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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

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MORBIUS (2020: New Trailer From Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton…

Morbius (2020), Jared Leto, Sony Pictures Entertainment

In new action / adventure Morbius, Jared Leto is Biochemist Michael Morbius. As he tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism.

From director Daniel Espinosa, additional key cast includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton…

I am intrigued by this trailer and I want the end result to be good.bHowever, I can’t quite say that this trailer gives me plenty of confidence. I’d love to be completely wrong, of course.

J.K. Simmons, Tyrese Gibson, Ria Fend, Charlie Shotwell, Corey Johnson, Tom Forbes, Archie Renaux, Adam Collins, Al Madrigal and Ruth Horrocks also star.

Morbius Release Dates: March 19th, 2021 (US)…

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KLAUS (2019): New Trailer From Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Joan Cusack, Jason Schwartzman…

Klaus (2019), Netflix
Klaus (2019), Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Klaus (2019).


Klaus is the story of the friendship between a postman and a toymaker named Klaus. An unexpected friendship that eventually results in the delivery of a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Directed by Sergio Pablos, Klaus stars Joan Cusack, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman…

I definitely haven’t watched a Christmas movie in 2019 just yet but I am very much already in the mood for Christmas. In fact, my decorations went up just yesterday. Kidding! But I absolutely would if I’d bought them already.

Tucker Meek, Mila Brener, Sydney Brower, Sky Alexis, Kendall Joy Hall, Finn Carr, Bailey Rae Fenderson, Jaeden Bettencourt, Teddy Blum and Hailey Hermida also star.

Klaus Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (US)…

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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, in order 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 together all in one film.

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): 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)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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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.

Happy Film Loving

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