Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001)




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Rory Cochrane stars as Chance, a musician who loses his extremely rare magical synthesizer which takes the form of a white 1969 Moletron keyboard. He looks for it by wandering around a de-glamorised Southern California with pal Rossangeles (co-writer Ross Harris from DJ Me DJ You and Sukia). They sometimes find clues in the local classified newspaper called the Southlander, which leads them to meet interesting folks.Their adventures eventually lead them to the home of former funk legend-turned-tennis player Mother Child (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs from Welcome Back Kotter) and his blonde girlfriend Snowbunny (Meghan Gallagher). Beth Orton stars as Chance's love interest Rocket and the leader of the band Future Pigeon. Beck plays Bek, his younger pre-stardom self, back when he was into drugs and recording music by himself in a shack. Also starring Ione Skye, Hank Williams III, Richard Edson, and Elliott Smith. Southlander was shown at the 2001 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Rory Cochrane
as Chance
Rossie Harris
as Ross Angeles
as Bek
Beth Orton
as Rocket
Richard Edson
as Thomas
Gregg Henry
as Lane Windbird
Laura Prepon
as Seven=Five
Ione Skye
as Miss Highrise
Elliott Smith
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Seems like the product of someone who has hit the bong a few too many times.

October 23, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Steve Hanft ... shot Southlander on digital video for what looks like $99.99. But who needs a big budget when you have a quirky script, an energetic cast and a soundtrack that features Union 13, the Blondes, Future Pigeon and Omega Man?

September 26, 2003
New York Post
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Southlander does have enough energy and wit to make a solid music video. But that leaves us with about 80 minutes too many.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
New York Daily News
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Too fragmentary and too devoted to its self-referential ethos to transcend its insular vision of rock's lunatic fringe.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
New York Times
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Hanft captures the goosy, roach-of-a-joint lifestyle pressed upon fledgling musicians in underground circles of L.A. and other urban blights.

Full Review… | October 2, 2003
Apollo Guide

The more interested you are in seeing Beck, Orton and others -- including the late jazz luminary Billy Higgins -- outside the context of music videos, the more rewarding you'll find it.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician

This is another one of my impulse buys. I got it on the internet. It was released...I don't even know when. October 2003, maybe? Anyway, it's not a very good movie. It's quirky but the storyline drags a bit in the middle. Beth Orton is beautiful and enchanting but she's in the movie for only a few minutes. Really the only reason I got the movie is because Beck is in it. Anyone who has seen him live knows that he is funny, satirical...I dunno. But he does a GREAT job playing an early-mid-nineties Beck. He's hilarious. Anyway, not too great but funny. Some familiar faces are in it too. Laura Prepon (of [i]That 70's Show[/i]) the guy who played Freddy "Boom-Boom" Washington on [i]Welcome Back Kotter[/i] and the crazy guy who stole Cameron's car in [i]Ferris Bueller's Day Off[/i]. If you see it in the video store and can't decide on anything, pick it up...If you're a big Beck fan...and don't blame me if you don't like it. Giant Robot factor: 10 familiar faces factor: 9 Hank Williams III factor: 10-4

Emily Reeve
Emily Reeve

I really really wanted to like this movie, but I don't think I was able to give it the attention it needed. The cameos and soundtrack are very fun. Some of the acting is good, and there are some smart moments. All of this made it more painful when it failed to reach the level it could have.



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