Southland Tales

Uh okay

There are people who hate this movie with a passion and those who adore it. I’d have to say I fall into the second category.

It’s campiness mixed with it’s ambition, big ideas, and fantastic direction make this one of the strangest, most enjoyable watches I’ve ever seen. There are parts of this movie that seem kinda bad but they work so well in the context of the movie that I have to assume they’re intentional. I love films that use extravagant imagery to communicate things that are deeply human (other examples being Nowhere and even Spring Breakers in a way), and this film does that in 100 different places, case in point the unbelievable musical number which was an absolute highlight of the film.

So yeah I can see why it’s not for everyone but I kinda loved it

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