May 14th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Edge of Love, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cannes, Human Contract, Journey to the Center of the Earth

The Edge of Love     17 MB
The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys) is told through the lives of two extraordinary women. Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley) and Dylan were each other's first loves who feel the thunderbolt once more when they unexpectedly meet in London ten years later. Caitlin (Sienna Miller) is his adventurous wife, wily at using her beauty and always up for a bit of fun. Despite their love-rival status, the women form a surprising friendship - and though bombs rain down on London, the trio indulge in the glory of being young, and alive. When Vera meets and marries handsome Officer William Killick (Cillian Murphy), Dylan resents his trio becoming a foursome - and Caitlin notes it. Directed by John Maybury (Love Is the Devil, The Jacket). Lisa Stansfield also turns up on the cast list. Yes, that Lisa Stansfield.
I'm having a few Atonement flashbacks here. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona     14 MB
A first, music-only trailer (which is always interesting) for Woody Allen's latest movie. After his last few movies were set in England he now made a stop in Barcelona which is the setting for the romantic adventures of Vicky and Cristina. These two young Americans spend a summer in Spain and meet a flamboyant artist (Javier Bardem) and his beautiful but insane ex-wife (Penélope Cruz). Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is straight-laced and about to be married. Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) is a sexually adventurous free spirit. When they all become amorously entangled, the results are both hilarious and harrowing. Patricia Clarkson is also part of the cast.
While there's no dialogue in the trailer there sure is a lot of snogging going on. I'm sure Bardem needed a lot of convincing to take this role. Movie will be screened out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes 2008     Program .pdf
Speaking of Cannes, the festival opens today with the premiere of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' new movie Blindness. Also taking part in the competition are the mystery thriller Changeling directed by Clint Eastwood, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's first directorial effort Synecdoche, New York, Steven Soderbergh presents his two movies about Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Wim Wenders The Palermo Shooting.
Since in recent years a lot of the movies that premiered in Cannes later turned up on the Oscar short-list the whole program might be worth a look. The link above leads to a pdf file that contains all information. And here's a long article about this year's festival from Salon.com.

The Human Contract     18 MB
Erotic thriller about a successful corporate type (Jason Clarke) harbouring a deep, dark secret who befriends a free-spirited stranger (Paz Vega) who encourages him to ditch his stuffy lifestyle and live life in reckless abandon. Idris Elba, Ted Danson, Joanna Cassidy are also part of the cast. Directorial debut and also written by Jada Pinkett Smith.
While Paz Vega is obviously infinitely more attractive I sadly pick up a slight Basic Instinct 2 (or the more recent Deception) vibe.

Journey to the Center of the Earth     HD480p 34MB   HD720p 101MB
A second trailer for this family action-adventure about a science professor (Brendan Fraser) who, together with some kids, when on an expedition in Iceland, stumbles upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures.