I rented Donnie Darko the day it came out on DVD. This was before it reached cult status, I hadn't really heard anything about it at all. I put it in the machine with very low expectations, Patrick Swayze was in the thing for crying out loud! Two hours later, I sat in the dark, completely blown away. I immediately watched it again. I wanted to call everyone I knew and tell them to watch this movie, and fast. These days, it's very difficult to find something truly "under the radar," but Donnie Darko felt like a real discovery to me, and to a lot of people. I think it's one of the best movies of the decade. So of course a new film from its director, Richard Kelly, is big news. And no matter what the critics think of Southland Tales (and they haven't been kind thus far - Andrew O'Hehir at Salon called the 160-minute Cannes cut of the film "about the biggest, ugliest mess I've ever seen" and you can read James's negative review here), I'm dying to see it.
Listed on imdb as a "comedy musical sci-fi thriller," Southland looks interesting to say the least. Set in Los Angeles, 2008, with the city on the brink of "social, economic and environmental disaster," it's got a cast that redefines "eclectic" (Justin Timberlake, John Larroquette, Mandy Moore, Jon Lovitz, Cheri Oteri...getting the idea?),and you can see just how eclectic in this cool new group of photos from the film over at iesb. There's shots from the movie, behind-the-scenes stuff, storyboards, paintings, sketches, all kinds of goodies. A majority of the photos are of Seann William Scott (who plays twin brother cops), The Rock and an almost disturbingly attractive Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays a porn star in the film. Southland Tales has been picked up by Columbia Pictures, and Kelly is said to have made some pretty drastic cuts in preparation for a potential release soon.