February 5th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Happening, Flawless, Taken, Sex and Death 101, Mongol, Quantum of Solace

The Happening     4 MB
Yes, somebody gave him again some money, a first teaser for M. Night Shyamalan's (Lady in the Water, Signs, The Sixth Sense) new movie. This time it will be a paranoid thriller (surprise!) about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. In case you're sensitive towards those things, judging from the trailer, it involves evacuating New York and people jumping off houses. Leading cast members are Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo.

Flawless     HD480p 35MB   HD720p 86MB    Clip1   Clip2   Clip3   Clip4   Clip5
Crime drama set in 1960 London, where a soon to retire janitor (Michael Caine) convinces a glass-ceiling constrained American executive (Demi Moore) to help him steal a handful of diamonds from their employer, the London Diamond Corporation. Lambert Wilson ("The Merovingian") plays an investigator. Directed by Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, Il Postino, Nineteen Eighty-Four).
Looks very stylish and I suspect Michael Caine will save the movie. Also, five (badly encoded) clips.

Taken     12 MB
Full trailer for this action thriller in which a former spy (Liam Neeson) relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter (Maggie Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade. Famke Janssen plays his wife. Produced and co-written by Luc Besson. Directed by Pierre Morel who made Banlieue 13 and who was the cinematographer for other action movies made by Besson's EuropaCorp production firm (The Transporter, Unleashed).

Sex and Death 101     25 MB    Russian 17 MB
Romantic (sort of) comedy about a guy (Simon Baker) who's life is turned around by an email, which includes the names of everyone he's had sex with and ever will have sex with. His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale (Winona Ryder) who targets men guilty of sex crime. Supporting cast includes Julie Bowen, Leslie Bibb and Patton Oswalt. Written and directed by Daniel Waters who also wrote Heathers and worked on the scripts for Hudson Hawk and Batman Returns.
Available reviews are all over the place and US theatrical release will happen on very short notice at the end of the month. Maybe a rental will suffice. Additionally, a Russian trailer.

Mongol     9 MB    6min clip 42MB
A first English language trailer for this epic movie from Kazakhstan that recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. At one point Khan is played by well-known Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano.
Nominated for this year's Foreign Language Film Oscar. Also, a six minute clip.

Quantum of Solace     85 MB
Yes, that's still the name of the new Bond movie. To be in theatres in November but if you already would like to get acquainted with the major new (and pretty) cast members Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton and Olga Kurylenko, have a look at this short interview featurette.