July 30th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, W, Ashes of Time Redux, Up

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince    HD480p 41MB   HD720p 60MB   HD1080p 88MB
So there will be real trailers after all, here's the first teaser. Since I know nothing about the series, here's an excerpt from the official description: Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), whom he believes holds crucial information.
And then apparently there are also a whole lot of teenage hormones going wild. Oh my!

W.     HD480p 41MB   HD720p 61MB
George W. got the maximum sentence, and he certainly deserves it, Oliver Stone (JFK, Nixon, Comandante) is making a movie about him, and here's the first teaser to prove it. It's described as a comedic drama which will take viewers through Bush's eventful life, his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush's decision to invade Iraq. Among the characters portrayed will be George W. Bush (Josh Brolin), Laura Bush (Elizabeth Banks), George Herbert Walker Bush (James Cromwell), Barbara Bush (Ellen Burstyn), Condoleezza Rice (Thandie Newton), Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), Donald Rumsfeld (Scott Glenn), Tony Blair (Ioan Gruffud), Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss), Karl Rove (Toby Jones).
Looks like it could be very entertaining. But to be honest, I really don't want to see a movie about George W. and all those other questionable characters. The only thing I want to hear about those guys is that they are tried for war or any of the other crimes they committed. But the fact that James Cromwell will have played Prince Philip and Bush sen. somehow amuses me.

Ashes of Time Redux - Dung che sai duk     HD480p 46MB   HD720p 112MB    French 17MB
Wong Kar Wai remastered/reworked/shortened his romantic martial art epic from 1994 for this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set in ancient China, it's about a fallen swordsman (Leslie Cheung) who is afraid of love after having his heart broken. But the bounty hunters that work for him (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jacky Cheung) discover the intangible secret of true love while he retains his attitude towards his fighters and the precious lessons that they have taught. Also part of the cast are Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Carina Lau and Maggie Cheung.
I've never seen it and I would love to have a chance to do so on a big movie screen but so far I can only confirm a theatrical release for the US, UK and France. Also, an alternative, dialogue-free trailer from France.

Up     15 MB
Very brief announcement teaser for Pixar's next animated movie to be released next May. It will be a comedic adventure that tells the story of a 78 year old man (Edward Asner) who spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. It seems as if life to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. Together they go on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounters wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures.
So far Christopher Plummer and John Ratzenberger are also listed in the voice cast. Co-directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson who previously were involved in the making of Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.