February 14th, 2021

Slartibartfast

Happily, Lapsis, Dead Pigs, Minari, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Happily     HD1080p 43MB
Dark romantic comedy about Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishé ), whose friends are jealous of their lustful relationship. When a visit from a mysterious stranger (Stephen Root) leads to a dead body, they begin to question the loyalty of their so-called friends. Natalie Zea, Paul Scheer, Natalie Morales, Jon Daly, Charlyne Yi and Breckin Meyer are also part of the cast.
Not entirely clear what genre in the end this will predominantly be. But it could be fun.

Lapsis     HD720p 81MB
Comedic mystery drama set in a parallel present, where delivery man Ray Tincelli struggles to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market. As he is drawn deeper into the zone, he encounters growing hostility and the threat of robot cablers and must choose to either help his fellow workers or to get rich and get out.
Looks pleasantly absurd. Now available on demand.

Dead Pigs     HD720p 14MB
Darkly comedic drama with multiple story strands set around a mysterious stream of pig carcasses that floats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, a down-and-out pig farmer with a youthful heart struggles to make ends meet, while an upwardly mobile landowner fights gentrification against an American expat seeking a piece of the Chinese dream. Meanwhile, a romantic busboy hides his job from his father, while a rich young woman struggles to find her independence. Like a mosaic, their stories intersect and converge in a showdown between human and machine, past and future, brother and sister. Among the better known cast members are Vivian Wu and Zazie Beetz.
Movie first screened at festivals three years ago. It's the directorial debut of Cathy Yan, who afterwards directed Margot Robbie's Birds of Prey. Now available on demand. An interview with Cathy Yan.

Minari     HD720p 86MB
Family drama that follows a Korean-American family that moves in the 1980s to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, the movie shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Cast members include Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Youn Yuh-jung and Will Patton.
Won two of the main prizes last year at Sundance, and has now received nominations in almost all major categories of the Independent Spirit Awards. Now in limited release in the US.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things     HD1080p 37MB
Romantic comedy that tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark (Kyle Allen), contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret (Kathryn Newton) also stuck in the time loop. The two form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how – and whether – to escape their never-ending day.
Not really original, but apparently quite pleasant to watch. The most surprising thing is probably that it's currently streaming on Amazon and not on Netflix. But you can't watch Russian war dramas all of the time.