Southland Tales ★★★★

Yes, exactly...just as you predicted in your screenplay, Mr. Kelly.

To call Southland Tales prescient would be an understatement. It is a somewhat uncomfortable film to watch while the country undergoes a real crisis during an election year. And as the film points out, there is no piece of fiction - biblical or pornographic in nature - that can do reality justice, even though Kelly comes pretty darn close. Whether you're dutifully singing the Star-Spangled Banner, quoting fervently from Revelations, or nervously staring at the news, there is no story that rings true. The overarching hollowness that Kelly suggests in all these narratives is all the more unsettling in a time of unprecedented hysteria. 

The beautifully insane connections that are drawn between sex, war, capital, science, and religion made my head spin like no other blockbuster I've ever seen. There isn't (and probably never will be) anything like it to come out of the Hollywood studio system. How ironic it is to watch the Universal Studios logo introduce a movie about the "environmental abnormalities caused by the slowing down of the Earth's rotation." Hats off to Kelly for coming up with a piece of pseudoscience that the flat-earthers might actually find plausible.