REVIEW: Palm Springs (2020)

Andy Samberg as Nyles (left) and Cristin Milioti as Sarah (right) in Palm Springs. — Photo: Hulu.

Directed by Max Barbakow — Screenplay by Andy Siara.

I am a sucker for time loop movies, and, like most people, I have been a huge fan of these films since I saw Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day as a kid and fell in love with the concept and the film. Although I had seen him in the original Ghostbusters film prior to my first viewing of Groundhog Day, his quintessential time loop classic from 1993 was actually the film that made me a true fan of Bill Murray.

Similarly, Edge of Tomorrow, another fantastic time loop film, boosted Emily Blunt’s career, and, though it may be too early to tell, the Happy Death Day-film series ought to do the same thing for Jessica Rothe. Every time loop film released after 1993 stands on the shoulders of Groundhog Day, and, even though Edge of Tomorrow and Happy Death Day are great films in the subgenre, there are many films that fail to build off of that formula in a satisfying way. Fortunately, Max Barbakow’s Palm Springs is a refreshing and timely (more on this later in the review) time loop film.

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REVIEW: Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special (2017)

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Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a quick review of Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special

I – like most people, I assume – view Valentine’s Day as nothing more than another Hallmark holiday. That said, the holiday is celebrated by couples around the world. So while some people call for its extinction, Valentine’s Day is here to stay. A while back, Netflix made a Christmas special with A Very Murray Christmas, and it wasn’t all that memorable. Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special, on the other hand, is definitely worth an hour of your time. Continue reading “REVIEW: Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special (2017)”

REVIEW: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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Theatrical Release Poster – Universal Pictures

The following is a short updated review (2022) of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).

Mockumentaries can be absolutely hilarious. I love the general idea behind that entire genre, in that it can lampoon the level of gravitas that documentaries can sometimes have. The excellent original Borat film managed to be both outright funny, but also revealing about the reaction real people have to their jokes and characters. So when I found out that the brilliant The Lonely Island guys were doing a mockumentary somewhat inspired by Justin Bieber’s musical documentary and concert film Never Say Never, I was as excited as I could possibly be. This felt like a great kind of documentary to have fun with. For some reason, when I first saw the film, it didn’t really click for me, and so my original review indicated that it was merely ‘okay.’ However, on subsequent viewings, it has improved significantly for me. I think it’s brilliant. Continue reading “REVIEW: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)”