June 18, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST
Sounds really promising.
June 18, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST
June 18, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST
...didn't deserve all the hate it got. It was a little odd, but I enjoyed it for what it was. At least the guy had the balls to make it.
June 18, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST
Version? And I'da bet money it was from Tales From the Darkside...I'd be wrong, but i'da done it...
June 18, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST
he's such a cool and down to earth guy
June 18, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST
Awesome interview. The man is just gushing with excitement for this project. You can sense it with every answer. I love that Kelly's a young enthusiastic film maker who clearly loves what he's doing and what he's made, rather than giving some ironic self-aggrandizing answers. Sounds like a humble artist with a great future. Great interview again, Beaks!
June 18, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
by a goonie
...so I have high hopes for this one. It will tough to take that tiny story and stretch into a feature-length movie, but I am very excited to see what Kelly has come up with.
June 18, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST
why not? A million bucks is a lot of money.
June 18, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST
June 18, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST
Hmm. What period of his? Hell, pretty much any period would work in this context. From the early walker brothers pop music to the "beating of meat as percussion" period.
June 18, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST
did deserve the hate. I liked Donnie Darko though.
June 18, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST
70s look, Bernard Herman type music, suspense rather than gore or violence? He's ticking all my boxes <p> Donnie Darko was a great film and I know a few people that have a real attachment to it who wouldn't necessarily be obsessed about movies. The director's cut was superflous and I skipped Southland Tales purely because of reviews. But this sounds great.
June 18, 2009, 3:57 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
June 18, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST
June 18, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST
do they press the button and abort their unborn child?
June 18, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST
they don't censor movies. Having filmmakers submit materials to them before the movie is even made isn't a "guide to parents" as they always claim their mission is. <p> Now, this isn't Hayes code YET, but it may soon be. Hopefully the uncensored nature of the internet will be a check on the MPAA's rating excesses.
June 18, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST
Which is very sad, because around 20 pages in, I thought it was going to be great. Acts 2 and 3 are an absolute calamity. Catastrophy. Disgrace. Debacle. Worse that Southland Tales, even, and significantly so. What a waste.
June 18, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST
by Duncan Irons
June 18, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST
And you've got the world's shortest film right there.
June 18, 2009, 5:56 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
The MPAA doesn't "have filmmakers submit material." Studios do that during the process to ensure the rating that they want to get the audience that they want. The MPAA doesn't REQUIRE shit.
June 18, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST
by The InSneider
First of all, great interview Beaks. Second, I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope this one turns out good. I'm rooting for Richard. And can't wait to hear that score!
June 18, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST
Excellent interview, thanks for sharing Mr Beaks! I'm actually looking forward to this now even though I thought Kelly was a one-hit-wonder with Darco being so great and his next film being so.. average.
June 18, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST
Hope you caught the sarcasm, cause I was laying it on pretty thick.
June 18, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
Sounded more dicky than I wanted. Sorry. Didn't mean to offend.<p>The point of that process, however, is to give studios a "leg to stand on" if they get any rating other than the one that they were aiming for. Gives them the ability to point back at a string of decisions and advice and say,...<p>Look, motherfuckers, you told us "PG-13," "PG-13," and "PG-13," now, all of a sudden, it's fucking "R!" Think again, bitches!<p>But the MPAA does not censor. It can't. Show me one movie that the MPAA cut. Not the studio on their advice. Not the director on their advice. The MPAA.<p>The MPAA provides an arbitrary ratings system created and guided by imperfect, inconsistent, and fallible human beings. Might not be to you're taste or preference, but that's what director's cuts, DVDs, and the internet are for, as you noted.
June 18, 2009, 6:48 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
Not "YOU'RE preference." 'Cause I'm retarded.
June 18, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST
Here is something to consider. Somewhere there may be another button in someone else’s hands, when pushed will end your life. Are they a greedy self-serving SOB or a more morally reflective type. Attempts to expand an excellent short story to fill out feature run time can be very tricky. When it works you have “Duel”. When it doesn’t you end up with “Cold Equations”. Considered by many (including myself) as one of the best (if not the best) Science Fiction short stories ever written. The 80’s edition of the ‘Twilight Zone’ produced a decent adaptation but the 1996 TV movie added story elements and themes that lost the power of the short story and reduced it to a standard 90’s tale of conspiracies and cliché characters. If you know nothing of the original story it’s average TV movie fare but as an adaption it’s pure disaster. Of course “Duel” did have a bit of advantage. It was adapted by the writer of the original story, Richard Matheson, and directed by a young Steven Spielberg.
June 18, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST
Oops. Wrong story.
June 18, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST
No, it's not that one either.
June 18, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST
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by Nasty In The Pasty
DAMN YOU....A BOX!!!
June 18, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST
I find it interesting that they filmed the bulk of it in Boston instead of Richmond itself. Richmond is often used as a backdrop for D.C., so I figured they would have filmed it here since the city has become film friendly over the past couple decades. This movie sounded really interesting the first time I heard about it and after reading this interview, I definitely plan on seeing it unless the trailer tells me otherwise.
June 18, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST
Kelly is one of the hottest men alive. He needs to go the Eli Roth route and get in front of the camera, too. I'm not gay, but I'd totally make out with him.
June 18, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST
Beaks is really into Kelly?! What a shock!!! If there ever were two pretentious douchebags that were made for each other it's these two. Why is anybody still caring for what Kelly does? This is the man who is responsible for two of the worst cinematic abominations of the last years. Donny Darko wasn't that hot either. <p>"I've been fortunate not to ever really be pushing any boundaries." Kelly says - he's talking about the gore, but it applies to everything this middle of the road wannabe genius has ever produced. The way idiotic hacks like this guy get taken seriously nowadays is sickening. <p>
June 18, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST
Shutter Island is one of my most anticipated films this year. Ive loved everything Kelly's directed & I even liked Domino. The Box cannot hit theaters soon enough...I hope it plays the Toronto Film Festival. October 30th is way to far away.
June 18, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST
by Cap'n Jack
...because the ending deviated so much from his story. I'm curious as to whether The Box used Matheson's ending or the TZ ending.
June 18, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST
June 18, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST
Except Langella, although I'm wondering how he got suckered into it. Marsden and Diaz scream blandness. This looks to be one of those 'training wheels' films they give a director to prove they can obey studio dictates.
June 18, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST
So is Langella supposed to be Howie?
June 18, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST
We'll know if he inflates a surgical glove covering half of his half of a face.
June 18, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST
Is if there is a big dramatic moment and then just a fade to black, or both of their hands on the button then CLICK! Credits roll with some bad ass heavy 70s rock (probably Viking Song, which every time I hear I have this amazing shot of Vikings going on a rampage montage which one day I will direct starring Zac Efron) which fades to the nice score music. NO ANIMALS HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM. then there is a shot of a guy walking down a street, we see him from behind and then he just falls over. Or a family is sitting there eating dinner talking when all of the sudden one of them faceplants into the mash patatoes and gravy.
June 18, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST
..fuck Richard Kelly. I am fairly certain I've never seen a worse movie than Southland Tales.
June 18, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST
Donnie Darko was a good movie...it really was a good movie. The reason that so many people geeked out over it is it was one of the few that we all discovered ourselves without the aid of a million media outlets telling us to love it. That really doesn't happen that much anymore. <br> <br> But the bottom line is...it was just a good movie. It wasn't the second coming of cinema, and it did have its problems; namely, Jake G.'s acting. <br> <br> Then came Southland Tales. <br> <br> Apparently, the only way to appreciate this movie was to buy all of Kelly's graphic novels and his crib sheets written on wadded up pieces of toilet paper. It was fucking horrible. Really fucking horrible. <br> <br> So, we've got a director who has given us a really good, not great, movie, and a steaming turd. <br> <br> Why does he get this attention? <br> <br> He certainly doesn't deserve it, he's made one good movie. I think he still has to prove to us that he can acheive greatness, and doesn;t deserve all the attention until he does. He has lined himself up with Richard Matheson which is promising but an eight page story made into a feature length film? I dunno, I'll wait to see this one on cable.
June 18, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST
I mean, c'mon, she was MADE for this movie title.
June 18, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
by Jack Shepherd
One of the worst movies I've ever seen, hands down. Simultaneously over-complicated and astoundingly stupid. Proved to me that Donnie Darko was a fluke.
June 18, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST
Please go see it.<br><br> Why are you wasting time with these bad movies when Sam Raimi's fantastic "Drag Me to Hell" is still in theaters? Join the "Drag Me To Hell" talkback! <br><br> http://tinyurl.com/ll7s4p <br><br> http://www.aintitcool.com/talkback_display/40453
June 18, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST
You heard me. It was watchable at best, and it was nowhere near the Evil Dead level of awesome that Raimi is capable of. Hawking sub-par work from him like this just means we'll get more lazy films from him like we've had ever since he mainstreamed. Hoping for a comeback. Drag Me To Hell wasn't it though.
June 18, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
The fact that the film actually exists just boggles the mind. Haters can hate all they want; it may be impenetrably plotted, it may be oddly cast, and it definitely has its flaws, but Southland Tales has Christopher Lambert driving an ice cream truck, and in my book that counts for something.
June 18, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST
I'm quite looking forward to this. I liked Donnie Darko but have steered clear of Domino and Southland Tales. However the combination of a good old fashioned high-concept sci-fi story from the grea\t Richard Matheson, and the enthusiasm and good sense that comes across in this interview I'm getting psyched.
June 18, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
by Thunderbolt Ross
I thought Donnie Darko was a very odd bullseye. The fact that he did a more explicit director's cut and Southland Tales make me suspect it was almost luck that DD came out well.<i>On the other hand, Southland Tales, as bad as it was, was also very memorable. It had a few moments. It was completely fucking bizarre, I'll give it that much anyway.
June 18, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST
I really should have proof-read and rewritten my entire reply, it looks like the kind of stream-of-conscious nonsense Harry tends to write. Still, I guess my meaning comes across.
June 18, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST
you broke my heart.
June 18, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST
Great interview, Beaks. Thanks for this.<p> I wasn't a big fan of "Southland Tales" but loved "Donnie Darko." Thus I'm very interested to hear what Richard Kelly is up to these days. Unlike some people on this talkback, I really enjoyed hearing about technical aspects of moviemaking. The details ALWAYS matter. A friend of mine delivered copying machines to Kelly's studio as "The Box" was being filmed, and said everyone there was friendly, hard-working, and really into what was going on. Not that other movie sites aren't these things, but he really got a good vibe from Kelly's place. Hopefully this translates on screen.<p> I'm definitely interested.
June 18, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST
Damn you MPAA
June 18, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST
Jon Lovitz talking about the movie and how he has no idea what its about, he just signed up because the guy directed Donnie Darko. He didn't even understand his character.
June 18, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST
June 18, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
but that doorway was closing in three days and Santoro was determined to find it."--That's an actual line from the Cannes cut of Southland Tales.
June 18, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST
That's a line that shows up TWICE in the ST theatrical cut.
June 18, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST
Enjoyable movie. Better than most.
June 18, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST
We get it. You've read the script. Now knock it off with the spoilers.
June 18, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST
I simply can't watch anything that has Cameron Diaz in it. She's even more annoying than Drew Barrymore and has totally hit the wall. <P> So Kelly is rebooting an old TZ episode and making the lead characters his parents? Those creative juices must really be flowing.
June 18, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST
let sonicmonkey talk! you NAZI! I have no goddamn cleu what asouthland tales was bout. im saw it, but it was so un-engaging and such utter pretentious shit-i tuned out. So, let him talk, its sorta itneresting!
June 18, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST
RICH KELLY....pal? Hey.Donnie Darko..pretty cool movie.Very confusing, but I like most of what you TRIED to do there.Southland Tales? WOW-that was just garbage.nothing redeeming at all, except getting the killer's to loan you that song. This film-it looks interesting-but I WANNA see a trailer.If this film don't fly...just go away sir.Go suck on Frank Marshal''s cock and maybe work with him on his redonk INDY 5 script.
June 18, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST
RICHARD KELLY'S TASTY JELLY. what do you think bout that? I'm telling you Rich, you can make a big couple bucks on that right there. Next time I wake up, hankering for some toast-you think I'm reaching for Smuckers? no man, im reaching for Rich Kelly's tasty jelly.
June 18, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST
anything -- for that would be censorship. No, they just suggest that perhaps maybe the filmmakers should submit their matirials early so they can get a certain rating. Otherwise, they (the MPAA) might have to give their movie an NC-17 which pretty removes the chance of anyone seeing the movie. <p>Sure, non of this is REQUIRED -- except if you want your movie shown in a mainstream theater or a mainstream video rental place -- you must have a rating. Don't play the semantics game Bicycle Sharer; the MPAA claims to just be "guide to parents" and this has been proven to be not the case so many times that they are a joke.
June 18, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST
by Gwai Lo
I actually kind of admired Southland Tales for how much it tried to do. It had some major problems, but you don't see many filmmakers swing for the fences like that coming off something as unanimously loved as Donnie Darko. I didn't think it was horrible, especially compared to all the derivative unoriginal junk that passes for entertainment these days. I watched it twice just to make sure I wasn't way off base. I can definitely understand not liking it, but it's a spectacular failure in the vein of David Lynch's Dune (although not as good) in my opinion, not just your garden variety failure.
June 18, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST
WAS JSUT AWFUL.what he was trying to "do" is stay alive and just make a buck(no problem WITH that).The problem is that I don't think he FULLY thought this out, even with those crappy-ass graphic novels.Everything was so convoluted, and the actors! brrrr.what a bad idea...basting comedians in it.
June 18, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST
Donnie Darko is pretty good too (though the director's cut shits all over itself in front of everybody like it ain't no thang ('PURGE')). Richard Kelly is where it's at. ST is incredible, no question.
June 18, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST
this just out-SOUTHLAND TALES a BIG FAT PIECE OF SHIT!!!
June 18, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST
by Gwai Lo
I won't argue with you that ST was convoluted, and that using a cast of mostly comedians was a bad idea. Like I said, the film had its problems. But I don't think he was just trying to make a buck. I think he was probably overly ambitious, and trying to work outside his intellectual comfort zone. It was the type of thing that would have benefited from about ten more drafts to get it to a state that made sense. He had too many ideas swirling around, none of them clear, and the characters, theme and overall story needed to be stripped down and reworked. But there's a difference between a naively ambitious disaster like this, and Meet the Spartans. I just don't think it's fair to condemn the guy for life because of one directorial misstep. Not counting Domino here.
June 18, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST
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June 18, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST
very weel written, okay-i agree.But, my problem is i USED to like Richard Kelly.I thought Darko was very cool-and own the collector's edition.I like it.But then S.T. came out-and it all came crashing down. I felt like the "guy with potential" was just another deuche bag with no clue on how to make a proper film. Anywho, I HAVE SINCE PUT SOME Rich Kelly TASTY JELLY(tm) on a piece of toast-and totally calmed the fuck down.
June 18, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST
by Rubiks Doob
If this movie is good then he's maybe got a career. If not, he's another M. Night Schalamghyena...
June 18, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST
I couldnt have said it better.You reading this RICH? Shape up or ship out, you JELLY MAKING MOTEHRFUCKER
June 18, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
She's been suffering from SEVERE crow's feet for the last three or four years.
June 18, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST
Playing it straight my ass, it's all kinds of fucked up.
June 18, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST
I thought Donnie Darko was just as bad as Southland Tales. The main difference is the scale of the crap. Donnie Darko is just a little cat poop in the corner of the bathroom, whereas Southland Tales is more like a steaming elephant mound. They are very similar in quality, but one obviously makes a much bigger impression.
June 18, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST
Snake would push it real fast, it's the truth.
June 18, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST
Clearly a film noob. Watch some mor Fight Club, fuckface!
June 18, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST
by Flames gotta Eat
for 2009. Wow! Great interview Beaks, I think Kelly comes off great in this and the movie sounds awesome. I just hope it comes out half as good as this interview portends. There are plenty of movies that were researched extremely well like this and came out mundane or even poorly, let's hope this isn't the case. I love the idea of a good ole fashioned thriller without gore or profanity. Drag Me To Hell was too PG-13 for me, I wanted more gore and violence and I didn't find it fun or zany enough to merit the lack of "R" stuff.
June 18, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
I remember looking at stereo images that came directly from NASA back in the 70s from a family friend who had worked on the soil sampling equipment for the Mars Viking lander. Richard Kelly seems like a pretty cool guy, but I'd sure like to see him completely unfettered by budget restrictions and see him go crazy with a project. Maybe he needs a short subject film...
June 18, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST
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June 18, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST
I hope to be pleasantly surprised by this one
June 18, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST
It's frustrating that she played a porn star in that film and yet we don't see any hint of her "performances". It's just like Natalie Portman playing a stripper who doesn't show nudity. What a tease :(
June 18, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST
sounds like someone's got a corn cob jammed squarely up their black box. or maybe that was sarcasm. it's so hard to tell without tone of voice. but, either way, damn, dude, un-clench. that can't be healthy.
June 19, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST
Please. Not iTunes. CD.
June 19, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
I will NEVER EVER watch anything by this guy again. I've tried watching it three times. Every single time about 15 minutes in I feel like I'm watching possibly the worst movie ever made, all the more so because it has such high ambition and aspirations but seems like it was made by a 16 year old who is stuck in the 90s and just did shrooms for the first time.
June 19, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST
looks like the kinda person who would direct Southland Tales.
June 19, 2009, 5:39 a.m. CST
He destroyed Donnie Darko with his "this is the REAL plot" 'director's cut,' and Southland Tales is one of the worst, most amateurish pieces of shit I have ever seen. And I saw Howling VII: New Moon Rising.
June 19, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST
Here are some Southland Tales spoilers: <p> ...<p> Shit, it was so uninteresting, i cannot remember anything. In the end the rock and sarah michelle gellar die when the zeppelin blows up, because a cartoon character shoots a bazooka at it from a floating ice cream truck or something if i remember correctly. god, i remember the bazooka guy now... such a badly written character... mind boggling. or the "jokes" like "this is a fat woman, she eats a lot of food HAHAHA". what a piece of shit movie. <p> Oh, here's another spoiler for you Beaks:<p> You're an asshole.
June 19, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST
Thanks for an insightful interview. I give you crap for silly things, but you're the cats pajamas- don't you ever forget that!
June 19, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 10 a.m. CST
No reason for all the personal stuff other than self indulgence
June 19, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
DO the world a favor and shut the fuck up already. Go back o making funny featur-ettes, like Donnie Darko's # 1 fan-THAT shit was great.and DON'T even think about NOT reading this, read it-eat some JELLY(tm)-and learn.
June 19, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST
by Wee Willie
this guy's made three films and you're talking to him like he's some old veteran.
June 19, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST
When I read Arcade Fire is doing the score... Oh man, their song "Wake Up" (as heard in the fantastic trailer for "Where The Wild Things Are") is heart-wrenching... http://tinyurl.com/ytj7w2
June 19, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST
fuck this guy..can we interview "PROVEN' directors, like Spike Jonze? where's all the stuff for his forthcoming WHERE THE WILD THNIGS ARE film?
June 19, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST
and you've got to be fucking kidding me. dude it's a 90 minute morality play about tension, not some epic based on Carl Sagan's thoughts after smoking kush
June 19, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST
June 19, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST
?Spoliers? Sartre ?Spoilers? a spoiler? I mean, it's a 60 year old play that Kelly just, literally steals pages from. We all know he makes movies on a template at this point. Is it really that bad to tell you what book you should be reading before seeing/instead of seeing this movie?
June 19, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST
Skipped SOUTHLAND TALES because the stink of DARKO still hadn't left my mouth yet. This only sounds interesting because it's based on a Richard Matheson short story, but the "new ideas" mentioned immediately turn me off to it. Some stories are just meant to be, you know, short. Stupid backstories doesn't make it anything more than padding.
June 20, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST
Just adding to the chorus. There's never been a bigger one hit wonder other than the shits that did the Macarena.
June 20, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST
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June 20, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST
Remember that shit, yeah. Then she lost way too weight. Too fuckin skinny man. Darko is pretty excellent, I like the ambition RK showed in ST more than I actually liked the flick, The rock sucks outloud.
June 21, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST
she should stick to monster movies
June 21, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST
Richard Kelly is just one of those directors with a style you either love…or you hate. Period. There’s no happy middle ground with the guy...nor the people who critcize him. Most everything that he’s done (directorially or written) is either shot strangely, cast outside of the box, paced off key, or generally set outside the lines of your average everyday “Joe Blow” movie goer. Basically those lines that most paying customers draw in the sand, Kelly crosses...& then kicks the sand into your face. Personally….I like that. Fact is…most people I know walked out of Donnie Darko because it was just too weird & most people I know did the same for Southland Tales citing that there were too many characters to follow & the mere mention of quantum teleportation coupled with the bulk of SNL's B list players, the Rock, Sean William Scott, Bai Ling, Booger, & an occassional dwarf or porn star thrown in here & there...well it pushed em over that sandy line. While I consider myself to have a little bit wider of a scope of tolerance compared to most movie goers (meaning I can watch & try to give bad movies 5th/6th & 10th chances) I really liked Donnie Darko, appreciated Domino…I actually loved Southland Tales. The roles, the ideas, & the over all scope of what the story was...while it was just to left field for the duration...was a good ole goofy brain bender. That being said…I have been salivating over “the Box” since I heard about it a year ago. Can’t wait! Love the 70's aspects of it & am always willing to give our newer age directors chance after chance after chance.
June 22, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST
Love this guy.
June 22, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST
Its really a film that must be considered out of context. Forget Darko. Twenty years from now depending on how we see Richard Kelly's history as a director Southland Tales could take on a whole new context and meaning.
June 22, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST
I would really like to know more about this since I've never heard of it. So the MPAA needs to see production design, props, the script, etc to start making a determination of the rating? Just watching the completed or near complete film isn't enough to make a decision?
June 22, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST
I love the original short story and I've seen is successfully adapted into a play. I've always wanted to see it done as a movie. I'm officially excited.
June 22, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
He really dropped the ball with that one!
June 23, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST
and even I thought Southland Tales was an abortion. A late-term abortion. This sounds good though, I'm interested.
June 24, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST
by Serious Black
June 28, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
Of the play La Barca sin Pescador? It was written by Alejandro Casona in 1945. I read it long before Matheson wrote his. Involved the same button of death but if I recall it ended up as a love story.
June 28, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST
And "opening up" a parable-like tale is not to improve it.
June 21, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST
Richard Kelly talks first day of principal photography, the rush of filmmaking, and his favorite director moment!! I love this director! http://bit.ly/dht0kC