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February 12th, 2016

11:33 am - The Huntsman Winter's War, Creative Control, Criminal, Mr. Right, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
The Huntsman Winter's War     HD720p 48MB   HD1080p 95MB
Second trailer for this 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.
Still leaves me cold.

Creative Control     HD720p 17MB
Very stylish looking indie sci-fi movie set in the near future. The glorious technological advances and communication devices of the near future meant to increase connectivity and alleviate boredom are only increasing the anxiety level of the New Yorkers who've inherited them. David is an overworked advertising executive developing a marketing campaign for a new generation of Augmented Reality glasses. Feeling stuck in his relationship with a yoga teacher, he envies the charmed life of his best friend and his entrancing girlfriend, so he uses the glasses to develop a life-like avatar of her. As passions escalate and things get increasingly out of hand, the friends are forced to deal with the impending collision between their public, private and imaginary lives. Among the better known cast members are Nora Zehetner and Reggie Watts playing himself.
This looks very interesting.

Criminal     HD720p 44MB
Action drama about the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative's (Ryan Reynolds) memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate (Kevin Costner) in hopes the he will complete the operative's mission. Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt and Antje Traue are also part of the cast. Directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman).
Remarkable cast. But I fear the movie won't deserve it.

Mr. Right     HD720p 47MB
Romantic action-comedy about two people who are crazy about each other - and maybe just plain crazy. Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, she parties like a monster, she cooks everything in sight - and then she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell), who asks her out within seconds of meeting her. He should be creepy, but he's charming. They seem a perfect match. But Francis is a hitman with a difference: he kills the people who hire him to kill people. Tim Roth and RZA are also part of the cast.
Set-up and the cast should make for an entertaining ride. But, surprisingly, so far pretty much all available reviews are rather negative.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot     HD720p 34MB
Redband trailer for this bigscreen adaptation of the wartime memoir, "The Taliban Shuffle" by Kim Barker. It recounts her experiences covering conflicts. It's a dark comedy dealing with her (Tina Fey) fish-out-of-water experience and the challenges of being a woman in wartime Afghanistan and Pakistan. Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina are also part of the cast. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy, Stupid, Love., I Love You Phillip Morris).
Comedies that involve the war in Afghanistan are challenging.

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February 11th, 2016

11:47 am - Our Kind of Traitor, Miles Ahead, Marguerite, The Driftless Area, Me Before You
Our Kind of Traitor     HD720p 25MB
UK trailer for this thriller based on a novel by John le Carré. While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple (Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris) befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian (Stellan Skarsgård), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When he asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, the two get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and to an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent (Damian Lewis). Jeremy Northam and Mark Gatiss are also part of the cast.
I'm always up for a John le Carré adaptation.

Miles Ahead     HD720p 19MB
Trailer for this biopic about Miles Davis which marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle. Holed up in his Manhattan apartment, wracked with pain from a variety of ailments and sweating for the next check from his record company, dodging sycophants and industry executives, Davis (Cheadle) is haunted by memories of old glories and humiliations and of his years with his great love (Emayatzy Corinealdi). A wily music reporter (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions.
Festival reviews indicate that the movie is a bit all over the place. The trailer leaves a similar impression.

Marguerite     HD720p 31MB
UK trailer for this tragicomedy from France. Set in 1921, not far from Paris, a party is being held at Marguerite Dumont's (Catherine Frot) mansion. Nobody knows much about the mysterious Marguerite except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. As she takes centre stage, she sings enthusiastically but terribly out of tune. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream – to perform front of a crowd of complete strangers.
Inspired by American socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. Coincidentally, later in the year, Meryl Streep will portray Jenkins.

The Driftless Area     HD720p 24MB
Trailer for this neo-noir, metaphysical romance centers on a budding love affair that causes a ripple effect in a quiet town. After his parents' death, an affable bartender (Anton Yelchin) returns to his childhood home where he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), a stunning woman with an elusive past. He finds himself pulled into a cat-and-mouse game with an incompetent yet destructive criminal (John Hawkes). Braced with a duffel bag full of cash and unyielding optimism, an unveiling mystery sets him down a path that will determine all of their fates. Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Ciarán Hinds and Frank Langella are also part of the cast.
I had to copy "neo-noir, metaphysical romance" from a festival summary because the movie is certainly hard to describe. Not sure if this combination will work. It won't have a theatrical release, so better not expect too much. But the cast should be a plus.

Me Before You     HD720p 117MB
Romantic drama about a young woman (Emilia Clarke) who lives in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge: a job as caregiver and companion to a wealthy young banker (Sam Claflin) who became wheelchair bound in an accident, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis and Vanessa Kirby are also part of the cast.
Surprisingly, this isn't based on a Nicholas Sparks book.

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February 8th, 2016

11:58 am - Jason Bourne, Captain America, X-Men, Independence Day, Cloverfield, TMNT - Jungle Book, Get A Job
Some of the movie related TV spots shown at yesterday's nationally broadcast Black Panthers meeting. All of them for sequels.

Jason Bourne: The only spot for a movie we haven't seen a trailer for before. Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the franchise. HD720p 10MB

Captain America: Civil War: It's on like Donkey Kong. HD720p 9MB

X-Men: Apocalypse: Will probably fail to set a new record on how many mutant characters you can squeeze into one movie. HD720p 10MB

Independence Day: Resurgence: Hard to believe the humans will survive this onslaught. And rightly so. HD720p 15MB

10 Cloverfield Lane: Possibly already revealing too much. HD720p 10MB

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - Out of the Shadows: I read that a character named Krang gets revealed. But don't quote me on that. HD720p 9MB

The Jungle Book     HD720p 49MB   HD1080p 130MB
Disney used the event to release a full 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).
Not a big fan of anthropomorphising wild animals like that.

Get A Job     HD720p 17MB
Comedy in which life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will (Miles Teller) and Jillian (Anna Kendrick), who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and coworkers, they soon discover that the most important adventures are the ones that we don't see coming. Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and John Cho are also part of the cast. Directed by Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, P.S.).
There seems to be a slight disconnect between the plight of being unable to find a job and the overall cheeriness of the trailer. But I suspect I'm just not stoned enough to appreciate it.

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February 4th, 2016

11:30 am - Paris 2015 Day 5: Père Lachaise and Promenade plantée
The sky was already covered with clouds in the morning so it made sense to change plans and visit some lesser known places that day. The visit of a cemetery seemed appropriate.
There was no particular reason to first make a slight detour to the Belleville metro station other than my desire to take a picture to honour the triplets.

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February 3rd, 2016

12:51 pm - The Confirmation, The Secret Life of Pets, 4th Man Out, Green Room, Forsaken, Fantastic Beasts
The Confirmation     HD720p 20MB
Comedic family drama in which a down-on-his luck carpenter (Clive Owen) is tasked with entertaining his eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher known from St. Vincent) while his mom (Maria Bello) and her new husband are away. But when his prized toolbox is stolen, a quiet father-and-son weekend turns into an adventure of a lifetime. Aided by an oddball drywall repairman (Patton Oswalt), the two go on a wildly funny search for the thieves—and find something they never imagined: a true family connection. Matthew Modine, Robert Forster and Tim Blake Nelson. Written and directed by Bob Nelson (writer of Nebraska).
The review quotes in the trailer that aren't attributed to anyone in particular and are probably entirely made it up are a bit unfortunate. But the trailer itself looks nice.

The Secret Life of Pets     HD720p 57MB
Full trailer for 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 (Kevin Hart) 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 Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey and Albert Brooks. Co-directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, The Lorax).
Also, a short trailer that focuses on Kevin Hart's Snowball character: HD720p 20MB.

4th Man Out     HD720p 12MB
Indie comedic drama. Adam is your average working-class guy living in small-town America. He's an auto mechanic who spends his free time with his tight-knit band of bros with whom he does everything - poker, video games, shooting hoops, getting drunk and meeting women. But there is something about Adam that even his friends don't know. He is not that interested in women. When he comes out, sort of by accident but not really, his best friend Chris promises him that nothing will change but, of course, some things do.
Looks amusing. Limited release in the US starting this weekend.

Green Room     HD720p 46MB
Redband trailer for this horror-thriller with some dark humour. When an unsigned punk band (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole) book an impromtu gig at seedy dive bar frequented by neo-Nazis, they are expecting a tough night. But when they accidentally become witness to a murder, the band find themselves trapped in the venue's green room, hunted down by a gang of thuggish mercenaries (fronted by Patrick Stewart) determined to ensure they keep their mouths shut. Imogen Poots and Mark Webber are also part of the cast. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin).
Not my preferred genre. But it was well received by genre fans at festivals, and Patrick Stewart playing the bad guy also has some appeal.

Forsaken     HD720p 16MB
Old-fashioned western in which, after years of wandering and making a name for himself as a formidable quick-draw gunfighter, a Civil War veteran (Kiefer Sutherland) quietly returns to his hometown. Weary of his years of violence, he's determined to lay down his guns for good. His father, the Reverend William Clayton (Donald Sutherland), resolutely condemns his son's past and is skeptical of his pledge to reform. As father and son bear witness to a murderous gang's appropriation of local properties — including that of his long-lost love (Demi Moore) - he is faced with an onerous existential dilemma. Is it better to turn the other cheek or to use his deadly talents to dispose of the villains - led by a powerful landlord and saloon keeper (Brian Cox)? Michael Wincott is also part of the cast. Directed by Jon Cassar ("24").
More TV than cinematic, but the actors may make it worthwhile.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     HD720p 126MB
Three minute Behind the Scenes featurette for the upcoming adaptation of the book from J.K. Rowling. It is the kind of self-congratulatory puff piece that tends to be hard to stomach. But it revels a bit more about the sets and characters.

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January 29th, 2016

10:23 am - Paris 2015 Day 4: Centre Pompidou
I'd say the prettiest bridge of Paris, the Pont Alexandre III, named after the Tsar. In the background, the Grand Palais.

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January 28th, 2016

11:16 am - Keanu, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Wave, Term Life, Jane Got a Gun
Keanu     HD720p 127MB
(Barely) redband trailer for this comedy about two cousins (Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele) who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When their beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands. Jason Mitchell, Method Man, Nia Long and Will Forte are also part of the cast. Directed by Peter Atencio who also directed all episodes of the duo's comedy show.
Pretty funny. The only question maybe is if the premise will hold for a full length movie.

Kubo and the Two Strings     HD720p 37MB
Full trailer for the next stop-motion animated movie from Laika Studios (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls). It's an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

The Wave - Bølgen     HD720p 41MB
If you don't want to wait for the next Roland Emmerich movie, here's a trailer for a no-nonsense disaster movie from Norway. An experienced geologist has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. He gets worried, and his worst nightmare is about to come true when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time to save as many as possible, including his own family.
Directed by Roar Uthaug who has been entrusted with the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.

Term Life     HD720p 38MB
Action comedy in which everyone wants Nick (Vince Vaughn) dead. A desperate man, he takes out a life insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). But the policy doesn't take effect for 21 days and he might not live that long. Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Shea Whigham and Jordi Mollà are also part of the cast. Directed by Peter Billingsley (Couples Retreat).
Impossible not to get distracted by Vaughn's hair. Which might actually be a good thing.

Jane Got a Gun     HD720p 22MB
US trailer version 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).
Limited release in the US starting this weekend.

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January 21st, 2016

01:55 pm - Paris 2015 Day 4: Eiffel Tower and Hôtel des Invalides
Starting the day south of the Eiffel Tower, the École Militaire, the Military School. Another big building complex of which you only see here part of the main building.

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January 20th, 2016

11:15 am - Suicide Squad, Sing Street, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Hail, Caesar!
Suicide Squad     HD720p 123MB   HD1080p 205MB
Second full trailer for another DC Comic adaptation. It's about a secret government agency run by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), named A.R.G.U.S that recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for shorter prison sentences. Among them Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Slipknot (Adam Beach) and The Joker (Jared Leto). Ben Affleck's Batman will also make an appearance. Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury, Harsh Times).
Still looks like they challenged a few people to brainstorm to come up with a bunch of crazy and violent characters. Like Smokin' Aces albeit with a much higher budget since they are able to license Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the trailer.

Sing Street     HD720p 20MB
Trailer for the latest music-focused coming-of-age movie written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again, Zonad). It takes us back to 1980s Dublin, seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor. He's looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' (Aidan Gillen, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) relationship and money troubles while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school, where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart, he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band ... yet.
Looks quite charming.

10 Cloverfield Lane     HD720p 13MB
There's no official summary available yet for this sci-fi mystery but imdb writes: Waking up from a car accident, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) finds herself in the basement of a man (John Goodman) who says he's saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. John Gallagher Jr. is also part of the cast.
Can't say for sure but I think there isn't a real connection to the previous Cloverfield movie other than it is produced by J.J. Abrams. The makers just use the established brand name to increase the marketing power. Fingers crossed it won't just be another exercise in creative marketing.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising     US HD720p 41MB    UK HD720p 42MB
Two trailer versions for the comedy sequel. Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they'd reclaimed the neighbourhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons) even more out of control than Teddy (Zac Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being. Again directed by Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement, Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall).
It's a sequel so things have to be louder and more crass. I recommend the UK version, it's somewhat more coherent, shorter, and still reveals what will probably be the best jokes of the movie (aside from the ones that will be shown in the redband trailer).

Hail, Caesar!    HD720p 40MB
Labelled as a second trailer, it consists mainly of Ralph Fiennes giving Alden Ehrenreich a very intense lesson in pronunciation. 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, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.

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January 14th, 2016

11:52 am - Paris 2015 Day 3: Musée d'Orsay
We continue our walk through the centre of Paris. The Institut de France building seen from the Pont des Arts.

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January 13th, 2016

11:52 am - Money Monster, Free State of Jones, Band of Robbers, Elvis & Nixon, High-Rise
Money Monster     HD720p 34MB
Thriller drama about a bombastic TV personality (George Clooney) whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O'Connell) takes him, his crew, and his ace producer (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, the two must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito and Caitronia Balfe are also part of the cast. Directed by Jodie Foster (Little Man Tate, The Beaver).
As much as I'll probably sympathise with the topic of the movie, judging by the trailer, I fear it will turn out to be a little preachy.

Free State of Jones     HD720p 46MB
Action-drama set during the Civil War that tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, he launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. Also part of the cast are Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali. Written and directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville).

Band of Robbers     HD720p 22MB
A modern-day retelling in the form of a comedic adventure based on Mark Twain's iconic books, that reimagines the characters as grown men and small-time crooks. When Huck Finn (Kyle Gallner) is released from prison, he hopes to leave his criminal life behind, but his lifelong friend, and corrupt cop, Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee), has other plans. Not ready to give up on his childhood fantasies, Tom forms the Band of Robbers, recruiting two of their misfit friends to join them for an elaborate plan to find a fabled treasure. Melissa Benoist and Stephen Lang are also part of the cast.
The indie production got some very favourable festival reviews and will be available on various distribution platforms starting next weekend.

Elvis & Nixon     HD720p 46MB
Comedy based on the historic event that took place on a cold and grey Chicago December morning in 1970, when the King of Rock'n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon (Kevin Spacey). The movie tells the story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Evan Peters and Ashley Benson are also part of the cast. Directed by Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship, Return).
What makes this very intriguing is the casting of Shannon and Spacey. Unfortunately, after seeing the trailer, I'm afraid I have to add "in theory" because it looks like a wasted opportunity.

High-Rise     HD720p 24MB
Second teaser from the UK that offers a few glimpses of the mayhem that's going on in the high-rise. The retro-futuristic action drama follows a young, respectable doctor, Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), who moves into a new luxury apartment seeking anonymity. The building, a Brutalist concrete tower block, is inhabited by eccentric tenants who let off steam in endless rounds of themed parties and raucous, drink-and-drug-fuelled orgies. Sitting literally atop this insular society is the high-rise's architect and owner (Jeremy Irons) whose penthouse suite beggars description and has nothing to do with the rest of his design. As Robert settles into his new abode without ever really unpacking properly, the tower and its social complexities begin to take over his life. Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy and Sienna Guillory are also part of the cast. Directed by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Down Terrace, Kill List).

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January 8th, 2016

11:22 am - Tumbledown, Everybody Wants Some, A Bigger Splash, Deadpool, Zootopia
Tumbledown     HD720p 82MB
Romantic, comedic drama in which, years after the accidental death of her folk-legend songwriter husband, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) has yet to fully accept her small-town life in Maine without him. She spends her days contemplating a book she'd like to write on his life and work, and indulging in a fling with a local meathead (Joe Manganiello). But when she is approached by a brash New York academic (Jason Sudeikis), intent on penning his own biography of her late husband, she is roused into action. Initially wary of his intentions she decides to collaborate with him on the book, leading them both to surprising discoveries. Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner and Griffin Dunne are also part of the cast.
Certainly won't revolutionise the genre. But it looks likeable enough. Not at least because Sudeikis seems to dial it down a notch.

Everybody Wants Some     HD720p 32MB
Trailer for Richard Linklater's anticipated "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused. It is apparently also meant as sort of a continuation of Boyhood since time-wise it said to begin where that movie ended. Summary so far reads: A freshman pitcher (Blake Jenner) showing up at college and meeting his new roommates (Glenn Powell, Wyatt Russell, Tyler Hoechlin) and a girl (Zoey Deutch).
The trailer and the connections indicate that this one probably won't be for me. I never really understood what the fuzz was all about with Boyhood, and I couldn't relate to Dazed and Confused when I watched it a few years ago. Probably a cultural thing.

A Bigger Splash     HD720p 28MB
Full trailer from the UK for this relationship drama/thriller that is loosely 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).
Still very difficult to resist Fiennes and Swinton.

Deadpool     Redband HD720p 56MB    Greenband HD720p 48MB
Another redband and greenband trailer for the comicbook adaptation based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero. It tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Also part of the cast are Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein and Brianna Hildebrand.

Zootopia     HD720p 55MB   HD1080p 146MB
Full trailer for this upcoming animated Disney movie. The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Has three directors that were involved in the making of Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled.
Also, the recent "sloth" scene/trailer: HD720p 52MB   HD1080p 140MB.

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January 6th, 2016

10:40 am - Paris 2015 Day 3: Île de la Cité - Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle
The next day brought us to the Île de la Cité, the Island of the City. Another island in the middle of the Seine. It is the centre of the Paris, birthplace of the city and home of Notre Dame. But here we first have the chapel Sainte-Chapelle and the Palais de Justice.

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December 30th, 2015

11:00 am - Paris 2015 Day 2: Louvre
Near the Louvre there's an underground shopping mall called Carrousel du Louvre where you can find the Inverted Pyramid. It was made popular by Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code".

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December 23rd, 2015

11:20 am - Paris 2015 Day 2: Gardens of Versailles
After the château we visited the Gardens of Versailles. Access to the gardens is free. Except on specific days (mostly on the weekend) when the Musical Fountains Show, the "Grandes Eaux", takes place. This is when you can see all the fountains "in action". You can see see some pictures on wikimedia.

While we didn't see the fountains show, we saw a number of installations and sculptures by renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor that were on display in Versailles for much of the season. He's probably best known for creating "The Bean" in Chicago.

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December 19th, 2015

11:35 am - Eddie the Eagle, Fantastic Beasts, He Never Died, Kubo and the Two Strings, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Eddie the Eagle     UK HD720p 30MB    US HD720p 29MB
Feel-good comedic sports drama from the UK loosely based on Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), he takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Tim McInnerny, Christopher Walken and Jim Broadbent are also part of the cast. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith).
Looks passable. You can choose between the UK and the US trailer version.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     HD720p 84MB   HD1080p 139MB
Early announcement trailer without a lot of footage for the upcoming adaptation of the book from J.K. Rowling, to be in theatres next November. It opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident ... were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of his fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell are also part of the cast. Directed by Rowling's favourite, David Yates, who was responsible for the last four Harry Potter movies.

He Never Died     HD720p 19MB
Redband trailer for this violent, supernatural drama with some darkly comedic elements. Jack (Henry Rollins) is in a rut. His existence has been whittled down to sleeping and watching TV, and he sees the human race as little more than meat with a pulse. When Jack suddenly finds his long-lost daughter taken by the city's crime syndicate, he must combat his inner demons as he embarks on a bloody war path to seek revenge and save her.
Looks like some bloody good fun. Now in limited release in the US.

Kubo and the Two Strings     HD720p 14MB    Feat HD720p 31MB
Early teaser for the next stop-motion animated movie from Laika Studios (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls). It's an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Also, a two minute featurette about the studio's 10th Anniversary. If you would like to read more about Laika, last week there have been a number of articles in Variety about the studio.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot     HD720p 48MB
Bigscreen adaptation of the wartime memoir, "The Taliban Shuffle" by Kim Barker. It recounts her experiences covering conflicts. It's a dark comedy dealing with her (Tina Fey) fish-out-of-water experience and the challenges of being a woman in wartime Afghanistan and Pakistan. Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina are also part of the cast. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy, Stupid, Love., I Love You Phillip Morris).
Can't wait to find out how many reviews will quote the movie title. Did you know I know the Nato alphabet?

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December 17th, 2015

05:03 pm - Paris 2015 Day 2: Palace of Versailles
The next morning we took the train for a thirty minute ride to Versailles which is located about 20 kilometres west of Paris.

The main gate of the Château of Versailles complex. The first building phase took place in the second half of the 17th century. But numerous expansions and rebuilding phases took place in the following 100 years until that part of French history came to an abrupt end during the French Revolution that started in 1789 when the French people were fed up with the excesses of the monarchy.

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December 15th, 2015

11:42 am - Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day - Resurgence, High-Rise, Night Owls, Eye in the Sky
Star Trek Beyond     HD720p 21MB   HD1080p 58MB
First teaser trailer for the third movie of the current franchise reboot. No official summary is available yet. But I wager a guess that the crew of the Enterprise will hunt and bring down a villain. The whole crew returns. New cast additions are Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. J.J. Abrams has jumped (space)ship to another franchise reboot, so directorial duty has been taken over by Justin Lin who has spent the last decade making the highly successful Fast & Furious sequels three to six. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the teaser, with just a few changes, could just as well be for a sequel of that franchise. As a further sign that everything is starting to blur in Hollywood I suspect that the trailer will screen in front of the Star Wars reboot.

Independence Day - Resurgence     HD720p 18MB   HD1080p 78MB
First trailer for the first sequel to the blockbuster from 1996 which the studio intends to develop into a full franchise. It promises to deliver "global spectacle on an unimaginable scale". We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Will Smith's financial demands were apparently too steep, but many of the original cast members had enough spare time to return. Among them Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox. New to the cast are Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Again directed by Roland Emmerich (White House Down, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow).

High-Rise     HD720p 13MB
Teaser from the UK for this retro-futuristic action drama loosely based on a novel from J.G. Ballard. It follows a young, respectable doctor, Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), who moves into a new luxury apartment seeking anonymity. The building, a Brutalist concrete tower block, is inhabited by eccentric tenants who let off steam in endless rounds of themed parties and raucous, drink-and-drug-fuelled orgies. Sitting literally atop this insular society is the high-rise's architect and owner (Jeremy Irons) whose penthouse suite beggars description and has nothing to do with the rest of his design. As Robert settles into his new abode without ever really unpacking properly, the tower and its social complexities begin to take over his life. Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy and Sienna Guillory are also part of the cast. Directed by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Down Terrace, Kill List).
Festival reviews were surprisingly mixed, but the teaser looks promising.

Night Owls     HD720p 11MB
Indie romantic drama with comedic elements in which workaholic Kevin (Adam Pally) goes home with the beautiful train-wreck Madeline (Rosa Salazar) for a drunken one-night stand, but he's horrified to discover she's actually his boss' jilted ex-mistress. After she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake all night. As the two banter through the night, they begin to fall for each other.
Kevin's naivety at times is a bit annoying. But it is still one of the best two handers of recent times. Good mix of story, romance and comedy. Now in limited release in the US and available on demand.

Eye in the Sky     HD720p 25MB
UK trailer version for this political thriller about a UK-based military officer (Helen Mirren) in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, she discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill". But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam and Iain Glen are also part of the cast. Directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender's Game, Rendition).

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December 13th, 2015

12:04 pm - Paris 2015 Day 1: Eiffel Tower
It's been only three months since I visited Paris with a friend, but much has happened since. A series of terror attacks shook the city, having the intended devastating effects of the terrorists. Killing dozens of people in France. And many states, as usual, using the opportunity to increase the surveillance of their people and curtailing civil rights. And across the pond, a former scripted reality TV show host, emerges as the Islamic State's most valuable tool. In other words, it increasingly looks like, one way or another, we're all going to hell. So why not start a lengthy travelogue that will contain more picture of the Eiffel Tower than you probably ever wanted to see.

The trip to Paris was made on the legendary Train à Grande Vitesse, the French high-speed train system that connects the major cities in France.

Going as fast as 320 kilometres per hour, which is almost 200 mph. Since the train rides, for the most part, through the middle of nowhere, you don't really "feel" the speed and you think you are going much slower. A very pleasant way to travel.

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December 12th, 2015

10:49 am - X-Men: Apocalypse, Anesthesia, Monster Hunt, The Brothers Grimsby, Star Wars: Episode VII, Sisters
X-Men: Apocalypse     HD720p 47MB   HD1080p 93MB
First full trailer for the latest instalment of the X-Men franchise, once again directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie). Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Many more actors return, new to the cast are Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Anesthesia     HD720p 79MB
Ensemble drama in which a well-loved Columbia University professor of philosophy (Sam Waterston) is violently mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. The movie then delves into the chain of events that precipitates the attack, and the lives of the characters the incident brings together: his son (Tim Blake Nelson), daughter-in-law (Jessica Hecht), a troubled student (Kristen Stewart); a philandering husband (Corey Stoll), and a man fighting drug addiction (K. Todd Freeman). Glenn Close, Gretchen Mol and Michael Kenneth Williams round out the cast. It is also written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

Monster Hunt     HD720p 66MB
US trailer for this live-action with animation, fantasy, action-comedy from China. Set in a mythical ancient world, where monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when adorable baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and monster queen, mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba's epic adventure begins.
It may not be entirely obvious from the trailer. But this is China's highest-grossing movie of all time.

The Brothers Grimsby     HD720p 54MB
Full trailer for this action comedy about a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen), from Grimsby who has everything one could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing: his little brother (Mark Strong) who he has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. He sets off to reunite with him, unaware that not only is his brother MI6's deadliest assassin, but he's just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. Isla Fisher, 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).
There's also an "international" trailer version that reveals even more "jokes": HD720p 32MB.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens     HD720p 26MB
If you can't wait a few more days, here's another trailer from China that reveals some more footage.
If you think all of this is getting a little too serious, then here's an exciting featurette for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's upcoming comedy Sisters that's more amusing than the actual trailer for the movie: Feat HD720p 52MB.

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