August 24th, 2019

Slartibartfast

The Report, Motherless Brooklyn, The Sound of Silence, Vita & Virginia, Underwater

The Report     HD720p 83MB
Politcal thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public. Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Tim Blake Nelson are also part of the cast. Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns who wrote many screenplays for Steven Soderbergh.
Got rave reviews in Sundance. Amazon acquired the rights. So after a short theatrical release (in some countries), it will start streaming November 29th.

Motherless Brooklyn     HD720p 102MB
Crime drama set against the backdrop of 1950s New York. Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, he unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe are also part of the cast. Norton also wrote the screenplay and directed.
This looks a lot less interesting than one would expect given its cast.

The Sound of Silence     HD720p 92MB
Drama about a self-taught scientist (Peter Sarsgaard) who works in New York as a “house tuner” - a unique, highly specialized profession he’s invented. His clients approach him with troubles like depression, anxiety, or fatigue. After extensive analysis of their homes’ acoustic characteristics, he identifies some sonic combination - a radiator mixed with a kitchen appliance, for instance - that’s altering their mood. Despite some skepticism, his clients see results … until he meets Ellen (Rashida Jones), who is experiencing exhaustion. After his initial conclusion proves incorrect, Peter obsessively searches for the fault in his practice.

Vita & Virginia     HD720p 78MB
Biographical drama set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, the movie tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) is the brash, aristocratic wife of a diplomat who refuses to be constrained by her marriage, defiantly courting scandal through her affairs with women. When she meets the brilliant but troubled Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), she is immediately attracted to the famed novelist’s eccentric genius and enigmatic allure.
Given the story and the two leading ladies, this should make for a fascinating movie. Unfortunately, I haven't yet seen a truly positive review. Now in limited release in the US.

Underwater     HD720p 94MB
Action horror drama about a crew of underwater researchers (Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick among them) who must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.
Directed by William Eubank, who previously made two interesting low-budget films (The Signal, Love, and the casting of Stewart and Cassel is promising. But apparently the movie was already shot in the spring of 2017, and the release is set for early January.