Eternals is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it was supposed to be the 24th but was delayed a year because you know why. And that’s perfectly all right because as we’ve seen with the other recent Marvel movies and shows — the “Phase 4” as they call it, so all the Marvel canon we’ve gotten since Spider-Man: Far From Home — has been practically interchangeable when it comes to timelines and what goes where and why. So on that note, Eternals is very much its own thing, and that has a lot to do with its Academy award-winning director, Chloé Zhao.
Ron’s Gone Wrong centers around a near future in which a tech giant events a replacement for smartphones and tablets, though in this case solely geared toward kids, and it’s actually a smart prediction of where technology is headed. Rather than whip out your phone or tablet at any moment to connect online, kids in this movie have these gadgets called B-Bots, which are autonomous “best friend robots” that move around with you and go online and stream and do all the fun stuff you’d expects kids today to do. You can play games with them, both online and in real life, they have skins or costumes they can wear, it’s all pretty engaging and fresh to see on the big screen.
The Last Duel is the latest film from Ridley Scott, his first in several years since releasing All the Money in the World and Alien Covenant in 2017. He’s back this year with two films actually, as House of Gucci is set to release in the next month or so. But first we have The Last Duel, a film that is very different from many of his previous epics.
Halloween Kills is a sequel to Halloween from 2018, which itself was a legacy sequel to the 1978 Halloween directed by John Carpenter, one of the original horror slasher franchises. The 2018 soft reboot, if you will, ignored the other 9 or so Halloween sequels and reboots over the years, even Halloween 2 from 1981, helmed by Rick Rosenthal, though Carpenter still did the screenplay with Debra Hill for that. But starting with Halloween (2018), the continuity was essentially wiped clean. There’s no “season of the witch” or “curse of Micheal Myers” or anything else complicating the increasingly complicated timelines, and it also did something different from the Rob Zombie duology from 2007 and 2009, which rebooted the entire canon from a grittier, more brutal perspective.
Cinemaholics is now doing a live stream! It’s called The Big Stream, and it’s our new destination for all things movie industry news and extra off-topics we don’t have time to cover on the main show. Yesterday, I kicked off a conversation about Disney Investor Day, and how these massive show/movie announcements for Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Animation signal a new streaming strategy for Disney+, Hulu, and…Star?
Wait, video review? For a TV show? I thought this was a Cinema podcast! For all the holics out there! Well, dear listener, guess what. “The Boys” Season 2 is about to hit Amazon Prime Video, and I recorded a video review on our YouTube Channel. Youtube Channel?! That’s right, we have a YouTube Channel. Been a thing for a minute.