When I was a teenager watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. one of my biggest crushes was Will Smith. I thought Smith was one of the hottest, funniest men on television. Although I've seen a few of his movies, except for Six Degrees of Separation, I haven't really paid that much attention to his movie career since his sit-com days.
Like many, I've always been a bit put off by the way he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith discuss their marriage and relationship. There an arrogance about the way they discuss their relationship, mainly rooted in it seeming so manufactured. The marriage seems an avenue of promotion more than an actual relationship. There recent revaluation about Jada's entanglement with August Alsina is prime example. Although I love me some Will, I do get the August appeal....
When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
I've loved Andy Samberg since his days on Saturday Night Live, but really haven't watched many of his projects since he left the show. I haven't yet gotten into Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but it remains a show I hope to check out one day. I did however, after reading some great reviews, check out Samberg in his new film, Palm Springs, which premiered on Hulu last week.
Palm Springs (2020)
Samberg is as adorable as ever, and he's surrounded by an appealing supporting cast including; Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Camila Mendes and Tyler Hoechlin. Directed by Max Barbakow from a screenplay by Andy Siara, Palm Springs takes a unique approach to the romantic comedy.
There's a Groundhog Day element to the film, something many of us can currently relate to with the pandemic. Days meld together and time ceases to hold the same meaning. It's sort of the meaning of time, and how we choose to spend it that runs through the film. Although there were some major plot holes, (we never did find out how it all began...) I enjoy the movie, and it's attempt at creating a unique take on the romantic comedy.
'We can't imagine anything nicer than a cozy cabin, a warm fire, and a hot man to share it with....'
'Ken Alan, our Man for February, is a teacher-turned-lifeguard-turned model. Ken majored in education, and after graduation, he landed a teaching job in a local high school.'
'I was only twenty-two and some of the kids I taught were seventeen and eighteen. There wasn't much of an age difference. Girls came on to me, and it felt really uncomfortable. I guess lots of girls have crushes on their teachers. I didn't like it, besides, the pay was lousy. I left teaching after a year.'
Photographs by Dean Brodie
'He's never lived more than a mile from the ocean. You can find him at the shore most mornings before the sun comes up, looking for the perfect wave, or later in the day, gathering shells for his collection. At night, he's a waiter-in a seafood restaurant. Darren's ideal woman? A Mermaid!'