October 26th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Gran Torino, JCVD, Secret Of Moonacre, Wendy and Lucy, Transporter 3

Gran Torino     HD480p 48MB   HD720p 104MB
I wonder if some studio executives by now are genuinely scared of movie trailers released late in the year for movies directed by Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima). This time he also plays the leading character, Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbours to confront his own long-held prejudices.
Not really sure what to make of it. While I admire Eastwood's productivity I have to admit I don't particularly like his movies.
Question: When you hear "Kowalski" do you think Vanishing Point or Streetcar Named Desire?

JCVD     HD480p 41MB   HD720p 99MB    Alternative 9MB
I never thought I would say this but I'm actually somewhat interested in a movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The reason for this is that he is willing to make fun of himself and all the real-life troubles he had in the past. When the life of JCVD collides with the reality of a hold-up in Brussels, Belgium, suddenly the huge movie star turns into an ordinary guy, filled with fears, contradictions and hopes. How can he be up to the legend he has built? What can a film hero do when the gun pointed to his temple isn't charged with blanks? JCVD finds himself at the turning point of his "hero" life.
Unfortunately, the hi-def US trailer version, while not really bad, could be better, as the alternative trailer linked above proves.

The Secret of Moonacre     14 MB
Family movie in which a thirteen-year-old orphan (Dakota Blue Richards) is sent away to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd), in the mysterious Moonacre Manor. It is there that she uncovers the dark truth about an ancient curse that has existed for centuries. In order to undo the curse and save Moonacre Valley from disaster, she must find the magical moon pearls before the next full moon. Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone and Juliet Stevenson are also part of the cast. Directed by Gabor Csupo (Bridge to Terabithia). Movie is an adaptation of the novel "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge.

Wendy and Lucy     6 MB
For the second time in two weeks a trailer for an intense drama starring Michelle Williams. This time she plays a woman who's driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions. Directed by Kelly Reichardt who two years ago made the critically acclaimed, low-budget movie Old Joy.

Transporter 3     Tsr HD480p 22MB   Tsr HD720p 55MB    Tlr HD480p 40MB   Tlr HD720p 105MB
Hi-def quicktime versions of the previously posted teaser and trailer for the third movie in the series in which Jason Statham again has to transport something to somewhere.