TL;DR – A film about broken people reliving their broken lives, day after day after day after …
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Palm Springs Review –
There have been many media properties that have attempted to recapture the joy that was the time loop in Groundhog Day. I mean even Stargate SG1 gave it a shot. However, no one has quite gotten there. Well, today we might have a contender with Palm Springs.
So to set the scene, we open in on the day of a wedding between Tala (Camila Mendes) and Abe (Tyler Hoechlin), but our focus is not with them. Instead, it is with Nyles (Andy Samberg) the boyfriend of Misty (Meredith Hagner) one of the bridesmaids. Nyles is the type of guy that will wear a Hawaiian shirt and swim pants to distinctly not beachside wedding. But still, he saves the day when Sarah (Cristin Milioti) the Maid of Honour has to make a surprise wedding speech, and she has had too much wine. It is all going swimmingly, with Nyles and Sarah about to hook up when an arrow comes out of nowhere and a masked man Joe (J.K. Simmons) starts hunting Nyles for sport. Wounded Nyles crawls into a glowing cave, and even though he asks Sarah not to follow she does, and then they both wake up at the start yesterday again.
TL;DR – If you ever wanted a visual representation of the descent into madness brought on by parental sports obsession and copious amounts of steroids, then this would be it.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Have you ever opened up a piece of media and have 100% no idea about what you
are about to watch and then also a pretty good idea about what you are about to
watch. It is an odd juxtaposition that I have never felt before, well that is
before today. For you see, today we are exploring the fever dream of 1980s
baseball culture by way of cocaine that is The
Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, the latest thing from The Lonely Island.
So to set the scene, it is the late 1980s, an era of big hair, Madonna, and
baseball. We open in on the titular Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco (Andy Samberg)
and Mark McGwire (Akiva Schaffer). They were two of baseball’s greatest players,
but they have a deep secret that no one knows about, they both did a rap video.
This is such an odd piece of media, that I was not actually sure how to
classify it, I eventually went with movie just because that is where I put Guava
Island from earlier in the year. I bring up Guava Island because structurally there are a lot of similarities
even if they are both widely different in style and tone. What we have is a
number of songs from The Lonely Island
which have been brought together and strung together with a narrative. Though The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
is less on the revolutionary takedown of capitalist forms of oppression and
more a drug fever dream about the pressures to take steroids.