Richard Kelly returns to our 21st Century Cult series with his sophomore feature Southland Tales!
With the United States under the threat of nuclear attack, the lives of several people converge in a dystopian Los Angeles. Movie star Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) plans his next film with the help of ambitious porn actress Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and troubled policeman Roland Taverner (Seann William Scott). Meanwhile, Marxist revolutionaries, greedy corporations and secretive government agencies pursue their separate agendas among a paranoid populace.
Released just a month after the accompanying graphic novels and to only 63 theaters, Southland Tales underperformed at the box office. However, in the 16 years since, this mosaic-style film has resonated with audience as an endlessly entertaining and romp that gets better (and more eerily prescient) the more times you watch it.