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New trailers: Knock Down the House, Men in Black: International, and more

New trailers: Knock Down the House, Men in Black: International, and more

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With all of the Endgame hype, I decided to watch Infinity War for the first time this week. As someone who hasn’t seen a lot of these movies, there was some confusing stuff. For example, why did Thanos wait so long if he could capture all of the Infinity Stones in, like, a day and a half? Where did this Vision dude come from?

The thing that’s the hardest for the movie is giving any of its characters due time to build out the actual problems they’re facing (beyond the semi-destruction of the universe). The film is most effective when it comes to Tony, in large part due to a really quick pair of conversations with Pepper Potts that do a ton of heavy lifting to set him up for failure.

Other characters don’t quite get that level of attention (Thor, somewhat; Star-Lord, somewhat more), making their stories a bit blander. The really smart thing the film does is in giving that kind of focus to Thanos, creating a far more complex (if totally twisted) narrative around everything that’s happening. Of course, it’s also just half a movie, and it sounds like Endgame dives into the remaining characters a good bit more. I guess I’ll let you know my thoughts next year.

Check out nine trailers from this week below.

Men in Black: International

The latest trailer for Men in Black: International is almost exclusively moments of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson goofing around with sci-fi tech. And to keep the movie from (somehow) getting too serious, it seems that a tiny alien voiced by Kumail Nanjiani will be following them around pretty much the entire journey. The film comes out on June 14th.

Knock Down the House

One of the buzzier films at Sundance was this documentary that went behind the scenes with four women running for seats in the 2018 midterm elections, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The documentary offers an important look at the challenge of mounting a campaign as a woman, particularly when doing so against an established incumbent. The film comes out on May 1st.

Gemini Man

Ang Lee directs a pair of Will Smiths in this thriller about an old Will Smith assassin hunting down a young Will Smith assassin. Or something like that. The movie looks weirdly low budget and cheesy for what ought to be a high-profile production, but it’s not like you can ignore a movie with this many Will Smiths in it. It comes out on October 11th.

See You Yesterday

Spike Lee produced this film about a pair of black teenagers in Brooklyn who invent a time-travel device and use it to warp back in time to save their friend from being killed by a cop. Despite the seemingly fun time-travel premise, at its core, this seems like a really dark story that has this duo going back again and again Russian Doll-style as they try to get things right. The movie comes out on May 17th.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The director of the new Godzilla seems to have believed two things: the first movie was lacking in giant impersonal monster battles, and most of the plot can be replaced by shots of Millie Bobby Brown looking all at once scared and in awe. I’m not saying that’s the right call by any means, but it’s certainly a way of dealing with the last film’s shortcomings. It comes out on May 31st.

Swamp Thing

Here’s the first real look at DC’s Swamp Thing series. As James Wan’s involvement suggests, it’s very much being turned into a horror show, though this teaser doesn’t give the best impression of how it’ll actually work on an episode-by-episode basis. The series debuts on May 31st.

Catch-22

Hulu put out a new trailer for its six-part, George Clooney-directed adaptation of Catch-22, which looks like an appropriately kooky take on the satirical novel. It comes out on May 17th.

Deadwood

HBO’s long-awaited Deadwood movie is almost here. I’ve never seen the show, so I’m not quite sure what’s going on here, but there are plenty of great mustaches and old men pointing pistols at each other, which seems like what people want. The film comes out on May 31st.

Perfect

Steven Soderbergh? Flying Lotus? Indulgent ’80s vibes? I’ll be real: this looks bad. But it will be responsible for Tumblr GIFs for a generation to come.

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Rihanna’s headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Apple Music’s set to sponsor the Halftime Show next February, and it’s starting out strong with a performance from Rihanna. I honestly can’t remember which company sponsored the Halftime Show before Pepsi, so it’ll be nice to see how Apple handles the show for Super Bowl LVII.


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Starlink is growing.

The Elon Musk-owned satellite internet service, which covers all seven continents including Antarctica, has now made over 1 million user terminals. Musk has big plans for the service, which he hopes to expand to cruise ships, planes, and even school buses.

Musk recently said he’ll sidestep sanctions to activate the service in Iran, where the government put restrictions on communications due to mass protests. He followed through on his promise to bring Starlink to Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion, so we’ll have to wait and see if he manages to bring the service to Iran as well.


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We might not get another Apple event this year.

While Apple was initially expected to hold an event to launch its rumored M2-equipped Macs and iPads in October, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts Apple will announce its new devices in a series of press releases, website updates, and media briefings instead.

I know that it probably takes a lot of work to put these polished events together, but if Apple does pass on it this year, I will kind of miss vibing to the livestream’s music and seeing all the new products get presented.


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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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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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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.