Mar 20, 2020
Southland Tales (2006) (part 6 of 10)
Cut to a TV on the dashboard of a vehicle, where the news informs us that Officer Bart did the whole world a favor by killing Amy Poehler. Only, the news claims it was the result of a domestic disturbance, which is either good or bad, since the whole thing was supposed to look like the work of racist cops. Or not. You know, for those of you playing at home.
Sure enough, this vehicle turns out to be Christopher Lambert’s (stage name: Walter Mung) ice cream truck. Our gun-runnin’ friend is reading the issue of Wired with the Baron’s picture on it; the newscaster reminds us that Dream’s real name is Veronica Mung, and at the sound of this, Walter looks up and laughs. I’m guessing these two were divorced or something, but that really has nothing to do with anything.
The newscast goes on, as part of the film’s insistent habit of providing blatantly obvious “little” clues that are supposed to help you add things up. In this case, there’s some stuff about which cars are most prone to terrorist attacks, and something about the waters of Venice Beach turning red. This would normally work in an Alan Moore sort of way, except that none of these things have anything to do with the outcome of the plot. Sorry, Kelly, but if it didn’t work for Robocop, why did you think it would work for you?