June 10th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Transporter 3, Valkyrie, Madagascar 2, Elegy, Express, Wanted

Transporter 3     8 MB
First teaser for the third movie in the series. Again, Jason Statham has to transport something to somewhere. As one would expect, lots of stunts and action. Looks again like some good, mindless fun. A word of caution though, ladies, please take care, he's gratuitously shirtless for almost the entire teaser. You've been warned.

Valkyrie    18 MB
Second, very dramatic trailer for the much delayed historical thriller confirming that they are still planning to release the movie at one point after all. Tom Cruise plays Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic German officer who led the heroic attempt to bring down the Nazi regime and end the war by planting a bomb in Hitler's bunker. Valkyrie was the name of the official operational plan of the German Army in the event of an insurgency. It was used by the assassins for their purpose. Extensive cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Stephen Fry, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp and Kevin McNally. Directed by Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, the good X-Men movies, The Usual Suspects).
Trailer looks good but I admit that that constant smirk on Cruise's face at the beginning and the end of the trailer makes me aggressive.
Edit: Apologies, this is the same trailer that was already released last November. I should've checked.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa     HD480p 36MB   HD720p 88MB
First teaser for the sequel. The original voice cast returns (Ben Stiller as Alex the lion, Chris Rock as Marty the zebra, David Schwimmer as Melman the giraffe, Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria the hippo, Sacha Baron Cohen as the lemur king). New cast members are Bernie Mac as Zuba, Alex's dad and head of the pride, Alec Baldwin as Makunga, a challenger to Zuba and Will.i.am as Moto Moto, a watering hole lothario. In the sequel the animals find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane - sort of.
I've probably overdosed on cute WALL·E clips in recent days so this fails a bit to excite me.

Elegy     HD480p 44MB   HD720p 111MB
The US trailer for this 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. The different European trailer is also still available.

The Express     HD480p 63MB   HD720p 99MB
Sports drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis(Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports, and his story continues to inspire new generations. Dennis Quaid plays legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder.
Obviously, the movie is very well meant, but it all looks very much familiar.

Wanted     HD480p 46MB   HD720p 106MB   HD1080p 162MB    Music 16MB
The weekly dosage, the redband version of last week's trailer. Cut slightly differently, it contains some pretty heavy swearwords, like, 'asshole', gun-pointing, and a decent amount of blood. Also, a music video from Russia that's not really worth mentioning besides the fact that it's featuring ... Livejournal. I guess LJ really is pretty popular in Russia.