January 15th, 2019

Slartibartfast

Little Woods, Velvet Buzzsaw, Polar, Arctic, Transit

Little Woods     HD720p 82MB
Drama with thriller elements that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister. Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick are also part of the cast.
A very interesting pairing. Got very favourable festival reviews.

Velvet Buzzsaw     HD1080p 49MB
In the cutthroat world of fine-art trading and representation, up-and-coming agent Josephina (Zawe Ashton) stumbles across a secret weapon: hundreds of dazzling paintings left behind after an elderly tenant in her building dies. Ignoring the instructions the clandestine artist left to destroy his work, she promptly starts circulating the paintings, which soon attract the attention of the heavy hitters around her - including her boss Rhodora (Rene Russo), art critic Morf (Jake Gyllenhaal), and competing collectors, managers, and curators (Billy Magnussen, Toni Collette). Yet as the deceased artist's portraits gain posthumous acclaim, they also awaken something imperceptible and sinister that threatens to punish those who have profited from his work. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler, Roman J. Israel, Esq.).
Unusual genre mix. Will premiere next week in Sundance, and then start streaming on Netflix February 1st.

Polar     HD1080p 40MB
Action thriller based on a graphic novel. The world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser (Mads Mikkelsen), is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas and Johnny Knoxville are also part of the cast. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Spun, Small Apartments).
Will start streaming on Netflix January 25th.

Arctic     HD720p 83MB
Polar is not to be confused with this survival drama that follows a man (Mads Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.
Less revealing US trailer version.

Transit     HD720p 85MB
As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a mysterious woman searching for her husband - the man whose identity he has stolen. Directed by Christian Petzold (Barbara, Yella, Jerichow).
An interesting experiment. The drama is adapted from a novel by Anna Segher, but it transposes the original story to the present, blurring periods to create a timeless exploration of the plight of displaced people.