Black Mirror: Bandernatch is probably (hopefully) the closest we’ll come to living through a Black Mirror episode — and that’s not as bad as it sounds. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own adventure story that makes the viewer culpable for the doomed destiny of its protagonist: a young programmer named Stefan Butler (Dunkirk‘s Fionn Whitehead) who attempts to adapt a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game in 1984. But as he dives deeper into developing his game, itself a choose-your-own-adventure game set to revolutionize the industry, his mental state begins to dangerously unravel.
It’s a cautionary techno-tale typical of the bleak anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. But rather than allowing its audience to be a distant, apathetic voyeur, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch makes the viewer part of the experience, offering up various binary choices throughout the film that can change the story — sometimes to drastic effect. The result is an entertaining, and at times thrilling, immersive experience that transforms a gimmick into a game, and simultaneously compels and condemns the viewer for daring to be involved.
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Netflix is preparing a belated Christmas present with the slow unveiling of the highly anticipated Black Mirror movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. We’re steadily learning more about this mystery Black Mirror project, which has already been reported to be a choose-your-own-adventure movie. Now, new reports suggest that this movie could contain about five hours worth of footage, which we could see as soon as this week.
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Just as countless horror anthologies of past years have been defined by their own grab bag results, Nightmare Cinema is a mixed collection of eerie crescendos and deflating downswings. Joe Dante. Mick Garris. Alejandro Brugués. Ryûhei Kitamura. David Slade. These directors would fill the roster of any movie lover’s Murderers’ Row, and their collective worth skews towards positive reactions with an emphasis on differentiation. Their segments take ambitious swings and rarely skimp on absurdity, to a degree where the highest peaks overshadow the shallowest valleys.
Could this be thanks to Mr. “Projectionist,” Mickey Rourke’s wraparound purveyor of nasty delights whose old-school theatrical torture ushers in each story with opening night menace? Maybe not entirely, but boy does Nightmare Cinema introduce one maliciously memorable mascot. Read More »
Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dark, twisted, technology-driven Twilight Zone riff, is about return to Netflix for yet another season of woe and punishment. There’s a cold cosmic justice at work in Black Mirror; a sense that any transgression, no matter how mundane, will be met with the bleakest of punishments. It can often make for an unpleasant experience. Yet Black Mirror explored exciting new possibilities last season, with the acclaimed San Junipero – an episode that revealed that hopefulness was also a possibility in the Black Mirror universe. Best of all, it was an episode that wasn’t obsessed with conveying a twisted moral – it simply used the Black Mirror premise to tell a story about two characters and the results were stunning.
Black Mirror season 4, sadly, does not have an episode that resonates as much as San Junipero did last season. The show once again continues down a dark, unrelenting path – which is to be expected, since that was the built-in methodology long before San Junipero came along. But how does Black Mirror season 4 stack up as a whole? The good news is that the latest season of Black Mirror goes off into new, unexpected directions and has fun playing around with style and form. The six episodes that occupy the latest season all vary in plot, tone, and message, which is a welcome change compared to previous seasons, which had a tendency to blur together.
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While recent Black Mirror trailers offer us a vision of a familiar near-future, the newest Black Mirror season 4 trailer is a stark departure from that. Shot entirely in black-and-white, “Metalhead” seems more akin to the grim dystopias of feature film fare like The Road, featuring nary a piece of modern-day technology except for, well, maybe robots.
Following a woman whose companions are mauled by a mysterious “dog” at a warehouse, “Metalhead” is a chase story set against the empty post-apocalyptic landscape of the Scottish moors.
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Starz is about ready to serve up a far stranger war story than we’re accustomed to seeing. The old gods and the new gods will soon duke it out in Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green‘s (Heroes) adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s fantasy novel, American Gods. Before Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) sets out on his journey with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), you can get acquainted (or reacquainted) with his new friends and enemies in an American Gods featurette below.
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Shadow Moon (Rick Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) are about to hit the road, as Starz has just confirmed the spring premiere date. The ex-convict and God will bump into some old and new gods on their long journey, which comes from showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes). Before airing on Starz, the adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Below, learn more about the fantasy drama.
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Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods is currently filming. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes) are running the series, which stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson, Cloris Leachman, Orlando Jones, and more. The fantasy series will premiere next year.
Below, check out the American Gods first look.
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We still don’t know who will star in American Gods, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel which marks the major post-Hannibal project for producer Bryan Fuller. Now we do know, however, that the Starz series will bring another veteran of Fuller’s last series into the fold. Hannibal director and exec producer David Slade is signing on to helm the pilot of the new series, and it sounds like he’ll be just as involved in American Gods as he was with Hannibal. Read More »
Here’s the first Powers trailer, giving us the first really good look at the PlayStation Network adaptation of the comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. In the show, Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward star as Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two cops who specialize in cases involving “powers,” or people with superhuman abilities. The ten-episode first season also stars Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler, and Adam Godley. The pilot was directed by David Slade. Check out the footage below. Read More »