May 15th, 2021

Slartibartfast

The Protégé, Riders of Justice, The Sparks Brothers, The Killing of Two Lovers, There Is No Evil

The Protégé     HD720p 93MB
Action thriller directed by Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro). Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world's most skilled contract killer. But when Moody - the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival - is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter.
Lists about 20 executive producers at the end and looks highly derivative. But maybe it's still a diverting watch.

Riders of Justice     HD720p 94MB
US trailer for this darkly comedic action drama from Denmark. Markus (Mads Mikkelsen), who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues (Nicolas Bro, Lars Brygmann) show up. Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples, The Green Butchers, Men & Chicken).
Now in limited release in the US and already available on demand at some places.

The Sparks Brothers     HD720p 102MB
Documentary about the band Sparks. How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? The doc takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band. Directed by none other than Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver).
Looks very entertaining.

The Killing of Two Lovers     HD720p 84MB
Marital drama that follows David, who desperately tried to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife, Nikki. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife's new relationship.
Was very well received at festivals. Now in limited release in the US and available on demand.

There Is No Evil - Sheytan vojud nadarad     HD720p 78MB
Anthology film from Iran that won the Golden Bear award for Best Film last year in Berlin. Comprising four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice – to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly affect their lives, their relationships, and their consciences.
It doesn't come as a huge surprise to learn that director Mohammad Rasoulof constantly gets indicted for "propaganda against the system", banned from filmmaking and prohibited from travelling freely.
Now in limited release in the US and available on demand.