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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    This was a senseless piece of tripe. Obviously going for artsy,

    This was a senseless piece of tripe. Obviously going for artsy, just a big old mess. I really wanted to love this movie and I was sorely disappointed. I found that the people that liked it were just being loyal to Richard Kelly, when I would dig deep they would admit, well maybe it wasn't his best. Its just that you didn't understand it??? what? there was nothing to understand, this movie just did not work at any level.!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lightning Doesn't Always Strike Twice

    Most people expected spectacular things from Richard Kelly after Donnie Darko, and what we got was a spectacular failure. The movie looks great. It really does. Visually there's something to admire in every scene. Likewise, the Moby soundtrack goes a long way. And because the visuals and soundtrack are so effective, they delude the viewer into thinking this is a good movie, but it's not. It thinks that it's funny, which it is not. Indeed, Kelly has assembled some of the funniest people of this generation, but all brought together in scenes apocolpytic in nature, NOTHING is remotely funny. It thinks itself a satire but it's never clear what Kelly is satirizing. And can we talk about plot? It either doesn't have one or thinks it has one (the latter more likely) because it's just so darn convoluted you keep trying to figure out what's going on. Because your mind is so busy trying to figure out the backwards/forwards science-fiction nature of the goings-on, you're never invested in the present scenes. The final result is a movie that looks great and SEEMS to be deep and intelligent but is completely hollow and all surface. You keep thinking, as the movie goes on, that it's going to justify itself, explain itself, have a giant revelation that puts everything into perspective, but there's none of that; it's just one giant mess. And because it's so confusing, the movie deceives you into thinking its more intelligent than it is. You'll rack you're brain trying to get everything into focus because you're sure there's brilliance behind the lunacy, but then you'll realize there's nothing there to hold on to. One of the biggest disapointments I've ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fast Paced 'What If' Version of a Los Angeles Based Apocalypse!

    SOUTHLAND TALES is, quite simply, bizarre. It resembles a futuristic comic book whose dismembered pages have been flung about the room, defying understanding of a plot, while providing some strange moments of entertainment mixed with metaphor and farce. If this grab bag concept of a film doesn't appeal, then skip this film. But for the adventuresome viewer this is a funny lollipop of a movie. July 4, 2005 and an atomic bomb explodes during the usual follies of the holiday. What happens from that point to the effects on contemporary Los Angeles is an amalgam of American responses to current events of potential annihilation of the country and the appearance of a lot of strange characters whose minds are either tethered by amnesia or by corrupted views of reality, or who are simply out of sync with what is happening. The cast for this bit of acidic and sour fluff that resembles disconnected fragments of the fertile imagination of writer director Richard Kelly ('Donnie Darko') includes a fine Dwayne Johnson (excellent here!), Seann William Scott, Nora Dunn, Miranda Richardson, Jon Lovitz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore, Justin Timberlake, John Larroquette, Christopher Lambert and many others. Just don't try to make sense of it and sit back and watch the crazy antics of a cast having fun with one view of the apocalypse. It is entertaining...Grady Harp

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