For the original take on love, death, and robots, stream Robot Carnival for free online

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

Robot Carnival, a 1987 anthology of mostly dialogue-free Japanese animated short films, each involving automata. Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo directed the dark framing segment: a visual marvel that literalizes the program’s title by imagining a gigantic roving vehicle that contains dozens of rusting mechanical circus attractions rolling…

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