Southland Tales

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Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and David Clark, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.


Studio Sony
SKU 206709134
UPC 043396182837
UPC 14 00043396182837
Format DVD
Release Date 5/26/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Name Johnson,Dwayne
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Cast & Crew
Alec Hammond - Production Designer
Amy Poehler - Actor
Cheri Oteri - Actor
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - Actor
John Larroquette - Actor
Jon Lovitz - Actor
Justin Timberlake - Actor
Kevin Smith - Actor
Ling Bai - Actor
Mandy Moore - Actor
Matthew Rhodes - Producer
Moby - Original Music By
Nora Dunn - Actor
Richard Kelly - Director
Richard Kelly - Writer
Sam Bauer - Editor
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Actor
Seann William Scott - Actor
Steven B. Poster - Cinematographer
Ted Hamm - Executive Producer
Nominee (2006) Cannes Film Festival, Richard Kelly, Golden Palm Award
Review The follow-up to Kelly's post-millennial, Reagan-era-set cult hit Donnie Darko, Tales seems destined for the same cult bin: a film maudit with a cast best suited for the CW network or for the next slate of romantic comedies to hit the multiplex...Everything about Kelly's vision connects to pop culture in one way or another. The filmmaker recruited most of his cast from Saturday Night Live, cult films, and cheesy sitcoms; the pinnacle is Christopher Lambert's gun runner who sells from an ice cream truck. The MTV-approved cast aside, the script never dares to make things hard-nosed; the film's most quotable catchphrase: "I'm a pimp, and pimps don't kill themselves." Even the cinematographer, Steven B. Poster, is best known for commercial fluff like Daddy Day Care and Stuart Little 2. Frost's wife (Miranda Richardson) is the head of USIdent, a splinter of the Patriot Act that monitors the internet at all times. The film's constant return is to the wife's office where she watches a myriad of newscasts and reality television shows along with Krysta Now's The View-ish talk show where she refers to pre-pilgrim Native American society as "the Indian orgy of freedom." Hearing Star Jones say it would be cause for riot, but Gellar, a bracing comic presence, laces the line with dynamite.
Reviewer Chris Cabin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review Rarely has a picture been so self-consciously designed to be a culturally meaningful touchstone, and fallen so woefully short, as "Southland Tales." A pretentious, overreaching, fatally unfocused fantasy about American fascism, radical rebellion, nuclear terrorism and apocalypse set two years hence, sprawling pic boasts 10 producers, clearly none of them strong enough to rein in the overweening indulgences of second-time director Richard Kelly, coming off the promising indie fave "Donnie Darko"...With the surfeit of characters on hand, there is not one the viewer can latch onto as a guide through the impenetrable thicket of undeveloped story strands, nor one who supplies even an ounce of recognizable humanity; dialogue is all platitudes, pronouncements and one-upsmanship, without any natural conversional element. Far too many ideas and potential plot seeds are planted than can ever be properly cultivated, and the whole thing feels like something that could only be thought up, or considered profound, in an altered state accompanied by a fever dream...What's a shame is that there was no one involved on the project who could give Kelly brutally honest advice about the mess in the kitchen before the dish was served -- who could save him from himself. It's the sophomore jinx with a vengeance.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Johnson,Dwayne
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Andrew O'Hehir, ...passionate and ambitious...transcends its adolescent awkwardness and approaches being magnificent.
Damon Wise, Empire A bold and sometimes garbled take on modern American politics...effective and surprisingly funny...
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images...
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times Funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe ...Southland Tales isn't just a movie. It's an apocalyptic pinata that's been bazooka-ed open.

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