Southland Tales review 29 of 52.


What a week!

First I finished the feature I was gripping on out in Easter Washington on Thursday, got a ride home Friday, then production for my short film started on Saturday.

If jumping straight from the feature to my short wasn’t enough I had to go back out to Eastern Washington for our final day.

It was an amazing experience.

Check out our Facebook page to see some of the fun.  

Finally I’m home and have a couple weeks off until my next gig begins.

Being that my deadline's tonight this is the only time for this week’s viewing of Southland Tales, so at 10:30 in the am I fired it up.


I was kind of expecting to be annoyed by the movie this week. I think watching it on my laptop for the past several weeks was beginning to get to me. I hate watching movies on my laptop. On top of that watching this movie on my one day off meant I missed out on being able to do anything else.

I was starting to hate this whole Area 52 Southland Tales project.

Luckily I’m stubborn because I found myself very entertained by the movie this week!

I had it playing on my old big screen TV while I lounged on the couch.

The fridge was right there. I was able to make trips to it without missing any part of the movie.

I even got to wonder over to my computer to check my Facebook from time to time.

It turns out while I’m home this doesn’t feel like a chore. In fact, I had a blast.

I think I can almost sing along with the entire movie. I get slipped up on some of the Justin Timberlake voice over, but for the most part I have the important parts down.

I found myself washing dishes and preemptively blurting out lines before they played out on the screen.  

Though my enthusiasm for the project returned I was pleased as punch to quote the final, "and pimps don't commit suicide" before seeing the end credits roll.

I’m going to cut this review short but I promise you this, before this project ends I will reenact the scene where the Rock does his movie pitch, and I will play all the characters.

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.