Sunday, May 21, 2006

Ouch.

"[Southland Tales] winds up more like a 12:52 a.m. Saturday Night Live sketch (the cast includes, in significant roles, Jon Lovitz, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri, and Amy Poehler) crossed with Hudson Hawk, only far more pretentious and interminable than either. This is a potential career killer, I suspect...'
-- Mike D'Angelo, Nerve (via GreenCine).

11 Comments:

At 1:50 PM, Blogger girish said...

A little bit later, he writes::
"We'll have to wait a little bit to see if their reviews confirm it, but I've now received word that several key American egghead critics -- the Village Voice's J. Hoberman, the New York Times' Manohla Dargis, and Film Comment's Amy Taubin -- consider Southland Tales a masterpiece, or at least very impressive."

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Ooooh. The plot thickens.
From the very beginning I've heard that this one is going to polarize.

And that troika = eggheads? I'm hoping that was facetious.

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger girish said...

Also, D'Angelo is rating films at his blog. He gave it a 14/100; Da Vinci Code scored much higher.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger girish said...

More here.

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger girish said...

If I gotta put my $ somewhere, I'll put it on Hoberman.

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Ben said...

I just saw that! Man. I love J. Hoba, but I just don't know about this one... yeesh.

Not only does he say it's the "strongest" film he's seen, but he drops this: "There hasn't been anything comparable in American movies since Mulholland Drive."

Ca-razy.

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger girish said...

I know! That Mulholland drive comment had my jaw dropping in equal parts nervousness and glee.

 
At 11:38 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

You know, I'm a big fan of weird, messy movies so I'm quite hopeful for "Southland Tales" but Emerson really nailed it on the head when he reviews Kelly's career. I love "Donnie Darko" but hated, immeasurably, the director's cut. So I can only assume that "Donnie Darko" is a purely accidental masterpiece, produced through semi-haphazard editing to bring down its running time. Which means that I can't really say I suspect a great deal from Kelly's career. But all this inter-critical bitchfighting makes me happy.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Not only was the director's cut of DD painful, did you see Domino? True, he didn't direct it... But his sad defense of the whole wretched enterprise... worst.

 
At 6:16 AM, Blogger girish said...

I've seen neither Domino nor the DD director's cut. You guys are seriously harshing my Southland Tales vibe here.
Probably for the good, I might add. Will save me the (likely) colossal disappointment when I actually see the film. But I do wanna see it. Sometimes the ambitious and insane misses/messes can be more interesting than the experience of watching just another "conventionally good" movie.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

I didn't even realize he was involved with Domino. Admittedly, I didn't see it. But Jay Leno had a whole conversation with Roger Ebert about how he hated it and Ebert liked it, which is a clear sign that it's no good. I had such high hopes for Kelly, but I'm afraid he's really just a talentless weirdo. Still, I think "Southland Tales" sounds wonderful -- or at least potentially wonderful. Sarah Michelle Gellar as a porn star gangster? How Derek Jarman!

 

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