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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Southland Tales

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Time Out says

Mon Dec 3 2007

A vision gone mad for a world gone mad? More coherent and less grandiose than his infamous Cannes rough-cut, Richard Kelly’s film is still a mess – but what a mess. Like his genre-bending cult debut ‘Donnie Darko’, it’s an end-of-days pulp-prophesy. But this time, political steamrollers personal as terrorists, politicians, porn stars, actors, singers, soldiers and scientists collide in a paranoid fantasy of dystopian America the day after tomorrow. No one, it seems, is in on Kelly’s epic conspiracy: Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Justin Timberlake are mere cartoon ciphers, winging it in the most eccentric cast so far this century. Unlike ‘Donnie Darko’, there’s no glimmer of intimacy here – this is not about people – although Seann William Scott’s double performance aches with a strange, unknowable poignancy.

Evolving like a fever dream conjured by the mind-blowing drug that propels Timberlake into a lip-sync of The Killers’ ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, Kelly’s apocalyptic carnival near bursts its veins with ideas. All fascinating, all discombobulated. Blurring between genres (sci-fi, satire, comedy), this post-9/11 meta-world is hopelessly clogged with multi-referencing (movies, literature, media, music) and criss-cross plotlines – a bizarre spectacle lost in the flux of its undeveloped non-sequiturs.

But, of course, ‘Southland Tales’ is one of those rare, impossible oddities that cinema would be poorer without. Kelly, aged 32, has more ideas than he knows what to do with and the balls to go for broke. And by the climax, his truly ambitious, truly flawed film finally disappears into the ‘time-space rift’ (or whatever) to achieve some sort of cosmic transcendence.

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raven19906

I had never herd of the film before I started watching it.(yes i live under a rock) At first the plot was slow to start but with the all star cast I had high hopes that it will be a good movie. 1 hr into the film i stopped caring, but still watched to see the world end. When the movie ended before showing the world ripped apart by the tidal forses of time i found my self asking the movie (In a VERY loud voice) "Who do you think you are!!!". Over all seeing the Rock say that thing about being a pimp, and that guy being hit by that car made the movie worth watching once.

iknowyourmother

i'm so disgusted with the dissenters, who are so inflamed or jealous that they don't get it, that they feel the need to attack and tear down anyone who did. get over yourself people. why are you taking it so damned seriously. we are allowed to like this movie without having to put up with being berrated by the likes of you pretentious movie snobs. so what if there were so many characters and stories that they were just a blur in your first viewing. watch it again if you so desperately need to tie every end, because it's all there. every character is needed and acts as a chain which leads us into the grande finale! get your heads out of the old stuffy divine rules of cinema and let these kids experiment with a new thoroughly modern cinematic language.

iknowyourmother

i'm so disgusted with the dissenters, who are so inflamed or jealous that they don't get it, that they feel the need to attack and tear down anyone who did. get over yourself people. why are you taking it so damned seriously. we are allowed to like this movie without having to put up with being berrated by the likes of you pretentious movie snobs. so what if there were so many characters and stories that they were just a blur in your first viewing. watch it again if you so desperately need to tie every end, because it's all there. every character is needed and acts as a chain which leads us into the grande finale! get your heads out of the old stuffy divine rules of cinema and let these kids experiment with a new thoroughly modern cinematic language.

Ray Penbar

This movie is a load of pretentious self conscious trying to be hip bullshit. In other words a trainwreck of a film. Do I hate it? Nope. I don't even dislike it. I 'nothing' it. Which is the worst thing for a film such as this. Rarely funny for being a 'comedic take' on the apocalypse. And not much headspace for thoughts even though it's supposed to be sci-fi. Some ppl say he's emulating Phillip K. Dick - these ppl shit the bed. Clearly. Still, if you have a masochistic need to watch a film fail spectacularly this is quite interesting. Oh and kudos to the actors for not looking embarassed despite saying lines like "I'm a pimp. And pimps don't commit suicide." and my personal fav "The fourth dimension will collapse you stupid bitch."

Stephen Pearce

I had high hopes for this film...and all of them were fulfilled."Southland Tales" is not just the best film i have seen all year but also one of the best films of all time.I will see it again...no question.

Stephen Pearce

I had high hopes for this film...and all of them were fulfilled."Southland Tales" is not just the best film i have seen all year but also one of the best films of all time.I will see it again...no question.

Marge

It's nice to watch an artist polarize his audience--fantastic to watch the squares running in circles while spouting all the movie-crit lingo that Kelly's film puts so deep in the dark. "Southland Tales" is no more (or less) confounding and internally conflicted than the average daily news cycle. Americans have developed a woefully tin ear for satire and Kelly's critics can't tell the difference between a deadpan delivery and a CGI goblin. The latest Will Smith vehicle? Christmas uppers and handwringing Gulf War downers? Each movie on the American screen at the moment is nothing more than an EVENT in Kelly's Tales. See you in the Southland!

Marge

It's nice to watch an artist polarize his audience--fantastic to watch the squares running in circles while spouting all the movie-crit lingo that Kelly's film puts so deep in the dark. "Southland Tales" is no more (or less) confounding and internally conflicted than the average daily news cycle. Americans have developed a woefully tin ear for satire and Kelly's critics can't tell the difference between a deadpan delivery and a CGI goblin. The latest Will Smith vehicle? Christmas uppers and handwringing Gulf War downers? Each movie on the American screen at the moment is nothing more than an EVENT in Kelly's Tales. See you in the Southland!

Cynthia

This is by far the worst 5 out of 6 stars rated movie I have ever seen. It was lost and confusing. Too many things to tackle. As someone who is a huge fan of Donnie Darko and find Time Out generally reliable on movie ratings, I was so disappointed. I could not wait for the movie to end. At least ten people got up before the movie ended and I don't blame them. Ugh. I want that time in my life and my money back.

Jared

I thought this movie was brilliant. I've seen it twice now and I continue to think about it constantly. If you didn't get this movie look into the prequel graphic novels. They help and they're good too. Like Donnie Darko, you can't take everything you can away from this movie after only one viewing.

Jared

I thought this movie was brilliant. I've seen it twice now and I continue to think about it constantly. If you didn't get this movie look into the prequel graphic novels. They help and they're good too. Like Donnie Darko, you can't take everything you can away from this movie after only one viewing.

Mark

i was on pot in front of the theatre. people interested in the movie might think critics just didn't "get" it, but that would be a terrible mistake. this movie is nonstop awful with a few decent moments. the script could well be one of the worst ever written. for someone who claims to have been inspired by lynch, kelly's direction seems especially pedestrian and ugly.