September 11th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Soloist, Nothing Like the Holidays, Nights and Weekends, Rumba, Yes Man

The Soloist     HD480p 52MB   HD720p 120MB
Slowly but surely the contenders are stepping forward. Here we have a drama based on the true story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of downtown L.A. where he performs the violin and cello. The movie is based on the relationship the musician developed with a Los Angeles Times reporter (Robert Downey Jr.) whose column informed the script. Catherine Keener and Tom Hollander are also part of the cast. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice).

Nothing Like the Holidays     HD480p 45MB   HD720p 99MB
Just like the event itself, family dramas/comedies that take place during the holidays and are released during the season are also a tradition. In this case it's about a Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago that faces what may be their last Christmas together. Extensive cast includes Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo, Jay Hernandez, Vanessa Ferlito, Debra Messing, Luis Guzmán, Freddy Rodriguez, Melonie Diaz and Mercedes Ruehl.
Given the interesting cast it looks like it could be an above average movie from this particular genre.

Nights and Weekends     Trail1 19MB    Trail2 9MB    Trail3 9MB
So far I haven't seen any movies that are often summarised under the label "mumblecore". One reason, none of the movies ever played at a theatre near me (probably not even in a country near me) and they haven't shown up on TV yet but I also never was that much interested in any of them that I tried to track one down. But this one about a couple that struggles to keep up their long distance relationship (one of them lives in New York, the other in Chicago) looks promising. If you like intimate, dialogue-heavy movies. There's a trailer that just got posted at the apple site and two additional ones at the official site. All three of them are more or less long takes from the movie.

Rumba     Teas1   Teas2   Teas3   Trailer 11MB
Sort of the opposite of the dialogue-heavy movie above is this comedy from France (or maybe Belgium) that puts the emphasis on style and arranged tableaus and probably has very little dialogue. The available summary states that it's about two teachers in a rural school, a happy couple that has a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn upside down. But to get a feeling how it looks like I recommend having a look at the three, short, funny teasers first and then, if you want to, at the trailer.
Responsible for the movie is the trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy who wrote, directed and star in the movie. They have made a similar one called L'Iceberg. I haven't heard of that one before but if coincidentally anybody has seen it I would sure like to hear about it. The name frequently mentioned in the reviews of that movie is Jacques Tati.

Yes Man     17 MB
Different trailer from the UK for this comedy about a man (Jim Carrey) who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything and anything. At first, unleashing the power of "yes" transforms his life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks. Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson and Sasha Alexander are also part of the cast. Directed by Peyton Reed (Down with Love, The Break-Up, Bring It On).