(PG-13: Language) One of the most depressing and cynical, yet important TV series is coming exclusively to Netflix. The third season of Black Mirror will tackle the effects of technology on identity, privacy and more. Premieres 10/21/16.
Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who’s tasked with deciphering a message from an alien race that touched down on Earth. We have a strong suspicion that the trailer is misrepresenting the movie, but we’re still optimistic about it.
Emily Carmichael’s short film is set in the future, and is about Stryka, a reptilian alien thief. She wants to go big time, but her old friend and partner in crime Callen is a bumbling buffoon. She reluctantly agrees to do a heist with a savvy crook without telling Callen.
The universe is under attack by The Red Empire, a race of robots intent on wiping out all organic life. It’s up to the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise to stop them. Jürgen Kaiser’s stop-motion fan film is an incredible achievement and a true labor of love. (In German w/subtitles)
A Netflix series which pays homage to ’80s sci-fi flicks like E.T. and Poltergeist, about a young boy who vanishes, and the community’s search for answers that leads to a web of government intrigue, and the discovery of strange supernatural forces. Premieres 7/15/16.
A robot designed to be a temporary office worker is ignored by his co-workers, save for the new HR manager. Neill Blomkamp’s 2006 short film effectively uses a robot as a metaphor for someone who thinks that he is above his peers yet still craves human contact.
(PG-13: Language) Part The Matrix, part Shadowrun, this short film is set in a war-torn future. Each side uses shamans – powerful beings that are both priests and hackers. A shaman can destroy or convert both humans and machines at the expense of his sanity.
“Gameplay is… it’s just simpler. There’s no people. Just targets.” Federico Heller’s impressive dystopian short film is about a future where virtual reality video games have become extremely addictive. One junkie stumbles onto the chilling conspiracy behind it.
(PG-13: Language) The year is 2331. Mankind has reduced Earth to a toxic wasteland devoid of other animals or any plant life. But a boy stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime. Alvaro Garcia’s short has glaring plot holes, but it’s still fun to watch.
(Flashing lights, PG-13: Language) A computer science student believes that a certain pattern of images induces visions of God, and it’s been the spark of all religions. He teams up with a film student to complete the pattern in Joseph White’s cheesy but entertaining short.
A bit more becomes illuminated in the second trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, where we catch a deeper glimpse into the hostile circumstances Astronaut Mark Watney must face in order to survive, both mentally and physically.