1311 – Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is a 2006 science fiction comedy-drama thriller film and the second film written and directed by Richard Kelly. The title refers to the Southland, a name used by locals to refer to Southern California and Greater Los Angeles. Set in the then-near future of 2008, as part of an alternate history, the film is a portrait of Los Angeles, and a satiric commentary on the military–industrial complex and the infotainment industry. The film features an ensemble cast including Dwayne JohnsonSeann William ScottSarah Michelle GellarMandy Moore, and Justin Timberlake. Original music was provided by Moby. The film is an international co-production of the United States, Germany and France.

Southland Tales postertimespace coordinates: On July 4th, 2005, in a fictionalized United States alternate history reality, two towns in Texas (El Paso and Abilene) were destroyed by twin nuclear attacks, killing thousands and triggering a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions, sending America into a state of anarchy and hysteria, as well as a Third World War (a fictionalized version of what the nation may have become under the War on Terror), with the US government re-introducing the draft. The PATRIOT Act has extended authority to a new agency known as US-IDent, which keeps constant surveillance on citizens—even to the extent of censoring the Internet and requiring fingerprints to access computers and bank accounts. In response to the recent fuel shortage in the wake of global warfare, the German company Treer designs a generator of inexhaustible energy, which is propelled by the perpetual motion of ocean currents, called “Fluid Karma”. However, its inventor Baron von Westphalen and his associates are hiding the fact that the generators alter the ocean’s currents and cause the Earth to slow its rotation, and that the transmission of Fluid Karma to portable receivers (via quantum entanglement) is ripping holes in the fabric of space and time.

In near-future 2008, Los Angeles (referred to as “The Southland” by locals) is a city on the brink of chaos overshadowed by the growth of an underground neo-Marxist organization. The film follows the criss-crossed destinies of Boxer Santaros, an action film actor stricken with amnesia; Krysta Now, a psychic ex-porn star in the midst of creating a reality TV show; and twin brothers Roland and Ronald Taverner, whose destinies become intertwined with that of all mankind.

Southland Tales was initially planned to be a nine-part “interactive experience”, with the first six parts published in six 100-page graphic novels that would be released in a six-month period up to the film’s release. The feature film comprises the final three parts of the experience. A website was also developed to intertwine with the graphic novels and the film itself.  The idea of six graphic novels was later narrowed down to three. The novels were written by Kelly and illustrated by Brett Weldele. Kelly wrote them while making the film and found it very difficult as it pushed him “to the edge of my own sanity”, as he remarked in an interview. 

They have been collected together into one single volume:

The titles of the parts in the film are:

  • Part Four: Temptation Waits
  • Part Five: Memory Gospel
  • Part Six: Wave of Mutilation

The film remains enigmatic to many viewers and even some of its makers. In a 2011 interview, Justin Timberlake himself said, “To me, Southland Tales is performance art. I still don’t know what that movie is about [laughs].”

In a 2013 interview, Kelly said he considered this work as “the thing that I’m most proud of, and I feel like it’s sort of the misunderstood child or the banished child.” (wiki)

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[Southland Tales Soundtrack] tracks Aerial/Snowball -Moby / Southland Tales – Full Soundtrack (Score & Songs)   /   Sarah Michelle Gellar – Teen Horniness is Not a Crime

946 – Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

timespace coordinates: September 2001 – May 2011 Pakistan / USA / Afghanistan / Kuwait

5f55bd0c18cabcfaee3ecc8bd767c7faZero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. The film dramatizes the nearly decade-long international manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. This search leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan and the military raid that resulted in bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011.

Jessica Chastain stars as Maya, a fictional CIA intelligence analyst, with Jason ClarkeJoel EdgertonMark StrongJames GandolfiniKyle ChandlerStephen DillaneChris PrattÉdgar RamírezFares FaresJennifer EhleJohn BarrowmanMark Duplass, and Frank Grillo in supporting roles.zero+dark+thirty+(2012)+-+wallpaperPrequelHistorical accuracyControversy

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904 – Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

timespace coordinates: 1969, a shady hotel on the CaliforniaNevada borderMV5BOTk1Nzk1MDc1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjU2NDExNjM@._V1_Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir thriller film written, produced and directed by Drew Goddard. (wiki)

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe‘s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. (rt)

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841 – Kin (2018)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Detroit, Michigan > NevadaMV5BZDczYzNhMDMtNmQ2Ni00ZjcwLWI1MDQtMWI1YWVkNjkzN2NhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDMzMzI5MjM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,648,1000_AL_Kin is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker and written by Daniel Casey, based on the 2014 short film Bag Man. It stars Jack Reynor, Myles TruittZoë KravitzCarrie CoonDennis Quaid and James Franco. The story follows a young boy who find a strange weapon and his newly paroled brother. Mogwai composed the score for the film. (wiki)MV5BNDc0OWIyYWYtMGZkYS00YzM5LWE3ZDQtZGRlYzg1NjdjZmJhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDg2MjUxNjM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,666,1000_AL_MV5BZTI2NjM1NzktYzk2ZC00Mjk2LTk5NjQtODViNzg0ZWRiOWU3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODQzNTE3ODc@._V1_MV5BNTYwMzAwNDY4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzA2NjgzNTM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_KIN_SPECIALTY_rgb

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746 – The Island (2005)

timespace coordinates: 2019 Arizona > Los Angelesposter2_lThe Island is a 2005 American science fiction thriller film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay. It stars Ewan McGregorScarlett JohanssonDjimon HounsouSean BeanMichael Clarke Duncan and Steve Buscemi.

In the story, Lincoln Six Echo (McGregor) struggles to fit into the highly structured world he lives in, isolated in a compound, and the series of events that unfold when he questions how truthful that world is. After Lincoln learns the compound inhabitants are clones used for organ harvesting as well as surrogates for wealthy people in the outside world, he attempts to escape with Jordan Two Delta (Johansson) and expose the illegal cloning movement.island_finalpeq_by_edgarascensao-dciwq7yThe Island has been described as a pastiche of “escape-from-dystopia” science fiction films of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Fahrenheit 451THX 1138Parts: The Clonus Horror, and Logan’s Run. (wiki)

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595 – Paul (2011)

spacetime coordinates: 2010 American Southwest alamo_startrek_journeytobabel7Paul is a 2011 science-fiction road-comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film is about two science-fiction geeks who meet an extraterrestrial being, voiced by Seth Rogen, with a sarcastic manner and an appetite for cigarettes and alcohol. They help the alien escape the FBI agents pursuing him, so he is able to return to his home planet. The film contains numerous references to other science-fiction films, especially those of Steven Spielberg, as well as to general science-fiction fandom.

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326 – The Andromeda Strain (1971)

spacetime coordinates: 1971  Wildfire, underground laboratory in Nevada // Piedmont, New Mexicoandromeda 2The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton‘s 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film stars Arthur HillJames OlsonKate Reid, and David Wayne as a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin. With a few exceptions, the film follows the book closely. The special effects were designed by Douglas Trumbull. The film is notable for its use of split screen in certain scenes.andromeda 1andromeda

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