Southland Tales (2007)
Critic Consensus: Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.
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as Roland Taverner/Ronald Taverner
as Krysta Kapowski/Krysta Now
as Dr. Soberin Exx
as Boxer Santaros
as Brandt Huntington
as Cyndi Pinziki
as Starla Von Luft
as Dr. Inga Von Westphalen/Marion Card
as Dion Warner/Dion Element
as Vaughn Smallhouse
as Sen. Bobby Frost
as Zora Charmichaels
as Shoshana Kapowski/Shoshana Cox
as Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
as Martin Kefauver
as Baron Von Westphalen
as Walter Mung
as Fortunio Balducci
as Bart Bookman
as Madeline Frost Santaros
as Veronica Mung/Dream
as Nana Mae Frost
as Hideo Takehashi
as Simon Theory
as Teri Riley
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Critic Reviews for Southland Tales
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.
One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen.
By the time the movie rolls into its third hour, it's exhausted most of its comic energy, leaving you disoriented and unable to remember much of what you just saw.
No amount of reworking could salvage what was a misbegotten and unfunny idea to begin with.
Audience Reviews for Southland Tales
A film that leaves you in awe. In awe of the amount of wasted talent combined in this pretentious, confusing and unfunny dystopian tale. Director Kelly delivered a surprise cult hit with Donny Darko and revisits the themes of time travel and the end of the world here. He packs it into an overly long story with political satire, too many unlikable characters and a plot that's almost impossible to follow. It's trying to be smart, funny and David Lynch-esque but isn't really any of that. During the last half an hour things are slowly starting to make a little more sense but the finale, overblown with Christian symbolism, makes it hard to care after the horrible first half of the movie. Unbelievable, how many great names signed up to be part of this terrible attempt in creating art. Kelly still knows how to use songs and to film musical numbers but as for the rest is concerned, one has to wonder what the hell he was thinking. Watch at your own risk.
A strange film set in the future with a confusing plot with deals with alternative energy, politics, world war 3 and the 4th dimension!! A bit long it has some good moments but a few lows as well. Overall just a bit odd.
Ya gotta give credit to Richard Kelly. The man definitely has some interesting, unique, and different ideas, and he's definitely got an unmatched sense of creativity and wicked sense of style. His ambition is something to be praised. He makes some interesting movies, but unfortunately, accessibility is something he doesn't excel at. Donnie Darko was a challenge, but it didn't seem so bad trying to get a handle on things. This on the other hand, is probably understandable eventually, but it's too much to want to try to give it a chance and to figure out what the fuck is going on. Now, apparently this is supposed ot be an update or take on the the Book Of Revelation, as well as being filled with a ton of other references to things as varied a the works of Philip K. Dick, Marx, and a host of others. The problem is, this film is an incoherent, rambling, pretty pretentious, mess. If there is a narrative, it's not all that apparent. The look of things is cool, and, as I said, the ideas are interesting, but yeah, nothing makes sense. Following this movie is impossibl.. I am not sure if the casting is a bad thing or a good thing. I like a good number of the people in the cast, but I'm not sure if having most of the cast being the result of stunt is such a good idea. I will admit though, it was very entertaining, and amusing even if baffling and unbelievable to have Timberlake do a song and dance number. I should give this a lower grade, but I won't. Even with all my (valid) bitching about the many issues with the writing, there's some cool stuff going on here: the aforementioned song and dance number, the car commercial with copulating cars, and the fact that Kelly makes the films he wants, even if only he truly knows what the fuck is going on. My only hope is that in the future, Kelly keeps making these bold and brain exercising films, but that he learns how to make things a little esier on the average person. It wouldn't kill him to learn how to make things more coherent and accessible without losing the trippiness of things.
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