Movie Diary 12/16/2020

Palm Springs (Max Barbakow, 2020). Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, stuck in the same day in an endless time loop; J.K. Simmons is mixed in there, too. The movie’s pretty close to getting it right, although Samberg’s lightness and a frequent crudity of tone tend to undercut the good parts.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978). I hadn’t seen it in a long time, but I was once well acquainted with it. When a movie like this gets ingrained in your head at an early age, you always know your way around. It holds up nicely, has some funny throwaway lines, and contains a foundational Goldblum performance. A good San Francisco film, and a terrific 70s time capsule.

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