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Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales" debuted
at Cannes this morning. The follow up for
Kelly after cult favorite "Donnie Darko"
stars The Rock and Seann William Scott,
the new Matthau and Lemmon, along with
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake,
and a cast of thousands.

This eagerly anticipated project has been
described as a "futuristic sci-fi musical",
a label that suggests another "Rocky Horror
Picture Show." The website has promised
"graphic novels" (comic books) for months,
but all that has emerged are a few stills
which haven't inspired confidence. The film
looks intentionally unusual, often a sign of
desperation that can lead to a disconnect.

Reviews are starting to come in. At 2:40
the film is unlikely to do huge box office,
though the tone of the reviews suggests
that a reduction by Kelly could greatly
enhance the focus of the narrative, so
the cinematic release may be shorter.

I haven't seen any comments directly about
The Rock, but comments about the arch,
mannered, and ultra serious deliveries of the
characters suggest that his usually wooden
readings were right at home in Kelly's
movie and that this won't be the breakout
film where Rock proves his acting skills.

Frank

"And the actors -- Duane 'The Rock' Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake have the lead parts -- have been directed to perform with arch and mannered deliveries, or to act ultra-serious and alarmed with constantly shocked expressions, and so it doesn't connect on an emotional level. Nothing is allowed to sink in and touch you.

Southland Tales is meant to be a black comedy, but the jokes are on the dry side and under-delivered (which is usually the kind of humor I prefer...except here) and they're frankly not very funny."
- http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/archives/2006/05/california_drea.php

"Part of the problem is that Kelly's approach undermines itself. You could make the argument that the only way to satirize modern life is through the lens of bad science fiction; the problem with that technique is that at the end of the day, you've still got a piece of bad science fiction.

The inventions and plot ideas and new characters come as a barrage in Southland Tales, but they don't seem like part of any vision or storytelling method; instead, they seem like the rambling elaborations of a bad liar."
- James Rocchi, http://www.cinematical.com/2006/05/21/cannes-review-southland-tales/

"I only have a few minutes to spare before my next screening, but I must quickly gawp in astonishment at the sophomore-jinx train wreck that is Richard Kelly's Southland Tales. Set in semi-post-apocalytpic 2008 Los Angeles, Kelly's followup to muddled cult favorite Donnie Darko aims for Pynchonesque black comedy but winds up more like a 12:52 a.m. Saturday Night Live sketch (the cast includes, in significant roles, Jon Lovitz, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri, and Amy Poehler) crossed with Hudson Hawk, only far more pretentious and interminable than either. This is a potential career killer, I suspect...though there was a tiny smattering of applause as the closing credits began, and I don't doubt that a movie as bizarre and uncompromising as this will manage to scrape up a handful of ardent fans."
- Mike D'Angelo, http://www.nerve.com/nerveblog/cannes2006.aspx?id=106e4750#4750

"The film strives to rank alongside such classics as 'Brazil' and 'Blade Runner' but falls more into the category of 'Mars Attacks!' and '1941,' and boxoffice potential will rely on very tolerant young audiences.

Scott, Johnson and Sarah Michelle Gellar, as the porn star, do their best with the lame material, but it's uphill work. There was more fun and greater character development in 'Starship Troopers.'"
- Ray Bennett, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/awards/cannes/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002465051

"In terms of Hollywood, it is supposed to be the epicentre of where we make films. Yet we constantly run our films out of the country and it is depressing.

I know a lot of people I work with are losing their health insurance and benefits because we constantly recreate every American city in Canada.

I was really proud to be able to show the LA film-making community how easy it actually it was to shoot in Los Angeles."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5002702.stm


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Harsh. I had a feeling that Kelly's post-DARKO inflated head would lead to problems with this, and it sounds as though that is indeed the case. There's a fine line between visionary and crap, and sophomore cult directors often find themselves on the wrong side of it. A real shame.



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Cannes pix are coming in: http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?p=dwayne+johnson&sm=Yahoo%21+Search&toggle=1&cop=&ei=UTF-8&fr=FP-tab-news-t&c=news_photos

Hey Frank, did you hear? "Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run" is DEFINITELY gonna be released in July, 2007. DEFINITELY. No, REALLY. ;-)



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"It's like what Mission: Impossible
was for Tom Cruise."
- The Rock, March 2004

"'Spy Hunter' is going great. We've got
Stuart Beattie who's writing it right
now, who wrote 'Collateral' as well
as 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' so he's
a great writer, he's got a great take
on it. 'Spy Hunter' is one of those
movies that we announced almost two
years ago and everybody who I run
into is like, 'Where's 'Spy Hunter?'
It's one of those movies that you
cannot get wrong. That's why it's so
important that the writing is right,
the feel, the tone is right. You see
the car, you see [my character] Alec
Sects. So it's going to be the real
deal once it's done."
- The Rock, August 2005

"This is one of those projects where
we've had eight writers on it, on
'Spy-Hunter'--great writers too.
Millions of dollars being spent, but
it's one of those things where you
really don't want to rush it. You
just don't want to make just any type
of movie. It's such a special movie
conceptually. It's so cool with the
car. And you're the hunter of spies.
Stuart Beattie we all believe will
come through. He wrote 'Pirates of
the Caribbean' and 'Collateral,'
so we're waiting--fingers crossed.
It should be in in about a week."
- The Rock, October 2005
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