Richard Kelly leaves nothing behind in his pop-packed apocalyptic pageant, Southland Tales

This is the way the world ends?
Dale Robinette
This is the way the world ends?


Southland Tales
Written and directed by Richard Kelly
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Opens November 14

Southland Tales is obsessed but not overweening, free-associational yet confident. After seeing it in Cannes, I wrote that "there hasn't been anything comparable in American movies since Mulholland Drive"—a movie that Kelly references nearly as often as Kiss Me Deadly and The Manchurian Candidate. In its willful, self-involved eccentricity, Southland Tales is really something else. Kelly's movie may not be entirely coherent, but that's because there's so much it wants to say.

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