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New trailers: Black Mirror, The Punisher, and more

New trailers: Black Mirror, The Punisher, and more

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I was pretty sucked in by Christine’s tailer when it hit last year, and now that the film is on Netflix, I finally got around to checking it out. It’s a really great movie — and Rebecca Hall’s performance is just amazing — but the weird thing is, part of me wishes it hadn’t been confined to reality.

The movie tells the story of the real life news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself on air. It follows her struggles at work and with depression, and it ultimately builds a really fascinating, compelling character. I’m not sure if it’s possible to detach her death from the story Christine is trying to tell, and yet something about the story makes me wish it were possible. Maybe it’s just that we assume stories will have a positive ending, and it feels weird when one doesn’t; or maybe I just ended up feeling as restless at the end as the movie wanted me to feel.

Check out nine trailers from this week below

Marvel's The Punisher

It’s hard to get a good sense for the series out of Netflix’s quick first teaser for The Punisher, but there are definitely a couple things we can take away. For one, there’s going to be a lot of blood and destruction. But it also looks like the show will focus on the character’s challenges dealing with what he’s been through as a solider — potentially tapping into the very human approach to superheroes that have made series like Jessica Jones so successful. It comes out sometime later this year.

Black Mirror

Here’s an extremely teasery first look at the next season of Black Mirror, which appears as wild and varied as ever. There isn’t a lot of detail here, but Netflix did also announce this season’s cast and directors this week, with one episode coming from Jodie Foster. It’s supposed to arrive in December, but there’s no exact release date just yet.

Human Flow

Amazon has a big new documentary from Ai Weiwei exploring the refugee crisis across nearly two dozen countries. It looks like a tremendously powerful film, especially since everything shown here happened over the last year, is still happening, and may well be getting worse in part from growing nationalist sentiments in Europe and the US. The film comes out October 13th.

Strong Island

Netflix has another true crime story coming up, but this time with a very different focus: the problem isn’t just an unsolved murder, it’s that white police officers seem to have totally ignored input from the black victim’s family. It comes out September 15th.

American Horror Story: Cult

There are creepy clowns, an election night flashback, and lots of screaming in this first trailer for American Horror Story’s new season. It looks creepy; but really, does anyone need to be freaked out by the election even more? The season starts September 5th.

Strike — The Cuckoo's Calling

BBC One is adapting J.K. Rowling’s detective novels — published under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym — into a TV serial. The show is called Strike, after its main character, Cormoran Strike, and the first season will follow along with the first of three books. The three-part first season starts August 27th.

Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater’s films are all over the place, and after last year’s rowdy comedy, Everybody Wants Some!!, he’s coming back with a sober drama about three Vietnam veterans meeting again decades later to bury a son who died fighting in Iraq. Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, and Bryan Cranston star. The film is technically a sequel to the 1970s book and movie The Last Detail and is written by the same author, but I’m not sure that you need to know anything about it. The movie comes out November 3rd before heading to Amazon.

Wasted!

Anthony Bourdain is behind this documentary that combines the beauty of cooking shows with an examination of our widespread food waste problem. Wasted! looks like it’s taking an interesting approach to the issue and, rather than going deep into the science of it, focuses on how chefs can help address the problem by turning otherwise wasted food into something delicious. It comes out October 13th.

Little Evil

Sometimes it feels like movies were made by twirling some knobs on the Netflix algorithm and seeing what criteria comes out. Adam Scott, evil child, corn field. Somehow, this will perfectly appeal to a precise segment of the movie-watching population. It comes out September 1st.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.