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PALM SPRINGS (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Palm Springs (2020), Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Hulu
Palm Springs (2020), Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Hulu

Palm Springs is a comedy and a romance film with the added twist of an infinite time loop to complicate things. I’m sure the purpose of this particular storytelling trope was to make things more interesting. Sadly, for me, I couldn’t be more tired of the infinite time loop concept. 

Yes, Palm Springs does bring a certain twist to the concept, but the whole experience just proved tedious rather than refreshing.

Groundhog Day (1993), the first infinite time loop movie I recall watching did a good job of it. And every movie that it has since inspired, that I’ve seen has turned out to be a disappointment. Especially since I understand the concept almost too well, which then means I feel robbed; both of the element of surprise and the movie I’d hoped to be watching.

There’s no denying that Palm Springs is well-acted. Plus, I did laugh a few times. Though just not enough to make me forget how tedious I find infinite time loop movies. 

My last three complaints about director Max Barbakow’s film include the fact that I didn’t fully buy into the romance. I also found the frantic nature of things exhausting, and finally, that cheesy – dare I say cringe ‘sister speech’ at the wedding towards the end may have caused me to say ‘Ugh! CHEESE! I have a dairy issue!’ 

Infinite time loop movie fans should give Palm Springs a chance, along with others who are simply curious. Who knows, you like many others may not find it as disappointing as I did.

Happy Film Loving

G

21 BRIDGES (2019): New Trailer From Chadwick Boseman, Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons…

21 Bridges (2019), Chadwick Boseman
21 Bridges (2019), Chadwick Boseman

Starring Chadwick Boseman, and J.K. Simmons, 21 Bridges is a Brian Kirk directed crime / thriller about a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killer.

Additional key cast includes Taylor Kitsch and Sienna Miller….

I’m excited about what looks like an all night chase sequence.

Additionally, I don’t know if I’m happy or disappointed that this trailer didn’t reveal one of the young killers was actually a relative of Boseman’s character.

Keith David, Stephan James, Dale Pavinski , Christian Isaiah and Jamie Neumann also star.

21 Bridges Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US); August 23rd, 2019 (UK)…

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I’M NOT HERE (2019): New Trailer From J.K. Simmons, Mandy Moore, Sebastian Stan, Max Greenfield…

I'm Not Here (2017), J.K. Simmons
I’m Not Here (2017), J.K. Simmons

I’m Not Here is the story of a man struggling with the tragic memories of his past while trying to make sense of his present. He soon realises that time isn’t quite the enemy he thought it to be.

Directed and co-written by Michelle Schumacher, I’m Not Here stars J.K. Simmons, Mandy Moore, Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe, Max Greenfield.

Looks like I’m going to be moved, probably to tears watching this one. Still, I remain curious about the story but also I want to see how the chemistry is between the actors involved. especially since I don’t think I could have imagined them all together in one film until now.

Additional cast includes Iain Armitage, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Maguire and David Wexler.

I’m Not Here Release Dates: Mar 8th, 2019 (US)…

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FATHER FIGURES (2017): New Trailer From Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close…

Father Figures (2017), Owen Wilson, Ed Helms
Father Figures (2017), Owen Wilson, Ed Helms

In new comedy Father Figures, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms play fraternal twin brothers who just found out that their father is in fact very much alive, contrary to what their mother (Glenn Close) had told them their whole life. Directed by Lawrence Sher, the brothers set off on a road trip to find their dad…

I think there’s some hope that this will be a movie I can watch and enjoy. I certainly hope so; since the concept isn’t particularly ridiculous.

J.K. Simmons, Kat Williams, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames also star.

Father Figures Release date: December 22nd, 2017 (US); February 16th, 2018 (UK)…

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ALL NIGHTER (2017): The Thing I Liked…

All Nighter (2017), J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch
All Nighter (2017), J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch

What I liked most about All Nighter is Xosha Roquemore’s version of a drunk party girl. Director Gavin Wiesen’s, story about a workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) who teams up with his daughter’s awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to find her is not as fun and entertaining as the films trailer led me to believe.

One of my early thoughts as I watched was ‘This is going nowhere fast.’ A thought soon followed by, ‘All the acting isn’t bad but this film is boring’. Reason being, All Nighter just plods along in a manner that had me failing to care about the whereabouts of the missing daughter (Analeigh Tipton). What made the experience even more underwhelming overall is the easy and relatively obvious explanation for the daughter’s whereabouts.

In conclusion, if you were thinking that All Nighter might be a boys adventure with a splash of the The Hangover (2009) vibe; it’s barely that. More than anything, the film is really about a workaholic father’s friendship with his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. If there’s nothing better on and you’re in the mood for an awkward comedy with very few good laughs, then sure, watch it. Otherwise step away, friend.

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LA LA LAND (2016): Good Film, Better For Fans Of Musicals

La La Land (2016), Emma Stone
La La Land (2016), Emma Stone

Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend and J.K. Simmons, La La Land is the love story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring Hollywood actress. It is a well told story that features great dramatic performances, good dialogue, beautiful cinematography, music and costume; I particularly love ‘that yellow dress’.

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle of Whiplash (2014), La La Land is is a good movie that’s understandably most loved by fans of musicals. I must confess that generally speaking, I’m not into musicals. Call it a consequence of my impatient nature but most of the time, I’d much rather words were spoken rather than sang. The pleasing rhythm of well written dialogue will always be preferred by me, over the sounds of what is arguably often mediocre singing where musicals are concerned. And if the singing isn’t mediocre, I find the voices to be regularly, quite tedious.

In La La Land, there’s just no faulting the dramatic performances. The cast are a trust worthy bunch acting-wise. As for when it came to Gosling and Stone flexing their vocal chords in the name of song, there are definitely some moments of questionable vocal ability.

La La Land (2016), Emma Stone
La La Land (2016), Emma Stone

I enjoyed the opening song at the start of La La Land, the big ‘audition number’ that Stone sings towards the end and the instrumental as the closing credits began. The rest of the music I honestly could have done without.

Watch La La Land for all the reasons it won all those Oscars and because it genuinely isn’t a bad film. If Chazelle’s Whiplash managed to convince you that jazz isn’t all bad, La La Land is additional material to strengthen his argument.

Happy Film Loving

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ALL NIGHTER (2017): New Trailer From J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch, Analeigh Tipton…

All Nighter (2017): Emile Hirsch, J.K. Simmons
All Nighter (2017): Emile Hirsch, J.K. Simmons

All Nighter is a new comedy starring J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch and Analeigh Tipton.

Directed by Gavin Wiesen, at the centre of the story is a workaholic father who teams up with his daughter’s awkward ex-boyfriend to try and find her…

Generally, I enjoy Simmons in comedy roles. Though this trailer only has me a little intrigued, My fingers are crossed in hopes that I’ll find Simmons as funny as I did in I Love You, Man (2009), if not more so, of course. 

Read my spoiler free movie review of All Nighter.

All Nighter Release Dates: March 17th, 2017 (US)…

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THE MEDDLER (2015) Movie Review: The Thing I Liked…

The Meddler (2016), Susan Sarandon
The Meddler (2016), Susan Sarandon

Directed by Lorene Scafaria, Susan Sarandon stars as The Meddler, Marnie. An ageing widow who moves to LA where her grown up daughter (Rose Byrne) lives – in order to start a new life. Soon enough the meddling begins and I find myself feeling bad for her daughter, the one at the receiving end of the madness.

The meddling is certainly annoying but it’s not the reason for my overall negative opinion of this movie. I’m not a fan of The Meddler because I don’t think it’s particularly well executed. Though a comedy/ drama / romance, I don’t recall laughing more than once (if at all). There are a couple of potentially heartwarming mother / daughter moments and I did find myself empathising with Marnie as a woman seeking new purpose in her life after loss. But none of that proved enough save the entire movie. I also can’t say that Sarandon’s seemingly ‘ropey’ NYC accent helped matters.

The  few scenes featuring J.K. Simmons were the only real highlights for me. Still, I’m sure I’d have been happier re-watching I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015).

There’s a reason why the trailer for The Meddler is nowhere to be found on this blog. My instincts told me that ‘promising’ is not how it looked. Having now watched the movie, I’m reminded to trust my instincts more.

If you happen to love this movie, please feel free to tell me I’m crazy in the comments. Who knows, maybe I missed something. Unlikely is my guess.

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