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Southland Tales (2006)

May. 15,2006
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Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.


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Wonderful character development!


Excellent adaptation.


A Major Disappointment


Fanciful, disturbing, and wildly original, it announces the arrival of a fresh, bold voice in American cinema.

Tom Orrow

I despise this movie, no seriously, it can burn in hell.I know it's been like eight years, but forget it, i'm still mad, I need to vent this frustration.Richard Kelly lost his goddamn mind after Donnie Darko and not one of the producers on Southland Tales had any guts to call him out on his bulls**t because they didn't want to question his so-called genius and make it sound like they "Didn't Get It".They "Didn't Get It" because there's nothing "To Get".This is what happens when storytellers who can't control their visions are left to their own devices without any creative control. Similar circumstances gave us: One from the Heart, Heaven's Gate, A Serious Man, Matrix Reloaded, Moonwalker, Glitter, Death Proof, Lady in the Water and the Star Wars Prequels. All those vanity projects that lost their way, some being remembered as some of the worst movies of their time.It's a good thing that Richard Kelly's career never recovered from this, as far as i'm concerned after making Southland Tales he should have been shot into the sun, but such a glamorous death is too kindly.I hope and dream that one day I will walk into a McDonalds and catch him sweeping the floor.


I was pleasantly surprised at this film with 'The Rock' & 'Buffy' I really liked it, that I've watched it three times now, each instance having showing someone new my new-found guilty pleasure. I guess I kind of love it! If you like Weird & Interesting films, this is your ride. In the middle of this futuristic adventure, we have one my favourite songs by the band 'The Killers' play alongside Justin Timberlake accompanied by drug-induced mirages of beautiful women dancing together in a full-out music video. They played the whole song...Priceless. It was my icing on the cake. All in all, every scene made me think, the ambiance of the movie had this cool, eerie yet metallic energy to it, one of the feelings that kept me watching, wanting more!


I really don't get why so many people don't like this movie. The only thing I can come up with is that most people in general are pretty dumb. All I ever hear people say is " nothing happens" or it doesn't make sense. I think people just don't get it which is weird cause it's perfectly easy to understand. It's shot well , the story is interesting and despite the fact that it's not a comedy, most of the actors are comedians who all do a pretty good job. Honestly, this is one my favorite films. Way better than Donnie Darko I think. Which is also a decent film but trendy and overrated. This movie is way underrated. I would say that too many people listen to reviews rather than watching a whole film and forming their own opinion.


I'm surprised this movie has such a low review given its ripeness for cult-status. Here it is: unlike most movies you'll see nowadays it helps having a basic understanding of what you're getting into with "Southland Tales". Like this director's debut, Donnie Darko, this movie doesn't quite fit into just one genre. What you have is like a Mars Volta blend of different genres supercharged into a colorful, functional conflagration of concepts and some stupendously zany characters. This movie works because it doesn't take itself seriously; it's like it emerged from an ooze of vibrant science fiction, B movie horror, and Terry Gilliam-type fantasy, set in a quasi- realistic near-future more hilarious than Idiocracy but more disturbing than the dystopias in movies like Total Recall or Blade Runner. It's not gritty, it's gooey and fluorescent, and I'm pretty sure it's breathing- and the genius of the movie: whether you're in for something of a mind-bender you can break apart and chew on for a while, or you just want to watch something brainless and fun, it functions both ways. If you don't want to think about every detail, break apart each characters story and purpose, don't under any circumstance, because that's what ruins the movie for a lot of people. They realize there's more to the movie, but all they see is the goofiness, and if you can't get past that goofiness on your first go-around, just embrace it and enjoy it without trying to analyze too much. If you ARE into over-analyzing, i don't want to give anything away, but there are some wonderful references to Shakespeare, particularly Macbeth, worth looking for.The story is based on the book of Revelations in the bible, I've never read it, but i've been reading about it online. Quick summary: Justin Timberlake with eye shadow is witnessing a series of events that lead up to the end of the world, all taking place in a region of the future North America, called Southland. Scientists discover quantum teleportation and with it, clean, renewable energy. An actor and a soldier are both mysteriously teleported, which clones their bodies. They wake up with amnesia and are kidnapped by some of the outlandish "power-players" of this dystopian California. There are hints that if any clones were to meet each other and shake hands, the fabric of space-time would collapse because as everyone knows, no two identical forms can exist in the same space at the same time. While there are other side-stories for every character, this is literally ALL you need to know if you're just watching this movie to be entertained.This movie deserves at least 7 stars for presenting what I would consider a more realistic future world than similar sci-fi, with a traceable history to explain how it changed. Also there are some excellent references to literature, and some very cool metaphors that are fun to figure out. And the movie cover is the upside down flag, fo' shizzle