History Film / SouthlandTales

9th Jun '16 12:45:55 AM Morgenthaler
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''Southland Tales'' is a 2007 ScienceFiction[=/=]BlackComedy film from director Richard Kelly, the follow-up to his 2001 cult hit ''DonnieDarko''. While planned as a mainstream breakthrough, things didn't pan out that way. The combination of a large budget and Sony's decision to shelve the film after lackluster showings in a handful of cities means that it's not likely to show profit for years to come. Nonetheless, ST did make some critics' year's best lists and has found a modest [[CultClassic cult]] on DVD.

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''Southland Tales'' is a 2007 ScienceFiction[=/=]BlackComedy film from director Richard Kelly, the follow-up to his 2001 cult hit ''DonnieDarko''.''Film/DonnieDarko''. While planned as a mainstream breakthrough, things didn't pan out that way. The combination of a large budget and Sony's decision to shelve the film after lackluster showings in a handful of cities means that it's not likely to show profit for years to come. Nonetheless, ST did make some critics' year's best lists and has found a modest [[CultClassic cult]] on DVD.
4th Jun '16 4:53:25 AM jormis29
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The sprawling story is difficult to summarize (and considered intensely nonsensical by many) but here's a thumbnail version: after a nuclear attack in Texas, World War III has begun and the fuel supply of the United States is placed under strain, while the government becomes an authoritarian police state to combat the everpresent threat of terrorism. A genius inventor named Baron von Westphalen, a dandy who dresses like Liberace crossed with Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', joins forces with a [[StrawCharacter Republican presidential candidate]] to create a wireless power generator that uses ocean currents to transmit electricity via quantum entanglement. This wireless energy, dubbed Fluid Karma, is derived from a compound that's also an injectible drug allowing the user to "bleed" his or her consciousness through space and time, but you'd only know that if you [[GuideDangIt read the graphic novel prequels]]. The tidal generator appears to be sending out dense waves of fog, causing red tides, and oh yeah, ''ripping holes in the fabric of time and space''. Meanwhile, the police state has created widespread discontent among the population and, in a SelfFulfillingProphecy, created actual terrorists in the form of neo-Marxist cells dedicated to overthrowing the government agency responsible for monitoring the American population, [=USIDent=], spearheaded by the aforementioned presidential candidate and his wife.

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The sprawling story is difficult to summarize (and considered intensely nonsensical by many) but here's a thumbnail version: after a nuclear attack in Texas, World War III WorldWarIII has begun and the fuel supply of the United States is placed under strain, while the government becomes an authoritarian police state to combat the everpresent threat of terrorism. A genius inventor named Baron von Westphalen, a dandy who dresses like Liberace crossed with Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', joins forces with a [[StrawCharacter Republican presidential candidate]] to create a wireless power generator that uses ocean currents to transmit electricity via quantum entanglement. This wireless energy, dubbed Fluid Karma, is derived from a compound that's also an injectible drug allowing the user to "bleed" his or her consciousness through space and time, but you'd only know that if you [[GuideDangIt read the graphic novel prequels]]. The tidal generator appears to be sending out dense waves of fog, causing red tides, and oh yeah, ''ripping holes in the fabric of time and space''. Meanwhile, the police state has created widespread discontent among the population and, in a SelfFulfillingProphecy, created actual terrorists in the form of neo-Marxist cells dedicated to overthrowing the government agency responsible for monitoring the American population, [=USIDent=], spearheaded by the aforementioned presidential candidate and his wife.
4th Jun '16 4:37:22 AM morenohijazo
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* HindenburgIncendiaryPrinciple: The Treer [=MegaZeppelin=] is introduced late in the film. During the MindScrew Gainax Ending, [[spoiler:nearly the entire cast is on board the thing when a rocket destroys it, killing them all]].
24th May '16 1:24:26 PM YamiVizziniX
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* BondOneLiner: Officer Bart Bookman deadpans "Dream over" and [[Creator/PhilipKDick "Flow my tears"]] after [[spoiler:shooting dead Dream and Dion respectively]].
22nd Apr '16 9:39:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Imagine if you will the skewed artistic sensibilities of Creator/AndyWarhol filming a Greatest Hits version of Creator/PhilipKDick's body of work, written with the esoteric denseness of [[Music/ThePixies Pixies]] lyrics, and you'll have something approximating the, er, ''experience'' that is Southland Tales. The film's cast is an eclectic group, led by names like Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Seann William Scott, and narrator Music/JustinTimberlake, while the secondary cast is filled with HeyItsThatGuy character actors and comedians, specifically ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' veterans.

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Imagine if you will the skewed artistic sensibilities of Creator/AndyWarhol filming a Greatest Hits version of Creator/PhilipKDick's body of work, written with the esoteric denseness of [[Music/ThePixies Pixies]] lyrics, and you'll have something approximating the, er, ''experience'' that is Southland Tales. The film's cast is an eclectic group, led by names like Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Seann William Scott, and narrator Music/JustinTimberlake, while the secondary cast is filled with HeyItsThatGuy character actors and comedians, specifically ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' veterans.
12th Apr '16 7:16:25 AM Nohbody
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[[MindScrew Yeah, it's]] [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible that kind]] [[PutneySwopePanic of flick.]]

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[[MindScrew Yeah, it's]] [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible that kind]] [[PutneySwopePanic kind of flick.]]
24th Mar '16 1:23:35 PM eroock
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-->--'''Inversion of a poem by Creator/TSEliot'''

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->'''Pilot Abiliene''': ''[[OpeningNarration They say the path down the road not taken concludes with a stairway to heaven. The gates would not open for another three days, and Boxer Santaros was searching for the key.]]''

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->'''Pilot Abiliene''': ''[[OpeningNarration ''[[OpeningMonologue They say the path down the road not taken concludes with a stairway to heaven. The gates would not open for another three days, and Boxer Santaros was searching for the key.]]''
11th Mar '16 4:32:31 PM kenyastarflight
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* ArcNumber: 69 comes up a few times -- [[IThoughtItMeant the number, not the position]].
11th Mar '16 4:30:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: It's not entirely clear what Richard Kelly thinks the word 'pimp' means. Other than "someone who doesn't commit suicide", of course.
6th Oct '15 4:40:26 PM StFan
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** Possible parody of ''Film/LeftBehind'': The character of Fortunio Balducci, the Baron's [[TheMole Mole]]. WordOfGod confirms that, following the Book of Revelation, Fortunio is the False Prophet. His counterpart's name in ''Left Behind''? Leon Fortunato.

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** Possible parody of ''Film/LeftBehind'': ''Film/{{Left Behind|2000}}'': The character of Fortunio Balducci, the Baron's [[TheMole Mole]]. WordOfGod confirms that, following the Book of Revelation, Fortunio is the False Prophet. His counterpart's name in ''Left Behind''? Leon Fortunato.
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