May 23rd, 2008

Slartibartfast

Eagle Eye, Happy-Go-Lucky, Go-Getter, Wanted, Righteous Kill

Eagle Eye     HD480p 26MB   HD720p 62MB
First teaser for this dramatic thriller in which Shia LaBeouf plays a young slacker whose overachieving twin brother has died mysteriously. When the young man returns home, both he and a single mother (Michelle Monaghan) find they have been framed as terrorists. Forced to become members of a cell that has plans to carry out a political assassination, they must work together to extricate themselves. Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis and Anthony Mackie are also part of the cast Lynn Cohen. Movie reunites LaBeouf with director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Taking Lives, The Salton Sea).
Looks like I have to put my aversion against LaBeouf on hold for a while since that teaser does what it should do, it teases. And it does it quite well.

Happy-Go-Lucky     7 MB    German 17 MB
Trailer for the latest movie from Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies, Naked) which is quite remarkable since it's a laugh-out-loud comedy about having fun, looking for love and getting on with life. It's about an irrepressibly cheerful primary school teacher (Sally Hawkins who won the Best Actress Award for her role this year in Berlin) who won't let anyone or anything get her down. Living with her flatmate, she has a gift for making the most of life. After her bicycle gets stolen she's determined to learn to drive. She finds herself matched with Scott (Eddie Marsan), an uptight driving instructor who is everything she is not.
Believe me, it really is a comedy by Mike Leigh. If you like to, an alternative trailer in German.

The Go-Getter     14 MB
Coming-of-age road movie about a teenager (Lou Taylor Pucci) who, when his mother dies, takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner (Zooey Deschanel) and with himself as well. Also part of the cast are Jena Malone, Judy Greer, Maura Tierney and Bill Duke.
Looks pretty good, especially when keeping in mind that it probably is a very low budget, independent production. Movie screened last year in Sundance but only now is set for a limited US release in June.

Wanted     HD480p 29MB   HD720p 63MB
Another full trailer from Russia (which means dialogue and narration in Russian) for the cool looking life-action movie based on the graphic novel series by Mark Millar. After his estranged father gets murdered, a cube-dwelling, disengaged slacker (James McAvoy) gets recruited into a secret society of assassins who is headed by an enigmatic leader (Morgan Freeman). He gets trained by a woman (Angelina Jolie) who helps him to unlock his dormant powers. Also part of the cast are Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann and Common. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch).
As mentioned before, this will be a very bloody affair, so please be prepared. Formatting of the files is a bit off (the 720p is the size of 1080p) so it might be enough to download the 480p version.

Righteous Kill     HD480p 31MB   HD720p 110MB
Full trailer for this crime drama that will re-unite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. They play two cops who find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer who writes poems about the crime he just committed, leaving them at the scene and there's reason to believe he may be one of their own. Supporting cast includes Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg and Dan Futterman. Directed by Jon Avnet (88 Minutes, Red Corner, and, hard to believe, Fried Green Tomatoes).
The best hope that this will turn out to be a decent movie after all is that it's written by Russell Gewirtz who was also responsible for Spike Lee's Inside Man. Fingers crossed.