Early in Natasha Kermani’s surreal and sharply sardonic horror movie Lucky (which I saw at this year’s online-only Fantasia Film Festival), Brea Grant’s sovereign May awakens in the night to find a man outside her window, staring back at her. Petrified, May hisses at her husband Ted (Dhruv Uday Singh) to wake up, telling him there’s a man outside, to which he casually replies, “Honey, that’s the man”. Bewildered, May demands to know what he’s talking about. “The man who comes every night and tries to kill us”. Beside herself, May stares mouth agape at her partner, who coolly rises from the bed, grabs a golf club, and heads for the bedroom door. “May come on, get up, we have to fight for our lives now”. 

To her surprise, Ted was right. In a Twilight Zone-esque turn of events, the same masked man arrives every night at her door like a traveling salesman, peddling pretty blades and squabbles in the kitchen, disappearing just as quickly as he appeared, seemingly invincible. This déjà vu repeats often enough that May grows weary, unable to break her loop. She stabs and kicks and punches and shoves, but no matter how much blood she spills, the man reappears every night, ready to tussle. An apparition in the gloom, quiet like a fight.

It may come across like a peculiar plot device, or a melodramatic metaphor about the indifferent stars above. Yet, this is not the only recent film to portray a young person caught within the confines of a time loop. It was only a few months back in July when Max Barbakow released his film Palm Springs on Hulu. Beguiling, heady and hilarious, the romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as two single people stuck at the same wedding forever doubles as an eerie reminder of the repeating dystopia we find ourselves in while quarantined at home in the middle of a pandemic.

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Palm Springs Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy participate in an autocomplete interview where they answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Plus, watch a scene breakdown of the meet cute between Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti the time loop comedy Palm Springs, and check out a featurette that goes behind the scenes of the making of The Old Guard. Read More »

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“Nothing matters” might not be the lesson you want to take away from Palm Springs, a sunny rom-com that stars Andy Samberg as a man trapped in a time loop that has turned him into a vacationing nihilist and Cristin Miliot as the fellow wedding guest who gets trapped in it with him. But that’s kind of the attitude that director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara take toward the science of the time loop that makes up the central premise of their romantic-comedy. How does the time loop work? Did Samberg and Miliot’s Nyles and Sarah actually get out? Are there other people stuck in the time loop as well? That depends on what you think, Barbakow and Siara said in a new interview following the release of their wildly successful comedy.

Spoilers ahead for Palm Springs.

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/Filmcast Ep. 576 – Palm Springs

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss what makes a film appeal to paternal figures and whether the term “dad movie” is pejorative. For the feature film of the week, the cast visits Palm Springs, the Hulu original film directed by Max Barbakow.

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No, the buzz for Palm Springs that you’re seeing all over social media is not déja vu. After Max Barbakow‘s time loop romantic-comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti debuted to glowing praise at the Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs set records as the biggest deal at the annual Park City fest. And after its streaming debut on Hulu, the unique rom-com is setting records once again.

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Andy Samberg is in a Groundhog Day situation in Palm Springs, a new comedy hitting drive-ins and Hulu next month. Samberg plays an unlucky guy stuck in a time loop, reliving the same long day at a Palm Springs wedding over and over again. Things get further complicated when someone else at the wedding, played by Cristin Milioti, ends up in the time loop as well. Watch the Palm Springs trailer below.

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Palm Springs, the delightful time-loop romantic comedy produced by The Lonely Island, was acquired for more money than any other film in Sundance Film Festival history after it premiered at the festival earlier this year. The movie, which stars Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Cristin Milioti (Fargo, Black Mirror), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), finally has an official release date and a summer-friendly poster to go along with it. Read More »

Sundance 2020 Movies Sold

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is underway, and we’ve already seen a lot of great movies in the mountains of Park City, Utah. But this year, studios and distributors are being a little more cautious when it comes to picking up any of the buzzed about movies playing at the festival. Last year saw some big deals result in disappointing box office returns, and without many big movies garnering loads of attention, the Sundance market is moving at a slower pace than usual. But even so, there are already some movies that have been picked up, and we’ve got a list of them rounded up below that will be continuously updated. Read More »

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Update: Deadline is now reporting that the Palm Springs deal is actually worth $22 million, not just the $17,500,000.69 that was previously reported. Apparently there is a “built in bonus structure” involved which was not mentioned in the official press release, making it an even more impressive acquisition and bolstering its position as the biggest Sundance deal in history. Our original article follows.

Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs just broke the nicest records at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival this year. Hulu and Neon acquired the romantic-comedy for $17.5 million…and 69 cents. The number broke Sundance sale records for the biggest acquisition deal, sailing past Nate Parker’s 2016 film The Birth of a Nation by, yes, 69 cents. And while Hulu and Neon made a historic deal worthy of a few winks and nudges, Apple and A24 celebrated a more serious record-breaking deal in their acquisition of Boys Statea buzzy documentary that at $12 million, became the highest-paid documentary in Sundance history.

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