June 6th, 2008

Slartibartfast

WALL•E, X-Files 2, Foot Fist Way, Hotel for Dogs, Dark Knight, Choke

WALL•E     Music    Hula   Phones   Magnet   Balls    Feat    Robots
The files about our new favourite robot have been piling up in recent weeks, so here's a summary of the most interesting ones. First we have a music trailer from France that documents the courtship between WALL•E and Eve, Love is in the Air is all I say. Then we have four short vignettes in which WALL•E meets a hula hoop, headphones, a magnet and some bouncing balls. Also, featurette in which the director introduces the story and another one presents various robot models. Furthermore, there's also an interesting new book out about Pixar and there was an extensive article about the company in the NYT.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe     HD480p 35MB   HD720p 82MB   HD1080p 116MB
Another teaser for the second movie based on the popular TV series ten years after the first one. Nothing much is known about the plot, an official summary reads that the movie will take the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits. Directed by the series' creator Chris Carter. Xzibit, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly and Callum Keith Rennie are also part of the cast.

The Foot Fist Way     HD480p 34MB   HD720p 84MB    Redband 8MB
Low budget comedy that's already in limited release in the US and that's getting decent reviews. After he attacks the man who slept with his wife, a tae kwon do instructor (Danny R. McBride) goes on a downward spiral that ultimately causes him to escape his feelings by going on a pilgrimage with his buddy and two of his students to see his hero, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace. You can choose between a "regular" and a redband trailer.

Hotel for Dogs     HD480p 57MB   HD720p 87MB
Family movie based on the novel by Lois Duncan that revolves around two orphaned teenagers who hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Cast includes Emma Roberts, Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon.

The Dark Knight     Masks 720p 33MB    Imax 720p 37MB    Online
Two three minute featurettes, one of them about the making of the clown masks and one telling us that Imax is the greatest thing ever invented and it may contain tiny bits of new footage. I was unable to play the files with my quicktime player (maybe an update would help) but the VLC player does fine. There are also apparently smaller sized versions available online (under videos) but I have difficulties accessing them (maybe my virus scanner blocks them or non-US residents aren't allowed to access, I don't know) but have a look at the online link if 720p is too big for you.

Choke     HD480p 31MB   HD720p 90MB
Hi-def quicktime files in various sizes of the previously posted trailer for the big screen adaptation of the book by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club). It's a dark, social satire about a sex-addicted med-school dropout (Sam Rockwell) who keeps his increasingly deranged mother (Anjelica Huston) in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night he runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who "save" him. Kelly Macdonald and Brad William Henke are also part of the cast.