2006   France, Germany, USA Southland Tales
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Director:Richard Kelly
Studio:Universal Pictures
Writer:Richard Kelly
IMDb Rating:5.4 (37,296 votes)
Awards:1 win & 3 nominations
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Duration:145 min
Richard Kelly  ...  (Director)
Richard Kelly  ...  (Writer)
Carlos Amezcua  ...  Self
Curtis Armstrong  ...  Dr. Soberin Exx
Robert Benz  ...  Tab Taverner
Todd Berger  ...  Bing Zinneman
Joe Campana  ...  Brandt Huntington
Chris Andrew Ciulla  ...  UPU 4 Officer 3
Rebekah Del Rio  ...  Vanessa Vera Cruz
Aaron Dillar  ...  Jimmy Hermosa
Nora Dunn  ...  Cyndi Pinziki
Shari Dunn  ...  USI Dent Reporter
Michele Durrett  ...  Starla Von Luft
Jon Falcone  ...  Soldier Falcon
Leila Feinstein  ...  Self
Jaret Gardiner  ...  Shane Laverne
Janeane Garofalo  ...  General Teena MacArthur
Moby  ...  Composer
Steven Poster  ...  Cinematographer
Sam Bauer  ...  Editor
Comments: Nice visual touches; a wonderful cast; a great soundtrack; absurdist humor. Seann William Scott is deadpan hilarious. Any film that successfully incorporate a dance number, wins.

The key to this film -- I watched the "Cannes" cut -- is to hit your 5 second Fast Forward button every time the narrator butts in. Don't listen to any of it. Any film that needs a narrator to tell its story, loses.

Don't glean big ideas. Laugh.

It's rare to see an ensemble cast this large all fully commit. It's palpable. It means there's something in there. The greatest commitment is a commitment to nothing. If you put something in there it all goes away. Save yourself. Save humanity. Discard meaning.

Summary: Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, 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 Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

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