Southland Tales

No movie goes this hard. Nothing less than every element of American (and human) culture smashed together without mercy. Does this create a mess? Sure. But it creates the exact same kind of mess that is palpable in living in America today. It makes sense that it’s mixture of epic storytelling and a fast, utterly unsteady pace was lost on audiences in 2006, as that wasn’t yet how the world was experienced. In 2020, however, everything feels both connected and fragmented in a way that this movie completely captures. Southland Tales didn’t only predict the content of an American future, it predicted the feeling of one.

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