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Richard Kelly owes me 144 minutes of my life back
And since he seems to know so much about the time/space continuum and time travel, maybe he really could pay me back. Of course I’m speaking about Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales. Let me p
Published on April 7, 2008 | Filed under Review

And since he seems to know so much about the time/space continuum and time travel, maybe he really could pay me back. Of course I’m speaking about Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales. Let me preface by saying I really wanted to like this movie. I’m a moderate fan of Kelly’s Donnie Darko (although the more times I see it, the less I like it) and Southland Tales looked like it’d be worth a viewing…interesting plot, decent cast, dare I say I was excited? Southland Tales has a ton of recognizable actors in small parts and cameos, which is great fun. But after twenty minutes the fun slows and the incredibly convoluted plot unravels into a goofy mess of grandiose symbolism. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it, or maybe I’m too dumb to appreciate the subtle storytelling in this amazing work of art…either way, I don’t care. Unlike Donnie Darko, Southland Tales is void of emotion and that is what makes this film hard to care about…I mean the world is ending and I was more concerned with the possibility of Tony Danza popping up in a cameo role. On a positive note, Eli Roth has a quick cameo where he gets shot while on the toilet…ya know, so that was cool. Anyway, if you saw this movie and “got it”, please send me an email and shed some light on it for me.

Designer and Publisher. Fan of Carpenter, De Palma, the Revenge of the Nerds series, reading subtext theories, film poster art, and soundtracks, among other things. Not a film critic nor an academic, just passionate about the medium.
Dylan Santurri

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  • deepfix

    what amazes me most about this movie is that with, say 20 million less dollars, i would have so completely loved it. B & C level actors slumming is nowhere near as enjoyable as z level actors rising to what they think is a B or C level movie or former A & B level actors reduced to acting in a D level flick. was kevin smith supposed to be made up as a “man who saw tomorrow” orson welles? imagine what donald pleasence could have done as baron von westphalen (and believe me i’m not remembering character’s names, i’m looking thewm up.) was john larroquette’s accent purposely imitating tommy lee jones? if it was, it was the best acting in the whole film.

    anyway, shave thirty to forty minutes off of it, it’d have been such a WTF?!? that i’d love it. i kept thinking Freaky Farley as i watched it except Freaky Farley milked the “what the fuck just happened” with like 7/10 the budget.

    justin timberlake’s drug fueled bit was by far the highlight.

    but, why do you hire timberlake to lipsync the killers?

    p.s. screw my namesake king joe the wicked and bloody disgusting and horror movie a day critic brian for making me watch this.
    i think.

    hell i probably loved it when i think about it tomorrow.

  • Joe Humphrey

    you guys are on The Drugs. This movie rocked hard tasty ass.