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Southland Tales

Promotional poster for Southland Tales
Directed by Richard Kelly
Produced by Sean McKittrick
Bo Hyde
Kendall Morgan
Written by Richard Kelly
Starring Dwayne Johnson
Seann William Scott
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Justin Timberlake
Wallace Shawn
Miranda Richardson
Mandy Moore
Kevin Smith
John Larroquette
Jon Lovitz
Music by Moby
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (DVD)
Universal Pictures
Release date(s) November 14, 2007
Running time 144 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15–17 million
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Southland Tales is a 2007 science fiction / drama / dark comedy film, written and directed by Richard Kelly. The title refers to the Southland, a name used by locals to refer to Southern California and Greater Los Angeles. Set in the near future, the film is a portrait of Los Angeles and a comment on the military-industrial news-tainment complex. The film features an ensemble cast headed by Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and also featuring Miranda Richardson, Cheri Oteri, Christopher Lambert, Mandy Moore, Justin Timberlake and fellow film director Kevin Smith. Original music for the film was provided by Moby. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Richard Kelly (born March 28, 1975) is an American film director and writer, best known for 2001s Donnie Darko. ... 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John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American Emmy Award-winning film and television actor. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Not to be confused with Mooby. ... The Samuel Goldwyn Company was an independent film company founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. ... Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video, DVD, and UMD distribution arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress. ... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Cheri Oteri (born Cheryl Ann OTeari September 19, 1962) is an American actress and comedian known for her work on NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... Christopher Lambert (born March 29, 1957 as Christophe Guy Denis Lambert) is an American-born French actor. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... For other persons named Kevin Smith, see Kevin Smith (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Mooby. ...


Variety reported that Samuel Goldwyn Films in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures will release Southland Tales.[1] Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... The Samuel Goldwyn Company was an independent film company founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. ... Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is the television and film production unit of Japan-based corporate giant Sony. ...


The film premiered May 21, 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival. It opened in wide release in California on November 14, 2007 and in Canada as well as nation wide in United States on November 16, 2007. The film will open in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2007.[2] The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ...

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Plot

El Paso and Abilene, Texas have fallen victim to simultaneous nuclear attacks on July 4, 2005 — a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions which sends America into World War 3 ("brought to you by Bud Light, Hustler..." and a number of other corporate sponsors). The GOP's overwhelming victory in the 2006 elections upgrades the Patriot Act into new agency known as US-IDENT, a Big Brother surveillance agency under the guise of a national security think-tank. America not only shuts its borders to all other nations, but also requires visa for interstate travel. US Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Bobby Frost (Holmes Osborne) is presiding over the opening of US-IDENT with his wife, Nana Mae Frost (Miranda Richardson), installed as its director. The effects of the ongoing wars make the economic reliance on oil unsustainable. In response to the newfound fuel scarcity, the German company Treer, run by an idiosyncratic billionaire, Baron Von Westphalen (Wallace Shawn), builds a massive tidal current generator off the coast of Los Angeles, capable of beaming energy to any given output. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Abilene is a city in Taylor County, Texas, United States, in the central portion of the state. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anheuser_Busch (NYSE: BUD), the worlds third largest brewing company in volume after InBev and SABMiller, is based in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. The company brews 35 different beers and malt liquors. ... For other uses, see Hustler (disambiguation). ... The Republican Party may refer to: Categories: | | ... This article needs cleanup. ... Big Sister may refer to: Big Brother as portrayed in the BBCs 1954 production of Nineteen Eighty-Four. ... Holmes Osborne (born August 7, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor who starred in the 2001 film Donnie Darko and Bring it On Holmes Osborne at the Internet Movie Database Holmes Osborne article at Memory Alpha, a Star Trek wiki He also played the father of Guy... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Wallace Shawn (born November 12, 1943), sometimes credited as Wally Shawn, is an American actor and playwright. ...


The story unfolds in Los Angeles, a city terrorized by both a Neo-Marxist revolutionary group and the police, operating loosely under the control of US-IDENT. The film is narrated by Iraq war veteran Private Pilot Abilene (Justin Timberlake) who mans a post on the Santa Monica pier, operating a large rifle. A conservative-leaning movie star named Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) has just returned after being missing for several days and now has amnesia. Prior to his disappearance Boxer was married to the daughter of Bobby Frost, Madeline (Mandy Moore). After reappearing, he does not remember elements of his former life and has instead begun an affair with a former porn-star, now talk show host, named Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. ... Dwayne Johnson, (born May 2, 1972) is an American actor and former professional wrestler,[2] best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment as The Rock between 1996 and 2004. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress. ...


Meanwhile, a group of Neo-Marxist revolutionaries comprised of Cyndi Pinziki (Nora Dunn), Zora Carmichaels (Cheri Oteri), Veronica Mung (Dream), Dion Element, and Roland Taverner (although his name may be Ronald) is hatching a plan to turn the national spotlight against US-IDENT. They have kidnapped Taverner's twin brother, a police officer, and plan to outfit Roland in his uniform and car in order to stage a fake racially motivated double murder of Dream and Dion using blanks and blood squibs. Boxer and Krysta have written a movie script about riots caused by the slowing of the Earth's rotation, in which Boxer will play an LA cop. To prepare for the role, he goes on a ride-a-long with Taverner, bringing a video camera with him. Taverner responds to a staged domestic disturbance call and arrives at a house where Dream and Dion are disguised as newlyweds having a heated dispute. Unexpectedly, another cop, Bart Bookman (Jon Lovitz) arrives on the scene and insists on helping. Upon entering the home, Bookman murders Dream and Dion for real, thus turning the staged tragedy into a real one. Taverner and Boxer run out of the house in a panic. Dunn at the Laws of Attraction priemere. ... Cheri Oteri (born Cheryl Ann OTeari September 19, 1962) is an American actress and comedian known for her work on NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ...


At this point, Boxer is contacted by one of Frost's aids, Vaughn Smallhouse (John Larroquette), who sends a car to pick him up. Taverner meets up with Zora and tries to convince her that something has gone wrong-- however Zora has actually partnered with Bookman to murder the couple and injects Taverner with a syringe of liquid Karma in the neck, leaving him in the street. US-IDENT raids the Neo-Marxist headquarters and Taverner's brother escapes by climbing to the roof and jumping into a dumpster. John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American Emmy Award-winning film and television actor. ...


When Boxer arrives at the Frost mansion, Baron Von Westphalen and his entourage is also present. The Frost's receive a call from Cyndi demanding $10 million in exchange for a Boxer and Krysta sex tape. During the conversation, it becomes clear that while Frost is seeking the presidency, Baron Von Westphalen is seeking nothing short of complete world domination using the leverage of his energy machine. Also, Madeline is pregnant. Boxer receives a phone call from Starla Von Luft, a US-IDENT monitoring agent who is posing as a character from Boxer and Krysta's screenplay. She asks Boxer to meet her at the Santa Monica beach and he leaves immediately.


The next day, Vaughn Smallhouse meets Cyndi Pinziki at a restaurant to exchange money for the sex tape. She warns him that an even more incriminating tape exists (the US-IDENT murder tape). Boxer arrives at the beach and meets Starla. Starla threatens that she will kill herself if he doesn't allow her to give him a blowjob. Private Abilene shoots and kills her from his perch at the top of the pier and Boxer runs off, only to be confronted by supposed friend Fortunio (Will Sasso)) who knocks him unconscious and takes him back to the Frosts. The Frosts and the entire city are preparing for a giant party to celebrate the launch of Von Westphalen's Mega-Zeppelin, which runs entirely on Liquid Karma. Krysta Now stops by Zora's apartment to buy some drugs for the party, but while there, sees the videotape of the double murder. Thinking it is her sex tape, she picks it up. After realizing what it is, she drops it in a Neo-Marxist dropbox so that it will be broadcast live on the internet, exposing the US-IDENT police as corrupt and racist. Will Sasso (May 24, 1975 - ) is a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Zeppelins are a type of rigid airship pioneered by German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century, based in part on an earlier design by aviation pioneer David Schwarz. ...


Meanwhile, Westphalen meets with the Japanese prime minister to broker a deal: he will provide Japan with an energy generator in exchange for his pinky finger. However, one of the members of Westphalen's entourage, the provactively dressed Serpentine (Bai Ling) cuts off his entire hand. Taverner's brother awakens in the dumpster and climbs out, only to be captured by an arms dealer in an ice cream truck (Christopher Lambert). Elsewhere, Taverner awakens and sets out to find his brother. At the pier, a young man named Martin Kefauver meets with Private Abilene to purchase some Liquid Karma injections. Abilene himself was subject to injections in Fallujah, of which he was one of the few survivors of his unit. After Kefauver leaves, Abilene begins a lip-synced song sequence of The Killers' All These Things That I've Done. This is a Chinese name; the family name is Bai Bai Ling (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born October 10, 1961[1]) is a Chinese actress who has also attained fame in the United States. ... Christopher Lambert (born March 29, 1957 as Christophe Guy Denis Lambert) is an American-born French actor. ... The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, most famous for their hit singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. ...


Taverner encounters Kefauver in an SUV about to shoot himself because he was drafted. Taverner stops him and the two go in search of Taverner's brother with Kefauver planning to go to Mexico afterwards. They stop and steal an entire ATM as chaos begins to erupt all over Los Angeles. On the MegaZeppelin, an upper class party is just getting underway with the Frosts, Westphalen's entourage, and Krysta's entourage on board. Boxer leaves the main hall of the ship in search of answers. He encounters a room with three of Westphalen's scientists (presumably) who explain that he was select to travel through a time rift in the desert along with Taverner during the time of his disappearance and he is, in fact, his future self. Both present and future Taverner (Taverner's 'brother') are loose in Los Angeles and if they touch each other, dire consequences could unfold. Furthermore, the generator has altered the ocean currents, causing Earth to spiral out of control, ripping holes in the fabric of space and time. Also, Boxer's present self is dead by suicide; the scientists show him the corpse. Boxer ascerts that suicide is impossible because he is a pimp and "pimps don't kill themselves." This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article is about the idea of space. ... Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Outside, as a firefight ensues between the rioters and the police, both Taverners crash into each other. One Taverner is shot in the eye but survives. Inside the ice cream truck the Taverners hold hands and the truck begins to rise into the air along with Kefauver who is standing on it with a bazooka. US-IDENT headquarters is raided by rioters and Nana Mae Frost is killed. Inside the MegaZeppelin, Boxer returns to the main hall and takes the stage for a dance number involving Krysta and his wife, Madeline. Krysta reveals that Boxer was actually murdered in a car bomb, confirming his belief that he did not commit suicide. Kefauver fires a rocket at the MegaZeppelin and destroys it. As the Taverners continue to hold hands, a time rift begins to grow larger in the sky. One Taverner offers to kill himself but the other reminds him that he is a pimp and pimps do not commit suicide. Abilene narrates that a new age is beginning with Taverner as its Messiah.


Cast

  • Dwayne Johnson as Boxer Santaros: An amnesiac action star whose life crosses paths with Krysta Now.[3] Santaros is married to Madeline Frost Santaros.[4]
  • Seann William Scott as Roland Taverner / Ronald Taverner: A police officer at Hermosa Beach, California.[3] Scott also portrays the police officer's identical twin, who is a neo-Marxist.[4]
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar as Krysta Now: An adult film star who is working on creating a reality TV show.[3] Gellar met with Kelly and was drawn to the original ideas in his script for Southland Tales.[5]
  • Miranda Richardson as Nana Mae Frost: The ambitious antagonist of the film, Boxer's mother-in-law works for US-IDENT.
  • Justin Timberlake as Pilot Abilene: A disfigured Iraq War veteran.[6] He narrates the film and also performs a musical number.[4]
  • Wallace Shawn as Baron Von Westphalen: A villain who controls ocean waves to create a source of power.[4]
  • John Larroquette as Vaughn Smallhouse.[4]
  • Mandy Moore as Madeline Frost Santaros: Wife of Boxer Santaros and daughter of senator Robert Frost.
  • Jon Lovitz as Bart Bookman.[4]
  • Kevin Smith as Simon Theory: A legless Iraqi War veteran.[7]

Dwayne Johnson, (born May 2, 1972) is an American actor and former professional wrestler,[2] best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment as The Rock between 1996 and 2004. ... Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... Hermosa Beach is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress. ... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... Wallace Shawn (born November 12, 1943), sometimes credited as Wally Shawn, is an American actor and playwright. ... John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American Emmy Award-winning film and television actor. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... For other persons named Kevin Smith, see Kevin Smith (disambiguation). ...

Production

Writer-director Richard Kelly wrote Southland Tales shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the original script involved blackmail, a porn star, and two cops. Since the attacks, Kelly revised the script. He described the update, "[The original script] was more about making fun of Hollywood. But now it's about, I hope, creating a piece of science fiction that's about a really important problem we're facing, about civil liberties and homeland security and needing to sustain both those things and balance them."[6] Richard Kelly - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...


Southland Tales was described to take place in Los Angeles in the summer of 2008, during a three-day heat wave that leads up to the 4th of July celebration. Kelly described the film, "[Southland Tales] will only be a musical in a post-modern sense of the word in that it is a hybrid of several genres. There will be some dancing and singing, but it will be incorporated into the story in very logical scenarios as well as fantasy dream environments."[8] Kelly has stated that the film's biggest influences are Kiss Me Deadly, Pulp Fiction, Brazil and Dr. Strangelove. He also calls it a "strange hybrid of the sensibilities of Andy Warhol and Philip K. Dick".[9] Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the 1955 film. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film by director Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote the film with Roger Avary. ... Strangelove redirects here. ... Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who was a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer, mostly known for his works of science fiction. ...


In March 2004, Kelly and Cherry Road Films began development of Southland Tales. Filmmakers entered negotiations with actors Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Lee, Janeane Garofalo, Tim Blake Nelson, Amy Poehler, Kevin Smith and Ali Larter to be cast into the film. Filmmakers also contacted musician Moby for the possibility of composing and performing the film's score.[8] Seann William Scott (born October 3, 1976) is an American actor perhaps best known for portraying Steve Stifler in the American Pie series of teen films. ... Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress. ... Jason Lee may refer to: Jason Lee (missionary) (1803–1845), American missionary and pioneer in the Oregon Territory Jason Scott Lee (born 1966), Asian-American film actor Jason Lee (actor) (born 1970), American actor in TV series My Name is Earl, Church of Scientology member, and former professional skateboarder Jason... Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radios The Majority Report. ... Tim Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American character actor and film director. ... Amy Poehler (born September 16, 1971) is an American comedian and actress. ... For other persons named Kevin Smith, see Kevin Smith (disambiguation). ... Alison Elizabeth Ali Larter (born February 28, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model best known for her screen roles aimed at teenage audiences. ... Not to be confused with Mooby. ...


Filming was slated to begin in July 2004, but after a year, filming had not begun on Southland Tales. Actor Dwayne Johnson joined the cast in April 2005, and principal photography was slated to begin August 1, 2005 in Los Angeles.[3] Filming for Southland Tales began on August 15, 2005, with a budget of around US$15–17 million. Dwayne Johnson, (born May 2, 1972) is an American actor and former professional wrestler,[2] best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment as The Rock between 1996 and 2004. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... USD redirects here. ...


Southland Tales premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006 with a length of 160 minutes.[10] After the film's festival release, Southland Tales was purchased by Sony Pictures.[11] Kelly sought more financing to finish visual effects for the film, and he negotiated a deal with Sony to cut down on the film's length in exchange for funds to complete the visual effects.[12] Kelly edited the film down to the basic storylines of the characters portrayed by Scott, Gellar, and Johnson. The director also sought to keep the musical number performed by Timberlake, based on "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers.[6] Editorial changes were made to restructure the order of the film's scenes, including re-recording all of Timberlake's voice-over. The director also added 90 new visual effects shots to the film and removed 20 to 25 minutes of footage from his initial cut.[13] The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is the television and film production unit of Japan-based corporate giant Sony. ... All These Things That Ive Done is a song from The Killers album, Hot Fuss. ... The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, most famous for their hit singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. ...


Marketing

Southland Tales was initially planned to be a nine-part "interactive experience", with the first six parts published in six 100-page graphic novels that would be released in a six-month period up to the film's release. The feature film comprises the final three parts of the experience. A website was also developed to intertwine with the graphic novels and the film itself.[3] The idea of six graphic novels was later narrowed down to three. The novels were written by Kelly and illustrated by Brett Weldele. Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Brett Weldele is an American comic book and graphic novel artist originally from Great Falls, Montana. ...

  • Part One: Two Roads Diverge (May 25, 2006, ISBN 093621175X)
  • Part Two: Fingerprints (September 15, 2006, ISBN 0936211768)
  • Part Three: The Mechanicals (January 31, 2007, ISBN 0936211776)

They have been collected together into one single volume: Two Roads Diverge is a graphic novel and the first part of the Southland Tales story. ...

  • Southland Tales: The Prelude Saga (360 pages, Graphitti Designs, ISBN 0936211806)

The titles of the parts in the movie are:

  • Part Four: Temptation Waits
  • Part Five: Memory Gospel
  • Part Six: Wave Of Mutilation

Release

Cannes Film Festival

Along with two other American filmmakers (Sofia Coppola with Marie-Antoinette and Richard Linklater with Fast Food Nation), Kelly's follow-up to Donnie Darko was in competition for the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Marie-Antoinette is a 2006 film written and directed by Sofia Coppola about the life of Marie Antoinette, the Austrian archduchess who married into the French royal family in 1770, but was imprisoned and beheaded when the monarchy was overthrown in the French Revolution twenty years later. ... Richard Rick Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas) is an Academy Award nominated American film director and writer. ... Fast Food Nation is a fictionalized film loosely based on the non-fiction book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. ... Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ...


Critical reaction to the movie in its original, longer form was almost entirely negative. Many critics responded unfavorably to the film's long running time and sprawling nature. Roger Ebert described the Cannes screening as "The most disastrous since, yes, The Brown Bunny."[14] Salon.com critic Andrew O'Hehir called the Cannes cut "about the biggest, ugliest mess I've ever seen."[15] Jason Solomons, in The Observer (UK), said that "Southland Tales was so bad it made me wonder if [Kelly] had ever met a human being" and that ten minutes of the "sprawling, plotless, post-apocalyptic farrago" gave him the "sinking feeling that this may be one of the worst films ever presented in [Cannes] competition."[16] A handful of the American and European critics, however, were far more positive.[17] Village Voice critic J. Hoberman, for example, called Southland Tales "a visionary film about the end of times" comparable in recent American film only to David Lynch's acclaimed Mulholland Drive.[18] The Brown Bunny is an independent film by actor/director Vincent Gallo about a motorcycle racer on a cross-country drive who is haunted by the memories of his former lover. ... Salon. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... J. Hoberman (Jim Hoberman) is the lead film critic for The Village Voice. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... For the street in Los Angeles, see Mulholland Drive. ...


Theatrical release

Southland Tales was originally scheduled to be released in the United States on November 9, 2007 in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures.[1] As of October 12, 2007, the film was pushed back five days to November 14, 2007.[19] The film will be released in the UK on December 7, 2007. is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Destination Films is Sony Pictures niche film distribution company founded by Brent Baum and Steve Stabler. ... Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is the television and film production unit of Japan-based corporate giant Sony. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


The film received mixed reviews from critics. As of November 16, 2007 on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 43% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 46 reviews.[20] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 48 out of 100, based on 8 reviews.[21] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


Glenn Kenny, in his review for Premiere criticized the film's style, "Kelly's camera placement and framing are at best textbook and at worst calamitously mediocre."[22] In her review for the Los Angeles Times, Carina Chocano wrote, "You get the sense that Kelly is too angry to really find any of it funny. It's easy to empathize with his position, not so easy to remain engrossed in a film that's occasionally inspired but ultimately manic and scattered."[23] David Edelstein's review in New York magazine criticized the film's writing, "Kelly aims high and must have shot off his own ear, which is the only way to account for the dialogue."[24] Premiere is an American and New York City-based film magazine published by Hachette Filipacchi Médias, beginning publication in 1987. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... David Edelstein is the chief film critic for New York Magazine, as well as the film critic for NPRs Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. ... Headquarters New York magazine is a weekly magazine, founded in 1968, concerned with the life, culture, politics, and style of New York City. ...


However, J. Hoberman defended the film, yet again, in his review for the theatrical cut. "In its willful, self-involved eccentricity, Southland Tales is really something else. Kelly's movie may not be entirely coherent, but that's because there's so much it wants to say."[25] Manohla Dargis also gave the film a positive review in the New York Times, writing, "He doesn’t make it easy to love his new film, which turns and twists and at times threatens to disappear down the rabbit hole of his obsessions. Happily, it never does, which allows you to share in his unabashed joy in filmmaking as well as in his fury about the times."[26] Manohla Dargis is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Trailer

The trailer for the film was released on September 20, 2007 and can be found here. It contains lines from T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men", as well as music by Moby ("Blue Paper"), The Pixies ("Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf Mix)") and Elbow ("Forget Myself"). is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965), was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Not to be confused with Mooby. ... This article is about the band named Pixies. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Addie Morfoot. "'Southland Tales' opens Nov. 9", Variety, July 24, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  2. ^ Southland Tales (2006) - Release dates. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on [[2007-11-15]].
  3. ^ a b c d e Cherry Road Films. "The Rock Heads to Tales", ComingSoon.net, 2005-04-21. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Angela Doland. "'Southland' Imagines L.A. Apocalypse", Washington Post, 2006-05-21. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Gellar Heads To Southland", 2004-10-05. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  6. ^ a b c Mark Peranson. "Goodbye Southland, Goodbye", The Village Voice, 2006-05-30. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  7. ^ Hilary Goldstein. "Before Southland Tales", IGN, 2005-07-26. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  8. ^ a b Cathy Dunkley. "Cherry Road hot for Kelly's 'Tales'", Variety, 2004-03-24. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  9. ^ Etherington, Daniel (2006). Southland Tales preview. Channel 4. Retrieved on 2005-09-16.
  10. ^ Harlan Jacobson. "'Volver,' 'Southland Tales' premiere at Cannes", USA Today, 2006-05-22. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  11. ^ Mark Bell. "How The World Ends: Conversation With Richard Kelly", Film Threat, 2006-09-12. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  12. ^ Jeremy Smith. "Exclusive Interview: Richard Kelly (Southland Tales)", CHUD.com, 2007-07-28. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  13. ^ Patrick Lee; Cindy White. "Kelly Talks Southland Changes", Sci Fi Wire, 2007-07-28. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  14. ^ Ebert, Roger (2007-11-16). Southland Tales. suntimes.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-19.
  15. ^ O'Hehir, Andrew (2006-05-22). Beyond the Multiplex: Cannes. Salon.com. Retrieved on 2006-07-10.
  16. ^ Solomons, Jason (2006-05-28). Get set for Palme Sunday. The Observer. Retrieved on 2006-07-10.
  17. ^ Links to many post-Cannes reviews, including multiple positive reviews by American, French, Spanish, Polish, and other reviewers.
  18. ^ Hoberman, J. (2006-05-23). Code Unknown. Village Voice. Retrieved on 2006-07-10.
  19. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=13204
  20. ^ Southland Tales - Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on [[2007-11-15]].
  21. ^ Southland Tales (2007): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on [[2007-11-15]].
  22. ^ Kenny, Glenn (2007-11-13). Southland Tales. Premiere. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  23. ^ Chocano, Carina (2007-11-14). Southland Tales. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  24. ^ Edelstein, David (2007-11-12). Family Guy. New York. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  25. ^ Hoberman, J. (2007-11-06). Revelation. Village Voice. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  26. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2007-11-14). Apocalypse Soon: A Mushroom Cloud Doesn’t Stall 2008 Electioneering. New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.

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Southland Tales - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (832 words)
Southland Tales is a 2006 science fiction film, written and directed by Richard Kelly.
Set in the near future, the film is a portrait of Los Angeles and a comment on the military-industrial newstainment complex.
Jason Solomons in The Observer said that "Southland Tales was so bad it made me wonder if [Kelly] had ever met a human being" and that ten minutes of the "sprawling, plotless, post-apocalyptic farrago" gave him the "sinking feeling that this may be one of the worst films ever presented in [Cannes] competition."
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