So, first there was Donnie Darko and that was simply magical. An amazing trip of a movie so dark and clever and torn through with metaphysical torment, it became an instant classic. Then, there was Southland Tales* and to be honest, I'm still trying to figure that one out. I can't seem to watch it without falling asleep or starting a game of checkers with myself. After three attempts of really trying to like it, the only thing I've come away with is that The Rock can make some amazing facial gestures. I ask myself, does he lift weights with his lips and eyebrows as well as his body? There was a day, several years ago, when I face danced in the mirror for several hours but I never got anywhere near his range. I digress. Now, director Richard Kelly has a new movie out, THE BOX, and it looks really really freaking cool. I'm hoping that the previously scripted twilight episode, Button (1986), will help Kelly hold the reigns tight. It might help to have a producer who does the same.
*NOTE: It's awesome to see true production notes like that on the web. Good insight into the process. You can also download the great production notes on Donnie Darko HERE.