Fridge / Southland Tales

  • Southland Tales is one of those movies that unfolds and unfolds and unfolds. But as soon as the end credits started, I immediately realized what it all meant... well, what I think it all meant. The main character being the Antichrist, who is killed as he almost ascends to godhood with the help of Fluid Karma, thus making the whole "dethrone God" thing completely literal. Then I went out to the car and sat there while my girlfriend had a cigarette, playing it all over in my head, and suddenly realized that within the Apocalypse symbolism, Krysta Now is the Whore of Babylon, making it even more brilliant. Assuming that any of that is true. - ROBRAM 89, your friendly neighborhood seizure gardener
  • Dwayne Johnson plays a nerdy action movie star because he sort of is a nerdy action movie star. -Mike K
  • Had a sudden thought while reading the Southland Tales graphic novel. Zora mentions that Ronald's name is an anagram of his brother's name, Roland. I thought take away the l and the n from both names and you have two Roads. Though I'm not sure which is the one less travelled. - Maxx Gothic
  • The line, "Pimps don't commit suicide," is widely ridiculed as a terrible line of dialogue from Boxer Santaros, emblematic of the movie's poor writing. But, on reflection, it actually makes perfect sense: Boxer doesn't say it, Jericho Cane does. By that point, he's acting out Krysta Now's script (actually a prophecy written under the influence of Fluid Karma). The Power is depicted in the graphic novels, and it is awful. "Pimps don't commit suicide" is exactly the kind of dialogue a white girl porn star with a burgeoning hip-hop career and no talent at screenwriting would write. And Serpentine, who's already read the script, is reciting it back to Boxer ironically.
  • A key element to understanding why the plot is so disjointed is touched on but never really brought to center stage, leaving most people with the impression that the movie was written over a series of schizophrenic episodes. Westphalen's device is ripping holes in space-time, and there have already been several crossovers, of which Boxer Santaros is one. The reason that everything appears haphazard and that causality is flying blind is because reality is literally broken. As a result, causality and even continuity suffer slips throughout the plot. Characters act erratically because of the effect of global slowing which is also mentioned briefly in the film. Naturally, this doesn't make things any easier for the viewer, but the point is that everybody is whacked out because reality is no longer working properly.note