May 1st, 2021

Slartibartfast

West Side Story, The Mitchells vs the Machines, Cliff Walkers, Rita Moreno, Sisters with Transistors

West Side Story     HD720p 22MB
Early teaser for the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City, to be in theatres in December. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). Directed by Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One, War of the Worlds, Raiders of the Lost Ark), screenplay by Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Munich, Angels in America).
It's early, but the main question that I have is, why? In general, and Ansel Elgort in particular.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines     HD720p 41MB
Animated action adventure family comedy about a quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip that is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope! Voices are provided by Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Conan O'Brien and Charlyne Yi. The co-directors are not very well known, but it's produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). Which explains the frantic pace of the trailer.
Early reviews are very good. Now streaming on Netflix.

Cliff Walkers     HD1080p 30MB
A second trailer for this spy thriller from China directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, Curse of the Golden Flower). Set in the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, the film follows four Communist party special agents who return to China after receiving training in the Soviet Union. Together, they embark on a secret mission code-named “Utrennya”. After being sold out by a traitor, the team finds themselves surrounded by threats on all sides from the moment they parachute into the mission. Will the agents break the impasse and complete their mission?

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It     HD720p 85MB
Well-timed trailer release for this documentary that takes a look at the life and 70+ year career of Rita Moreno from her humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to her success on Broadway and in Hollywood where she broke down barriers, fought for representation and forged a path for new generations of artists.

Sisters with Transistors     HD1080p 40MB
Documentary narrated by Laurie Anderson that showcases the music of and rare interviews with female electronic pioneers. These women - many of whom were classically trained musicians, brilliant mathematicians, or a combination of both - relished the freedom of electronic music, even as they were discriminated against because of their gender and because of their chosen medium. Through their inventiveness and rebellion, these trailblazers’ music went on to influence musicians working in a variety of genres, and proved the worthiness of going electric.
Now available on demand.