November 9th, 2007

Slartibartfast

Valkyrie, Great Debaters, Righteous Kill, Major Movie Star, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mist

Valkyrie     HD480p 51MB   HD720p 124MB
First dramatic trailer for the historical thriller in which Tom Cruise plays Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic German officer who led the heroic attempt to bring down the Nazi regime and end the war by planting a bomb in Hitler's bunker. Valkyrie was the name of the official operational plan of the German Army in the event of an insurgency. It was used by the assassins for their purpose.
Extensive cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Stephen Fry, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp and Kevin McNally. They were even able to sneak in a few German actors like Christian Berkel and Matthias Schweighöfer. Directed by Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, the good X-Men movies, The Usual Suspects).
I fully expect the assassination attempt to succeed now that the incredibly smug looking Tom Cruise is responsible for it.

The Great Debaters     HD480p 52MB   HD720p 122MB
Drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington, who also directed), a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Also part of the cast are Forest Whitaker and Kimberly Elise.
Even before mentioning that the movie is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey it should be clear that this will be a very emotional affair. Bring tissues.

Righteous Kill     6 MB
A first promo teaser from the production company's website for this crime drama that will re-unite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. They play two cops who find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer who writes poems about the crime he just committed, leaving them at the scene and there's reason to believe he may be one of their own. Supporting cast includes Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg and Dan Futterman.
I hope this will not be the official teaser version since it doesn't look as good as I was hoping for. I also don't like the production company (see next movie). Maybe this is a good time to finally unwrap my Heat SE DVD.

Major Movie Star     14 MB
Comedy about a fluffy, bubble gum movie star (Jessica Simpson) who suddenly finds herself broke and humiliated in the public eye, so she wanders from the wreckage of a car accident and witlessly enlists in the U.S. Army hoping in vain that it will change her life.
How are the chances that Jessica Simpson understands the concept of irony? I have a feeling it will be a challenge for the marketing people to make clear that this is not another documentary-soap.

Alvin and the Chipmunks     HD480p 47MB   HD720p 117MB
Full theatrical trailer for the live-action/CGI big screen adaptation of the 1980s cartoon series about a music group of chipmunks comprised of mischievous group leader Alvin, tall and quiet Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore. Jason Lee has the leading non-animated role.
I admit it, I had to smile a couple of times. So maybe the $70 Mio. budget isn't a total waste after all.

The Mist     58 MB
Another week, another trailer for this Stephen King adaptation, and it's the most dramatic one so far. Following a violent thunderstorm, a small town community comes under attack from creatures prowling in a thick and unnatural mist. Retreating to a local supermarket, the survivors must face-off against each other before taking a united stand against an enemy they cannot even see. Cast includes Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones, Andre Braugher and Alexa Davalos.