Southland Tales review 34 of 52


Alright, I just took a double shot of NyQuil, let’s see if I can fire out this review before the drowsiness kicks in!

This is my last week having only one day off after tomorrow I will be unemployed yet again.

I think there were two problems with last week’s review/day off.

  1. A lack of nachos.
  2. I watched Southland Tales when I was pretty sober and watched The Box when I was drunk and ornery.

So this week I made some gourmet nachos (using a habanero cheddar cheese and a jalapeño havarti with bacon.)  


I also went with another Richard Kelly marathon, but this time I watched the movie I wasn’t familiar with while I was sober and was borderline blacked out during Southland Tales.

At 2:30 in the pm on Sunday October 6th I tracked down Richard Kelly’s student film The Goodbye Place.

This little film really kicks off the Richard Kelly mythos in a great way.

It has bits and pieces that felt very connected to both Donnie Darko and Southland Tales, even stuff from the Southland Tales prequel material (possibly The Box, but I was honestly too drunk to remember anything from that movie.)

First off it’s a story that makes you work.

The kids voice over is reminiscent on Justin Timberlakes voice over in Southland Tales.

The sort of omnipresent missing children milk cartons kind of remind me of the news cut-aways in Southland Tales.

There is an old man that materializes out of nowhere just like Frank the bunny in Donnie Darko.

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There’s an awkward mention of penis smell got me thinking of the Rock asking to see the Cock Chuggers in Southland Tales.

About half way through the movie the kid dresses as a cop and I couldn’t help but think about Seann William Scott in Southland Tales.


There is a symbol that is created out of sand that felt like it was straight from the prequel material for Southland Tales.


And most of all the story was about the mysterious death of the main character which seems to be Richard Kelly’s thing.

I followed up this short with lots of booze and YouTube and at around 8:30 in the pm I fired up Southland Tales and have choppy memories of watching that.

I consider this a successful day off.

See you next week!

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.