November 25th, 2015
|11:50 am - Captain America: Civil War, Benefactor, Secret Life of Pets, Central Intelligence, Heart of the Sea|
Captain America: Civil War HD720p 45MB HD1080p 88MB
First trailer for another Marvel/Disney movie that will mark the beginning of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We will find Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps - one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. A few dozen characters from previous movies will probably return, new cast additions are Daniel Brühl, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland and Martin Freeman. Again directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Welcome to Collinwood, You Me and Dupree).
The Benefactor HD720p 19MB
Drama that has another noteworthy performance by Richard Gere. When billionaire philanthropist Franny (Gere) encroaches on the lives of Olivia (Dakota Fanning) and husband Luke (Theo James), things are not all as they seem. A passenger in the car that killed the young woman’s parents (Cheryl Hines, Dylan Baker), Franny is a deeply tortured soul hiding a dark secret. Is it guilt that drives his extravagant gifts, or is Franny simply trying to re-live happier times when Olivia's parents, his best friends, were still alive?
The Secret Life of Pets HD720p 18MB
Another teaser, this time Christmas themed, that again introduces the characters of this animated movie produced by the humans behind Despicable Me. It is taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's (Louis C.K.) life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners. It will also feature the voices of Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey and Albert Brooks. Co-directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, The Lorax).
Since there's not a lot of real footage, here's the Minion mini-movie "Competition" from the upcoming BluRay: HD720p 73MB.
Central Intelligence HD720p 86MB
First trailer for this action buddy comedy that follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former "big man on campus" (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realises what he's getting into, it's too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count. Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and Danielle Nicolet are also part of the cast. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh).
In the Heart of the Sea HD720p 52MB
A heartfelt apology for writing just three weeks ago that four trailers might be enough. But I think the makers of this action adventure starring Chris Hemsworth that shows the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick are now reasonably confident that this fifth trailer finally does it justice.
November 21st, 2015
|12:48 pm - The Boss, Midnight Special, Gods of Egypt, Criminal Activities, Fathers and Daughters|
The Boss HD720p 46MB
R rated comedy about a titan of industry (Melissa McCarthy) who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal and Kathy Bates are also part of the cast. Again directed by McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone (Tammy), they also worked on the screenplay.
Midnight Special HD720p 82MB
Supernatural thriller about a father (Michael Shannon) who goes on the run to protect his young son (Jaeden Lieberher) and uncover the truth behind the boy's special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Also part of the cast are Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories).
Not sure about the story, but the people involved make it interesting.
Gods of Egypt HD720p 80MB HD1080p 83MB
Action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, in which the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Chadwick Boseman, Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush and Rufus Sewell are also part of the cast. Directed by Alex Proyas (Knowing, Dark City, I Robot).
Looks like another video game movie. And a bad one at that. Though I think that counts as a pleonasm.
Criminal Activities HD720p 19MB
Thriller in which four friends (Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown) stumble into a deal too good to refuse. But when the investment goes bad, they learn that part of their funding came from a notoriously ruthless crime boss (John Travolta) and it's payback time. Now, they must successfully kidnap a family member (Edi Gathegi) of a rival kingpin in order to erase the life-threatening debt. In way over their heads, if they can complete the assigned task without screwing up, they just might escape with their lives. Haley directorial debut of Jackie Earle Haley, who is also part of the cast.
Now in limited release in the US.
Fathers and Daughters HD720p 32MB
UK trailer for the latest melodrama directed by Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Last Kiss). The film follows the relationship between Pulitzer winning novelist (Russell Crowe) and his daughter, Katie (Amanda Seyfried), and the effect of this relationship over a twenty year period. Moving back and forth between the 1980’s and present day, it shows Jake's struggle with his mental illness and raising Katie, and explores the ramifications of 30-year-old Katie’s troubled childhood. Diane Kruger, Aaron Paul and Bruce Greenwood are also part of the cast.
Feels a bit as if Nicholas Sparks might have been involved. While that's not the case, apparently Michael Bolton sings during the end credits. Available reviews aren't too kind.
November 19th, 2015
|11:32 am - The Huntsman Winter's War, How To Be Single, Zoolander 2, Triple 9, The Divergent Series: Allegiant|
The Huntsman Winter's War HD720p 45MB HD1080p 184MB
Action-adventure prequel that reveals how the fates of The Huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Long before the evil Queen was thought vanquished by Snow White's blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya's ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen - including Eric and warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain) - only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love. Nick Frost will try to provide some comic relief. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan who so far has been responsible for visual effects. Which tells us where again the emphasis will be.
How To Be Single HD720p 119MB
R rated female buddy comedy set in New York City, the city which is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun. Cast members include Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Anders Holm, Jake Lacy and Damon Wayans, Jr. Directed by Christian Ditter (Love Rosie).
At least I assume it will be R rated in the US. Wilson says penis.
Zoolander 2 HD720p 48MB
Full trailer for the sequel. Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business. Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor also return. New to the cast are Penélope Cruz and Kristen Wiig, and possibly Olivia Munn and Benedict Cumberbatch. There's also Justin Bieber in the trailer. Consider yourself warned. Though his scene has a happy ending. It's also again directed by Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tropic Thunder, Reality Bites).
Sadly, the trailer isn't really, really, really ridiculously good looking. Why not just watch the first movie again?
Triple 9 HD720p 39MB
UK trailer for this very violent looking action thriller that follows a group of criminals and corrupt cops who find themselves in serious trouble. The Russian mafia is blackmailing them, and the only way to deal with them is to perform what is believed to be an extremely challenging heist. Impossible as it may seem, however, they eventually hatch a plan: on one side of town, half of the crew will plan the murder of a rookie cop (Casey Affleck), and while the rest of the force is distracted by a 999 call ("officer down"), the other half of the corrupt cops will pull off the job. This all seems like it's going to work until the cop winds up surviving the attack and fights back. Also part of the cast are Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Clifton Collins Jr., Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot. Directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless).
The Divergent Series: Allegiant HD720p 42MB
Second trailer for the third movie in the franchise, again directed by Robert Schwentke (RED, Flightplan, R.I.P.D.). It takes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent the two must escape and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim and Naomi Watts return. New to the cast are Jeff Daniels and Nadia Hilker.
November 14th, 2015
|11:56 am - Finding Dory, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Moonwalkers, Lady in Car with Glasses and a Gun, Ice Age 5|
Finding Dory HD720p 29MB HD1080p 46MB
First short trailer for the upcoming Pixar sequel, to be in theatres next summer. It reunites Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) with friends Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Further voices will be provided by Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West and Idris Elba. Co-directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL·E, John Carter) and Angus MacLane (Burn-E).
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 HD720p 45MB
Trailer for the sequel, almost a decade after the first movie broke a couple of box office records in the US. After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter (Elena Kampouris), Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding - this time, even bigger and fatter. Many of the other cast members also return. Directed by Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Waking Ned Devine, What to Expect When You're Expecting).
Moonwalkers HD720p 46MB
Redband trailer for this farcical action comedy that asks the question, what if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the US administration? It takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman) will never find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with the lousy manager (Rupert Grint) of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time.
If you aren't already familiar with, I recommend watching the ... documentary Dark Side of the Moon that proved about a decade ago that Kubrick indeed did stage the moon landing.
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun - La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil HD720p 10MB
Stylish looking, psychological thriller from France, vying to become this year's longest movie title, in which a beautiful secretary steals her boss' sports car to go joyriding. She goes to visit a seaside town she swears she's never been to, but everyone knows her name. And when a body turns up in the truck of the car, she is suddenly the lead suspect in a murder she knows nothing about. Is she going crazy? Directed by Joann Sfar (Gainsbourg, The Rabbi's Cat).
Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe HD720p 67MB YouTube
The five minute short that is shown in theatres before the Peanuts movie that serves as a hint that there will be a fifth Ice Age movie next summer. Scrat's epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.
November 7th, 2015
|11:52 am - Warcraft, Star Wars: Episode VII, Concussion, Lady in the Van, 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi|
Warcraft HD720p 42MB HD1080p 82MB
After I believe being about a decade in the making, the first trailer for this fantasy action adventure based on the popular video game. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilisation faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonise another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. Cast members include Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell and Ruth Negga. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code).
Looks like, you know, a video game. Too bad we'll never find out what a version directed by Uwe Boll would've looked like.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens HD720p 26MB YouTube
Trailer from Japan that contains a decent amount of new footage and which his, in my humble opinion, even more epic and moving than the recent US trailer version. Movie 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, Daisy Ridley, 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 lense flare master extraordinaire, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III).
Concussion HD720p 48MB
Another trailer for this dramatic thriller based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. His emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Eddie Marsan, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer and Albert Brooks are also part of the cast.
The Lady in the Van HD720p 21MB
US Trailer for this comedic drama that tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and the singular Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Also part of the cast are Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper and James Corden. Directed by Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, The Madness of King George, The Crucible).
This is based on a play written by Alan Bennett himself, he also wrote the screenplay. Smith has played the role on stage, directed by Hytner.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi HD720p 53MB
Another redband trailer for this action movie based on the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Cast members include James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens and Max Martini. Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon). Who, if not Bay, is capable of delivering the advertised "true account" of the story?
I believe the promo campaign included an official investigative committee, which interestingly turned into invaluable support for Hillary Clinton's election campaign.
November 6th, 2015
|11:48 am - Alice Through the Looking Glass, London Has Fallen, The Hateful Eight, Don Verdean, Kung Fu Panda 3|
Alice Through the Looking Glass HD720p 40MB HD1080p 107MB
First trailer for the sequel, this time directed by James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted). Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Anne Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Helena Bonham Carter and Matt Lucas also return, new to the cast are Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Andrew Scott, Toby Jones and Timothy Spall.
Sorry to say, still not a fan of the artificial, computer-generated look.
London Has Fallen HD720p 44MB
Full trailer for the sequel that begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Forster are also part of the cast.
I'm sure the proposed legislation to now turn the UK officially into a complete surveillance state will prevent anything like this to ever happen in real life.
The Hateful Eight HD720p 46MB HD1080p 89MB
Second trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds). It is again a western, this time set after the end of the Civil War. A stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a former Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard they seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover. When they arrive, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob (Demian Bichir), who takes care of Minnie's in the owner's absence; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
Spend the holidays with someone you hate is not a bad tag line.
Don Verdean HD720p 46MB
Trailer for the latest comedy from Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos). Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) is a man of faith who has devoted his life to biblical archaeology, scouring the globe in search of artifacts that back up the teachings of Jesus Christ. Now, traveling from town to town, he and his devoted assistant (Amy Ryan), spread the gospel by peddling books and DVDs out of his shabby RV, while his Holy Land contact Boaz (Jemaine Clement) does the digging from afar. When an evangelical preacher (Danny McBride) offers to bankroll his modest roadside operation, the escalating pressure to find increasingly significant relics leads Don and his team down a less-than-righteous path. Leslie Bibb and Will Forte are also part of the cast.
Looks amusing, though I can't say I so far found Hess' movies too funny. But it may be of some interest for US presidential hopeful Ben Carson.
Kung Fu Panda 3 HD720p 43MB
Second trailer for the third movie in the franchise, to be in theatres in ... January. When Po's long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai (J.K. Simmons) begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po (Jack Black) must do the impossible - learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! All the major voices return, Kate Hudson and J.K. Simmons are added to the voice cast.
November 4th, 2015
|12:29 pm - Anomalisa, By the Sea, The Brothers Grimsby, Chi-Raq, In the Heart of the Sea|
Anomalisa HD720p 34MB
Animated, existential, comedic drama written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich). Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father and respected author of "How May I Help You Help Them?" is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he's scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who may or may not be the love of his life. All other characters are voiced by Tom Noonan.
Movie was very well received at festivals and we'll probably hear a lot more about it during awards' season. I'd also like to direct attention to the US ratings disclaimer at the beginning of the trailer.
By the Sea HD720p 20MB
Second, short, dialogue-free trailer for this relationship drama that follows an American writer named (Brad Pitt) and his wife (Angelina Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds (Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud) and village locals (Niels Arestrup, Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. Also written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt (Unbroken, In the Land of Blood and Honey).
Still looks very serious.
The Brothers Grimsby HD720p 25MB
Redband teaser for this action comedy in which a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen), reunites with his long-lost brother, a deadly MI6 agent (Mark Strong), to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane and David Harewood are also part of the cast. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, Now You See Me, Transporter).
Chi-Raq HD720p 54MB
Trailer for the lateast movie directed by Spike Lee (Inside Man, 25th Hour, Jungle Fever) which is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. After the murder of a Child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) organise against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world. Cast members include Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Harry Lennix, Angela Bassett, Dave Chappelle and John Cusack.
In the Heart of the Sea HD720p 119MB HD1080p 200MB
If the release date doesn't get moved again, then this will probably be the last 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).
October 24th, 2015
|10:47 am - Jane Got a Gun, Joy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Daughter, Dad's Army|
Jane Got a Gun HD720p 21MB
Trailer from France for this western that centers on Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman), who has built a new life with her husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by the ultra-violent Bishop Boys outlaw gang. She finds herself in the gang's cross-hairs once again when Bill stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind (Ewan McGregor). With the vengeful crew hot on his trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain destruction. Directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory, Miracle).
With the original director Lynne Ramsay departing just a few days before shooting was set to start, and many of the cast actors leaving too, I think it's fair to call the production of the movie "troubled". But hard to say from the trailer if those troubles will be fatal. The cast now is certainly still interesting.
Joy HD720p 50MB
Full trailer for the latest movie directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, American Hustle). It tells the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl (Jennifer Lawrence) who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Also part of the cast are Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Elisabeth Röhm.
Still don't really know what to make of it. I guess it's a David O. Russell movie.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies HD720p 48MB
Full US trailer for the big screen adaptation of the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, which itself uses the established name recognition by you know who. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another. Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey are also part of the cast. Directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud).
The Daughter HD720p 22MB
Family drama from Australia losely based on Henrik Ibsen's "The Wild Duck". In the last days of a dying logging town Christian (Paul Schneider) returns to his family home after a fifteen-year absence for his father Henry's (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to the much younger Anna (Anna Torv). While home, he reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry's timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver's wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter (Odessa Young) and father (Sam Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver's family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
Dad's Army HD720p 30MB
Full trailer from the UK for this big screen version of the sitcom from the 1960s and 70s. It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard (among them Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays) is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There's a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted. Directed by Oliver Parker (St. Trinian's, Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest).
October 20th, 2015
|08:32 am - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens|
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens HD720p 49MB HD1080p 131MB
Since it will be a few more days until I will be able to put together a full entry, here's the new trailer for the franchise reboot, to be in theatres at 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, Daisy Ridley, 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 lense flare master extraordinaire, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III).
There will be a new Star Wars movie in about two months? Why do I read nothing about this in the news?
October 18th, 2015
|10:17 am - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Room, Race, Shelter, The Good Dinosaur, Hail Caesar |
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies HD720p 11MB
UK teaser for the big screen adaptation of the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, which itself uses the established name recognition by you know who. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another. Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey are also part of the cast. Directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud).
I suspect there will not be a lot of room for this.
Room HD720p 50MB
Big screen adaptation of the book by Emma Donoghue. It tells the story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical - they are trapped - confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space. Even in this treacherous environment, Ma ensures Jack is living a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they decide to enact a risky plan to escape. William H. Macy and Joan Allen are also part of the cast. Directed Lenny Abrahamson (Garage, Frank).
Movie was, despite its difficult topic, mostly well received at festivals by audiences and critics. There's now talk of an possible Oscar nomination for Larson. An article about the movie.
Race HD720p 48MB
Biopic that tells the story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Also part of the cast are Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt, Jeremy Irons and Carice van Houten.
Shelter HD720p 22MB
Trailer for this social drama about two people who are homeless on the streets of New York that marks the writing and directorial debut of Paul Bettany. Hannah (Jennifer Connelly) has done terrible things but she hasn't lost hope. Having succumbed to a shattering drug addiction, she now seeks shelter on the streets of New York. Tahir (Anthony Mackie) has done terrible things, too, although he is more secretive about his past. They find each other in Manhattan, but this is a different kind of New York love story.
The Good Dinosaur US HD720p 51MB US HD1080p 135MB NZ HD720p 66MB
Two more trailers from the US and New Zealand for the next animated movie from Pixar, to be in theatres at Thanksgiving. It asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? It will take us on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (Lucas Neff) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, he learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. More voices will be provided by Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand and Bill Hader.
Hail, Caesar! HD720p 33MB
The recently posted trailer for the upcoming movie from the Coen brothers with a few added annotations from slate.com about the references in the trailer.
October 10th, 2015
|11:42 am - Hail Caesar!, Triple 9, Victoria, Trumbo, Spectre |
Hail, Caesar! HD720p 51MB
Full trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen (A Serious Man, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Inside Llewyn Davis). It's a comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. It follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer (Josh Brolin) who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Cast members include George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.
It's been a while, so I'm ready for new Coen movie.
Triple 9 HD720p 24MB
Redband trailer for this very violent looking action thriller that follows a group of criminals and corrupt cops who find themselves in serious trouble. The Russian mafia is blackmailing them, and the only way to deal with them is to perform what is believed to be an extremely challenging heist. Impossible as it may seem, however, they eventually hatch a plan: on one side of town, half of the crew will plan the murder of a rookie cop (Casey Affleck), and while the rest of the force is distracted by a 999 call ("officer down"), the other half of the corrupt cops will pull off the job. This all seems like it's going to work until the cop winds up surviving the attack and fights back. Also part of the cast are Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Clifton Collins Jr., Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot. Directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless).
That's quite the cast for a movie like that.
Victoria HD720p 31MB
Crime drama from Germany, which, despite being more than two hours long, was shot in a single take. Victoria, a young Spanish woman, dances through the Berlin scene with abandon. She meets four mates outside a club. They quickly get chatting. Victoria and one of them take a fancy to each other and slip away from the group at the first opportunity. But their tender flirting is rudely interrupted by the others because, for these pals, the night is far from over. To settle an old debt they have to pull off a dodgy deal. And because one of them is too drunk, they decide that Victoria, of all people, should take over the role of driver.
Movie won in all major categories at this year's German Film Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor and Actress and also Best Camera) but for some reason it won't be Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Link above leads to a trailer version from Sweden, you can watch and download the version from the US here.
Trumbo HD720p 34MB
UK trailer for this biopic about the successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) which comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. It tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Also part of the cast are Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Alan Tudyk, Michael Stuhlbarg and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, The Campaign).
Spectre Tlr HD720p 26MB MusicVid HD720p 40MB
For completeness' sake, a "final" one minute trailer for the next Bond movie and the video for the official theme song "Writing's On The Wall" from Sam Smith. Which sounds rather whiny.
October 3rd, 2015
|11:13 am - A Bigger Splash, The Revenant, Heist, Bone Tomahawk, Angry Birds|
A Bigger Splash HD720p 19MB
Teaser trailer from the UK for this relationship drama/thriller that is losely based on the 1969 movie La piscine that starred Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. Rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner (Matthias Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of delirious nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. Movie re-unites Swinton with director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love).
Very difficult to resist Fiennes and Swinton.
The Revenant HD720p 50MB HD1080p 98MB
Another intense trailer for the latest movie directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman, 21 Grams). It tells the story of one man's epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, he endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, he must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas and Paul Anderson are also part of the cast. Cinematography by two-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Birdman, The New World), aiming for a hat-trick.
I could do without all the "inspired by true events" nonsense, but this looks very fascinating.
Heist - Bus 657 HD720p 44MB
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope (Robert De Niro) goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Cox (Dave Bautista) are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage. Now, in a high speed chase, Vaughn will not only have to outwit the police, led by Officer Bajos (Gina Carano) who are in hot pursuit, but he will have to contend with Pope's maniacal right hand man (Morris Chestnut), in order to make it through the day alive.
Former Oscar winner notwithstanding, I think we can call it a B-movie.
Bone Tomahawk HD720p 49MB
Gritty western in which a stranger (David Arquette) rolls into a tiny Western town, immediately drawing the suspicions of the backup deputy (Richard Jenkins). He alerts the town's sheriff (Kurt Russell) and in an ensuing scuffle, the stranger is wounded and put in jail. Summoned to tend to the wounded man is Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons), whose husband (Patrick Wilson) is laid out at home with a broken leg. Sometime in the night, a local stable boy is torn to pieces, horses are stolen and Samantha and the stranger disappear. The only clue left behind is a rather peculiar looking arrow, a weapon their local Indian expert identifies as belonging to tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes. Having no alternative but to face these cave-dwelling abominations, the three men and a dashing, highly educated gentleman (Matthew Fox) head out on a rescue mission.
Angry Birds HD720p 48MB
First trailer for this animated comedy in which we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Further voices will be provided by Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage and Keegan-Michael Key.
Of course, I'm suitably outraged that they're now making a movie based on a smartphone game app. Which also collects information about your sexual orientation and sends data to the NSA. But having watched the trailer, it doesn't look any worse than your average Dreamworks Animation movie. No word yet if they'll collect a fingerprint or two when you want to see the movie at the theatre.
September 25th, 2015
|11:52 am - Truth, Louder than Bombs, Meadowland, Krampus, Youth|
Truth HD720p 40MB
Political thriller based on the story of the Killian documents in 2004 about a no-nonsense news reporter (Cate Blanchett) who is convinced that Bush was among many privileged young men who used their connections to avoid combat. Following a tip regarding evidence about Bush, she assembles her team, which includes a journalism professor (Elisabeth Moss), an unemployed researcher (Topher Grace), and a retired Marine colonel (Dennis Quaid). They persistently chase down leads and witnesses in an attempt to build a bulletproof case that 60 Minutes can air. As she confirms more and more of her hunches, she's fully supported by Dan Rather (Robert Redford). Driving up against deadline, the team rushes frantically to double-check the facts, but airing the story just starts a war with the powers that be, who do all they can to discredit them. Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach and Dermot Mulroney are also part of the cast.
Being so annoyed by the current state of US politics it's difficult to find the strength to revisit a story from about a decade ago. But the cast will eventually win me over.
Louder than Bombs HD720p 41MB
Trailer from Norway for this family drama in which an upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene (Gabriel Byrne) and withdrawn younger brother Conrad (Devin Druid) than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently. Amy Ryan, David Strathairn and Rachel Brosnahan are also part of the cast. Directed by Joachim Trier (Reprise, Oslo August 31).
Reviews from Cannes were a bit mixed.
Meadowland HD720p 10MB
Drama about Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil's (Luke Wilson) whose son goes missing, shattering their life together. As months pass with little information, they each struggle in their own way to cope. Phil's more traditional route leads to an unexpected friendship, but also a precarious disconnect with the responsibilities of his job as a city cop. Teacher Sarah goes even farther overboard, struggling to keep herself in check beside the students, parents, family members, and officials that interrupt her search for answers. Giovanni Ribisi, Elisabeth Moss, John Leguizamo, Kevin Corrigan and Juno Temple are also part of the cast.
Certainly no easy watch, but the lead actors give memorable performances.
Krampus HD720p 48MB
Trailer for a festive horror comedy. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner and Allison Tolman are also part of the cast.
Youth HD720p 24MB
US trailer for the latest drama written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Il divo, This Must Be the Place). It explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred (Michael Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter (Rachel Weisz), Mick (Harvey Keitel) is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse (Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance?
September 23rd, 2015
|11:50 am - The Big Short, Demolition, I Smile Back, The 5th Wave, Trash|
The Big Short HD720p 48MB
Drama with comedic elements based on the true story told in the book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side, Liar's Poker). When four outsiders (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt) saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Melissa Leo, Max Greenfield and Marisa Tomei are also part of the cast. Interestingly, directed by Adam McKay (The Other Guys, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers).
Oh my, look at the hair. More seriously, since none of the banksters went to jail, there will be another version of this story rather sooner than later. But why not watch an entertaining movie until then.
Demolition HD720p 42MB
Drama about an investment banker Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is sleepwalking through a life of easy success when a horrible car crash wakes him with a start. His lovely wife (Heather Lind) is killed. Friends and family gather round to console him, but he seems to feel nothing. Seemingly unfazed by his loss yet preoccupied by his inability to retrieve a candy bar from a hospital vending machine, he takes to writing absurdly protracted - and increasingly confessional - letters of complaint to the Champion Vending Machine Company. Those letters are answered by Karen (Naomi Watts), a mysterious, eccentric Champion employee. Chris Cooper plays his father-in-law. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria, Wild).
Trailer doesn't really show that Watts has a supporting role. Reviews from Toronto were very mixed, but Gyllenhaal gives another interesting performance. This time even without a radical physical transformation.
I Smile Back HD720p 13MB
Very intense drama about Laney (Sarah Silverman), an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband (Josh Charles) who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the facade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Between dropping the kids off at school and doing the shopping, she takes cocaine, amphetamine, and Ambien, and she regularly has sex with her husband's best friend. When she can no longer hide her addictions, she agrees to go into rehab, but her too-brief stay isn't enough to alter a lifetime of self-medication or to heal the deep psychic wound underlying her wild behaviour.
Movie as a whole apparently isn't entirely successful, but Silverman again provides proof that comedians are often capable of giving the most intense dramatic performances.
The 5th Wave Tlr1 HD720p 29MB Tlr2 HD720p 37MB
Big screen adaptation of a young adult sci-fi novel by Rick Yancey. Set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, she meets a young man who may become her final hope. Liev Schreiber, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello and Ron Livingston are also part of the cast. Directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
Since this is set for a January release it doesn't seem particularly likely this will be expanded into a trilogy. Two trailer versions to choose from.
Trash HD720p 19MB
US trailer version for this thriller drama about two trash-picking boys from Rio's slums who find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump. Little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet's return, the boys realise that what they've found must be important. Teaming up with a friend, the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet. Along the way, the boys will have to figure out friend from foe, as they piece together the story of the wallet's owner (Wagner Moura) and realise they can't trust the police. But a pair of American missionaries (Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara) working in their favela might just have the power to knock on the right doors. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Billy Elliot, The Hours).
This is actually better than expected. The movie for the most part focuses on the kids and their perspective, the international cast members just have supporting roles. An earlier, better trailer from the UK: HD720p 33MB.
September 20th, 2015
|12:59 pm - The Lobster, Carol, Beasts of No Nation, James White, Pay the Ghost|
The Lobster HD720p 21MB
UK trailer for the latest amusing, absurdist movie from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps). It's an unconventional love story set in the very near future, where society demands that we live as couples. Single people are rounded up and sent to a seaside compound - part resort and part minimum-security prison - where they are given a finite number of days to find a match. If they don’t succeed, they will be “altered” and turned into animals. The recently divorced David (Colin Farrell) arrives at The Hotel with his brother, now a dog; in the event of failure, he has chosen to become a lobster because they live so long. When David falls in love, he's up against a new set of rules established by another, rebellious order: for romantics, there's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Ariane Labed and Ashley Jensen are also part of the cast.
Looks much funnier than I thought it would.
Carol HD720p 28MB
Full trailer from the UK for this romantic drama based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith directed by Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, I'm Not There, Velvet Goldmine). In New York in the early 1950s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a failing marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. When Carol's involvement with Therese comes to light, her husband (Kyle Chandler) retaliates by challenging her competence as a mother. The two women take refuge on the road, leaving their respective lives behind. Sarah Paulson is also part of the cast.
Maybe a tad melodramatic. A tad.
Beasts of No Nation HD720p 25MB
War drama set in an unnamed African nation in which young Agu's world of happiness and security is upended suddenly in the maelstrom of an unnamed civil war. After seeing his family killed at the hands of a military junta that has overthrown the country's government, Agu (Abraham Attah) flees his village. Lost in the jungle and nearing starvation, he is captured by a rebel faction led by the charismatic but lethal Commandant (Idris Elba). Under Commandant's control, Agu is forced to fight battles and commit acts beyond his comprehension. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective, Sin nombre).
First major movie that will be distributed by Netflix, to be simultaneously released in theatres and available to their subscribers.
James White HD720p 14MB
Drama in which a troubled twentysomething (Christopher Abbott) is trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's (Cynthia Nixon) battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more responsibility. With the pressure on him mounting, he must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. Ron Livingston is also part of the cast.
Was very well received in Sundance, especially because of the performances by Abbott and Nixon. Though it's not an easy watch.
Pay the Ghost HD720p 43MB
Time for our quarterly check of the state of Nicolas Cage's career. This time courtesy of a trailer for a supernatural horror movie. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son - and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past. Every Halloween a vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct children. Directed by Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Body of Evidence, Christiane F.). Extra scares for German viewers are provided by the surprise appearance of Veronica Ferres.
September 18th, 2015
|11:24 am - Concussion, The Danish Girl, Macbeth, Uncanny, Point Break|
Concussion HD720p 40MB
Dramatic thriller based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. His emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Eddie Marsan, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer and Albert Brooks are also part of the cast.
Don't worry, the Sony Corporation won't risk seriously angering the constantly scandal plagued NFL who doesn't really mind if players beat up their girlfriends now and then.
The Danish Girl HD720p 26MB
Romantic drama set in Copenhagen in the 1920s about a Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. It focuses almost entirely on a free-spirited couple, both of them painters. Einar (Eddie Redmayne), has just had a successful gallery show, but Gerda (Alicia Vikander) struggles to gain attention for her work. One day, she asks her husband to stand in for a female model so she can complete her latest painting. Einar is overwhelmed by the experience of putting on beautiful, feminine clothes, and soon it turns into a quiet obsession. As he gradually rediscovers himself, Gerda's paintings of him as a woman begin to attract serious attention. Also part of the cast are Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Damned United)
The kind of rather conventional movie with great acting performances the Academy tends to love.
Macbeth HD720p 31MB HD1080p 63MB
US trailer for the latest adaptation of William Shakespeare's period tragedy that premiered last month in Cannes where in got very favourable reviews. It is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader (Michael Fassbender) brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland. Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth. David Thewlis, Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris and Paddy Considine are also part of the cast.
Demands to be seen on the big screen.
Uncanny HD720p 40MB
Indie sci-fi drama about David (Mark Webber) and Adam (David Clayton Rogers) who lead an isolated existence in their spacious apartment in New York. One of them is a brilliant robotics expert who has worked for a private institution ever since graduating at the age of nineteen, the other is his product: a robot in human form, gradually exploring his potential. When beautiful robot expert Joy (Lucy Griffiths) comes round to study the two for a week for an article about David and his work, Adam starts to display disturbingly competitive behaviour.
While less polished, the similarities with Ex Machina are ... uncanny. Festival reviews indicate that it is a companion piece worth checking out.
Point Break HD720p 122MB HD1080p 204MB
Another trailer for the remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller in which a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes. Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Delroy Lindo and James LeGros are also part of the cast.
Still reminds me of one of those extreme sports films, usually sponsored by Red Bull, around which they constructed a story for which they could use the established "Point Break" name. Having said that, it does seem to be a hell of a ride.
September 16th, 2015
|11:45 am - Our Brand is Crisis, The Jungle Book, Divergent Series: Allegiant, Rock the Kasbah, Love the Coopers|
Our Brand is Crisis HD720p 124MB HD1080p 208MB
Drama with comedic elements based on the documentary bearing the same name. A Bolivian presidential candidate (Joaquim de Almeida) failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability - both on and off the campaign trail - Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy and Zoe Kazan are also part of the cast. Directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Your Highness, Prince Avalanche).
Reviews from Toronto indicate, okay movie, great performance by Bullock.
The Jungle Book HD720p 37MB HD1080p 101MB
First teaser trailer for the live-action adaptation (well, sort of) based on Rudyard Kipling's book of the adventures of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he's forced to abandon the only home he's ever known. Bill Murray voices Baloo, Ben Kingsley Bagheera, Idris Elba Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson Kaa, Christopher Walken King Louie. There will also be Lupita Nyongo'o and Giancarlo Esposito. Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef, Cowboys & Aliens).
I suspect I'm not the only one who doesn't really feel the need for another "live-action" update.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant HD720p 32MB HD1080p 62MB
First trailer for the third movie in the franchise, again directed by Robert Schwentke (RED, Flightplan, R.I.P.D.). It takes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent the two must escape and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim and Naomi Watts return. New to the cast are Jeff Daniels and Nadia Hilker.
Rock the Kasbah HD720p 55MB
Another trailer for this comedy that tells the story of a rock manager (Bill Murray) with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, he befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl (Leem Lubany) with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Scott Caan are also part of the cast. Directed by Barry Levinson (Bandits, Wag the Dog, Rain Man).
Love the Coopers HD720p 24MB
Family comedy which follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Cast members include John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.
The summary tells you all you need to know.
September 13th, 2015
|11:24 am - Public Service Announcement|
Apologies for the recent lack of trailer entries. But I spent some time looking for a café
and a grocer's shop.
Normal service will resume next week.
August 30th, 2015
|11:10 am - Kill Your Friends, Ashby, Hell and Back, Big Stone Gap, The Witch|
Kill Your Friends HD720p 10MB
Summer blockbuster season ending and the fall season not yet really starting makes it difficult to put together an entry.
Redband teaser from the UK for this very dark, comedic drama that follows a young record company A&R (whihch I think stands for artists and repertoire) man in 1997 London as he plots to survive the shark tank that is the music industry, staying ahead of rivals and colleagues while maintaining both his job and his sanity. Steven (Nicholas Hoult) is not particularly skilled as a finder of new talent, nor does he harbour any scruples. But he does understand, perhaps better than the rest, that nothing replaces a ruthless Machiavellian will, which he hones while pretending to be a nice, friendly team player. James Corden, Rosanna Arquette, Craig Roberts, Moritz Bleibtreu and Ed Skrein are also part of the cast.
Performances by James McAvoy in Filth, and Christian Bale in American Psycho come to mind.
Ashby HD720p 89MB
Comedic coming-of-age drama about an awkward guy (Nat Wolff) who moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it's odd. When Ed gets an assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he introduces himself to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) and the two embark on an unlikely, immediate friendship.
If you can endure looking at Rourke's face, it's maybe not so bad.
Hell and Back HD720p 30MB
Redband trailer for this animated comedy about three guys (T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson, Rob Riggle) who are best friends since birth. When they jokingly take a blood oath and break it, one of them is dragged to Hell to be sacrificed. The guys must risk everything to save their friend from a slew of misfit demons, Greek legends and the Devil (Bob Odenkirk) himself. Further voices are provided by Mila Kunis, Susan Sarandon, Danny McBride, Jennifer Coolidge and Michael Peña.
Looks a bit more like TV than cinematic movie. And the people behind it so far have mainly done TV shows.
Big Stone Gap HD720p 25MB
Romantic, comedic drama set in 1978 that tells the story of the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) who lives a simple life with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that her best friend and the high school band director (John Benjamin Hickey), will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. She waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap decides that happiness is for other people - that is, until a long-buried family secret throws her quiet life spectacularly off-course. Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia and Jenna Efman are also part of the cast.
I prefer it when things are a little more fast-paced. I have a feeling someone will be able to say something about the accents.
The Witch HD720p 47MB
Supernatural horror movie set in New England circa 1630 that follows a farmer who gets cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote farm on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Soon after, strange and unsettling things begin to happen - the animals turn malevolent, the crops fail, and one child disappears while another seemingly becomes possessed. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to blame teenage daughter Thomasin.
Was highly praised for its atmospheric setting in Sundance where it won the Directing Award. But you obviously still have to be a fan of the genre to enjoy it.
August 20th, 2015
|11:44 am - Victor Frankenstein, Carol, The Martian, Ride Along 2, The Keeping Room|
Victor Frankenstein US HD720p 26MB UK HD720p 32MB
Different trailer versions targeted at US and the UK audiences for this "dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale". Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott are also part of the cast. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push, "Sherlock").
When it starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law it was called Sherlock Holmes.
Carol HD720p 14MB
Teaser from the UK for this romantic drama based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith directed by Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, I'm Not There, Velvet Goldmine). In New York in the early 1950s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a failing marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. When Carol's involvement with Therese comes to light, her husband (Kyle Chandler) retaliates by challenging her competence as a mother. The two women take refuge on the road, leaving their respective lives behind. Sarah Paulson is also part of the cast.
Movie was very well received in Cannes where Mara won the Best Actress award.
The Martian HD720p 56MB HD1080p 111MB
Another full trailer for the latest sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus) based on the book by Andy Weir. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates (Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie) concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover are also part of the cast.
Please decide for yourself how much footage you want to watch beforehand.
Ride Along 2 HD720p 51MB
Trailer for the action comedy sequel. As his wedding day approaches, Ben (Kevin Hart) heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. Also part of the cast are Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill and Sherri Shepherd. Again directed by Tim Story (the better received Fantastic Four movie, Think Like a Man, Barbershop).
I guess you either love it or hate it.
The Keeping Room HD720p 16MB
Western drama set towards the end of the Civil War, in which Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Kyle Soller) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, she races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister (Hailee Steinfeld) and their female slave (Muna Otaru). When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants.
According to festival reviews not an entirely successful effort, but nevertheless worth a look.