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southland tales

“There’d be a lot less violence in the world if everyone just did a little more cardio.”

In 2001, Richard Kelly released his debut feature Donnie Darko, featuring early performances from Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal (as brother and sister of course). Co-financed by Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films company, Donnie Darko didn’t receive much recognition upon its initial release. Over the years the film gained a cult following, eventually leading to an extended director’s cut that had a limited theatrical release. That following led Kelly the opportunity to create Southland Tales, a project that requires three comic books and a two and a half hour movie to tell its story.



I’ve heard many pop culture references to this movie, with its attention grabbing poster and title and based on true story motif. I recently watched a documentary that uncovers the truths about popular horror myths, such as if there really was anyone who ever put anything dangerous inside children’s candy on Halloween. One of the topics dropped “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” and how the film is based on a series of murders in the 1940s and how accurate is the film itself.  (more…)