version within three weeks, this time labelled a "Samsung Exclusive". I guess such annoying things have to be expected when you're making the sequel to one of the biggest box office hits of all time.

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November 13th, 2014

11:52 am - Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, Comet, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Cobbler, Song One
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken     HD720p 22MB
Trailer from Singapore for this action thriller that tells the inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers (Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten) of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken (Anthony Hopkins), which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual. Directed by Daniel Alfredson who directed the second and third movie of the original Millenium trilogy.
There was already a Dutch movie made three years ago that starred Rutger Hauer about the same story.

Comet     HD720p 17MB
Unusual romantic drama, set in a parallel universe, about two star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Justin Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Emmy Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time - from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call - an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges.
Looks a bit complicated, but very interesting.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night     HD720p 7MB
Trailer for the first Iranian vampire western. Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom ... blood red.
That looks very good. In black and white. An article about the director Ana Lily Amirpour.

The Cobbler     HD720p 25MB
Modern-day fairy tale about a 4th generation shoe-maker (Adam Sandler) runs a charming if rundown shoe repair shop on the Lower East Side of New York City. Happy being his own boss, Max nonetheless feels mired in his daily routine and yearns for something (or perhaps someone) he can't name. One day, in the shop's dusty basement, he stumbles across a forgotten family heirloom with magical powers that allow him to literally step into the lives of his customers. Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz and Dan Stevens are also part of the cast. Directed by Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent, Win Win).
McCarthy has made some nice movies in recent years, and Sandler can be very interesting when he acts in more serious movies he doesn't direct/produce. But this doesn't look like a winning combination.

Song One     HD720p 39MB
Low-key romantic drama set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene. After Franny's (Anne Hathaway) musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is injured and hospitalised in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. She seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting his musical idol (Johnny Flynn), whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. A strong romantic connection develops between the two.
How much you like it will probably depend on how much you're a fan of the music.

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November 12th, 2014

05:39 pm - Mortdecai, Goodbye to All That, The Gambler, In Your Eyes, Song of the Sea
Mortdecai     HD720p 55MB
Full trailer for this comedic action adventure based on the books by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Bettany and Aubrey Plaza are also part of the cast. Directed by David Koepp (Secret Window, Premium Rush, Ghost Town).
Great cast, though it still looks like as if Depp plays a variation of the Inspector Clouseau character. And the release date is at the end of January.

Goodbye to All That     HD720p 22MB
Comedic relationship drama about a newly single dad (Paul Schneider) navigating the good, the bad, and the weird of the 30-something singles scene. When his wife (Melanie Lynskey) unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, he finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood. Cue a hilarious sequence of romantic encounters - from reconnecting with a former crush (Heather Graham) to online dating (Ashley Hinshaw) - as he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands. Anna Camp, Amy Sedaris, Michael Chernus and Celia Weston are also part of the cast. Directed by Angus MacLachlan (screenplay for Junebug).

The Gambler     HD720p 149MB
Full trailer for this crime thriller that's loosely based on a 70s movie that starred James Caan. Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, he bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of a loan shark (John Goodman) with a paternal interest in his future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, he must take the ultimate risk for a second chance. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Still promising.

In Your Eyes     HD720p 40MB
Supernatural, romantic drama with comedic elements about East Coast housewife Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) who lives a comfortable, sheltered life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the soft-spoken, neglected wife of a doctor (Mark Feuerstein), but she always knew there was something special about herself. Across the country in arid New Mexico, charismatic ex-con Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) has paid his debt to society and is ready for a fresh start, including a new job and a burgeoning flirtation with local good-time-gal Donna (Nikki Reed). When the two polar opposites realise they are strangely connected in ways they can’t understand, an utterly unique metaphysical romance begins. The script is written by Joss Whedon. He apparently wrote it in 1992 when he was 28 years old.
Looks nice. Interestingly, after its festival debut in April the movie immediately started to be available on demand.

Song of the Sea     HD720p 70MB
Charming animated movie from Ireland that tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse - the last Seal-child - who must embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.
If you watch the trailer you can easily see that it's from the same team who a few years ago was responsible for The Secret of Kells.

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November 7th, 2014

11:31 am - Selma, Into The Woods, Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Let's Kill Ward's Wife, Winter Sleep
Selma     HD720p 54MB
Biopic that tells the story of a movement, it chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Dylan Baker are also part of the cast.
Could just as well be a documentary about Ferguson, Missouri 50 years later. If the cops were stronger armed.

Into The Woods     HD720p 58MB   HD1080p 154MB
Full trailer with some actual singing for this Disney production based on the "humorous and heartfelt" Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim. It follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Cast members include Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine).
Just not my cup of tea. Also, a four minutes behind-the-scenes featurette: Feat HD720p 210MB   Feat HD1080p 383MB.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies     HD720p 121MB   HD1080p 201MB
The final - possibly forever - trailer for the final Hobbit movie that brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
I have a feeling the Academy finally can't deny a nomination for Best Animated Picture. 1080p file originally was corrupt, this one should work.

Let's Kill Ward's Wife     HD720p 69MB
Dark, make that very dark, comedy about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary. Everyone hates Ward's wife (Dagmara Dominczyk) and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends' (among them Patrick Wilson, Scott Foley, Amy Acker, Marika Dominczyk) murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems - like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time.
It's also sort of a family movie. Dagmara Dominczyk is married to Wilson, Marika Dominczyk is the wife of actor and first-time director Foley. Which surely lead to amusing scenes on the set while making the movie.

Winter Sleep - Kis uykusu     HD720p 26MB
UK trailer for this drama from Turkey about a former actor who runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.
Movies from Nuri Bilge Ceylan aren't exactly an easy watch (with this one running over three hours). But with Winter Sleep winning the Golden Palm this year in Cannes, and being Turkey's official Foreign Language Oscar submission, I thought I at least include the trailer so that you get an idea how it looks.

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November 5th, 2014

12:53 pm - Chappie, Minions, A Most Violent Year, National Gallery, McFarland USA
Chappie     HD720p 39MB
First trailer for the latest sci-fi action thriller directed by Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9). Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley). The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Jose Pablo Cantillo are also part of the cast.
Seems to sort of take place in the same "universe" as Blomkamp's previous two movie, which is fine by me.

Minions     HD720p 53MB
First trailer for the Despicable Me spin-off. It begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, "Minions" evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters - from T. rex to Napoleon - the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin (voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) has a plan, and he - alongside teenage rebel Stuart (also voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) and lovable little Bob (voiced by you know who) - ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
I'm still not sure if I will be able to bear them for a whole movie. But there a number of funny scenes in the trailer. Also, the list of the 20 animated features trying to get nominated in the upcoming Oscar race. I think it contains about every single animated movie released this year.

A Most Violent Year     HD480p 18MB   HD720p 83MB
Full trailer for a crime thriller written and directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost). It is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks are also part of the cast.
So far doesn't look as original as Chandor's first two movies, but at this point I'm interested in everything he does. I re-watched Margin Call just last weekend.

National Gallery     HD720p 29MB
Three hour documentary that takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. It's the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. Directed by Frederick Wiseman who by now is making documentaries for almost 50 years.
Now in limited release in the US.

McFarland, USA     HD720p 52MB
Inspirational sports movie from Disney that seems to follow an all too familiar script. Of course, it's inspired by a true story, it follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California's farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys' exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Maria Bello plays his wife. Directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country, The Vintner's Luck).
They could've at least chosen a different name for Costner's character. Then again.

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November 2nd, 2014

10:43 am - Furious 7, Ex Machina, Force Majeure, Suite Française, SpongeBob Movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Furious 7     HD720p 57MB    YouTube
First trailer for the seventh, delayed due to unfortunate circumstances, instalment of the franchise. Pretty much everyone returns, and yes, I mean everyone. New cast additions are Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa and Kurt Russell. Summary so far reads: Ian Shaw (Statham) seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew for the death of his brother. First instalment directed by, eeeww, horror specialist James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring).

Ex Machina     Intl HD720p 40MB    US HD720p 40MB
Interesting looking, cerebral sci-fi thriller about a programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, he learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test - charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), an A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive - and more deceptive - than the two men could have imagined. Directorial debut of Alex Garland who also wrote the script for this movie as well as some of the movies of Danny Boyle (Sunshine, 28 Days Later...).
You can choose between the US and the international trailer version. The international one is a bit longer and provides a little bit more context.

Force Majeure - Turist     HD720p 17MB
Psychodrama from Sweden that's also darkly comical that tells the story of a model Swedish family - handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children - on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
Won in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes and is also Sweden's official Best Foreign Language submission. Now in limited release in the US.

Suite Française     HD720p 21MB
UK trailer for this war drama set in France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war. Husband and wife Sam Riley and Alexandra Maria Lara, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie and Tom Schilling are also part of the cast. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess).

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water     HD720p 48MB
Full trailer for the second movie about the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate. This time SpongeBob and his friends goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate (Antonio Banderas).
Still in 3D and with superheroes, of course.

Avengers: Age of Ultron     HD720p 113MB   HD1080p 182MB
Hi-def encodes of the extended "Special Look" that starts with party games at Chez Starks.

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October 23rd, 2014

11:51 am - Avengers: Age of Ultron, Foxcatcher, The Gambler, The Mule, Set Fire to the Stars
Avengers: Age of Ultron     HD720p 43MB   HD1080p 83MB    YouTube
The expression "highly anticipated" gets thrown around a lot but I guess in this case it's a fitting description. Early trailer for the sequel, once again written and directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity, Much Ado About Nothing). Depending on you interpretation, plot description may contain (casting) spoilers.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance (of noes!). As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. All the main cast members return, there will also be two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and we meet an old friend in a new form (Paul Bettany).
Edit: Official hi-def encodes without water mark: HD720p 143MB   HD1080p 235MB.

Foxcatcher     HD720p 46MB
The full trailer for this drama based on real events directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball). When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (yes, that is Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training and the tragedy takes its course.
At this stage it is probably more a question of how many instead of if there will be any Oscar nominations in the acting categories. I'm not sure how well known the story is but I'm a little worried about how much the trailer is revealing.

The Gambler     HD720p 23MB
Redband teaser for this crime thriller that's loosely based on a 70s movie that starred James Caan. Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, he bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of a loan shark (John Goodman) with a paternal interest in his future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, he must take the ultimate risk for a second chance. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Looks very promising.

The Mule     HD720p 18MB
Crime thriller with comedic elements from Australia "inspired by true events". It's 1983. A naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Alone and afraid, "the Mule" makes a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence ... literally. And by doing so becomes a "human time-bomb"; dragging cops (most prominently Hugo Weaving), criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade.
Given that summary this could easily go horribly wrong. But while it's probably best not to oversell it, festival reviews and the trailer indicate that it's a well-balanced mix of story, style and humour.

Set Fire to the Stars     HD720p 15MB
UK trailer for this semi-biographical drama shot in stylish black-and-white that focuses on a week in the life of the aspiring poet John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood) and his hero, the hellraising Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones), as Thomas prepares for a series of performed readings in the US organised by Brinnin. Kelly Reilly, Shirley Henderson and Steven Mackintosh are also part of the fast.

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