December 10th, 2008

Slartibartfast

Terminator Salvation, Watchmen, Proposal, $9.99, Joy Division

Terminator Salvation     HD480p 40MB   HD720p 84MB   HD1080p 139MB    Poster 8MB
First full trailer for the reboot of the Terminator franchise. Set in post-apocalyptic 2018 John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. Also part of the cast are Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Helena Bonham Carter and Moon Bloodgood. Directed by McG (Charlie's Angels, We Are Marshall).
Looks all pretty impressive. Besides the Terminator story you also get Batman's voice, his Batpod and an old Transformer. Not too shabby. Additionally, a link to the animated poster that was released a while ago.

Watchmen     Rapid .avi 19MB   .mov 13MB    iTunes
You can now access via iTunes the three minutes of footage that was shown at Comic-Con. Since I haven't sold that part of my soul yet I can't do so. But I can offer a converted (and slightly corrupted but still good) .avi file version that someone kindly uploaded to rapidshare and a lesser quality .mov file. If you're registered at iTunes the last link should lead you to the right page there.
Fans of Phillip Glass will again be pleased with the footage.

The Proposal     10 MB
Edit: Hi-def quicktime version of an extended trailer version: HD480p 60MB   HD720p 148MB
Romantic comedy about a pushy boss (Sandra Bullock) who forces her young assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White, Malin Akerman and Michael Nouri (can you believe it, Flashdance was 25 years ago) round up the cast. Directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Step Up).
I'm afraid we'll have to wait just a little bit longer for the next decent rom-com.

$9.99     HD480p 47MB   HD720p 106MB
Interesting looking movie using stop-motion animation. The description reads: Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach. The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating exquisite colour pictures and could be yours for a mere $9.99. The ad alters the life of Dave Peck, unemployed, 28-years-old and still living at home. His story, along with several others, are woven together, examining the meaning of hell and heaven on earth.
The stories apparently don't probe too deep from a philosophical point-of-view, but in combination with the animation it seems well worth a look. Since it is an Israeli-Australian co-production among the voices we get are those of Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia. The movie is one of the 14 movies still in the race for the nomination for next year's Best Animated Feature Film.

Joy Division     15 MB    Clip1   Clip2   Clip3   Clip4
Trailer and four long excerpts for this documentary about the influential late 1970s English rock band Joy Division. It will have a theatrical release in France in January and it's already available on DVD in the US and the UK. So this is more meant as a note the doc exists in case you'd like to look for it.