On the July 7, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editorial director Peter Sciretta is joined by weekend editor Brad Oman to have a spoiler discussion about Loki Episode 5 “Journey Into Mystery”.
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Since Ghostbusters: Answer the Call didn’t kick off a whole new franchise as Sony Pictures hoped, the studio is digging back into the original Ghostbusters franchise with a new sequel that picks up roughly 30 years after the events of Ghostbusters II. This time, director Ivan Reitman is handing the reins off to his son, filmmaker Jason Reitman, and the story focuses on the estranged family of one of the original Ghostbusters. Below, find out the Ghostbusters: Afterlife release date and everything else we know about the movie so far. Read More »
The intriguing mystery at the center of Loki got even more compelling with the fifth episode, “Journey into Mystery.” Not only did Loki (Tom Hiddleston) meet a whole crew of different variations of the God of Mischief, but The Void in which they’ve all been banished was chock full of Easter eggs referencing deep cuts from the history of Marvel Comics, calling back to familiar items from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and much more. So let’s take a run-through of over a dozen Loki episode 5 Easter eggs that are worth a closer look. Read More »
I love dumb movies and I can’t get enough of dumb movie moments. You know the ones! They tend to aim big and throw “realism” to the wind, all in favor of delivering heightened emotions amid satisfying thrills. What’s more, I don’t think there should be any shame or stigma attached to that statement. There’s plenty of room in a well-rounded palette for all sorts of films, after all — from highbrow to lowbrow and everything in between.
Something as iconic as Jurassic Park, for example, may not be widely considered to be your prototypical dumb movie… but then again, why not? In addition to certain scenes that defy all reason and common sense, the entire premise depends on a credulity-straining sequence of events: mosquitoes biting every single dinosaur species we see in the movies, subsequently (and immediately) getting stuck in amber for lucky paleontologists to find millions of years later, and then preserving enough dino DNA to still be viable for cloning. If that sounds unlikely, to put it mildly, that’s because it is.
So why does it all come together and work anyway? It’s simple, really. And while this equation may apply to certain dumb classics, like 1996’s Independence Day, some films chase it and miss the mark entirely. Like Amazon’s new release The Tomorrow War.
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The Movie: Ghost in the Machine
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: A serial killer’s soul accidentally gets uploaded to the internet, enabling him to keep his killing spree going by controlling electronics and murdering people with microwaves.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Full of practical gore effects and hilariously dated technology, Ghost in the Machine will make you nostalgic for the days when no one understood how the internet worked.
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It was always about that R-rating. James Gunn has proudly touted his no holds barred approach to The Suicide Squad, his highly anticipated follow-up to David Ayer’s 2016 film Suicide Squad. But with superhero films expanding their reach across all age demographics, it’s easy to think that Warner Bros. might have balked at Gunn letting loose with the gore and cursing.
“It never became an issue,” The Suicide Squad producer Charles Roven told me in a phone interview. I spoke with the producer in a follow-up interview to a visit to the set of The Suicide Squad a couple years ago, from which he had been absent that day. Eager to give his two cents on a film that he is “very excited for people to see, particularly on the big screen,” Roven gave me the chance to talk about The Suicide Squad, getting Gunn on board for a sequel to a film no one much liked, and why Warner Bros. was dedicated to Gunn’s vision from the get-go..
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The fifth episode of Marvel’s Loki series debuted on Disney+ today. The episode is titled “Journey into Mystery,” a reference to the Marvel Comics series of the same name that would eventually be retitled Thor and refocused around the popular God of Thunder that originated in the series. And there’s plenty of mystery to be found in this episode, as the series introduces a new villain that fans didn’t see coming. However, the presence of this baddie might hint at the forthcoming arrival of someone they have been expecting.
Spoilers for the latest episode of Loki lie ahead.
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The Fear Street saga continues with Fear Street Part 2: 1978, a less-successful sequel that still manages to thrill and surprise. Fear Street Part 1: 1994 was a tribute to the late ’90s slasher revival that was launched with the game-changing Scream. 1978 strives for another era – the days of The Burning and Friday the 13th (two movies, I should add, that actually came out in the ’80s, not the ’70s). The cheeky self-awareness that populated the first film is less present here, replaced instead with an emotional, even melancholy tale of two young sisters hurtling towards certain doom.
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In the opening minutes of the forthcoming AppleTV+ series Schmigadoon!, New York City residents Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) find themselves lost in the woods on a camping trip. But just like the protagonists of the 1954 MGM movie Brigadoon, they suddenly stumble into a mystical town that seems to appear out of nowhere. Melissa and Josh quickly realize that they’re trapped in this town – one in which the residents break out into elaborate song and dance numbers as if they were characters in classic Hollywood musicals of old. The couple can’t escape until they find true love…so it’s unfortunate that their relationship is on the rocks.
Veteran filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) directed all six episodes of Schmigadoon!, and I had the pleasure of speaking with him about incorporating different visual styles into this series, injecting a sense of reality into heightened scenarios, the surprising fact that he is “not a musical guy,” and more. Read More »
Loki’s fifth episode, “Journey Into Mystery,” is chock-full of Lokis, and an Alioth to boot. Tom Hiddleston finds himself among himselves in the Void at the end of time, and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie is still bent on finding out who’s behind the TVA.
Things really come to a head this episode, and as “Journey Into Mystery” ends, we’re teed up to hopefully find out who’s behind it all.
Warning! Major spoilers abound below for the fifth episode of Loki. Read More »