Friday, March 21, 2008

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with a whimper.

First things first: the comic ain't happening. I put in my time, I sent in two scripts with rewrites on both, and the answer was sorry, doesn't fit this series. We're too busy to accept scripts from you right now.

So yeah, that sucks.

On to the good:

I just finished watching my second most anticipated film of all time (falling only behind The Fountain).


And boy was it all kinds of messed up. Political satire at some points, drug trip at others, and just a sometimes funny movie, this movie completely lived up to all of my expectations. I heard about this movie first in either 2005 or 2006 when it was first announced, and I was immediately taken by it. Taken by the idea. The plot. The world is going to end in 2008 after World War 3 begins. Gas prices skyrocket. The President creates a group that uses our "security" in order to spy on each and every one of us.

Sound familiar? Sound like something that is going on currently?

A lot of times, when a movie follows hype or becomes something you cannot miss, it ends up missing.

Well, not Southland Tales. With a murderer's row of actors (Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, Holmes Osbourne, Miranda Richardson, John Laroquette, Cheri Oteri, Nora Dunn, Amy Poehler, Kevin Smith, Bai Ling, Curtis Armstrong, CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT, Wallace Shawn, Will Sasso, Jon Lovitz, Mandy Moore, and so many more actors) this movie sounds like it could get lost in the shuffle of all of the actors involved.

It sometimes does. That is the only flaw I found with this movie. That the changing landscapes and the numerous characters kind of takes away from the main plot, the end of the world.

This book is equal parts TS Eliot, Robert Frost, and the book of Revelations, mixed with the insanity of Richard Kelly.

And it is truly amazing. From the stellar cast (Dwayne Johnson, used to be the Rock, does a particularly amazing job in this) and the amazing colors and direction and actual photography of the movie, the soundtrack is ridiculous. The Pixies, Blur, Moby, the Killers (in a fantastic scene), the music is never too much, and it's perfectly blended with the film.

Richard Kelly has done it again. And I think I will follow his movies to the ends of the Earth, so long as this film's lack of support doesn't push him in a direction similar to M Night Shyamalan. That would be bad.


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