Black Mirror actor teases Jodie Foster's 'exquisite' season 4 episode

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It's trendy to say TV is better than movies. Whether they are survivors in the traditional sense or not, they each reach a moment in their story where they are challenged to reclaim their power, stand up to some level of tyranny and fight to write their own ending. "And I don't always believe that every story needs to be eight seasons long".

"I can tell you we have a wide variety of tones and nearly different genre pieces". But still, you have to admire Foster's boldness in defending the medium she loves the best.

Foster directed an episode in the new season of the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror, the fourth season of which consists of six episodes, all debuting December 29.

"Arkangel", the cinematic series opener directed by Jodie Foster, imagines a sophisticated surveillance device that seizes upon the fears of a helicopter parent (Rosemarie DeWitt).

Andrea Riseborough's character in "Crocodile" is possibly the most frustrating of them all, yet none of this is down to her performance.

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The technology eventually is banned from wider use, but as the daughter approaches adolescence and then young womanhood, she still has the microchip. "What we don't tend to do is sit down and look at the newspaper and go, 'Right, what's the Black Mirror take on the refugee crisis or this new gizmo that has come out from Apple?'" "She's not just a gun for hire; she's incredibly intelligent and comes in with some thoughts on the material", he said.

"I was waiting for the day when we could do features ... like with Beasts of No Nation (which was released on Netflix), or features on cable, on streaming, where the stories still honour the hour-and-a-half tradition". "But I like to think if I had written it, it wouldn't be quite so on the nose with all the Nazis and hate". Directed by John Hillcoat, whose work on "The Road" and "The Proposition" testifies to his skills in depicting the worst human impulses, the episode hinges on a woman with a dark secret (Andrea Riseborough) and the lengths she will go to protect it. "I'm so behind the times", she said. "There was something Jodie said one time when we were shooting, she didn't use the word villain, but it was something like that, and I was like, 'What?'" It's kind of lazy of me, in a fun way.

What intrigued Foster even further about Black Mirror is that the series isn't necessarily judgmental about technology.

"It's dove-tailing the heightened fear and heightened need for control". "But the reflection of it is in our technology, and our technology is just doing what we asked it to do". An episode in which humanity is on the run from a risky technology we seem to have created ourselves is sketchily-drawn enough to be a momentary sort of comfort, too. It's not a sentient being.

Though, as we follow our central characters navigating Episode 6's conveniently titled "Black Museum", you can't help but think back on the high bar the Black Mirror set for suspense, terror and hyper-awareness when the show started, to how hit has developed over the years as some of the thematic content has eerily fallen in line with our current social climate. Am I looking too much into these episodes now, thanks to the emotional impact of previous Black Mirror outings such as "White Bear" or "Shut Up and Dance?", or have I missed something integral about this episode completely? "It's a mirror into our own messed-up psyches". We are introduced to some great and interesting individuals, but even though the episodes extend beyond 40 minutes in most cases, it feels like we're not really getting a chance to become attached to any one of them or at least being given the chance to understand motivations, emotional triggers or backgrounds. "If there is a positive message in the film, I think that's it". It's a rare moment this season where as a viewer, you're struck with a "Ohhh, shit!" moment - a moment that when it happens, you get that pang of excitement you did when watching earlier seasons for the first time.

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