Thursday, January 23, 2014

Southland Tales Part V: Memory Gospel (2006)

SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie Southland Tales (2006).

"Do you ever feel like there's a thousand people locked inside of you? But it's your memory that keeps them glued together. Keeps all these people from fighting one another. Maybe in the end, that's all we have. The Memory Gospel."

Memory Gospel is shortest part of the movie parts. It has three scenes, that make me like this movie so much. This is last part that still makes sense. Last part forgets all sanity. If I wanted to nitpick, I could find things, that make no sense. But I don't want to go there. Last part has enough insanity.

Part starts with staged cop shooting, which doesn't go as planned. Ronald and Boxer are called to staged domestic fight. Real cop stops them before they can go inside. Ronald tries to say, they don't need any help, but real cop doesn't agree. They go inside, where female actress starts to insult real cop, when she see things didn't go as planned. Real Cop shoots her and before anyone realizes what happened, he shoots the male actor too. Boxer films the whole thing. Then real cop takes Boxer's camera and sends him away. He sends Ronald away too. This scene was extra weird, if you had read the comics. Actors improvised using dialog from The Power.

Cop shooting didn't make good for Boxer's mental health. Starla calls him calling him Jericho Cane, main character of The Power. Starla wants to act The Power for real, taking role of female lead. She gives Boxer number of one of the Frost's camp's assistants. They take Boxer back to his wife. Ronald ends up drugged on the street after Zora dumps him. Roland gets kidnapped by gun salesman driving ice cream truck. We learn, that real cop was actually paid by Zora to kill actors for real.

Back at Frost's camp, we get the soap opera scene. Boxer doesn't remember anything. Boxer's wife want them to pay Krysta after, Krysta tells there is lot of tape of her and Boxer. Bobby Frost doesn't want to give up. Wife tells she is having Boxer's baby. Westphalen says they should pay, because it is election year. Krysta tells Westphalen made her do it. Westphalen asks, should they trust scientist or porn star. Wife tells not to trust Westphalen. Westphalen doesn't like that and tells baby is actually Brandt's. Brandt is low-level assistant in Frost's camp. Krysta Now leaves. She calls Boxer Jericho Cane and tells she loves him. Boxer goes after her.

Martin Kefauver in introduced buying fluid karma from Pilot Abilene. Fluid karma dialog makes little sense, if you didn't read the comic, which explained concept of fluid karma and bleeding. After Martin has bought fluid karma, Pilot Abilene is having musical scene with Killer's song All the things I have done. That is song Roland Taverner listened before he threw grenade to Pilot's feet. Yes, you had to read the comics to know that. Haunting face line refers Pilot's face haunting Roland, who hasn't forgiven himself.

That was it for fifth part. There were few other confusing scenes too, but I won't go to them.  Simon Theory had few seconds scene, which made little sense, if you didn't know he was Dungeon Master. You had to read the comics or watch the Cannes cut to know that. Narrators deep lines started to make more sense now, when I knew more about the story. Until now they only gave movie weird apocalyptic mood.

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