I mentioned Primer a few blog posts ago, and I just started reading Anubis Gates for the 4th (or more) time. And then last night the boyf and I watched Southland Tales. What a beautiful train wreck. ("Don't it make you smile, like a forest, fire" L.C.)
The characters are exquisite, some good acting, some not so good. The plot is difficult to follow and understand (I read that 20-25 minutes of the movie were removed from the released cut), but the story is great. It reminded me of a combination of RepoMan, Muholland Drive, Brazil and Primer with a bit of conspiracy and Satyricon aimless wandering thrown in.
It's a tough movie to watch, and most of the time I was shaking my head, for the potential of what it could be. How did it get hacked so much? But what is left; the twisted mescalin beauty and haunting scenes are novel sparkling gems.
This movie is Minas Gerais (the mining state of Brasil) and there is much to be seen, delighted and loved - as long as you check your haughty judgement at the door. You are entering a different reality.
And if you want to skip straight to the surreal ending...