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I Don't Know What's Going On, But I Think I Like It

By TK Burton | Trailers | January 10, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | January 10, 2011 |

I haven’t a fucking clue what’s going on in this trailer, but I kinda dig it.

Burning Palmsexplores satires of Angeleno stereotypes, which are told through five interlacing stories. The five intertwining segments are based on popular stereotypes of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Westwood and Holmby Hills. Each of the characters in the film confront taboos and an uncertain, often darkly humorous, fate.

From what I can tell, it’s about distinct groups of people slowly going bugfuck crazy. I don’t know if it ends in violence, tragedy, sadness or happiness, but it’s got a dark madcap-romp feel to it that I’m finding strangely appealing. The cast is absolutely insane: Shannon Doherty, Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega, Adriana Barraza, Colleen Camp, Jamie Chung, Robert Hoffman, Peter Macdissi, Emily Meade, Anson Mount, Rosamund Pike, Austin Williams and Tom Wright. That’s the mother of all mixed bags right there, but there are some real gems bouncing around in there.

The film is directed by first-timer Christopher B. Landon, who previously wrote the screenplays for Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2. Producer Oren Sega calls it “a John Waters version of Short Cuts.” I don’t know about that, but it’s weird enough to be interesting, I suppose.

It’s the dullard’s morass of January. I’ll settle for interesting right now.

The poster’s fun too:


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