Southland Tales

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Rated: R

Running Time: 145 Minutes

Year: 2007

Boobs: Zero

One Sentence: It is very hard to follow.

I generally have a problem with movies that go beyond what I can figure out.  Mulholland Drive and The Fountain come to mind as the top 2 movies recently that were just total mind fucks.   These movies provide no clues to what is going on and only after you read the directors or writers response to questions do you get some idea of what is going on.  Southland Tales is one of these movies.  Directed and Written by Richard Kelly, who did Donnie Darko so you know it's going to be a little out there. 

I say generally because there are a couple of others that I found to be not bad, or good even.  2001, and Southland Tales fall into this category.  Southland is completly off the way, hard to follow, not sure what is going on and now after reading things about the movie I am still not sure what is going on.  I am not sure if I liked the story, and don't know if I get it.  However the movie is entertaining.  It provides even something as simple as eye candy and as deeply as foreign policy and global warming.  It is funny at times, and well put together throughout, even though the the flow of the story and what really is going on is lost. 

The movie is packed with cameos and stars, The Rock, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott,  Mandy Moore, Justin Timberlake, John Larroquette, Bai Ling, Jon Lovitz, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Wallace Shawn, Curtis Armstrong, Janeane Garofalo, Kevin Smith, Christopher Lambert, Zelda Rubenstien, and Will Sasso.  There are rumors of more that I missed.  What this means is, you get all this weirdness, blended in with tons of people you know, and like, and even though you have no idea what is going on, you might actually enjoy this one.  Be careful you might hate it too.  I am going to say if you like movies that are hard to follow go for it, if you don't, skip it. 

3 Stars

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