Forthcoming: Southland Tales

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#151 Post by swo17 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:20 pm

The bad film that most desperately needs the Arrow treatment!

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#152 Post by Boosmahn » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:53 pm

Comment from rogerebert.com wrote:Utter nonsense, loosely cobbled together apparently while the director and editor were in the midst of an ether binge. And yet, post election, somehow this film makes sense. Not in any artistic way. Just a commentary on how bewildering and belligerent this country currently making itself out to be.

So weird. So bloated. So unnecessary. Merica.
Has anybody here seen this film post-election? On average, it doesn't sound that good, but when considering our current political state it might take on a new relevancy? Maybe like Idiocracy?

I loved Kelly's Donnie Darko but these movies seem pretty different...

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#153 Post by knives » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:59 pm

swo17 wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:20 pm
The bad film that most desperately needs the Arrow treatment!
Bad doesn't seem right. Maybe excitening incoherent? Gen X id? Blue screen train crash? Something to capture how it can both be summarized as Kevin Smith: Vietnam Vet and Justin Timberlake will make you cry to the Killers?

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#154 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:07 pm

I could be wrong, but this got a fair amount of critical defense when it was initially released. I've never seen this film, but I get late-Bush era PTSD thinking about this movie.

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#155 Post by swo17 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:09 pm

All I meant by "bad" was Arrow Video material

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#156 Post by domino harvey » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:03 pm

This film will always be a piece of shit no matter who is president

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#157 Post by bearcuborg » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:29 pm

To date, this is the only movie in which I am likely to see Dwayne Johnson... I just remember feeling trapped in the movie theater, but I still have the graphic novels that were passed at Film Forum.

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#158 Post by domino harvey » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:32 pm

Johnson has the charisma and movie star quality to be good in a good movie, but I suspect he has no interest in doing so

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#159 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:43 pm

I kind of love this film, for as shaggy and overstuffed with half-baked ideas as it is (As well as known-name actors, performance styles, locations, set design: everything. Clashing excessive wastefulness kind of feels like the main trait of the film. Religion reduced to soundbites and pop culture elevated to eco-mystical status), and would certainly stand by my comments earlier in the thread about it making a great double bill with Wim Wenders' The End of Violence as both being L.A.-set paranoid visions of surveillance culture and societal stratification! (Though despite the music video performance to All These Things That I've Done in the middle of Southland Tales, The End of Violence has the better soundtrack!)

Throw in Lost Highway (and its soundtrack) too and I think you'd have a great Scala-style triple bill on your hands!

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#160 Post by knives » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:05 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:32 pm
Johnson has the charisma and movie star quality to be good in a good movie, but I suspect he has no interest in doing so
It's me talking so have your pound of salt, but he has been in a few good movies. Most are mediocre of course and there's been a dire amount of bad ones particularly early in his career. Still, stuff like Pain and Gain or Hercules are good movies that use him well. Little supporting roles in stuff like The Other Guys is also great. Plus I know some like Moana (though Johnson's song unquestionably is the highlight of the film)

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#161 Post by domino harvey » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:12 pm

I saw Hercules while waiting for jury duty earlier this year. I was glad it quickly abandoned trying to follow any recognizable Greek mythology and just told a "sequel" story instead, because then at least it wouldn't drive me crazy with inaccuracies. It ended up being the perfect stuck in a waiting room movie: not particularly good, but watchable and a decent way to pass an hour and a half. I put my headphones in when the courthouse followed that up with Hitch, though!

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#162 Post by John Cope » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:44 pm

Please tell me this will be the Cannes cut or another restored by Kelly. Count me as one of the few but proud ardent devotees.

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#163 Post by cdnchris » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:36 pm

I actually thought the Jumanji sequel was pretty good and Johnson was perfect in it.

I also have a soft spot for Central Intelligence.
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There's a scene where Johnson's charactrr confronts his high school bully, played by Jason Bateman, and it's pretty heart wrenching.

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#164 Post by albucat » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:58 pm

As one of those critics who mounted a defense of it back in the day, I couldn't be more thrilled (seriously--I have more citations on its Wikipedia page than for anything else I ever wrote). Richard Kelly has been trying since forever to get a different cut out there, but hasn't been able to afford it. I doubt this changes anything, but I'll be anxious to see if there's anything else they can put in the package. In the meantime, I'm going to go back to hoping that someone one day greenlights one of Kelly's projects again.

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#165 Post by Oedipax » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:36 am

I love this film and I absolutely LOVE that Arrow has seen fit to release it. The only thing that could be better is if they presented the Cannes version, the theatrical cut, and whatever else Kelly would want to do with another revision, and put it out under the Arrow Academy banner.

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Re: Forthcoming: Southland Tales

#166 Post by tenia » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:44 am

cdnchris wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:36 pm
I actually thought the Jumanji sequel was pretty good and Johnson was perfect in it.

I also have a soft spot for Central Intelligence.
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There's a scene where Johnson's charactrr confronts his high school bully, played by Jason Bateman, and it's pretty heart wrenching.
Above anything, I still prefer Pain & Gain, which not only feels like a quite intelligent Bay movie, but also a marvelous front for Johnson.

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