Southland Tales

Southland Tales ★★★★

The epic mess that late capitalism deserves—in which the apocalypse is commodified because that’s all that America knows how to do. Kelly throws in every idea he can think of, commenting on police brutality and racism and sex work and celeb culture and political scandals and the military industrial complex, and leaves you completely befuddled as to what the central idea is. But even if it’s fairly incomprehensible, that doesn’t mean it’s without a purpose, and aesthetically it’s a major accomplishment for Kelly, peaking with a brilliant drug trip scene where Justin Timberlake lip syncs The Killers while a group of nurses dance around him.