Apr 3, 2018
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.
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.