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New trailers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Terminator: Dark Fate, Westworld, and more

New trailers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Terminator: Dark Fate, Westworld, and more

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There’s a really fine balance between over explaining magical/mythical/sci-fi parts of a story, and leaving things too undefined for viewers to understand. I think it’s great when films live in that ambiguous in between, letting us imagine out some amount of specifics on our own, but a movie needs to provide the right guidance to let that happen.

I watched The Wailing a couple weeks ago, and I feel like it misses that mark while trying to create a fascinating, intricate, symbolism-laden world. I still loved the movie — it’s a very dark and very funny crime drama that becomes increasingly and fascinatingly mythical as the story goes on, and it caps things off with a climactic shot that I still can’t get out of my head. (For those who’ve seen it, it’s the one with the Minolta.)

But the film never really defines its main character’s flaws or struggles. Without that grounding, it’s impossible to interpret what all this stuff actually means and feels more like the director just threw a bunch of cool things at the wall. It works, to a point. I just wish the movie had offered a lens to view it all through.

Check out 11 trailers from this week below.

Terminator: Dark Fate

It’s felt like every Terminator film since Terminator 2 has just been a pained attempt to keep the series alive. I’m not sure whether Dark Fate can escape that curse, but it does have a couple things going for it: Linda Hamilton is reprising her role as Sarah Connor, and the film looks to be mirroring the much simpler plots of the original films — protect a single person who’s being hunted down, leading to a tense cat and mouse game. It comes out November 1st.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Here’s the first full trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a lot going on, but it mostly seems to be about the ways some people on the edge of Hollywood stardom ended up slipping away into Charles Manson’s grasp. It comes out July 26th.

Toy Story 4

The latest trailer for Toy Story 4 gives a pretty good idea of what the movie will look like: all the toys caught together in a strange location, with plenty of excuses to have fun and funny new faces pop in and out (mainly, that means cameos from Keanu Reeves and a duo voiced by Key and Peele). It comes out June 21st.

Westworld

I’m sure this trailer is teeming with secrets and clues about what’s going on in Westworld season 3, but as usual, I have zero idea what they mean. I’m into spending some potentially not-completely-bewildering time watching Aaron Paul play a mopey thief, though. The show doesn’t return until next year.

Years & Years

HBO has an TV series coming up that looks like a season-long, less intense version of Black Mirror that imagines current history out 15 years into the future, to obviously dystopian results. The show is airing on BBC One in the UK right now and comes to HBO once it wraps up, starting June 24th.

Stranger Things

The latest trailer for Stranger Things’ third season highlights another classic ’80s movie trope: ogling people who are very likely underage. This is certain to make for a very uncomfortable plot line. The new season debuts July 4th.

Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek has clearly been a draw for CBS All Access, and now the network is pulling out an even heavier hitter with a Picard spinoff. We got a first teaser this week that offers almost no details about the show, but it at least caps things off with Patrick Stewart. There’s no start date just yet.

The Nightingale

Jennifer Kent’s first film since The Babadook is a very different take on horror, focusing on a woman in 1920s Australia who tries to track down an abusive military leader who held her captive. Given the phenomenon The Babadook became, this one will definitely be worth checking out. The film comes out August 2nd. 

Anthropocene

Anthropocene looks kind of like the anti-Planet Earth — it’s a bunch of gorgeous shots of the planet in motion, but it’s of the horrors humanity has done to the planet, rather than the brilliant works of nature. It comes out September 25th.

Ice on Fire

HBO has a climate change doc coming up too that looks at some of the possible solutions for getting ourselves out of this horrendous mess. It’s produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, and it’ll premiere on June 11th.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

I have some terrible news to share: talking dog movies are in. This seems to have been started by the exceptionally cheesy 2017 film A Dog’s Purpose making $205 million globally at the box office. Now a whole new wave of films are arriving, including a sequel, A Dog’s Journey, which has made $26 million in just its first week, and a completely unrelated film that’s clearly meant to sound like a sequel, A Dog’s Way Home, which made $76 million worldwide. And soon, we’ll have The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is also about how good a dog is.

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.