April 12th, 2019

Slartibartfast

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Stuber, Teen Spirit, IP Man Legacy, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker     HD720p 70MB   HD1080p 124MB
First teaser for the final chapter of the saga from a galaxy far, far away, to be in theatres in December. There is "No synopsis available at this time". But it will apparently take place some time after "The Last Jedi". Lots of people will return, new additions (I think) will be Dominic Monaghan, Matt Smith, Naomi Ackie and Keri Russell. J.J. Abrams returns to direct (Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III).

Stuber     HD720p 83MB
Action buddy comedy about a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) who, when he picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, is thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating. Iko Uwais and Natalie Morales are also part of the cast. Directed by Michael Dowse (What If, Goon, Take Me Home Tonight).
Festival reviews from South by Southwest were a bit mixed.

Teen Spirit     HD720p 69MB
Musical drama with numerous references to Flashdance. Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor (Zlatko Buric ), she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Rebecca Hall is also part of the cast. Directorial debut of Max Minghella, who also wrote the script.
Now in limited release in the US.

Master Z: IP Man Legacy - Ye wen wai zhuan: Zhang tian zhi     HD720p 55MB
Martial Arts movie from China. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight. Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa and Chrissie Chau are also part of the cast. Directed by legendary fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping.
I've seen none of the half a dozen movies that were in some way or another about Ip Man. But this one has gotten high marks for its fight choreography and production design. Now in limited release in the US.

Long Day's Journey Into Night - Di qiu zui hou de ye wan     HD720p 87MB
Noir-tinged, mysterious drama from China about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang). Following leads across Guizhou province, he crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser (Sylvia Chang). When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence.
This is more about mood and visuals, think Wong Kar-wai. Though festival reviews diverge if a comparison is justified. Now in limited release in the US.