Southland Tales Review 32 of 52.



This week’s viewing ended up being a real train wreck.

I just started working on another feature film called The Darker Path. It’s another shoot with a six day work week. Granted this one is in town so I get to sleep in my own bed, but the days are longer and there is a bit of a commute, so pretty much my time at home is only meant for sleep.

This Sunday September 22nd was my first day off. I got home at 7:30 in the am and I had to be back on set at 8:00 in the am on Monday the 23rd. This meant I had to fit two sleep cycles within a 24 hour time period.

I decided to say, “fuck it,” and stopped at the grocery store to buy buffalo chicken nacho fixin’s and enough booze for two drinking cycles in case I wasn’t able to pull off the all nighter I was planning.

Again, this was the first 24 hours I had to myself so I didn’t want to waste a minute of it.

Right away I started on the drinks and nachos.


There's something that I love about starting to drink on a Sunday morning hours before most people even begin to think about getting out of bed.

As the food sat in the oven I sat at my computer trying to think of my angle for this week’s review.

That is when I fell into a YouTube hole where I watched a video of the Olsen twins singing about pizza, $5 Dollar Wrestling, that crazy Chipotle commercial, and a video of cats knocking shit off of tables.

I’m kind of fuzzy on all the steps that lead to this, but I was well fed, medicated enough to watch cat videos, and had enough blood of Christ running through me that I thought it would be a good idea to listen a Book of Revelations audiobook that I found while in that YouTube hole.

I remember having memories at the time.

Being that Southland Tales is supposed to be a retelling of the Book of Revelations I figured I would take notes for things to look out for when I watched the movie.

I don’t know if it was the bible talk or the booze, but I failed so hard at cyphering this tale of the end of days.

I did wake up to some notes!

(So you know I usually have a good memory so my note taking hand writing is super sloppy and my notes usually consist of key words and sentences meant to trigger the memories that I need.)

Let’s see if you can figure out where I blacked out!

  • I am alpha and omega, the fist and the last. (I wonder if this has anything to do with, “I am a pimp and pimps don’t commit suicide?)
  • 7 candle sticks… 7 stars… 7 angles… 7 churches… (There sure are a lot of 7s in this book. I guess I’ll have to start counting things in Southland Tales.)

I have no idea what these pages of notes even mean.

  • Eating of the tree of life.
  • These things say is the…
  • But now are rich.
  • Half an ear.
  • Many.
  • A name.
  • Jesse is of a potter.
  • I wilt come on thee like a thief. 
  • I will not block out his name.
  • Ear talk again.
  • New Jerusalem.
  • Shut it (not sure what words I wrote here) and open (more illegible handwriting.)
  • New Jerusalem.
  • New name.
  • Lay autisians (?)
  • Thou aren’t cold nor not blah, bha, blah.
  • 14:38
  • 7 is a big deal.
  • Lots of beats not one 6 headed beast.
  • There’s a Book of the Power
  •  There are four elders and four good angels… or something.
  • Red horse = red ball.
  • Four Horse men four colors of orbs.
  • All the powerful cowards hid.
  • There’s some kind of sensor.
  • The angels kind of remind me of the upu officers.
  • Key to pit… open pit.
  • Don’t hurt green.
  • Angel trumpet.
  • (It looks like) Folar angels.
  • We’re on chapter 9, I see no connection maybe I don’t get the language.
  • Space.
  • Opondoth (?)
  • Give me the little book…

I can’t read my own writing at all any more.

  • (Something, something, something) revelations ad transcribed it, liked it.
  • (A bunch of illegible words that have been crossed out.)
  • Right hand.
  • The dragon man child.
  • 7 headed dragon.
  • Dragon was going to devour a child… Mandy Moore’s?
  • Don’t see seven headed dragon unless Booger belongs to the seven heads.
  • The man child Seann William Scott?
  • Is BOR
  • He stood on sand, sand maze beast no beast (a word that looks like gnovells.
  • See an should go here but now (? That’s what it looks like, but I know that’s not what it says.)
  • He that kills with sword killed by sword.

So that’s apparently what I thought about the Book of Revelations.

I’m not fully sure whether or not I made it through the whole reading, but when I woke up at 7:30 in the pm I fired up Southland Tales without any memories of what I was supposed to keep an eye out for.

So even though I failed to put together a coherent, researched review, whether or not I gain any new insights for the film, Southland Tales viewing days have become the most fun/eventful day of the week for me.

I have a feeling next week’s review is going to be just as rushed. I’ll be just as exhausted and at a loss for what my angle will be, minus time to do the reviews that I really want, but I also know that I’ll figure something out, and I’m sure it’ll be fun.

Can’t wait to see what happens!

See you then. 


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.