As many of you know, the Corona Virus has become a gigantic epidemic in 2020. Over the past couple of days entire cities have gone dark in order to prevent the spread. The government has order the closing of all non-essential businesses like restaurants, sports stadiums, taverns, convention centers, retail stores, and on campus colleges. Not even Disneyland is immune to this shut down. In the wake of this isolation, some studios have postponed several high profile movies to a later date so as to protect both moviegoers from gathering in large crowds, and their business from financial losses: 007: No Time to Die, A Quiet Place Part Two, Mulan, Peter Rabbit 2, Fast and Furious 9, New Mutants, and most recently Black Widow have been pulled from their release schedules until this scenario has been dealt with. In other news, Universal has broken tradition by sending their newly released and upcoming movies to Video On Demand. These include the likes of Emma, The Invisible Man, and Trolls: World Tour, with many questioning the fate of movie theaters no matter how long this epidemic lasts. The latest Disney/Pixar feature Onward suffered a huge financial loss after being released near the beginning of the epidemic. And if you didn’t get the chance to see it on the big screen, it’s available to purchase as of today and will be sent to Disney Plus on April 3rd. In the process, content creators have been left without movies to review for their channels with early screenings being cancelled at the last minute, turning all of YouTube into a giant update site on the epidemic. The spread of the Corona Virus has completely halted the world in its tracks. So where does TheCinematicBandicoot stand in the middle of all this chaos?
At the moment, I am in between jobs amid many workplaces closing down, and transitioning to online classes at school. But just because movie theaters are closing down doesn’t mean that the site will cease to run. On the contrary, it gives us an opportunity to cover the many shows and movies that have come out in groups over the past couple of weeks. On a normal day, there wouldn’t be enough time to look over any of them because we have to move on to the next big release for traffic reasons. But with this break, there’s more time to go over what’s been missed. Another thing to keep in mind is that this site covers more than just movies; it covers all kinds of media ranging from movies, television and video games. The reason why movies are usually the center focus is because they take the least amount of time to watch, write about, edit, and publish. Television shows and video games on the other hand can enter the double digits hours that even surpass the total run-time of the extended cut to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but there will always be something to write about unless this virus goes the route of the zombie apocalypse and brings civilization to its knees, or at least people’s connection to the internet. As the saying goes despite its villainous source,“Cut off one head, and two more shall take its place.”
That doesn’t mean this global infection is a blessing is disguise, far from it given how many people will be out of a job for who knows how long. As someone who’s been hit by this economical crash, there will be more than our fair share of obstacles to endure, whether it’s having enough food for the next couple of months, keeping in contact with friends and family without endangerment, finding some sort of income through a new job/filing for unemployment, or looking for alternative ways to keep busy/entertained. For bookworms who don’t want to be glued to their television screens, seek out your digital library sources so you have something to read as the closure of libraries limits access to physical copies of your favorite books.
If you want to continue losing weight, seek out isolated parks and trails to burn calories so long as younger kids and the elderly stay at home as they are very vulnerable to the virus. The key to avoiding infection is to find uncrowded areas, unlike the beach incidents in Florida. And to any gamers out there who are waiting for the likes of Doom Eternal, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Resident Evil 3, and/or Final Fantasy VII Remake, take some time to play the games you haven’t beaten yet or even some multiplayer matches with friends. These kinds of games are more crucial than ever to stay in contact with loved ones and it helps decrease the sense of isolation. We could all use a good laugh by throwing blue shells in Mario Kart or becoming a one person army in Call of Duty. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can help us through hard times.