December 25th, 2016
|10:20 am - Alien: Covenant, A Cure for Wellness, Toni Erdmann, The Brand New Testament, My Life as a Zucchini |
Alien: Covenant HD720p 32MB HD1080p 63MB
First redband trailer for another instalment of the Alien franchise, again directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven). The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce are listed to return from Prometheus. New to the cast are Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz and Jussie Smollett.
A Cure for Wellness HD720p 99MB HD1080p 171MB
Full trailer for this very stylish looking (horror) thriller in which an ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth and Celia Imrie are also part of the cast. Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mexican, Rango).
Pretty much by accident I noticed this week that it is currently possible to again directly link to trailer encodes by Apple. I can't say if it's a temporary glitch in their Matrix, or if it depends on a certain computer set-up. Please let me know if the links don't work. An alternative, just in case: HD720p 38MB.
Toni Erdmann HD720p 73MB
US trailer for this comedic drama from Germany in which Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports.
Written and directed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else).
Movie recently won pretty much in all the important categories at the European Film Awards (Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay) and is still in the running for a nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar.
The Brand New Testament - Le tout nouveau testament HD720p 79MB
Comedy from Belgium, already in limited release in the US for two weeks, but still just about right for the holidays. God exists! He (Benoît Poelvoorde) lives in Brussels, a petty tyrant to his wife (Yolande Moreau) and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her father using humanity as his playthings and hacks into His computer, leaking to the entire world their inevitable death date. After escaping, Ea must gather six more apostles in order to end His bullying and fix the mess he’s made of humanity. Catherine Deneuve and François Damiens are also part of the cast. Directed by Jaco Van Dormael (Mr. Nobody).
My Life as a Zucchini - Ma vie de courgette HD720p 15MB
Stop-motion animated movie from Switzerland. After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond's help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.
Interestingly, the movie is not only on the list for Best Animated Film, but also one of the nine remaining contestants for Best Foreign Language Film (list, see above).
Ma vie de courgette is one of those movies that, every single time I see the trailer, I fear breaking into tears if I ever actually watch it. But it looks fantastic.
Being extra emotional because of the many deaths right now also doesn't help. :(