April 2011

Another blog. About Portland. And other stuff too.

about | archives | twitter | flickr | potma | iphone snapshots | facebook | yelp
rss feed | youtube | links | the burning log


Questions? Comments? Reservations?
anotherportlandblog[at]gmail[dot]com

Another Portland Blog

Thursday, November 22, 2007

 

Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic then they originally predicted

Last weekend I tried to go see No Country for Old Men at the Fox Tower. This was a stupid idea for at least two reasons. First off,the movie had just opened in Portland. Second off, I showed up ten minutes before it was going to start, along with every Coen Brothers fan in the city between the ages of 15 and 105. The line outside was around the block and 200 hipsters deep. The place was a madhouse and I kinda, sorta took advantage of the situation. I saw my chance and darted up the Fox's stairs without buying a ticket. I saved myself around $10 but my plan was quickly thwarted by two ushers guarding the door to the theaters screening No Country.

Undaunted, I settled for something else and that something else was Southland Tales, Richard Kelly's follow-up to the cult-hit Donnie Darko. ST was nearly booed off the screen at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and it's not hard to see why. For most viewers, the film is bound to come off as an incoherent mess, a ramshackle heap of elements lifted from a hundred sources ranging from David Lynch to Robert Frost to The Big Lebowski.




Imagine a movie that rampantly drifts from scenes featuring Jon Lovitz horribly miscast as a bloodthirsty cop to a bizarre musical sequences set in a Venice Beach video arcade starring a disfigured Justin Timberlake who's too busy chugging cans of Budweiser to lip sync as he's surrounded by dancing combat troops and army nurses. At any given moment, there's no less than two character actors from a random '80s movie like Revenge of the Nerds or The Princess Bride on the screen at the same time. One second Southland tales is a would-be satire of post-9/11 life in America, the next it's sci-fi comedy and the next it's a musical. Toss in an impossible-to-follow plotline about the world ending, a zeppelin powered by the ocean and a flying ice cream truck and you've got yourself a movie that bursts past awful into some new, uncharted territory of "so bad it's good" filmmaking.

Did I enjoy Southland Tales. I don't know. Would I see it again? Maybe. Would I want to see it again? I think so. I'm pretty sure I've never sat in a theater with such a sharply-divided audience. There were a lot of walkouts but there were also a lot of people laughing and enjoying every minute. Is it the sort of thing that may one day develop a rabid fanbase eager to make sense of it all? I'd bet on it.

Labels: ,


Comments: Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]



Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home


SEARCH THIS BLOG? SURE, NO PROBLEMO, AS BART SIMPSON USED TO SAY....





www.flickr.com




-archives-

  • October 2003
  • November 2003
  • December 2003
  • January 2004
  • February 2004
  • March 2004
  • April 2004
  • May 2004
  • June 2004
  • July 2004
  • August 2004
  • September 2004
  • October 2004
  • November 2004
  • December 2004
  • January 2005
  • February 2005
  • March 2005
  • April 2005
  • May 2005
  • June 2005
  • July 2005
  • August 2005
  • September 2005
  • October 2005
  • November 2005
  • December 2005
  • January 2006
  • February 2006
  • March 2006
  • April 2006
  • May 2006
  • June 2006
  • July 2006
  • August 2006
  • September 2006
  • October 2006
  • November 2006
  • December 2006
  • January 2007
  • February 2007
  • March 2007
  • April 2007
  • May 2007
  • June 2007
  • July 2007
  • August 2007
  • September 2007
  • October 2007
  • November 2007
  • December 2007
  • January 2008
  • February 2008
  • March 2008
  • April 2008
  • May 2008
  • June 2008
  • July 2008
  • August 2008
  • September 2008
  • October 2008
  • November 2008
  • December 2008
  • January 2009
  • February 2009
  • March 2009
  • April 2009
  • May 2009
  • June 2009
  • July 2009
  • August 2009
  • October 2009
  • November 2009
  • December 2009
  • January 2010
  • February 2010
  • March 2010
  • April 2010
  • August 2010
  • September 2010
  • October 2010
  • November 2010
  • January 2011
  • February 2011
  • March 2011
  • April 2011

  • Clicky Web Analytics


    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?