This week in Film — Three to stream and a virtual film fest

This was supposed to be the weekend we were all waiting for: The return to cinemas and the release of Tenet in the U.S. But as the colonel told his men, not so fast, Private Jones. Tenet has been rolled back to August (probably to November when everything is said and done) and the majority of theaters will remain shuttered. So, home viewing it is. There’s a few new ones out there, start with Palm Springs:

The conceit: Niles (Andy Samberg) is stuck in a Groundhog’s Day-esque time loop at a wedding in Palm Springs, California. No matter what he does or where he goes, he’ll always wake up in the same hotel room with the same cheating girlfriend. But when he inadvertently drags the bride’s sister, Sarah (Cristin Milioti), into the loop with him, things get bonkers. Written by Andy Siara and directed by Max Barbakow, Palm Springs is sweet and funny, and surprisingly original for a derivative high-concept movie.

Boulder Weekly Vol. 27, No. 48, “In lieu of a theatrical experience: Summer edition

You can stream Palm Springs on Hulu, but if you’re looking for a bevy of environmental cinema and documentaries, check out the virtual film fest starting July 16, Boulder Environmental / Nature / Outdoors Film Festival:

Switching from in-person to virtual wasn’t Paradise’s first choice, but the move presented a few hidden benefits, namely a “great number of filmmakers and guest participants.”
“One of the advantages of doing the festival virtually, is that filmmakers have become very used to doing Zoom/online interviews and Q&As for their films, allowing for greater participation — without the time commitment of travel and the expense,” Paradise says.
It also makes filmmakers more amenable to producing bonus material to sweeten the deal, and Paradise says most of the movies presented this year will feature pre-recorded Q&As.
“So when you rent [Watson] about Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd, you’re also going to get an interview that I facilitate between him and the director of the movie [Lesley Chilcott].”
It’s a way of creating “that film fest experience.”

Home viewing: Boulder Environmental / Nature / Outdoors Film Festival

Stay safe out there.