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New trailers: Lost in Space reboot, Silicon Valley, Krypton, and more

New trailers: Lost in Space reboot, Silicon Valley, Krypton, and more

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One of my favorite moviegoing traditions is seeing the Oscar-nominated animated shorts each year, which always get bundled together around this time and played in some smaller theaters. The package is always a mix: some good shorts, some okay ones, some really bad ones, and, of course, whatever Pixar made that year, which is inevitably great.

This year was very much the same. Pixar’s short, Lou, which was originally attached to Cars 3, was adorable and the perfect mixture of story and slapstick comedy — something animated shorts often lean on a bit too hard. There was also a very long but often fun and charming BBC adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, which could have been trimmed down but ultimately still captures some of Dahl’s goofier and darker sensibilities.

Another short, about Kobe Bryant, was a bit too shallow but had animation from Glen Keane that’s as magical as ever. There’s always a depressing one from Europe, which was true this year, too. And finally, there’s this hyperrealistic one with some frogs, which... unassuming as it may look, seems to, uh, kill Trump? It is left ambiguous.

Check out 11 trailers from this week below.

Lost in Space

Netflix is rebooting Lost in Space, and it put out a first very teasery teaser for the new series this week. This brief look doesn’t tell us much about the series — it’s mostly just a reminder that the show exists — but it seems like a nice enough start. Lost in Space’s first season arrives April 13th.

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is coming back for its first season without T.J. Miller, but that isn’t exactly stopping the show from finding time for some crass humor. Things seem to be just as much a mess as ever for Pied Piper, and also a dog pees on a server or something. The show returns for its fifth season on March 25th.

Kings

Deniz Gamze Ergüven made her feature debut with the incredible film Mustang in 2015, and now we’re getting a look at her second film, about the 1992 LA riots. What stands out to me the most here is how Ergüven continues to feature the claustrophobia, energy, and wonderful chaos of a cramped household filled with kids like she did in Mustang, even in a movie about something much bigger. It comes out April 27th.

Roxanne Roxanne

Roxanne Roxanne is about the rise of rapper Roxanne Shante as a teenager in 1980s Queens. The film has a fantastic cast and got a great reception out of Sundance this year, and it looks appropriately great in this first trailer. It’s a music story, but it’s also about Shante and her mother dealing with the many problems that come along with a shot at fame. The film comes to Netflix on March 23rd.

Thy Kingdom Come

When Terrence Malick makes a movie, he doesn’t so much make a film as he does film hours and hours and hours of vaguely narrative content and later stitch it together into a movie. When filming 2012’s To The Wonder, Malick apparently tasked a photographer with bringing Javier Bardem, dressed as a priest, to real people’s homes and counseling them. Naturally, most of the footage was not used in the movie. But now the photographer who shot that footage has gained the rights to it and put it all together into a 43-minute film of his own. It’s a really puzzling origin story, but the resulting film seems like a heartbreaking series of portraits from a town in Oklahoma. The film will premiere at SXSW — you can read more about it over at The New Yorker.

Krypton

This is the first real trailer I’ve seen for Krypton, and it’s kind of all over the place, with, I think, its first mistake being setting it all to what sounds like a knockoff of Kanye’s “Power.” Some of the visuals here are actually pretty cool, but the show is clearly swinging beyond its budget, and it shows here with some moments that the actors really aren’t set up to pull off. We’ll see how it plays out when the series debuts March 21st.

The Push

So, this is a reality show about convincing someone to kill another person. It seems like a bad idea.

The Most Unknown

Motherboard, Vice’s excellent science and technology site, put out a trailer this week for their very first feature-length documentary, and, well, if you’re reading The Verge, it seems like it might be up your alley. The doc brings together a bunch of scientists and seems to be designed to get them all to chat about big, open, and maybe unanswerable questions about the universe. Motherboard plans to release the doc in full sometime this spring, but full details are still TBD.

Claire’s Camera

This isn’t the most compelling trailer of the week, but I love the story behind it: the film was shot at the Cannes film festival while Isabelle Huppert and Kim Min-hee were there to promote other movies (Elle and The Handmaiden), meaning it was likely a rushed shoot (the film comes in at barely over an hour long) and maybe just done to give all these actors an excuse to work together. It’s coming to the US in a limited release starting March 9th.

Yardie

This is pretty cool: it’s the first film directed by Idris Elba, who appears to be entirely behind the camera here. Yardie is about a Jamaican man who ends up in London and gets sucked into a violent quest for revenge. The film has some wonderful style and energy in this first trailer, though initial reviews out of Sundance this year weren’t great. No word yet on when it’ll debut.

Pandas

You know what, we all deserve this this week.

Today’s Storystream

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Andrew Webster5:33 PM UTC
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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Andrew Webster4:28 PM UTC
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.


A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
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Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
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.


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Spain’s Transports Urbans de Sabadell has La Bussí.

Once again, the US has fallen behind in transportation — call it the Bussí gap. A hole in our infrastructure, if you will.


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Jay PetersSep 23
Doing more with less (extravagant holiday parties).

Sundar Pichai addressed employees’ questions about Google’s spending changes at an all-hands this week, according to CNBC.

“Maybe you were planning on hiring six more people but maybe you are going to have to do with four and how are you going to make that happen?” Pichai sent a memo to workers in July about a hiring slowdown.

In the all-hands, Google’s head of finance also asked staff to try not to go “over the top” for holiday parties.