Southland Tales

Southland Tales ★★★★

First time I watched this I was wrapped up in the novelty of it all- the bizarre casting and overall insanity, etc. This time I found myself lost in the story. I wouldn't say this movie was ahead of its time so much as this film is ahead of this universe. This is simply not how movies are typically made or how stories are typically told, and somehow this film popped out of a parallel universe where movies like this are the norm. That's not a comment on the quality of the film; that this film feels like it comes from a different world isn't necessarily good or bad, but it's certainly alluring.

This is a film where everyone talks in one-liners, exposition is both nowhere to be found while simultaneously being perpetually shoved down your throat, and focus seems to shift in every frame.

I don't understand how this movie exists, but visions like this do not come often. The closest comparison I can think of would be someone like Ken Russell; I often think of this film as a larger non-musical version of Tommy. I adore this movie, gaping flaws and all. There's nothing like it.

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