Southland Tales review 26 of 52.

This week’s view had to be the most frustrating viewing yet.

That said, I think it turned out to be a rather fitting way to celebrate my six month relationship with the movie Southland Tales!


I’m currently out of town working on a feature called Hello My Name is Frank. It's road trip movie about a guy with Tourette syndrome.

I have Sundays off so this week at 2:30 in the pm on Sunday the 11th I thought I would fire up Southland Tales to celebrate the fact that I’ve reached the midpoint of this silly project.

My computer started to hiccup as the movie played.

I wasn’t streaming the movie so this seemed bad to me.

I had a bit of a Tourette attack myself as my old laptop finally died, and any attempt to save it only made things worse.


There was a moment where I wish I was the type of person who would have just taken this as a sign and just gave up. My computer’s broken, I’m miles from home, I barely have time anyway, etc…


Luckily I just got paid and there is a Wal-Mart within walking distance of where I am staying.

The good thing about poor customer service is that you no longer have to sit through the upsell. If you do more than point at an object these days the person helping you will get very annoyed that you’re putting them to work.

I was able to walk in the store, point at the cheapest computer, say that I didn’t want the two year extended warranty without the salesperson giving one ounce of a fuck.


I managed to escape without having an anxiety attack.

Good thing I had a backup of the Cannes Cut of Southland Tales on a thumb drive because when I got back at 5:00 in the pm I was able to fire up Southland Tales for the 26th and a half times on my NEW COMPUTER!!!

Windows 8 is hard...


And I’m back.

I spent all week trying to figure out what my angle would be this week. Then when I couldn’t come up with anything interesting I decided to follow televisions lead...

Time for a recap week!!!

Here we go.

I started this whole project because I wanted to have a weekly feature for my blog. I thought back to a class at Vancouver Film School where they taught us how to write movie reviews.

I decided to write a review of the movie Napoleon Dynamite, but I don’t think I ever mentioned anything about the movie.  Instead I went on and on about how I had to watch the movie three times to even start to like the movie.

At first I was bummed because I don't seem to be good at anything traditional.

I said fuck it and decided to review a movie my own way…

Once a week for an entire year!

I asked for a suggestion for a movie that I've never seen before and Southland Tales was the winner.

If you’re just joining me, this is what you’ve missed.

Week 1 – I got super high and could barely follow the movie. I wasn’t sure what it was about, but I liked it a lot. I knew this was going to be the perfect movie for this project.

Week 2 – Rather than get high I decided I needed focus so I went to the Asian market and bought a bunch of international energy drinks.

Week 3 – I relaxed and pointed out odd things that stood out to me.

Week 4 – I had just finished writing a feature of my own and share my tales of procrastination when it comes to watching Southland Tales.

Week 5 – This week I explain how my mental disorders lead me to working on this project.

Week 6 – I watched Southland Tales in French. I’m not sure if my joke makes sence because it more refers to a post I made on Facebook.

Week 7 – I watch Southland Tales in French again and see the movie in an entirely different light.

Week 8 -   Richard Kelly retweets my note to him that I am doing this project and I discover the Cannes Cut.

Week 9 – Just as I get into twitter because of this blog, the Boston Marathon Bombing takes place and begin to fear a Southland Talesesque reality.

Week 10 – The Boston Bombers are caught in a freak show that heightens my fears.

Week 11 – I find myself content and it bothers me.

Week 12 – I add to my list of observations, only now with way more experience.

Week 13 – Another brilliant idea lost to cannabis.

Week 14 – In this epic review I watched the Cannes Cut and the Theatrical release side by side and share my findings.

Week 15 – I wrote this week’s review with my cellphone.

Week 16 – This week I thought I was dying but it turning out to be a Furby.

Week 17 – This week I counted balls.

Week 18 – These are a few of my favorite lines.

Week 19 – This week I watched both Donnie Darko and Southland Tales and shared my findings.

Week 20 – I read the first part of the series of the Southland Tales graphic novels and shared my findings.

Week 21 – I read the second part of the series of the graphic novels and share my findings.

Week 22 – I read the third and final part of the series of the graphic novels and share my findings.

Week 23 – Part one of learning how Southland Tales links to Sri Yantra.

Week 24 – Part Two of learning how Southland Tales links to Sri Yantra.

Week 25 – The third and final segment of the YouTube video linking Southland Tales to Sri Yantra.

Week 26 – You’re reading it!!!

Thanks for following me on this journey. I never really thought about it until writing up this recap, but over the last three week I should have added the shorts that I’ve written to show how they link to Southland Tales and Sri Yantra.

One soul two bodies in The Infinite Flu.

Time travel in The Past, The Future, The Paparazzi Permit.

And synchronicity in, Coping With Mimes.

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.