I’m The Only Juan’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is the way the World ends. This is the way the World ends. This is the way the World ends. Not with a whimper, but with a bang.
Southland Tales is a string of uncoordinated ideas with a confusing connective tissue that becomes clear by the end, but may lose the audience appeal by that point. Yet it’s admirable effort, Kelly decided to follow-up Donnie Darko with this film, I can’t help but love it. It has it’s downsides and I don’t know if I’ll proclaim it as a masterpiece like a lot of people do, hell I’m having a hard time grasping the plot itself let alone what it all meant. Though my interpretation like I said, becomes clear by the final act, in an emotional finale “Pimps don’t commit suicide”. Southland Tales hits you in the head with the important stuff like, surprising how this future was ahead of it’s time and we still fucked it up. But the Bible references is what I’ve seen older reviewers at the time going over their heads, even now. It’s hard to blame people for not liking this film, when it’s not subtle, starts out disorienting and doesn’t take a proper stance on it’s beliefs, yet underneath this mess there’s a heart that is so hard to deny and hate, that even the movie’s lowest points have equal meaning and love.