May 16th, 2008

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, City of Ember, Elegy, Monster Camp, X-Files 2

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor    .flv 11MB    HD720p .wmv 37MB
Finally, the first trailer for the third movie of the mummy series, this time directed by Rob Cohen (Stealth, xXx, The Fast and the Furious). Explorer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) has to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. He's joined by son Alex (Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello replacing Rachel Weisz) and her brother (John Hannah). They must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service. Michelle Yeoh plays a double-crossing sorceress.
Looks just what a good summer action-adventure should look like. But you can also sense some of the almost a thousand special-effect shots that for some reason the director is proud of having been able to squeeze in.

City of Ember     .swf 10MB   HD720p 53MB    Online
First trailer for the big screen adaptation of the fantasy novels by Jeanne DuPrau. For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers (Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway) in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever. Bill Murray plays the Mayor, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook are also part of the cast. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House).
Even if it's mainly targeted at children this looks quite impressive I have to say.

Elegy     24 MB
Emotional drama about an elderly teacher (Ben Kingsley) who glories in the pursuit of adventurous female students but never lets any woman get too close. When gorgeous Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz) enters his classroom, however, his protective veneer dissolves as her beauty both captivates and unsettles him. Even if he declares her body a perfect work of art, she is more than an object of desire. She has a strong sense of herself and an emotional intensity that challenges his preconceptions. His need for her becomes an obsession. Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard and Dennis Hopper round up the cast. Directed by Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me, The Secret Life of Words), based on the novel "The Dying Animal" by Philip Roth.

Monster Camp     21 MB
Endearing documentary about Live-Action Role-Players (LARP). For some it's merely a hobby, for others it's an addiction. In the vein of Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, and Dungeons and Dragons; these enthusiasts have developed a complicated world to bring their fantasies to life. Romantic relationships are forged between characters. Friendships are destroyed over plot disputes. Characters are slain and never return. But keeping this world alive takes a lot of real world work. And unless someone is willing to take charge, the fantasy may be lost forever.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe     HD480p 30MB   HD720p 78MB   HD1080p 113MB
Hi-def quicktime version of the recently posted trailer for the second movie based on the popular TV series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.