June 27th, 2008

Slartibartfast

RocknRolla, Tale of Despereaux, Dark Knight, Waltz With Bashir, Helen, Hancock

RocknRolla     13 MB
First trailer for the latest movie from Guy Ritchie (Snatch., Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and everybody's favourite, Swept Away). When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London's criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick.
Sounds pretty much like your average Guy Ritchie movie and that's what we like him for. Cast includes Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jeremy Piven, Idris Elba and best of all, Tom Wilkinson.

The Tale of Despereaux     HD480p 42MB   HD720p 100MB
Animated fairy tale about three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse (Matthew Broderick) who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat (Dustin Hoffman) who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl (Tracey Ullman I think) with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess (Emma Watson). Further voice artists will be Robbie Coltrane, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin Kline, Frank Langella, Christopher Lloyd, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci and Sigourney Weaver.
I know in recent years there have been a lot of pairs when it comes to animated movies but I doubt it will be fair to compare this one to Ratatouille despite some obvious character and visual similarities.

The Dark Knight     22 MB    GCN1   GCN2    Feats
Another, more quiet trailer variation from the UK for the highly anticipated sequel to Batman Begins. Also, two 8 and 10 minute long editions of the Gotham Cable News from the viral marketing campaign. And a link where you can watch some more featurettes.

Waltz With Bashir     Trailer 11MB    Teaser 3MB
One of the more interesting movies that screened this year in Cannes was this "animated documentary," by Israeli director Ari Folman in which he tries to recapture his memories as a member of the Israeli Army of the massacres that took place in two Palestinian refugee camps in 1982. He decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world, trying to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As he delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in even more enigmatic images.
From what I read, given its more grim subject, it's not as easy to watch as Persepolis but the used animation style looks very interesting (somewhat similar to Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life) and is at least worth a look. Distribution deals around the world are in place so it should get a relatively global release in coming months.

Helen     32 MB
Intense drama about a beautiful, intelligent woman (Ashley Judd) who seems to have it all. Happily married to David (Goran Visnjic), she enjoys a loving relationship with her teenage daughter from a previous marriage, and teaches at the local university. Yet she is hiding the secret that she's suffering from depression. When she meets Mathilda (Lauren Lee Smith), she understands they share a common bond and - courageously struggling out of her own quagmire - she tries desperately to help her. Written and directed by German Sandra Nettelbeck (Mostly Martha).
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Hancock     59 MB   Clip1
Pretty funny eleven minute unscripted interview with Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron.
Edit: Added a bonus clip that I recommend to watch first.
Run Lola Run

Euro 2008 final

Germany beat Turkey. As in the previous three games Turkey scored their patented late goal in order to force overtime but Germany had studied them well and struck back with a goal in the final minute.

Spain beat Russia decisively for the second time in two weeks by an impressive margin of three goals. Given the way they won they now have to be considered the favourite for Sunday's final. Compared to the German Chancellor they certainly have the prettier princess but as we all know beauty isn't always what counts.

So for the last time, please let me know who you think will win the 2008 European Football Championship.

Edit: Game is about to begin, poll is closed. Thanks for voting! Looks like a very tight game.
Poll #1212045 Euro 2008 final
This poll is closed.

There can be only one!

Germany
14(50.0%)
Spain
14(50.0%)