Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Tales Gone South, Part 2

Jim Emerson gives us a more complete look at the negative reviews from Cannes on Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's upcoming film Southland Tales, along with links to many of the reviews.

"Now, hardly anybody tries to make a bad movie (unless, like Alan Parker or Oliver Stone, they simply don't know -- or care about -- the difference). I would like Kelly and "Southland Tales" to succeed, against all odds. After all, I'm a big fan of the original version of "Donnie Darko," and have written about it extensively. I mentioned in that piece that I got the sense from the director's commentary on the original disc that Kelly had made a much better film than he seemed to know he'd made -- in fact, quite a different one than he thought he'd made."

I do wonder if the confusion most critics seem to have about the film might be cleared up by the release of the graphic novels (see it explained here) that are coming out in the next month or so - supposedly the film itself is Parts 4-6, while the graphic novels are 1-3... I'm not defending that as an intelligent route to take - submitting your film to critics when half the story is missing, or possibly having the film itself not stand on its own without these outside elements - but it might just be a part of the problem.

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