March 22nd, 2008

Slartibartfast

Mamma Mia!, Deception, Death Defying Acts, Standard Operating Procedure, Children of Huang Shi

Persepolis
When I posted the links to the US trailer a few months ago I was surprised that it contained subtitles since I had read that Sean Penn, Iggy Pop and Gena Rowlands will lend their voices for the US version. Turns out this will still be the case since the movie will return to US screens on April 11 in a dubbed version. Which seems like a good idea to me since the movie has a lot of dialogue and there's a lot going on on-screen.

Mamma Mia!     HD480p 47MB   HD720p 119MB
The full trailer for the big screen adaptation of the musical bearing the same name, directed by Phyllida Lloyd who also directed the Broadway version. Meryl Streep plays the rebellious single mother of a bride-to-be (Amanda Seyfried) who never met her father. The daughter invites three likely paternal candidates (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård) to her wedding, and the ensuing conflict triggers the performance of 22 Abba hits. Christine Baranski and Julie Walters are also part of the cast.
It's all very cheery.

Deception - The List - The Tourist     9 MB    Russian 29 MB
Finally an official trailer for this thriller in which an accountant (Ewan McGregor) is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as 'The List' by his lawyer friend (Hugh Jackman). But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist. Female roles are played by Michelle Williams, Maggie Q and Natasha Henstridge.
The movie was previously known as "The Tourist" and "The List" which isn't a particularly good sign. But let's face it, most of you will watch it for Jackman and McGregor. The trailer with the Russian voice-over that I posted a few months ago is also still available.

Death Defying Acts     5 MB   Spanish 16 MB
Another movie about a famous magician, this time about Harry Houdini. On a tour of Britain in 1926, Houdini (Guy Pearce) enters into a passionate affair with a psychic (Catherine Zeta-Jones) out to con the famous magician. Saoirse Ronan in another remarkable performance plays her daughter, Timothy Spall Houdini's manager. Directed by Gillian Armstrong (Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda)
Unfortunately, technical quality of the file is quite bad, especially when considering that from what I've read the cinematography seems to be part of the attraction of the movie. Spanish version is better but it's, well, in Spanish.

Standard Operating Procedure     HD480p 33MB   HD720p 82MB
The latest documentary from Errol Morris who won an Oscar for his previous doc The Fog of War. He won a Silver Bear for this one at this year's Berlinale. This time he examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.
While undoubtedly an important movie, due to its narrow scope and some questionable presentation (re-enactments and the use of an emotional score) it seems that Taxi to the Dark Side and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib seem to be better choices.

The Children of Huang Shi     19 MB
Much different US trailer for this historic drama inspired by true events about a young British journalist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who, with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse (Radha Mitchell) and a Chinese partisan fighter (Chow Yun-Fat), saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937. Movie re-unites Chow with Michelle Yeoh who plays an aristocratic survivor who befriends the journalist and who has also been displaced by war. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Under Fire, Tomorrow Never Dies, Turner & Hooch).