December 5th, 2013
|03:59 pm - Amazing Spider-Man 2, Pompeii, Dom Hemingway, 300: Rise of an Empire, Wrong Cops, Hobbit 2 |
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 HD720p 39MB
First trailer for the second movie of the reboot. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Other notable cast additions are Paul Giamatti, Campbell Scott, Marton Csokas, Chris Cooper and Felicity Jones. Again directed by Marc Webb.
Pompeii HD480p 52MB
Full trailer for one of the many, many sword-and-sandal movies that will come out next year. This is an action adventure set in 79 A.D. that tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator (Kiefer Sutherland). As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, he must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Also part of the cast are Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega and Jessica Lucas. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator, The Three Musketeers).
Inexplicably, still no zombies.
Dom Hemingway HD720p 50MB
US redband trailer version for this dark, comedic caper movie about a larger-than-life safecracker (Jude Law) with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bechir). After a near death experience, he tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
Still looks like some outrageous fun.
300: Rise of an Empire HD480p 52MB HD720p 120MB HD1080p 201MB
And a second trailer for another sword-and-sandal movie, this one the sequel based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel "Xerxes". It takes the action to a fresh battlefield - on the sea - as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. It pits him against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Lena Headey and David Wenham also return. Zack Snyder this time only produces and helped with the screenplay.
Wrong Cops HD720p 22MB
After so many conventional movies, a trailer for the upcoming absurd comedy written and directed, photographed and edited by Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong), also known as the composer named Mr. Oizo. The ensemble comedy chronicles a group of cops behaving badly in a not too-distant future where crime has been all but eradicated. Imagine a Los Angeles where crime is so low that a bored cop (Mark Burnham) sells drugs and harasses a teenager (Marilyn Manson) to pass the time. Steve Little and Eric Judor also return from Wrong.
Will probably make as much sense as the previous two movies, but it looks funny.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Feat HD720p 159MB
Another 9-minute production blog mostly about post-production, Hobbits playing table-tennis and Stephen Fry noticing Orlando Bloom's butt.
December 4th, 2013
|11:10 am - Tracks, In Secret, Nymphomaniac, Her, Vampire Academy |
Tracks HD720p 22MB
Drama set in 1977, that tells the story of a twenty-seven-year-old Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) who set out from Alice Springs to walk across 2,700 kilometers of harsh desert to the Indian Ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, she yearned for a solitary journey of self-discovery. She spends two hardscrabble years in the Alice Springs area learning how to train and care for camels in order to prepare for her journey. Finally ready to embark with her animals, she realises she is woefully underfunded and, despite her desires for self-sufficiency, accepts a fee from National Geographic in exchange for a written piece. The magazine adds a condition: she must allow a photographer (Adam Driver) to photograph her at selected stops along the way. Directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, Stone, We Don't Live Here Anymore).
Not an easy watch, but festival reviews positively mention Wasikowska's performance and the cinematography.
In Secret HD480p 20MB HD720p 89MB
Trailer for another adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin, a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin (Tom Felton), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). She spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband's alluring childhood friend (Oscar Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
A redband trailer for the latest controversial movie written and directed by Lars von Trier (Melancholia, Dogville, Antichrist). It tells the wild and poetic story of a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds her beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents. Also part of the cast are Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier and Jean-Marc Barr.
Usually, I don't add something like a specific "not safe for work" disclaimer since "redband" should be warning enough about a trailer's content. But in this case an additional word of caution seems appropriate.
Her HD480p 26MB HD720p 92MB
If for some reason you weren't yet intrigued by the first one, here's a second trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.). It is a love story set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future. It follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man (Joaquin Phoenix) who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson), who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. Also part of the cast are Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.
Vampire Academy HD720p 47MB
Full trailer for the big-screen adaptation of the book series written by Richelle Mead. It tells the legend of two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladimir's Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian. Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Sami Gayle and Olga Kurylenko are among the better known cast members. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Spiderwick Chronicles).
November 22nd, 2013
|11:31 am - Sabotage, Muppets Most Wanted, The Past, Need for Speed, Aningaaq|
Sabotage HD720p 54MB
Action thriller about an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Mireille Enos among them) successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the ten members mysteriously start to be eliminated. Martin Donovan and Olivia Williams (with a funny accent) are also part of the cast. Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings, Harsh Times)
Could so far be Arnie's best movie after his political career. Which is obviously faint praise.
Muppets Most Wanted HD480p 42MB HD720p 99MB UK HD720p 29MB
Full trailer for the sequel that takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows them overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine - the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit - and his dastardly sidekick (Ricky Gervais). The film also stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. There will also again be dozens of cameos. Again directed by James Bobin.
You can choose between the US and UK trailer version.
The Past - Le Passé HD480p 20MB HD720p 77MB
US trailer version for this family drama with thriller-like twists about a man (Ali Mosaffa) who, following a four year separation, returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife's (Bérénice Bejo) request, in order to finalise their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, he discovers the conflicting nature of her relationship with her daughter Lucie. His efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Tahar Rahim plays her new boyfriend.
This is the new movie from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who last year ago won the Oscar for A Separation. Bejo won the Best Actress Award for her performance earlier this year in Cannes.
Need for Speed HD480p 20MB HD720p 57MB
Full trailer for another video game adaptation. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey (Aaron Paul) - who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side - reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino.
Looks just silly. Hard to believe DreamWorks SKG and Disney are behind this. And is Michael Keaton channeling Super Soul?
Aningaaq - Gravity HD720p 87MB
The 7-minute short that shows the other side of the radio conversation that Sandra Bullock's character has in Gravity. It's with an Inuit fisherman called Aningaaq who is camping on the ice over a frozen fjord. Even though he doesn't speak English and she doesn't speak Greenlandic, they manage to have a conversation about dogs, babies, life and death. It's directed by Jonás Cuarón, son of director Alfonso Cuarón, who also co-wrote the script of Gravity.
Short can obviously be considered a spoiler if you haven't yet seen the movie. Some more info about the short that will be included on the DVD release.
November 15th, 2013
|11:06 am - Noah, Cuban Fury, The Physician, Gloria, Dear Mr. Watterson|
Noah HD480p 24MB HD720p 94MB HD1080p 168MB
The official summary just reads: Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. And I guess that's all you have to know. Also part of the cast are Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream).
They released a number of trailer variations at the same time. Here's one of the "international English" ones: HD720p 33MB.
Cuban Fury HD720p 57MB
Feelgood romantic comedy from the UK about a former salsa prodigy (Nick Frost) whose career was ruined years ago by a rival dancer. He now finds himself out-of-shape and unloved - trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. There's also Drew (Chris O’Dowd), his alpha male colleague and horny king-monkey of the office who also has an eye on her. So he's forced into action. With a lot of handholding from loyal sister (Olivia Colman) he must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life. Ian McShane, Rory Kinnear and Wendi McLendon-Covey are also part of the cast.
Despite the cast, it looks like a rather conventional affair.
The Physician HD1080p 48MB
Big screen adaptation of the novel by Noah Gordon. It tells the story of Rob Cole (Tom Payne), a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study medicine under the great Ibn Sina (Ben Kingsley). Through countless ordeals and challenges, and making many sacrifices along the way, he struggles on unwaveringly. His unflagging quest for knowledge leads to the blossoming of friendship and true love. Also part of the cast are Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez and Emma Rigby. Directed by Philipp Stölzl (North Face, Young Goethe in Love, The Expatriate).
International cast notwithstanding, this is a German production. So it may take a while to get international distribution.
Gloria HD720p 22MB
Drama with comedic elements about Gloria, a "woman of a certain age" who still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair - until she uncovers a new strength and realises that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever.
Paulina García won the Best Actress award for her performance this year in Berlin. Movie is also Chile's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar.
Dear Mr. Watterson HD480p 15MB HD720p 26MB
Documentary about the impact of the newspaper comic strip Calvin & Hobbes created by Bill Watterson. Apparently, a bit of a lightweight affair, consisting of a lot of praise of how the good the strip was (and still is). But it's very difficult to resist a doc about Calvin & Hobbes. Naturally, Watterson himself wasn't involved in the making. But he recently gave an interview.
Now in limited release in the US. I highly recommend adding the daily strip that gets re-released online to your essential reading list for a better start of the day.
November 14th, 2013
|11:43 am - Maleficent, Divergent, Some Velvet Morning, Adventurer Curse of the Midas Box, Seduced and Abandoned|
Maleficent HD480p 17MB HD720p 33MB HD1080p 60MB
First teaser for this Disney action adventure origin story/prequel/reboot fairytale. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, she faces an epic battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora (Elle Fanning). Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Peter Capaldi are also part of the cast.
Directorial debut of Robert Stromberg who so far was mainly involved in designing visual effects and was responsible for the production design of Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful, and it shows.
Divergent HD720p 56MB
Full trailer for this action thriller set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Also part of the cast are Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney and Ashley Judd. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones).
Some Velvet Morning HD480p 13MB HD720p 23MB
Trailer for the latest relationship drama written and directed by Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, In the Company of Men, Possession). Fred (Stanley Tucci) arrives at the doorstep of his beautiful young mistress Velvet (Alice Eve) after four years apart, claiming to have finally left his wife. But when she rejects his attempts to rekindle their romance, his persistence evolves into obsession - and a dark history between the former lovers comes into focus.
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box HD480p 23MB HD720p 82MB
Family, fantasy adventure in which seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi's life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, he discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth—but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world and his family at stake, he will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box. Cast members include Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd and Aneurin Barnard.
Nice cast, but the trailer and a mid-January US release date indicate that you don't have to rush to see it.
Seduced and Abandoned HD480p 19MB HD720p 31MB
Amusing looking documentary that pairs Alec Baldwin with director James Toback as they lead us on a troublesome and often hilarious journey of raising financing for their next feature film. Moving from director to financier to star actor, for ten days in May 2012, the two worked their way through the Cannes Film Festival in an attempt to secure financing for a proposed film project, a political-erotic Middle Eastern adventure inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci's classic "Last Tango in Paris". Among the people interviewed are Martin Scorsese Francis Ford Coppola, Ryan Gosling, Roman Polanski, Diane Kruger and Jessica Chastain.
Now showing in the US on HBO and in limited release in the UK.
November 7th, 2013
|05:17 pm - Winter's Tale, Hobbit Desolation of Smaug, RoboCop, Centenarian Who Climbed Out Window, Great Beauty|
Winter's Tale HD480p 20MB HD720p 89MB
Romantic drama that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin, The Da Vinci Code). Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, it's a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Hard to believe, but that's the official description they made available. IMDb is a bit more informative: A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Cast members include Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe.
Probably not that bad, but when they try to force a sentiment on me like they do in this trailer it can be rather off-putting. Unsurprisingly, movie will be in theatres Valentine's Day.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug HD480p 23MB HD720p 45MB HD1080p 206MB
Probably the final, "sneak-peek" trailer for the second movie of the trilogy of Peter Jackson's special effects-heavy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien children's book, which features a lot of new footage. The adventure for Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Again, a very good trailer. Makes me almost want to watch the movie. Also, another 8 minute production diary: HD720p 145MB.
RoboCop HD720p 32MB
Second trailer for the remake directed by Jose Padilha (Tropa de elite). The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it's meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. Also part of the cast are Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson.
By now I've at least seen the original.
The Centenarian Who Climbed Out the Window and Vanished - Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann HD480p 15MB HD720p 24MB
Big screen adaptation from Sweden of the novel by Jonas Jonasson. It tells the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson's unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he's made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again.
I wasn't aware that they are making a movie (or maybe apparently even two) based on the book. But since it's a bit "Forrest Gump" it's probably not that surprising. Trailer is partially in Swedish and looks very pleasantly absurd.
The Great Beauty - La grande bellezza HD480p 20MB HD720p 33MB
UK trailer for the latest, not easy to describe, movie from Paolo Sorrentino (Il divo, This Must Be the Place) that's also Italy's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, he finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
To see what the fascinating movie also has to offer on the visual (as well as acoustic) level I recommend watching the trailer.
November 2nd, 2013
|11:03 am - Labor Day, Only Lovers Left Alive, Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, Beyond Outrage, The Lego Movie|
Labor Day Theatrical HD720p 155MB Internet HD720p 28MB
Two trailers for the latest drama directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult). With the first day of school approaching, a woman (Kate Winslet) and her 13-year-old boy have ventured on a rare outing together to buy him some new clothes, when the boy is approached by Frank (Josh Brolin) — whose bloodied forehead and clear sense of desperation signal the need for help. Setting aside their suspicions, the two reluctantly bring the stranger home, only to discover they got more than they bargained for. It's not long before they find themselves hostages of an escaped felon, and convicted murderer. And yet there's something comforting about Frank. What begins as a kidnapping slowly evolves into something else.
Certainly different from Reitman's previous movies. Both trailers are good, with the theatrical being the longer, more traditional one.
Only Lovers Left Alive HD720p 20MB
Finally, a first trailer for the latest movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Night on Earth, Broken Flowers), his own, special take on the vampire genre. Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician (Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (Tilda Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister (Mia Wasikowska). Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? Also part of the cast are John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright and Anton Yelchin.
Cesar Chavez: An American Hero HD720p 35MB
Portrayal of famed labor organiser Cesar E. Chavez (Michael Peña), focusing on Chavez's fearless determination in organising the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California. John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera and Wes Bentley are also part of the cast. Directed by Diego Luna.
Looks pretty gripping.
Beyond Outrage - Autoreiji: Biyondo HD720p 47MB
Redband trailer for the sequel to the Japanese crime drama Outrage, once again written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi, Hana-bi, Dolls, "Takeshi's Castle"). A manipulative police crackdown on organised crime ignites a tricky power struggle involving the two biggest yakuza families.
Thanks to its violence, the "redband" label is well earned. I liked the first movie, but not sure if I want to see more of the same.
The Lego Movie HD480p 52MB HD720p 119MB
Full trailer for the 3D computer animated movie that follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell), a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Further voices are provided by Elizabeth Banks (tough-as-nails Lucy), Will Arnett (the mysterious Batman), Nick Offerman (a pirate), Liam Neeson (a powerful henchman known as Bad Cop) and Morgan Freeman (an old mystic). Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).
Not without charm, but why not watch a short brick movie on YouTube for free?
October 30th, 2013
|11:56 am - Wolf of Wall Street, Mr. Nobody, Mindscape, Expecting, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Veronica Mars|
The Wolf of Wall Street HD480p 20MB HD720p 90MB
Second full trailer for the latest movie from Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York ). It is based on Jordan Belfort's best-selling memoir which chronicles Belfort's (Leonardo DiCaprio) dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction. Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Margot Robbie and Jean Dujardin are also part of the cast.
Looks like so much more fun than most of the calculated Oscar-bait dramas.
Mr. Nobody HD480p 14MB HD720p 25MB
US trailer for this very ambitious romantic, sci-fi drama from 2009 that will finally get a limited release in the States starting this weekend. Set in the not-so-distant future, the story follows Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) who, being 120 years old, is the last mortal surrounded by happy immortals as he relives his real and imaginary years of marriage. A multi-layered love story develops due to the various 'butterfly effect'-like "what-if" scenarios. Sarah Polley, Rhys Ifans, Diane Kruger are also part of the cast.
Despite being usually susceptible to movies like that, as far as I remember, the movie didn't really click for me. But as an independent effort certainly worth a look.
Mindscape HD720p 21MB
Supernatural thriller that's actually a Spanish production that film centres on a man (Mark Strong) with the ability to enter people's memories. He takes on a girl's (Taissa Farmiga) case to discover whether she is a brilliant sociopath or traumatized teen. Brian Cox, Indira Varma, Noah Taylor and Saskia Reeves are also part of the cast.
As much as I like Strong, I'm just not a fan of this genre.
Expecting - Gus HD720p 16MB
Comedic drama about Lizzie (Radha Mitchell), a woman who after years of struggling to conceive with her husband has given up hope of having a baby on her own. But when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand, an unexpected solution arises: Andie offers to have the baby and give it to Lizzie. The couple agrees to the plan, on one condition: Andie must move in with them for the duration of the pregnancy. But can the women's friendship survive until birth?
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? HD480p 16MB HD720p 56MB
The full title of this documentary adds "An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky" which serves as a useful description. It's from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine, The Science of Sleep, Block Party) who talks with Chomsky and is also responsible for the animations. It's a doc on the life of the controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and illustrations by Gondry, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language.
Hard to say if it will make understanding Chomsky easier, but it's certainly a very interesting approach.
Veronica Mars Feat 720p 77MB
Another four minute featurette for the upcoming movie based on the television series that had Kristen Bell in the starring role. I think the featurette is about a love triangle. Or maybe pissing. What do I know.
October 29th, 2013
|04:02 pm - X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Immigrant, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Go For Sisters, 47 Ronin|
X-Men: Days of Future Past HD720p 25MB HD1080p 43MB
First trailer for another X-Men sequel that marks the return of director Bryan Singer (Jack the Giant Slayer, The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) to the franchise. The summary so far says that this time the ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. Which means it will be even more challenging than usual to give everyone enough screen time. Among the new, additional cast members are Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing (no word yet if she will appear worldwide) and Evan Peters.
The Immigrant HD480p 15MB HD720p 24MB
Trailer from France for the latest drama directed by James Gray (We Own the Night, Two Lovers The Yards) which is set in 1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn, she quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, she encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician (Jeremy Renner).
Mr. Peabody & Sherman US HD720p 100MB Intl HD720p 32MB
First trailer for this animated big screen adaptation of an old TV cartoon series. Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine—the Wabac—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Further voices will be provided by Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci and Lake Bell. Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Lion King, Stuart Little).
Watching the US and the international trailer versions makes for interesting comparison.
Go For Sisters HD720p 51MB
Social drama in the form of a crime thriller, written and directed by John Sayles (Lone Star, Limbo,Passion Fish). Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could "go for sisters", but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer. When Bernice's son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realises she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney's world without involving the police. The pair enlist the services of a disgraced ex-LAPD detective (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana.
47 Ronin HD720p 36MB
Another trailer for this long delayed 3D action-adventure set in 18th century Japan. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Keanu Reeves) - a half-breed they once rejected - as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. Also part of the cast are Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi.
Visuals still look attractive, but also still hard to tell if all of this will make for an interesting movie.
October 24th, 2013
|07:29 pm - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, At Middleton, Capital, Last Days on Mars, Anchorman 2|
Captain America: The Winter Soldier HD480p 35MB HD720p 75MB HD1080p 140MB
First trailer for another Disney-Marvel sequel. After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers we find Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, he becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper and Sebastian Stan return from other movies. New to the cast are Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford and Frank Grillo. Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo who so far have been mainly involved producing and directing TV series like "Community" and "Happy Endings".
Despite her hair, teaming up with Agent Romanoff is a very smart move. If the links don't hold you can watch it online here.
At Middleton HD720p 31MB
Romantic drama with comedic elements about two wildly different "not-so-single" parents (Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia) who meet over a parking space scuffle at Middleton College where his son and her daughter are thinking of attending in the fall. While their kids brave the dreaded guided campus tour, the two slip away from the group, and in the course of a few hours learn some valuable life lessons about love, family and what it means to be truly alive. Peter Riegert, Tom Skerritt and Taissa Farmiga are also part of the cast.
Looks nice. Though I suspect the trailer is putting too much weight on the comedic part which actually makes the movie look a bit silly. Less would be more.
Capital HD480p 13MB HD720p 70MB
Thriller from France set in the high stakes world of global finance. When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne), erotic distractions from an international supermodel (Liya Kebede), and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. Directed by Costa-Gavras (Missing, Z, Music Box).
Movie is not as good as it could be, but better than most Hollywood movies about the topic, and much better than the soul-destroying voice-over of the trailer makes the movie look like. The French trailer version: HD720p 24MB.
The Last Days on Mars HD480p 19MB HD720p 90MB
Indie sci-fi horror thriller. On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery – fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. Complications ensue as his devastated colleagues (among them Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams) attempt to recover his body.
Great cast, though festival reviews indicate that while the movie looks very good, the familiar story hardly justifies such a classy cast.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues US HD720p 60MB Intl HD720p 24MB
Another full trailer for the sequel, once again directed by Adam McKay (The Other Guys, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers). With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron's co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - all of whom won't make it easy to stay classy, while taking New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. New to the cast are Kristen Wiig, James Marsden and Meagan Good, plus a boatload of cameos.
About as far away from "classy" as possible. You can choose between the US and the "international" trailer version.
October 18th, 2013
|10:40 am - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Non-Stop, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Black Nativity, Endless Love|
The Grand Budapest Hotel HD720p 22MB
A first trailer for the latest movie from Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited). It's a comedic drama that recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Besides pretty much every actor who has ever been in a previous Anderson movie there will also be Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Jude Law and Tom Wilkinson.
I give up, I will never be able to resist a Wes Anderson movie.
Non-Stop HD480p 19MB HD720p 85MB
Suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight. A U.S. Air Marshal (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Also part of the cast are Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Corey Stoll and Lupita Nyong'o. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan, House of Wax).
I'm surprised Luc Besson's EuropaCorp isn't involved in this.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom HD720p 55MB
Another trailer for this biographical movie based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography that's also noteworthy because it features the new song "Ordinary Love" from U2. The movie chronicles Mandela's (Idris Elba) early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society. Naomie Harris plays his wife Winnie. Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader).
Black Nativity HD720p 24MB
Big screen adaptation of a holiday musical drama that follows a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and his wife (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend's rules, the frustrated kid is determined to return home to his mother (Jennifer Hudson). He embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey along with new friends, and a little divine intervention. Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Vondie Curtis-Hall are also part of the cast.
Hard not to want to groove along. Also, an earlier teaser: HD720p 20MB.
Endless Love HD720p 56MB
Romantic drama that tells the story of a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) and a charismatic boy (Alex Pettyfer) whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents (Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson) trying to keep them apart. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong, The Greatest).
I don't think it can get more bland than this. Pettyfer having to portray a "charismatic" character. You can't say he doesn't like a challenge.
October 16th, 2013
|11:34 am - Belle, That Awkward Moment, Hercules: The Legend Begins, Homefront, Philomena|
Belle HD480p 20MB HD720p 88MB
Drama set in 18th-century Britain inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), her lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, she falls for an idealistic young vicar's son (James Norton) bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Matthew Goode, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson and Tom Felton round up the cast.
That Awkward Moment HD720p 53MB
Redband trailer for this relationship comedy about three best friends (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller) who decide to support a friend devastated by a recent breakup by vowing to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love (Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas) and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.
Despite a January release date, doesn't look too bad.
Hercules: The Legend Begins HD480p 24MB HD720p 113MB
Action adventure set in Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen (Roxanne McKee) succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king (Scott Adkins) and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules (Kellan Lutz), knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Driven).
2014 is shaping up to be a banner year. If you like swords and sandal movies. Besides the 300 sequel and Pompeii, there will also be another, hopefully slightly more interesting Hercules movie, starring Dwayne Johnson.
Homefront HD480p 17MB HD720p 29MB
Action movie about a former drug enforcement agent, a family man (Jason Statham) who moves off the grid with his 10-year-old daughter, to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater to escape his troubled past. However, his world soon becomes anything but quiet once he discovers that an underbelly of drugs and violence riddles the small town. Soon, a sociopathic methamphetamine kingpin (James Franco) puts him and his daughter in harm's way forcing him back into action in order to save his family and the town. Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth are also part of the cast. Directed by Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, Don't Say a Word, Kiss the Girls).
You lost me at "with his 10-year-old daughter", always a cheap and stupid plot device. Screenplay by ... Sylvester Stallone.
Philomena HD720p 54MB
US trailer for this drama with comedic elements based on real events. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. She spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain. Then she met a world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan) who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them. The book the movie's based on acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their 'shamed' mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things, Mrs Henderson Presents).
October 11th, 2013
|11:31 am - American Hustle, Charlie Countryman, The Monuments Men, Last Love, Need for Speed|
American Hustle HD720p 59MB
Full trailer for this film fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States the movie tells the story of brilliant con man (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Michael Peña are also part of the cast. Directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, Three Kings).
Still looks very funny and highly entertaining.
Charlie Countryman HD720p 57MB
Action drama about a young man (Shia LaBeouf) who immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic when his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest. But when he meets a fellow passenger, he finds himself with another promise to fulfill. He does so – and falls head over heels in love with a beautiful musician (Evan Rachel Wood). However, a vicious gangster (Mads Mikkelsen) has already laid claim to her, and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to protect her, he enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love. Melissa Leo, Rupert Grint, Vincent D'Onofrio and ... Til Schweiger are also part of the cast.
Doesn't look too bad. Festival reviews are all over the place, much like all the genres the movie tries to cover.
The Monuments Men HD720p 56MB
The full trailer for this thriller based on the true story that focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians (George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman), all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1—possibly hope to succeed? Cate Blanchett is also part of the cast. Clooney also directed and the screenplay is another collaboration of him with Grant Heslov (The Ides of March, Good Night, and Good Luck.)
Still doesn't entirely "wow" me.
(Mr. Morgan's ) Last Love US HD720p 92MB Europe HD720p 24MB
Bittersweet tale of a lonely American widower (Michael Caine) in Paris who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful, free-spirited young dance instructor (Clémence Poésy). They both spend a short but precious time together – a time that touches their hearts and changes their lives. Justin Kirk, Gillian Anderson and Jane Alexander are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck (Mostly Martha, Helen).
While in some way the US trailer "sells" the movie better it also seems to show the entire movie. So if you're interested I recommend watching the European version.
Need for Speed HD480p 21MB HD720p 37MB
First trailer for another video game adaptation. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey (Aaron Paul) - who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side - reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino.
Looks a bit like a humour free version of Fast & Furious with a lot of pale people. The way the trailer takes itself seriously makes it almost funny again. Almost.
October 8th, 2013
|12:53 pm - Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Sunlight Jr, Broken Circle Breakdown, Rio 2, Inside Llewyn Davis|
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty HD720p 64MB
Full trailer for the remake of the classic story of a day-dreamer (Ben Stiller) who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. also part of the cast are Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn. It's also directed by Stiller (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, Reality Bites).
Now with dialogue, but it still looks very impressive. A very effective trailer.
Sunlight Jr. HD720p 46MB
Social drama about a Quickie-mart employee (Naomi Watts) and her boyfriend (Matt Dillon) who are poor but very much in love. Living in a Florida motel and supported by her small hourly wage and his monthly disability check, they are nevertheless thrilled to learn that she is pregnant. When her abusive ex (Norman Reedus) begins sniffing around, her job is threatened and the couple faces eviction, their tenuous financial situation threatens to bring their modest but happy life crashing down. Written and directed by Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby).
Probably great performances, but not exactly a feel-good movie.
The Broken Circle Breakdown HD480p 13MB HD720p 60MB
Romantic melodrama from Belgium with a lot of bluegrass music. Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage—but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass.
Also, a different trailer version with dialogue. Though it also only barely hints at the fact that this is mainly a drama: HD720p 30MB.
Belgium's official entry for the next Foreign Language Oscar. The full list of the 76 entries was released last night. Some commentary on the list.
Rio 2 HD480p 19MB HD720p 87MB
Full trailer for the sequel in which we find Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild. Again directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age movies, Rio).
Inside Llewyn Davis HD720p 26MB
Another nice trailer with some added dialogue scenes for the latest movie written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen (A Serious Man, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Miller's Crossing). It's about a singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) who navigates New York's folk music scene. It follows him a week in his life as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Also part of the cast are Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham and Garrett Hedlund.
October 5th, 2013
|11:50 am - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Invisible Woman, Out of the Furnace, How I Live Now, I Frankenstein, Godz|
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit HD480p 144MB HD720p 139MB HD1080p 143MB
It always leaves a bad aftertaste when a trailer gets released shortly after the death of a major participant of a movie project. But here's the trailer for the re-boot of the Jack Ryan franchise based on characters by Tom Clancy. It takes Ryan (Chris Pine) back to the early stages of his career in the CIA when a senior operative (Kevin Costner) enlists him for a covert operation in Moscow. The Cold War may be over, but there is a new threat to global stability in the form of Russian power player (Kenneth Branagh). Ryan begins to question if there is anyone he can trust, including his own wife (Keira Knightley). Branagh also directs (Much Ado About Nothing, Thor, Henry V).
Encoders at Paramount seem to have a special sense of humour, making all three files with vastly different resolutions roughly the same size.
The Invisible Woman HD720p 22MB
Period drama that marks the second movie directed by Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus). It tells the story of actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) who was performing in London's Haymarket Theatre when she was first spotted by Charles Dickens (Fiennes), who subsequently cast her in one of his productions. The year was 1857. Dickens was forty-five and had been married some twenty years. Ternan was seventeen. The two began an affair, which was kept a secret from the general public for the duration of their lives. Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander are also part of the cast.
There was a lot of talk about possible award nominations after recent festival screenings, especially for Jones.
Out of the Furnace HD480p 19MB HD720p 89MB
Second trailer for this drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice about a man (Christian Bale) who has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When his brother (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case he takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe are also part of the cast. Directed and co-written by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).
How I Live Now HD480p 20MB HD720p 32MB
Big screen adaptation of a young-adult novel which is set in the near-future UK. An American teenager (Saoirse Ronan) sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, she finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, The Eagle).
From what I've read Macdonald, resisted producing a literal adaptation but made changes in order to deliver a good movie. But it still leaves the challenge of combining the romantic love story and the dark setting. Also, a music video by Natasha Khan and Jon Hopkins that confirms that this at least partially is a rather dark affair: HD720p 55MB.
I, Frankenstein HD720p 29MB
Big screen adaptation of the graphic novel which is set in a dystopian present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. Also part of the cast are Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney.
Even without the insert it can already be guessed that it's from the producers of the "Underworld" franchise. It could easily pass for some sort of sequel. Or a video game.
Godzilla HD720p 32MB
Briefly available last night, the promo teaser that was shown at Comic-Con for the upcoming monster movie directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). I'll write more after an official release.
October 3rd, 2013
|11:55 am - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, A Case of You, Frozen, Concussion, A Touch of Sin|
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug HD480p 48MB HD720p 121MB HD1080p 183MB
Full trailer for the second movie of the trilogy of Peter Jackson's special effects-heavy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien children's book. The adventure for Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Trailer prominently features the ageless Orlando Bloom and his sister Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans and the voice of Khan.
A Case of You HD720p 52MB
Romantic drama about a young writer (Justin Long) who has a crush on the cute and quirky barista (Evan Rachel Wood) at his local coffee shop. When his conventional attempts to woo her crash and burn, he takes his efforts online, creating an Internet profile embellished with all of the details that would make him her dream guy: ballroom dancing, rock climbing, a seemingly endless, escalating series of wacky and unlikely hobbies. When the harebrained scheme is a surprise success and she falls for his exaggerated alter ego, he must keep up the act or lose his dream girl forever. Also part of the cast are Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps, Brendan Fraser, Sienna Miller and Vince Vaughn.
Doesn't entirely "click", but nice cast.
Frozen HD480p 49MB HD720p 91MB HD1080p 164MB
Full trailer for this animated comedy-adventure from Disney. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man (Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, the two battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Also, a funny earlier teaser that features the snowman and the reindeer: HD480p HD720p HD1080p.
Concussion Green HD480p 13MB Green HD720p 23MB Red HD480p 17MB Red HD720p 31MB
Erotic drama about an interior designer turned soccer mom (Robin Weigert) who wakes up one day - after suffering a bad bump on the head - to the feeling that the spark has gone out of her life with her wife, sexually and otherwise. So she goes back to work, renovating a Manhattan loft, and tries paying for sex, first with a low-end Craigslist hooker who freaks her out, then with a high-end one who suggests she consider giving the world's oldest profession a try.
Movie was (mostly) very well received in Sundance. You can choose between the greenband and the slightly more explicit redband trailer version.
A Touch of Sin - Tian zhu ding HD480p 12MB HD720p 56MB
US trailer for this drama from China that tells the story of four people in four different provinces. A reflection on contemporary China: that of an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence. An angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders. A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her. A young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life.
Won the Award for Best Screenplay last week in Cannes.
September 24th, 2013
|11:06 am - Dom Hemingway, August: Osage County, Metro Manila, Sunshine on Leith, Grudge Match|
Dom Hemingway HD720p 23MB
UK trailer for this dark, comedic caper movie about a larger-than-life safecracker (Jude Law) with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bechir). After a near death experience, he tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
This looks like a lot of fun.
August: Osage County HD480p 16MB HD720p 28MB
Second trailer for the big screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Tracy Letts (who wrote the screenplay). It tells the dark, funny and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Star-studded cast includes Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Julianne Nicholson. Directed by John Wells (Company Men).
Set for a US release on Christmas Day, when families come together, which I find very amusing.
Metro Manila HD480p 17MB HD720p 28MB
Crime drama set in the Philippines directed by Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken). Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force him to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life.
Looks promising and was very well received at festivals.
Sunshine on Leith HD480p 19MB
Big screen adaptation of the stage musical, inspired by the songs from Scottish band The Proclaimers. Best friends Davy and Ally return from military service in Afghanistan. Both come back in one piece — unlike some of their colleagues. Their brush with death only intensifies a desire to live life to the fullest, which for Davy involves falling head-over-heels in love with Yvonne (Antonia Thomas), while Ally plans to propose marriage to Davy's sister Liz (Freya Mavor). Meanwhile, Davy and Liz's folks, Rab (Peter Mullan) and Jean (Jane Horrocks), are set to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. It should be a happy occasion, if only Rab weren't keeping a troubling secret.
If you're a fan, I'm sure you'll walk 500 miles.
Grudge Match HD480p 53MB HD720p 121MB
Comedic drama about two local Pittsburgh fighters (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro) whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, one of them suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart), seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. Kim Basinger and Alan Arkin are also part of the cast. Directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Anger Management).
Better than another Rocky movie. Slightly.
September 21st, 2013
|12:28 pm - Snowpiercer, Nebraska, One Chance, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Railway Man|
Snowpiercer HD720p 34MB
Another trailer from France for the English-language debut of Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, Mother). It is based on a French graphic novel which is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews. Remarkable cast consists of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kangho, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ed Harris.
Movie was a huge success in Korea. Though there are now rumours that the Weinstein Brothers think about cutting 20 minutes from the 126 minutes running time for the US release. Because, you know, they like to screw their audience like that. Also, a four minute animated clip that kind of sets up the story: HD720p 80MB.
Nebraska HD480p 16MB HD720p 126MB
US trailer for the latest low-key drama with comedic elements directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt, The Descendants). Shot in black and white across four states the movie tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. A poor old man (Bruce Dern) living in Montana escapes repeatedly from his house to go to Nebraska to collect a sweepstakes prize he thinks he has won. Frustrated by his increasing dementia, his family debates putting him into a nursing home - until one of his two sons (Will Forte) finally offers to take his father by car, even as he realizes the futility. En route the father is injured, and the two must rest a few days in the small decaying Nebraska town where the father was born and where, closely observed by the son, he re-encounters his past.
One Chance HD720p 52MB
Crowd pleaser that tells the inspirational true story of Paul Potts (James Corden), a shy shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. He became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for "Britain's Got Talent." One of four children born to a steelworker (Colm Meaney) and a supermarket cashier (Julie Waters), he grows up in Bristol listening to his parents' opera records and discovering his vocal gift by singing in local choirs. He is also ruthlessly bullied, a devastating blow to his self-confidence alleviated only by his love of song. Also part of the cast are Mackenzie Crook, Jemima Rooper and Alexandra Roach. Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs, The Big Year).
Also, the UK trailer version: 480p 12MB.
Blue is the Warmest Color - La Vie d'Adèle HD480p 14MB HD720p 55MB
US trailer for this coming-of-age romantic drama that won the Palme d'Or this year in Cannes. It's about a young woman named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. And Emma (Léa Seydoux) is the older woman who excites her desire and becomes the love of her life. It is an epic of emotional transformation that pulses with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation. It is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.
It should be mentioned that the movie in the US will be rated NC-17 and is three hours long. Also, a similar French trailer that has some dialogue: HD720p 29MB.
The Railway Man HD720p 24MB
UK trailer for this drama that tells the true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British soldier in World War II. He's a quiet, middle-aged radio and railway enthusiast. He meets kind, sunny Patti (Nicole Kidman) one afternoon on a Scottish train. The year is 1983. A whirlwind courtship and wedding follow, but on their wedding night, and for many nights to come, Eric succumbs to graphic, paralyzing nightmares. He provides her no explanation. Confused and hurt by her new husband's remoteness, she turns to his friend (Stellan Skarsgård), who finally discloses her husband's harrowing secret: along with thousands of other British soldiers captured by the Japanese during the Second World War, Eric was forced to work on the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway - the so-called Death Railway.
September 10th, 2013
|09:29 am - RoboCop, The Double, All is Bright, On the Job, Plush|
RoboCop HD480p 18MB HD720p 82MB
First trailer for the remake directed by Jose Padilha (Tropa de elite). The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it's meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. Also part of the cast are Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson.
Confession, I've never seen the original.
The Double HD360p 11MB HD720p 26MB
Short trailer from the UK for Richard Ayoade's (Submarine) adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella. When Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) gets to work he finds that this double has usurped his tenuous position in the company. Routinely humiliated by his boss (Wallace Shawn), the neurotic Simon now has to deal with a doppelgänger that is everything he isn't: confident, charming, successful, superficial. As Simon, he is fatally ineffectual, unable to communicate his ideas at work even when they're brilliant — and a desperate failure when it comes to the woman of his dreams (Mia Wasikowska). Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige also return from the cast of Submarine.
Was very well received last week in Toronto.
All is Bright HD720p 46MB
Comedic drama about two French Canadian ne’er-do-wells who travel to New York City with a scheme to get rich quick selling Christmas trees. Easygoing charmer Rene (Paul Rudd) clashes with misanthropic ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), whose wife Rene just stole. Still, this odd couple must make an honest go of it so they hit the road and set up their lot on a city street corner, settling into a long month of hawking trees. Then Dennis befriends a Russian maid (Sally Hawkins), and a new plan emerges. Directed by Phil Morrison (Junebug).
Nice, though Giamatti and Rudd seem to play very familiar roles.
On the Job HD480p 26MB HD720p 79MB
Interesting looking crime thriller from the Philippines that delves deep into the inner-workings of the ingenious hitmen, honest cops, ambitious federal agents, and shady government officials. The film is based on the true scandal that rocked the Philippines where prison inmates were contracted by high-level politicians to temporarily leave jail and conduct a series of assassinations before returning to incarceration.
Plush HD480p 23MB HD720p 79MB
Full trailer for this somewhat disturbing looking drama directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood, Thirteen). After losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, rising rock star Hayley (Emily Browning) finds herself in a downward spiral. The second album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster. She finds new hope and friendship in the replacement guitarist (Xavier Samuel) who inspires her to reach new creative heights. But soon their collaboration crosses the line sexually and Hayley, who is married with two children, retreats from his advances. As she slowly discovers his dark and troubled history, she realizes she may have let a madman into her home and family and that her mistake may cost the lives of people closest to her. Also part of the cast are Cam Gigandet, Frances Fisher and Thomas Dekker.
September 5th, 2013
|01:28 pm - Le Week-end, Best Man Down, Gravity, Bounty Killer, Man of Tai Chi|
Le Week-end HD480p 20MB HD720p 32MB
Romantic drama with comedic elements about a long-married middle-class British couple (Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan) who attempt to reinvigorate their marriage by visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. While there, they run into an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) who acts as a catalyst for them to recapture their youthful fearlessness, lack of responsibility and idealism.
Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Morning Glory, Hyde Park on Hudson) and written by his frequent collaborator Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Venus, The Mother).
Looks absolutely delightful.
Best Man Down HD480p 18MB HD720p 85MB
Drama with comedic elements that looks much more serious (in a good way) than one would think given its cast and title. When their obnoxious and over-served best man (Tyler Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom (Jess Weixler, Justin Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive they realise that there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye. Addison Timlin, Frances O'Connor and Shelley Long are also part of the cast.
Gravity HD480p 49MB HD720p 113MB HD1080p 189MB
The full trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y tu mamá también) highly anticipated new movie that was very well received in last week at various festivals. It's a sci-fi thriller about a brilliant medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission together with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving the two completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue.
One of the few films that should be worth spending some extra money to see it in 3D.
Bounty Killer HD480p 10MB HD720p 17MB
Trailer for what looks like a cheap, action B-movie in the best possible sense. It's been 20 years since the corporations took over the world’s governments. Their thirst for power and profits led to the corporate wars, a fierce global battle that laid waste to society as we know it. Born from the ash, the Council of Nine rose as a new law and order for this dark age. To avenge the corporations’ reckless destruction, the Council issues death warrants for all white collar criminals. Their hunters – the Bounty Killer. From amateur savage to graceful assassin, the Bounty Killers now compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They're ending the plague of corporate greed by exterminating the self serving CEO and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. These are the new heroes.
Man of Tai Chi HD480p 17MB HD720p 73MB
US trailer version for Keanu Reeves’ small, personal Asian project that he directed. It's mainly a fight movie set in bustling Beijing where an ambitious young man called "Tiger" (Tiger Chen) works as a lowly courier. But after work, he is a young martial arts star, rising through the ranks representing the Ling Kong Tai Chi tradition. Though most associate Tai Chi with peaceful, yoga-like movements, Tiger has perfected the ancient art and started to make a name for himself in the prestigious Wulin Wang martial arts championship. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a police investigator (Karen Mok), who works for the organized crime unit OCTB, has run into a wall in her pursuit of a powerful Hong Kong businessmen (Reeves) who runs a secret underground fighting ring, where cold hard cash is made by defeating one's opponent in a no-holds barred fight privately broadcast to wealthy patrons. Looking for a new "star," he tries to lure Tiger with the promise of easy money.