January 29th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Smart People, Romulus My Father, Four Minutes, Shutter, Semi-Pro

Smart People     HD480p 51MB   HD720p 127MB    Clip1   Clip2   Clip3    Podcast
Comedic drama about another dysfunctional family. Dennis Quaid plays a professor who might be an imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant - but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy. Ellen Page is his teenaged daughter who is an acid-tongued overachiever, Thomas Haden Church (showing us how Ethan Hawke will look like in 10 years) his adopted, preposterously ne'er-do-well brother and Sarah Jessica Parker his former student who had a crush on him. Additionally, three clips and a 10-minute podcast with the actors from Sundance where the movie premiered last week.
Looks very funny. Good cast, great dialogue.

Romulus, My Father     HD480p 31MB   HD720p 86MB
Drama set in rural Australia in the 1950s about Romulus (Eric Bana), a deeply moral father, his beautiful but depressive wife Christina (Franka Potente), and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son. Marton Csokas is also part of the cast. Directed by Richard Roxburgh and based on Raimond Gaita's memoir.
This is the now available hi-def version of the previously posted trailer since the movie will now have a limited release in the US starting at the end of February.

Four Minutes - Vier Minuten     5 MB    Clip1   Clip2   Clip3   Clip4   Clip5
Intense drama from Germany in which an elderly piano teacher (Monica Bleibtreu) trains a young convict (Hannah Herzsprung) at a women's penitentiary.
Both actresses were nominated last year at the German Film Awards for the Best Actress Award, but of course only one was able to win (Bleibtreu). Since I have seen neither movie I probably shouldn't comment on it but it's my impression that this is the movie that should've been Germany's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar instead of Fatih Akin's latest movie.
Movie already plays in France and will be released in the UK in March. Trailer has English subtitles, the five clips French.

Shutter     .flv 7MB  HD720p 74MB
Supernatural horror thriller set in Tokyo, in which a young couple (Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor) on their honeymoon first begins to see ghostly images in their photos.
I know what you are thinking. A supernatural horror thriller, does that mean? Yes, of course it does! Another Hollywood remake of a successful Asian movie, this time from Thailand. Granted, the intersection of fans of Asian horror movies and Dawson's Creek probably is somewhat limited.

Semi-Pro     8 MB    Out1   Out2    MusicVideo
Red-band trailer, two out-takes and a music video for 'Love Me Sexy' for Will Ferrell's new comedy that takes place in 1976. He plays Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, who rallies his team-mates to make their NBA dreams come true. Also part of the cast are Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Will Arnett, Maura Tierney, Jackie Earle Haley and Andy Richter.