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SOUTHLAND TALES Hey folks. Capone in Chicago here. I'm finding it curious in the reviews I've read so far for Richard Kelly's long-delayed but well-worth-the-wait second feature that so many people feel the need to take a defensive tone when discussing the film. It's as if they know in their hearts the film will be attacked or at least not be understood or embraced by the average moviegoer. This is probably true. For all the enigmatic charm of Kelly's first work, DONNIE DARKO, SOUTHLAND TALES is even more dense and worthy of analysis. The film's more perplexing elements are not just found in the screenplay, but also in places like casting, sound design, tone and special effects. Some of Kelly's more baffling decisions make up part of the reason I admire the film so much, but, I'll admit, sometimes I was confused and occasionally frustrated. These moments don't last long, and by having so many different storylines going at once, Kelly doesn't give us much time to dwell on the weaker threads of SOUTHLAND TALES. What he has accomplished with this work is one of the most complete and dizzying visions of the near future ever realized. And maybe part of the reason I was sometimes puzzled by what I was watching was that Kelly's vision of the future moves at a head-spinning pace and is populated by men and women who act and react as fast as they can think. To attempt to boil down the plots of SOUTHLAND TALES would be pointless. A huge part of the fun is the discovery. What I will tell you (and if you want more detail, I'm sure there are a half-dozen other reviews online just dying to spill all of the film's secrets) is that the setting is Los Angeles in 2008. The world is just a little too late getting on its environmental kick; the economy is a mess; and the threat level pretty much stays in the red (usually for good reason). But much like today, the public is distracted by non-events: a porn star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is poised to be the biggest reality star on television; a Schwarzenegger-like action star (Dwayne Johnson) has gone missing and suffers from amnesia; and a vast conspiracy against the tyrannical government is about to come to a head thanks to a mad scientist (Wallace Shawn) and a fractured police officer (Seann William Scott). Kelly has populated his film with familiar faces in nearly every role. A gaggle of comedic actors (such as Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Nora Dunn and Jon Lovitz) are cast in fairly serious roles. And, if you turn your head a little to the right or left, you might see Bai Ling (quite good here, as one of Shawn's minions) or Mandy Moore or Miranda Richardson or John Laroquette. You get my drift. Rather than attempt to dissect every piece of Kelly's expansive universe as you're watching SOUTHLAND TALES for the first time, it's probably best to sit back and take it all in and pick it apart later with others. I would never be so bold as to suggest that you see this film more than once, but the film almost doesn't give you a choice. There's a lot to absorb here. Despite the fact that the film is dealing with the potential for an apocalypse, Kelly doesn't inject his film with gloom and doom. There's a tremendous amount of energy and humor in this movie. Johnson (better known as The Rock) is by far my favorite performer in the film. He's never been tested as an actor the way he is here. He infuses his Boxer Santaros character with a desperate and vulnerable edge. Suffering from a bit of brain damage, Santaros is loaded with odd ticks and behaviors that make you take pity on the man. Gellar is good here, but I never truly got the porn star vibe from her. What she does succeed in conveying is that ugly glow of opportunism and publicity-seeking banality that most porn stars (or Paris Hilton) seem to revel in. Scott…well the one-time Stifler is in unchartered waters here. He scared me a little, and his character's secrets are the most devastating. Oh, he's good. But I think my all-around favorite performer has to be (wait for it) Justin Timberlake (who also serves as the film's narrator) as a disfigured ex-military man who figures into Scott's storyline. He has a little musical number that must be seen by all. The film does have its weak moments, too. Kelly's stunt casting with his smaller roles is distracting and sometimes derails any potential dramatic momentum. Granted, it's easier to keep track of who's doing what to whom when most of the speaking roles are occupied by familiar faces, but trying to figure out if that was indeed Eli Roth sitting dead on the crapper or whether that really is Kevin Smith buried under all that old-man makeup can get old when I'm trying to focus on plot. The thing I admire about Kelly's works the most is that he steadfastly refuses to exist in a conventional place in the film world. Taking on this epic story (which lasts about two-and-a-half hours) in only his second film is either impressive or foolish or both. Every ounce of his ambition is on the screen, even when hints of self-indulgence creep in. SOUTHLAND TALES is oftentimes a messy affair, but there's a sincere part of me that wishes more filmmakers were capable or brave enough to make, or even attempt to make, a film this messy. The greatest compliment I think I could give Kelly at this point is to say I eagerly await a chance to see it again, and I can't wait to see what he dreams up next and where his next film, THE BOX, takes us. Capone If you have a Zepellin and want to give me a ride, email me here

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  • Nov. 18, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    The Box

    by hamslime

    That's goinna be a porno right?

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST

    "Eli Roth sitting dead on the crapper"

    by godoffireinhell

    That sums up the guy's career quite nicely.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    "Hints of self-indulgence"? Huh?

    by comedian_x

    Are we talking about Richard Kelly here? He doesn't hint at self-indulgence he plows straight down at terminal velocity into Self-Indulgences' bedroom.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Richard Kellys The New Greg Araki.

    by Redfive!

    First and formost I LOVE the theatrical version of Darko,its amazing and Inspiring and a truly amazing first or any feature. Southland is a complete mess,kelly is getting so into himself and his world even he's not sure how it works,but quite frankly it just doesnt work at all.Social commentary on our society and the times we live in is so 4 years ago.Bush's reign is at an end,we just have one more short year.PLus the fact that theres 10 different genre's it doesnt know what it is. This has the worst big name cast in any film too,none of these actors are anything but the characters they've already made themselves to be.The rock,buffy and stiffler.And dont get me started on PUNK'Ds Justin Timberlake,the worst thing since Vanilla Ice. Im just hoping the box is a conventional film,becuase Kelly's "originality" is nothing but Jibberish.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Entourage referance

    by kibbled

    Is Billy Walsh the brilliant but unstable director in the HBO series Entourage based on Richard Kelly and Walsh's "Medellin" is referring to Kelly's "Southland Tales"? The episode where "Medellin" received a lukewarm reception in Cannes sounds suspiciously like the reception that "Southland Tales" got.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Worthless without acid

    by Jack Black

    Saw this Friday..and it is a mess. Maybe in the future when your blitzed out with your friends at 3 in the morning and it comes on cable you'll figure out what it all means. Or care.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Cool set of reviews

    by harold_maude

    these where great. magorium had me peeing my pants. saw southland tales last night and i was pretty pleased with it, after all the junk ranting lately, the first half hour is painful but once it gets started it's pretty awesome.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    fer christs sake...

    by metaluna

    Film maker takes a dump on the carpet of cinema, AICN reviewers fumble about to make up excuses for it's 'misunderstood greatness'. Rest of the cinematic world yawns and moves on.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    PUNK'Ds Justin Timberlake?

    by godoffireinhell

    Maybe you were thinking of Ashton Kutcher? Who isn't in this flick, far as I know. Also, Timberlake was great in ALPHA DOG.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I was really looking forward to this film....

    by rbatty024

    and it disappointed on almost all levels. I think the film it wanted to be the most was Repo Man, but where Repo Man had great dialog throughout, you had to wait about twenty minutes for something funny or clever to happen. So there are moments where you see the film being what it really wanted to be, but unfortunately those moments are too few and too far between. All of the revelations at the end are about things that happen offscreen and are explained to the audience in the first fifteen seconds of the movie, so you could really care less. I will give The Rock points for giving what could have been a great performance if he was given better material.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Steve Erickson

    by diedan

    Fantastic movie. What I'm surprised about is how no one has mentioned how much this film resembles a Steve Erickson novel: a brilliant, sprawling apocalypse set in LA.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Richard Kelley is the new who gives a fuck

    by dr sauch

    I'll wait for this one on DVD.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    interesting film but jeez...

    by dauphin534

    couldn't Kelly have gotten ready for distribution two years ago? It jut felt so dated. Or, realizing that it was gonna take ages to get it edited, he could have at least shifted the timeline down a couple of years. Cause really, a movie set 6 months in the future? where a nuclear bomb went off five months ago? Alternative reality stories are great, but this movie was originally produced as a not-so-distant future tale. i think it had the potential to be more powerful if it had been allowed to be that. but he lost his window of opportunity by taking over two years to get the film ready.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I saw donnie darko on Dvd, it was on

    by emeraldboy

    tv last night and still have not got a fucking clue what that film is all about.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    You know its awful cuz...

    by Raymar

    Capone likes it. Seriously everyone is HATING this.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The difference between Darko and Southland Tales...

    by rbatty024

    is that Darko had a character you actually cared about. In Southland Tales there are no characters, they're completely empty. This wouldn't bother me so much if the plots left me cold and the social commentary wasn't particularly revealing (although the CNN split screen advertising/infotainment stuff was pretty clever). All in all, it was a letdown.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    i saw this tomorow

    by dr.bulber

    been there done that.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Southland Tales sucks

    by TheKappa

    It sucks harder and makes even less sense than Donnie Darko (If that's even possible) Waita shit the bed again, Kelley.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    An Absolute Trainwreck.

    by Mostholy

    This film is a godawful embarrassment that makes Donnie Darko look worse in retrospect. It's not funny, not insightful, not dramatic...just a long, unsightful, unwieldy bore. The Rock and Timberlake may actually emerge from this relatively unscathed (The Rock 'cause he exudes charisma despite the horrible writing, JT 'cause he has one of the better scenes in the film (The Killers)) But everyone else, not so much. (Then again, it's not like a lot of the folks here have been working much lately.) Stringing together a gaggle of current C-list celebs and 80's B-icons (Lambert, Larroquette, Booger, Zelda Rubenstein) does not substitute for a well-written, well-made movie. Nor does "updating" Revelations or quoting Eliot and Frost like they're going out of style. (They're not.) Long-winded, don't have to see this film twice to "get it." You'll get it the first time: It's bad. And, like the Donnie Darko directors cut, it has a horrible case of the Midichlorians.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Also, Capone...

    by Mostholy

    People feel like they have to take a defensive stance toward this film because it obviously sucked donkeys, and no amount of wishing it didn't is going to change that. I really liked Donnie Darko (first cut), but here, we got a solid case of the Emperor's New Clothes.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    by 3rdrate

    "The thing I admire about Kelly's works the most is that he steadfastly refuses to exist in a conventional place in the film world." Haha, it's so amusing because this review is totally on the defensive. The above is the worst quote people give to movies they didn't understand, but think the problem is with them, not the filmmaker. Right.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Still wanna see this - but I think I'll wait for the DVD

    by Yeti

    Simply so I ca rewatch it as from the reviews theres almost too much going on in the story to make it cohesive.

  • then what is Southland Tales about? Humanity's dispostition for self destruction?

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    thats devine intervention...

    by Yeti

    stupid subject line only good for kicking.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    uh...Zelda Rubenstien

    by The Alienist

    How can you review this movie (which I was not threatened by at all, though confused, I LOVED it) and not mention TANGINA IN DA HOUSE!!!!

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales is...

    by The Alienist

    ...the new bible (listen to what Timberlake is saying)...and we only get Books 4 5 and 6...sorta like the first Star Wars movies....

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Be it a good film or not...

    by The Visco Kid

    I still plan on seeing this. I happen to like "Donnie Darko", go ahead and criticize me if you want. Some people like certain movies when other people don't. That is how the world works my friends, we all have our own opinions and we don't all have to agree on every single detail out there. That being said, I think this films looks and sounds interesting and I want to see it, if only to satisfy curiosity. If it turns out to be a horrible film, I at least will know what I am talking about when I say so.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    The Visco Kid...

    by rbatty024

    I'm not trying to dissuade you from seeing this movie, a few days ago no one would have stopped me from seeing it either, but be prepared to be disappointed. On one level it's nice to see something different (even if at times it felt like it was a Frankenstein film, made up of better movies made before it). Although different doesn't mean it's executed properly. During the film I perked up every twenty minutes when an interesting scene or idea popped up only to be forgotten minutes later, but overall there wasn't enough. I will admit that while I didn't think the movie was very good, I would rather sit through crap that's a little different (Southland Tales) than crap that feels as if I've seen it many times before (Transformers).

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    My review of Southland Tales

    by Simon Moon

    "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred" - Super Chicken. I went to see Southland Tales knowing full well that it had been lambasted by other online reviewers. But here's the thing, it was made by Richard Kelly. You know, the guy what did Donnie Darko. And I liked that film. A lot. And the other things is, I usually like odd movies that other people don't get. So I assumed it was likely them, not the movie, that was off. Wrong. What a big stinker this film is. This film is Hudson Hawk bad. "But I like Hudson Hawk" you say. No you don't. You just like parts of it. But deep down you know it's just an ambitious piece of crap. And so is Southland Tales. The question I have is, what was Kelly on when he wrote and directed this film? And where did he find a drug that lasts that long? Okay that's two questions. Kelly likes Philip K Dick. I like PKD. We have that in common. There are very strong references to Dick's work in this film. But It seems less like an homage and more like "Hey, I'm going to make my own PKD story." There was even an "effect " that was pretty much straight out of Richard Linlatter's adaption of Dick's "A Scanner Darkly" (probably the truest adaption of a PKD work yet.) But unfortunately you have to really work out your shit ahead of time to accomplish that. And you have to be writing for years and be published and lauded. Kelly made one movie. A very good movie, but it's still just one movie. And as much as I like Donnie Darko, it's just not enough experience to make Southland Tales. So what is it about? I dunno. Something about a nuclear bomb went off in Texas, oil relations with the Middle East have been severed and we're now getting our "Alternative Energy" from a big machine in the waters of Venice, CA that looks like the Encounter Restaurant thingy at LAX. But that's the back story. What is it really about? Again, I dunno. Not in a good Donnie Darko way where I was fine with not knowing all the answers. This film, as others before me have written, is a mess. I do not believe that multiple viewings of this film is going to make it much clearer. It starts with narration. Narration! Jesus on a stick, can we stop with all the narration already? Every show on TV has narration now. No more. A pox upon anyone who employs narration. If you can't show your story using the film medium, go back and re-write. Oh yeah, there's this Marxist group (based in Venice, CA) trying to undo the work of the right wing government. Marxist? Really Kelly? That's what you came up with? Were you just being ironic by picking something so antiquated as a bunch of commie wannabes? And the lead is a movie star shacking up with a porn actress (based on Charlie Sheen?) who has amnesia. Evidently the plot revolves around him trying to find out something about something that is introduced so late it doesn't really seem like a plot point. It's because of this that the film lingers. Meanders. It doesn't go anywhere. It's huge in scope, but it feels so claustrophobic. Its tone reminded me of the 80's anti-nuke cult film "Miracle Mile". Wouldn't be surprised if that was another influence. As was the the "Repo Man " inspired ending. So who's in it? Well Justin Timberlake does the narration. Yeah, the guy who got his dick stuck in a box But he's not in the film much and his presence is pointless (at least to my sober eyes ). Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in it and Sara Michelle Geller and Wallace Shawn and Nora Dunn and John Lovitz and John Larroquette and Miranda Richardson among others. Sounds like a fun, quirky cast, right? No, it sounds like "Hudson Hawk" (Willis, Aiello, MacDowell, Coburn, Grant and Bernhard). Also half the cast of SNL from the late 90's to present. Oi vey. Does Kelly have an SNL obsession? Don't get me started on the great and powerful SNL. The performances are hindered by wooden, cliche, over the top dialogue that would be funny if this were a comedy. But it's not. Or is it? I truly think Kelly was high making this film because direction is absent. Instead of directing, I think he just observed. The best performance came from Seann William Scott. I think he must have told Kelly to fuck off and brought in his own director for his scenes so he could do what he had to do. Such rancor. I'm sorry. I didn't want to not like this film. I wanted to love it. I wanted to see the follow up to Donnie Darko. But what I ended up seeing was what appears to be the script Kelly wrote years before Darko while still learning screenwriting in film school. The tight story structure and careful plotting found in the former film is completely gone here. It's so damn sloppy. And it pissed me off. I have no idea what this film cost, but why couldn't I have the money to make a couple of films? Yes, I'm a frustrated writer/director still waiting for his big break. Even a little one. Please. And it bugs me when someone who has the opportunity to make films squanders it. Look, Kelly was ambitious. There's a lot here that he was reaching for. And I applaud him for it. He's about ideas. I like that. So am I. That's what attracted me to DD. He at least tried to do something different while all the others keep churning out the same crap. So for that I cannot condemn the man. I just wish he had done it sober and with same attention to detail he exhibited previously.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    this movie was one of the years best

    by BrightEyes

    if only because it tried something completely different and it is a film that I still don't know how it got grreenlit. you really have to se it to fully understand what Kelly did here, I'm not saying you will like it but you should see it to know what your criticizing.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Interesting Mess

    by Larry of Arabia

    There were great scenes, and you can tell that Kelly wants to tell a sprawling apocalyptic story. He just doesn't have the ability to do it. I wanted to yell "focus" at the screen. Not for the projectionist, but for the director. Kelly knows who everyone is and how they fit, but he gives us only hints of a clue. That's hints of a clue. Not a full clue. A great director can take a vision and focus it, cut out what's unimportant. Altman, for all the sprawl in his films, was able to keep everyone and everything clear. He told his story and stated his themes clearly. Kelly can't. That's why this movie is a massive failure, but an interesting one. In his next film he needs to take one small set of characters and clearly tell us who they are. If he doesn't he will be straying into a lesser version of M Knight, making bad films that are in his mind so great that nobody can be expected to understand what he really means.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    'One of the years best...'???

    by metaluna

    BrightEyes... look up. What colour is the sky on that planet you're on, 'cause it sure isnt blue with white fluffy clouds. How can you say that this is one of the years best? I've seen this 'film'. It's a train wreck of ideas and terrible casting. You're right about one thing... how did it get greenlit? This makes M. Nights recent throw ups look mundane and full of sense. Since when did not understanding a film narratively make it some sort of genius? What sort of a half assed benchmark is that? Sheesh. In that case you can get away with anything!

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I want to see it, but...

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I'm not expecting much. Regardless, I still think Donnie Darko was great and think The Box could be really cool.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I personally think its one of the years best

    by BrightEyes

    it's my top 3 of the year, but I am probably bias since Donnie Darko is one one my favorie films ever. There were alot of problems in SLT but also some scenes (justin killers sequence) that just blew me awway and took me by suprise, If you like Donnie Darko or the Fountain than I'd say your gonna dig thus film just don't expect to get it.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Oh please.

    by Mostholy

    I like Donnie Darko. I like The Fountain. This is not those films. Southland Tales is flat-out terrible, and it has nothing to do with not "getting it." Justin's Killers sequence is one of the better moments in the film, true, but that's really not saying much. And it was basically Big Lebowski transposed to ski-ball, or "Happiness is a Warm Gun" from another misfire this year, Across the Universe. Really, how this film got greenlit past the script stage is beyond me.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Great Movie

    by Bad LT

    This is a great epic sprawling mess of a movie. See it. A mix of Dr. Strangelove, Lynch, comic books, anti-neocon police state satire, PKD, SNL sketch humor and the first time you smoked pot as a frshman in college and came up with a bunch of really cool ideas that you realized the next day were not all so cool. Nobody rocks the cock like Krista Now! And remember, teen horniness is not a crime!

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I clearly said It's a personal favorite

    by BrightEyes

    and that I'm biased so in my opinion SouthLand Tales is a great film.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Kelly can't naturally achieve what he wants to

    by performingmonkey

    With some filmmakers something like Southland Tales would come very naturally to them, but Kelly seems to be screaming all the time 'look, I'm trying to fuck up your mind!' and it isn't working in a good way. It's extremely forced and distracting. You want to actually ENJOY the movie you go to see. Southland Tales is like a 2hr30min self-indulgent student movie that only Kelly and a few of his fuck buddies (e.g. Kevin Smith, Roth, various SNL alumni) are supposed to ever see. It's not made for general consumption.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    i support staying home on this 1

    by ironic_name

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:08 a.m. CST

    A bit confusing...

    by SAVOIR_faire

    But ultimately I can't root against the genre as enthusiastically as some here. Also, Across the Universe was very well done, imho.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Will this be this generation's El Topo?

    by chien_sale

    that's what I want to know

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Richard Kelly, please step over here next to Tarrantino..

    by seniorspeilbergio

    I think you nailed it on the head Pierrotlefou. I remember listening to the Donnie Darko commentary and when Kelly says he got the idea for that weird liquid trail comming out of everyone's chest from playin PS2 Madden, i said to myself, "yeah, this guy is a total stoner". And he hangs out with Kevin Smith. I see what's going on here. When your young, you tend to think all those ideas you get from bong hits are some sort of creative revelation but as you get older, you realize it's a couple good ideas with a lot of bad ones, just like Pierrotlefou said. Granted, Kelly's obviously a smart guy, but he also has no real life experince, therefore he doesn't really have anything to say just quite yet. He needs to live more. So when you have nothing to say as an artist and you're a smart guy, you tend to fall back on your college education as a crutch. That would explain the constant Frost quotes someone talked about earlier. This movie sounds (and looks like from the preview)like a mismash of stoner concepts with someintllectual referencing from his college courses. It's okay though. The failure of this movie will hopefully help him build some character. A lot of the best art comes from pain so this will, I hope, save him and make him dig deeper to tell a more sincere, personal story so don't count this guy out yet. At least he's trying to be fresh and original. He just needs to grow up a little more and nothing helps you grow up like failure.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    seniorspeilbergio (and review)

    by Mostholy

    senior, you hit the nail on the head with this: "a mismash of stoner concepts with some intellectual referencing from his college courses" That's it in a nutshell. FWIW, I fleshed out my pan of the film here:

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by filmfanatic1

    I paid 11 bucks to see an ambitious mess of a film, and you lovers of this film think it's worth that much??? Come on, you all must have a lot of disposable income to recommend going to see it in your local cineplex. It felt incomplete (over 40 minutes cut) , incoherent, and while there were some terrific scenes scattered here and there, you guys actually say we should spend our hard earned money to see it?? Who here recommends that as opposed to renting it later, or even checking it out at your public library years from now?

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    New media

    by metalfalcon

    I've never feel compelled to react to these talk backs but this is the exception. The movie flows wonderfully as a continuation of the graphic novels and it plays exactly like a comic in it's sprawl and pacing. With the struggle for originality in any art I think it is fucking cool that this story took an alternate route by being fragmented in to both comic and movie form. It requires a little extra money, time, and patience but ends up as wonderful experience (unless you go in to it with intention of being disgusted and disappointed). People may not want alternate entertainment experiences but to just write this off as shit is ridiculous. I'm not a stoner or Donnie Darko fanboy but I really enjoy Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, David Lynch, Alan Moore...The story (books and movie) takes a little bit from all of them -see the direct Mulholland Dr reference with Rebekah Del Rio singing the national anthem. As a matter of fact, Southland Tales gave me the same giddy enjoyment I felt after seeing Mulholland Dr for the first time and piecing that film together (and yeah it does make sense). Read the Prequel Saga, see the movie... or don't.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    The Worst Movie of '07

    by heywood jablomie

    Kelly is a frat-bro nitwit posturing as Philip K. Dick. He needs to be taken out and beaten, slowly and methodically, with fifty horsewhips.