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Autómata (Automata)

What Is It?

The 2014 English-language Spanish-Bulgarian science fiction action movie Autómata (Automata).

Automata Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Antonio Banderas Sci-Fi Movie HD
Automata – Speciale “The Making of Automata”

Here is how The IMDb describes this movie:

In 2044, the climate change and a series of solar storms have turned to a desert the surface of the planet and annihilated the 99.7 % of Earth’s population, leaving alive 21 million people across the world in a single city covered by mechanical clouds (zeppelins anchored to the city) to make rain.

Trying to rebuild the world again, a robot company named ROC Corporation create Automata Pilgrim 7000 with two security protocols: 1st, a robot cannot harm human beings, and 2nd, a robot cannot alter himself or another robot.

But this situation changes when police officer Sean Wallace shoots and destroys a robot, claiming that it was altering himself.

With the company worried by the possible implications if the case were known by the people, insurance agent Jacq Vaucan is chosen to investigate the happened, while Vaucan tries to convince his boss, friend, and brother-in-law Robert Bold to transfer him and his pregnant wife Rachel to the coast, with Bold accepting the request if Vaucan solves the case.

Going with Wallace to a brothel, they meet a robot in blue wig named Cleo, who is shot by Wallace in the belief that Cleo will go with the mysterious repairman that Vaucan calls The Clocksmith.

However, Cleo travels to a mechanical workshop property of Dr. Susan Dupré, who informs Vaucan about a terrible possibility: that the robots can alter their second protocol themselves to acquire self awareness, implying a non-human intelligence that could easily surpass the human brain, after a test where she mixed a biocore from the Wallace’s shot robot with Cleo’s own biocore.

Vaucan reports secretly Bold about it, but ROC’s chairman intercepts the message.

When Dr. Dupré is killed in front of Vaucan by a ROC’s squad group, he and Cleo run from the assassins, ending outside the city, lost in the white desert that surrounds the city.

Forced to meet ROC’s chairman, this reports Bold about the secret of the two protocols: that the Pilgrim 7000’s prototype was created without them, and due to its unlimited intelligence and learning, he overcame the human owners just eight days later.

After the escape, all the next Pilgrims were created with the protocols to limit their capacity in order to have them under control.

Fearing the extinction of the human race if all the Pilgrims evolve beyond the protocols, ROC’s chairman blames Vaucan of Dupré’s assassination and the alteration of the robots to cover up to the public, and Wallace is hired to find Cleo and Vucan and kill them.

According Vaucan, Cleo and three robots more travel across the desert to the forbidden and radioactive zone to meet The Clocksmith, Vaucan will find himself as witness of something that it would change the world as nobody could imagine. —Chockys

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Saints Row (2022 Video Game)

What Is It?

The 2022 action-adventure video game Saints Row (2022) / Fake Row / Gen Z Row / Hipster Row / Cringe Row developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver, it is a fake reboot of the real Saints Row series; and it is the fifth game in the franchise, but I will treat it like it is not part of the franchise.

Saints Row – Story Reveal Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games
Honest Game Trailers | Saints Row (2022)

Here is how Metacritic describes this fake Saints Row & sorry excuse of a video game:

Welcome to Santo Ileso, a vibrant fictional city in the heart of the American Southwest.

In a world rife with crime, where lawless factions fight for power, a group of young friends embark on their own criminal venture, as they rise to the top in their bid to become Self Made.

As the future Boss, with Neenah, Kevin, and Eli by your side, you’ll form The Saints and take on Los Panteros, The Idols, and Marshall as you build your empire across the streets of Santo Ileso and battle for control of the city.

Ultimately, Saints Row is the story of a start-up company, it’s just that the business The Saints are in happens to be crime.

Experience the biggest and best Saints Row playground ever created; the unique sprawling world of Santo Ileso is the backdrop for a wild, larger than life sandbox of thrilling side hustles, criminal ventures and blockbuster missions, as you shoot, drive, and wingsuit your way to the top.

Express yourself and unleash your inner Saint, with the most advanced suite of customization tools yet seen in an open-world game, make your character, your car, and your crew your own.

Dive into epic gunfights and high speed chases, and witness outrageous only-in-Saints-Row moments in an original story that charts the Saints’ remarkable rise to power.

Enjoy the freedom of playing the entire campaign with a friend through seamless untethered co-op play, where you can both push the limits of your gang and create your own gameplay moments together.

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Made In Abyss: Dawn Of The Deep Soul

What Is It?

The 2020 Japanese anime movie Made In Abyss: Dawn Of The Deep Soul.

MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul Official Dub Trailer
The Made in Abyss Movie Shows Us We Aren’t Ready for What’s to Come In Season 2…

Here is how Madman describes this anime movie:

Dawn of the Deep Soul continues the epic adventures of young explorers Riko and Reg, who are joined by their new friend Nanachi as they descend into the Abyss’ treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses.

There they encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi’s troubled past.

Although Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable and the trio soon becomes fast friends with his gregarious daughter, Prushka, the brave adventurers know things are not always as they seem in the enigmatic Abyss…

A Kinema Citrus (MADE IN ABYSS) production, series’ director Masayuki Kojima (Revue Starlight) returns to direct Dawn of the Deep Soul with scriptwriting from Hideyuki Kurata (The Fruit of Grisaia).

Miyu Tomita (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI), Mariya Ise (The Promised Neverland) and Shiori Izawa (Sword Art Online) reprise their roles as Riko, Reg and Nanachi, respectively.

In addition, Australian composer Kevin Penkin (Norn9) returns to craft the film’s all-new, critically lauded score.

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Housing Complex C

What Is It?

The 2022 Japanese anime horror TV miniseries Housing Complex C.

OFFICIAL TRAILER: Housing Complex C | Toonami | adult swim

Here is how Wikipedia describes this anime TV miniseries:

Housing Complex C (Japanese: C団地, HepburnC Danchi) is a Japanese anime television miniseries that aired in the United States on Adult Swim‘s Toonami programming block in October 2022.

Kimi Shirokado is an eccentric little girl who lives at a low-cost housing complex in the seaside town of Kurosaki.

During the summer, she befriends city girl Yuri Koshide when her family moves in from Tokyo along with Middle Eastern fishing interns.

A series of strange events soon occurs, from dead animals appearing on the property to tenants mysteriously disappearing with moss growing inside their apartments.

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House Of The Dragon (Season 1)

What Is It?

The 2022 HBO American fantasy drama TV show House Of The Dragon (Season 1).

House of the Dragon | Official Trailer | HBO Max
House of the Dragon | Official Teaser Trailer | HBO Max

Here is how HBO describes this TV show:

The reign of House Targaryen begins: House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is here.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.

House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Third Day and The Outsider), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint (It’s a SinDoctor Who), Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans.

Additional cast members include Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, and Savannah Steyn.

See the cast and characters here.

Martin and Ryan Condal serve as co-creators on the series.

Miguel Sapochnik and Condal are showrunners, and the pair also serve as executive producers along with Martin, Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis, and Ron Schmidt.

Clare Kilner and Geeta Vasant Patel also direct the series.

Greg Yaitanes is director and co-executive producer.

Game of Thrones and Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi scored the series.