Southland Tales (2006) (part 9 of 10)

Having seen Southland Tales before this Mega Recap came along, I got my section and was immediately worried. The craziest movie in years, I thought to myself, and I get the bit with all the exposition. But now I see what you’ve already read, which is that the entire movie is exposition. Instead, I get a lot of filler.

Caption contributed by Sillstaw

“It’s good to be the king!”

First, the long-take. The most annoying part about this is that we learn nothing new from it. The best long-takes aren’t stunts; they serve a purpose. Boogie Nights started with a long take that introduced all of the important characters in about three minutes. Touch of Evil opened with it for suspense. The Player used it to mock the use of long takes. Here, it’s used to show us characters on a zeppelin. One of these things doesn’t belong.

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Sillstaw joined the Agony Booth after finding the recap for Trail of the Pink Panther. An aspiring filmmaker (aspiring in the sense of "occasionally shoots video"), he likes watching movies to learn about form, style and other film-school pretenses. He is currently in the Witness Protection Program for an incident involving flowers and industrial chemicals that would make for one hell of a movie.

Multi-Part Article: Southland Tales (2006)

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