Southland Tales

Southland Tales ★★★★★

An absolutely insane look at American politics and its degenerative social landscape during the height of post-9/11 era anxiety. This filmmaking is confident and stylish, but the writing is all over the place to satirize and have fun with just the craziest concepts and characters I've ever seen in a film. The story is purposely a sprawling and confusing tapestry of metaphors and concepts that Kelly thought would be fun to play with, and he constantly takes interesting ideas and distorts them into nearly unrecognizable but always intriguing figures. Southland Tales BEGS you to take it seriously and think about each and every part of it, but nothing ever falls into place the way you'd want or expect. This is so wholly American, and so off-the-wall and everywhere that it becomes completely engrossing and captivating in a way really no other film has struck me with before. I just wanted this to keep on going and going and going. I have no idea how anybody would be able to create this.

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