Southland Tales: Kelly's Credo

Richard Kelly's “Southland Tales” world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a year and a half ago, where it received a negative response from most critics. The film, in a slightly revised version, is now released by Goldwyn.

Kelly's Credo

This is the way the world ends.
This is the way the world ends.
This is the way the world ends.
Not with a bang but a whimper.
–T.S. Eliot

The conclusion of T.S. Eliot's 1925 poem “The Hollow Men” has been altered for satirical effect in SOUTHLAND TALES, a comedic spin on the apocalypse, as it should occur in the great city of Los Angeles.

Trust me on this one. If the end is indeed upon us (apparently 59% of fundamentalist Americans believe that it is), it is going to happen in Los Angeles first.

I have always been obsessed with this whole apocalypse thing–and trying to decipher the encrypted symbolism in the Book of Revelations is enough to give anyone a headache. A friend once remarked that there is a legitimate debate among religious scholars that the Book of Revelations was written while the Apostle John was under the influence of hallucinatory mushrooms. Go figure.

Another friend sent me a very disturbing link to a story about something called “American Hiroshima.” Apparently this is one of many planned terrorist attacks that Al-Quaeda has in the works. This is the one where they smuggle nuclear weapons, purchased by Osama bin Laden from Russian gangsters, over the Mexican border into Texas with the aid of Mexican guerrillas. They detonate the nukes in mid-size cities where there is little domestic counter-terrorism surveillance.

Sounds like the apocalypse to me. Where would we go from here

These are the sordid tales of what happens next how it all comes crashing down. In the alternate future of SOUTHLAND TALES, the war machine is running out of gas, and there is no alternative. Alternative fuel, that is.

Global warming may indeed be the 'whimper,' that T.S. Eliot foretold. Perhaps our destiny is to slowly drown ourselves into oblivion.

Southland Tales will take you down that other road. The one that ends with a 'bang.' What if there is a path to end all suffering, and hidden somewhere along the way is a primer A primer that could help us extinguish this great big mess of a planet once and for all. Quick and painless.

There is no alternative. Alternative fuel, that is. Until one day–when a mysterious German corporation arrives in the Southland with a kick-ass new formula. A cure for our sickness