Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Dark. Darker. Darko.
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
When it's your birthday you get your favorite supper, your favorite tipple, birthday sex and the pick of what to watch on the television. For me it was a lovely birthday and of course the movie of choice was my all time favorite "Donnie Darko".
I saw this for the first time back in 2002 and couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. It had an unusual effect on me. I've seen thousands of films, but rarely has one lingered quite so much on my conscience. Without doubt a "cult film", this had so many different theories as to what it was really all about, it would make your head spin.In truth I became a little obsessed. I…
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
"Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?"
"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
For what seems like the hundredth time, a movie has broken my brain. And it feels brilliant.
Up until now, this was simply 'the creepy rabbit movie' in my mind. Of course it's still partly that, just with the phrase 'simply amazing' added to the front of it. Because, well, it just is. There's that opening, presenting a seemingly normal scene but still managing to give you the feeling that something is definitely going to happen, then manages to keep up the almost sinister camerawork throughout, resulting in some more beautifully shot scenes. Aided of course by that fantastic soundtrack and a brilliant script…
"How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?" ~ Donnie Darko
This is perhaps the ultimate Halloween movie. It supposedly takes place over four weeks in October 1988, containing plenty of scary moments, a scene of "The Evil Dead" showing in a movie theater, and even a party with teens in costumes. There is violence and paranoid-schizophrenia. Knives, guns, arson and a fire axe are involved. There are numerous references to time travel, too. But mainly, this is a film about divine intervention, and what better theme could there be for "All Hallows' Eve" or "All Saints' Eve," the day when "humor and ridicule are employed to confront the power of death."
Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a…
A mini masterpiece.
One of the most beautiful films ever made.
If I ever have advice for anyone, it would be to never watch the Directors Cut. Half of Donnie Darko's brilliance is its weirdness and ambiguity. It should never need to be fully explained.
The other half of Donnie Darko's brilliance is that frankly unbelievable performance from Jake Gyllenhaal.
To this day, it is still one of the best films I have ever seen in the cinema. It made 2001 a great year. Despite being unemployed..
This was so weird! And I mean that as a compliment. Like woah, that was some trippy stuff going on. Still trying to figure out what just happened.
what. This is either a terrible film or really fucking good. I have to rematch it, for sure.
This is literally my favorite movie of all time. I'll probably specify why at some point.
"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
Donnie Darko is very strange in the best way possible. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is great and the soundtrack is fucking excellent. It's one of my favourite films of all time.
Great parenting tool for starting conversations about mental health and communication with teenagers.
people paint this movie as the go to for indie movie lovers but for me something was either missing or shouldnt have been there
»I don't want to be alone.«
A dark, twisted story of a nightmare and sleep walking demons turning into reality.
De esto hablo. Sensaciones como las de esta pelicula me gustan. Me duele el estómago.
Every year, my friends watch this on Halloween after getting a baconator from Wendy's and this year I partook in the festivities. I was very confused by this movie, as is everyone upon a first viewing (apparently) and was too high to remember half of it, but it was a fun experience and the shots were great. Superb acting too. Must rewatch while sober.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
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