29 October 2007

Mad World

“All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, Worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, Going nowhere...”

So your boy Richard Kelly, the fluke smash hit director of the post-DVD-release-gone-cult “Donnie Darko” is finally letting his NEW movie off the leash.

He has recut the film “Southland Tales” about 18 times since it was poorly received at Cannes; not to mention it had already been 6 years since “Donnie Darko”. I suppose he's become a perfectionist worried about being a one-hit wonder.

But of course your boy won't admit that. He says the movie is about “the end of Western civilization as we know it,” and that's why it took so damn long. Hmmmm. OK, sounds cool; maybe he was filming it in real time. The movie stars, among others, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake and Dwayne Johnsons a.k.a Can U Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?

Ummmm... Yeah... About that...

The movie also stars Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie) and stupid Mandy Moore. Can someone remind me again why Mandy Moore is famous?

“Southland Tales,” set to open on 14 November, unfolds during the 2008 presidential campaign in a parallel-reality America. Not unlike “Donnie Darko” which took place circa 1988 presidential election.

From The Times: “The country is reeling from a 2005 nuclear attack in Texas and apparently heading for an even bigger catastrophe. A cosmic phantasmagoria studded with pop-culture luminaries including Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, Justin Timberlake and Sarah Michelle Gellar, the movie traces a tangled web of interlocking conspiracies. The result is something like a Comic Book of Revelation, an Armageddon countdown in a plastic-fantastic universe where celebrities are military pawns in the Iraq war, and the quest for alternative energy is linked to Nikola Tesla’s tidal-wave generator and a breach in the space-time continuum. ”

After the bad showing at Cannes, your boy shortened the film about a half hour, added $1 million worth of special FX and cut Janeane Garofalo out of the movie altogether. That's harsh.

I dunno, The Times is saying some shit that is giving me douche chills. Some stuff about the characters quoting a lot of gratuitous Marx and New Testament; some other scene with Justin Timberlake, who plays a disfigured war veteran, drinking a beer, sneering and lip-syncing along to The Killers.

I dunno. Sounds like your boy might be afraid of failure, afraid of being a one-hit wonder and resting on his kitschy 80's laurels.

Whats so wrong with being Toni Basil or Frankie Goes to Hollywood?

I guess we'll see...

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