February 4th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Super Bowl TV Spots, Grand, Bangkok Dangerous, Priceless, Stop-Loss

Some selected TV spots from the Super Bowl.
Iron Man: Entirely new footage.   HD480p   HD720p
WALL•E: 60sec spot, funny.   HD480p   HD720p
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Not much new.   HD480p   HD720p
Wanted: Cool, but still hurting my sense of physics.   HD480p   HD720p
Leatherheads: The good old days.   HD480p   HD720p
Semi-Pro/Bud-Light: Will Ferrell.   .mov in zip

The Grand     HD480p 44MB   HD720p 111MB
An improvisational comedy/mockumentary (think Christopher Guest) using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament. The focus is on Woody Harrelson's character who goes all-in to save his dead grandfather's hotel-casino from a real estate developer by trying to win the tournament. Extensive cast includes Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Ray Romano, Dennis Farina, Chris Parnell, Richard Kind, Werner Herzog (as "The German"), Shannon Elizabeth, Hank Azaria and many, many more.
This looks like fun.

Bangkok Dangerous     6 MB
A first international trailer (so far in Spanish only) for Nicolas Cage's new action movie in which he plays a hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs where he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy. Directed by twin brothers Oxide and Danny Pang from Hongkong who are remaking their own movie and who also directed the original of The Eye that premiered in the US last weekend.
I urge you NOT to look at Cage's receding hair-line in the trailer. While I don't know what will happen if you do, chances are the trailer will stop playing. Or something.

Priceless - Hors de prix     UK 18MB    US 21MB
Finally there are some English trailer versions available for this romantic comedy in which, through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger (Audrey Tautou) at the French Riviera mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender (Gad Elmaleh) thinking he's a wealthy suitor.
I'm not sure how funny this will actually be but it looks sweet and it's very hard for me to let an opportunity pass to post trailers featuring Audrey Tautou. As usual, the trailers try hard to hide the fact that this will be a subtitled movie by using annoying voice-overs. The UK version less so than the US one.

Stop-Loss     New 5MB    HD480p 37MB   HD720p 115MB
A second trailer for this drama about a soldier (Ryan Phillippe) who, back home in Texas after fighting in Iraq, refuses to return to battle despite the government mandate requiring him to do so. Also part of the cast are Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ciarán Hinds and Timothy Olyphant. Directed by Kimberly Peirce whose previous feature-length film has been Boys Don't Cry. I also include links to hi-def versions of the first trailer.