He never feels like a ticking time bomb. The eucalyptus trees stand tranquil, until they tumble down as if swallowed by a beast of mythical size. The company's largest tablet gets a performance boost, just in time for the holidays. But their budding relationship sours when the locals put her in the picture and then a new fire springs up, leaving Amador’s guilt ambiguous. Rather than remaining with them, the camera drifts to the back of the car, resting instead on the cow’s serene, oddly soulful expression. Following the daily travails of a convicted pyromaniac as he attempts to resettle in his family farmstead, “Fire Will Come” may have limited commercial potential, but its appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar — where it deservedly won the runner-up Jury Prize, following “Mimosas'” 2016 Critics’ Week triumph — represents another step toward major auteur status for its unobtrusively gifted helmer. If you aren’t an Amazon Prime subscriber and don't plan to get your video, audio, or books from Amazon, the Fire tablet line is far less compelling. We learn he was jailed for setting a fire that blazed through an entire local hillside, but Laxe and Santiago Fillol’s spare, bony script is slow to dole out details and circumstances, while Amador himself is far from a forthcoming protagonist. Amazon offers kid-friendly versions of all its Fire tablets. Oliver Laxe’s Fire Will Come is a sombre but lovely looking film that makes its own kind of higher sense in the context of climate change – an award winner in the Un Certain Regard at last year’s Cannes. Laxe films it with the warm, intimate sense of place and community you might expect given his first-hand connection, though the faintly haunted, questioning quality of his previous cultural explorations remains. He withholds his dark past from the latter, and when she learns about it, she remarks, “You know how people are,” as if she understands they did not have sincere reasons to reveal his dirty laundry. But some people may feel intimidated by the process. Nature is ready to give as it is ready to swallow. CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. The downside with it and other, older model Fire tablets is that they may not get software updates for a long as the current generation will. Is he resentful? Co-existence will always be fraught. The travel-friendly size, combined with a processor upgrade and a Plus model ($110) with 3 gigabytes of RAM and wireless charging, make the new Fire HD 8 series nearly as capable as its larger sibling. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Updated for July 2020: We've added our impressions of the new Fire HD 8 range. Has he truly rehabilitated? No motivations are given to his crime. That’s fitting, given that the film’s protagonist is something of an alien in his own backyard. But apart from the white version, they all have a black bezel around the display. For the countryside of rural Galicia, Spain, there seems to be an explanation for a past wildfire pinned on one ex-convict, Amador (, Amador Arias with a weathered disposition. As the title literally prophesizes, fire does come, and boy, is it a maelstrom bringing the villagers to their knees. Louise Starks, ‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Built ‘Good Enough’: Physically, Amazon’s Fire tablets are made of cheap-ish plastic, but they’re designed with enough care that the build quality won’t bother you too much. A few years back, the HD 8 seemed sluggish, but its performance has steadily improved and now it's pretty zippy (Amazon says the new HD 8s are 30% faster than the 2018 HD 8 thanks to the new processor and software optimization). Whichever you choose, Amazon will serve up advertisements on the lock screen. You can also get them with Amazon lock-screen ads, which will lower your price by $15. A Faucet for Amazon Content: If you subscribe to Amazon’s Prime service, you can consume all the included movies, music, TV, and books while also shopping for all the items you can get with its free two-day shipping or browsing your free Amazon photo storage. Magnificent eucalyptus trees begin falling like dominoes, seemingly by strange force of nature, until a bulldozer is revealed as the culprit. The bigger news was the addition of a USB-C charging port, which has since spread to the Fire HD 8 models as well. Editors' note: Because the Fire HD 8 reviewed here is very similar to its sibling product, the Fire HD 8 Plus, most of this language is borrowed from our review of that model. Thank you for all our tongue twister participants! You won't find apps for Vudu or HBO Max, for instance (though HBO Max may be coming). It’s a pain, but if you're buying an old device you should also cross reference the latest update available for the tablet you’re going to buy (find it on this sheet) with the latest version of Fire OS to see how up-to-date your software will be. We've all tried tongue twisters in our lives, and know how hard they can be! If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. tumble down as if swallowed by a beast of mythical size. The Fire HD 10 has a larger screen with more pixels (1080p) than its siblings, making it better for watching videos. At 504g, the new Fire HD 10 weighs a touch more (the previous model weighs 500g). Amador’s criminal past may be something of a mystery, but it’s not at all difficult to see how he became such a reticent introvert. The newly refreshed 2020 version of the Fire HD 8 is quite possibly one of the best values around for a tablet. The HD 8 Plus is only available in a slate color while the standard HD 8 is available in black, white, plum, twilight blue and slate. The new Fire HD 10 now comes in white with a ship date of October 30. 8.1 Amazon Fire HD 8 The tablet in four color options: plum, twilight blue, black and all-new white. Don’t Buy Them, Accent Expert Maps How Tongue Twisters Work, Dialect coach Erik Singer is back, this time to take a look at tongue twisters. CNET may get a commission from these offers. Its battery also lags behind the other two tablets, and the 8-gigabytes of internal storage is pitifully small, mandating a MicroSD card from the get-go. Maxine Jones I like being able to wirelessly charge the Fire HD 8 Plus and the dock is nicely designed. Film Review: ‘Fire Will Come’ A deserving prizewinner in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Oliver Laxe's third feature studies nature and human nature with equal fascination. The Fire HD 10 runs on Amazon's latest Fire OS, a customized version of Android P, which was released last fall. Kamal Batra We suggest sticking to the tablets we talk about in this article (also listed here). No comments. Dylan Rogers © CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Viewers obsessive about spoiler alerts will be thwarted by the very title of “Fire Will Come”: You know exactly what climax is coming in Oliver Laxe’s rustically beautiful rural parable, but its dreamy, mesmeric power lies in the waiting. After that, you can set your HD 10 on a stand (we like the official magnetic standing case) and it essentially becomes an Echo Show. Amador doesn’t outwardly appear to be a man of malice and demonstrates more softness than resentment upon his release. Taylor Faires When the convicted arsonist is released from jail, he rejoins his elderly mother (Benedicta Sánchez) in the mountainous countryside where he reacclimatizes into a society wary about welcoming him back. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. The Fire HD 10 ($200) (which also has all those features) is really big in kid hands, especially with the Kids Edition case around it, so it's better suited for older children. The Fire HD 8 has always been a handy tablet for consuming Amazon video content, ebooks and music, and it's still particularly useful for Prime members. That helps when you're doing video calls with Zoom and other video-calling apps, including Amazon's own. Larry Chan With models available in 7-, 8- and 10-inch screen sizes and priced as low as $50 before Prime Day discounts, Amazon's Fire tablets have long been the go-to option for bargain gadget hunters. The Fire HD 10 Kids Edition starts at $199 for the 32GB version. Now its top-of-the-line, value-priced Fire HD 10, which starts at $150 for the 32GB version, gets a similar update, adding a faster processor, 2-megapixel front camera and something we haven't seen before in an Amazon tablet: USB-C charging. © CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. At 355 grams, the new Fire HD 8 weighs a touch less than its 363g predecessor. Marcus A Siler Oliver Laxe’s drama about a fire-starter in rural Spain is visually arresting but exasperating as a piece of storytelling. Amador is a notorious Galician arsonist who has been accused of causing a new fire. It is a jolt to see Amador lighting his cigarette – and later some local guys jeer at him, asking: “Got a light?” There is a tiny moment between Amador and local vet Elena (Elena Mar Fernández), who knows nothing of his past. Bob Wendland It’s agonizing for me to not to read into. Other villagers are warily welcoming, despite a hint of bad blood over his crime, but he keeps to himself; there’s a glimmer of human connection with Elena (Elena Fernandez), a kindly vet who helps him free a trapped cow, but he’s too shy to build on it in what Laxe himself has termed a “dry melodrama” of withheld feelings and tears. It's still using the tablet's internal speakers instead of a real speaker and the tablet doesn't have a more extensive microphone array for picking up your voice like an Echo speaker does. The USB-C charging does help reduce charging times by about an hour from the previous HD 8, with the HD 8 Plus charging even faster. That's because one of the big appeals of the Fire HD 8 Plus is that you can drop it in the dock and it automatically goes into show mode, turning your tablet into something much like an Echo Show 8, complete with hands-free access to the Alexa voice assistant. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED. When that model goes on sale for $100, it's probably the best value in tablets. You can download third-party apps like Netflix on Amazon’s Appstore, but the selection is far more limited than the apps available on Apple's iPad or the Google Play Store on standard Android tablets. That said, the bundle with the dock is currently $40 more than the standard HD 8, and for some folks that's a big jump in price if you're looking for a budget tablet. Old Tech: The tech inside these tablets is old. But "why" are they hard? ‘Fire Will Come’: Review. He withholds his dark past from the latter, and when she learns about it, she remarks, “You know how people are,” as if she understands they did not have sincere reasons to reveal his dirty laundry. Alina Peng No motivations are given to his crime. Amazon's Fire tablets are some of the only high-profile, ultra-affordable tablets around. He’s too much of an enigma to tell. What makes one group of words more difficult to speak fluidly than others? The HD 8 Plus automatically goes into Show Mode when in the dock. Or is he an easy scapegoat for a problem with other culprits connected to global warming? Apps open a touch faster and it can help with multitasking and more graphically intense applications. To get rid of that you'll need to spend $15 more for the version without "special offers.". Fire Will Come knows how deeply threatening and threatened both man and nature are. Caroline Cao is a Houstonian native and writer of movie reviews and essays, Star Wars thoughts, screenplays, plays and fanfiction. The standard Fire HD 8 is available in white and other color options. I put the dock in my kitchen and used the HD 8 Plus as a mini TV because I have Spectrum TV as my cable provider. There’s not much sureness to glean from his placid demeanor on his line-hardened countenance. You could get a cover with a built-in stand -- Amazon sells plenty of those, including its own nicely designed but expensive covers -- and create the same setup for watching videos with either the HD 8 Plus or standard HD 8.

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