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…
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..
"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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Utterly chilling throughout the entirety of the film. One of the best films I've ever seen, and will probably ever see. This is the kind of film modern cinema is missing at the moment, it's portrayal of mental health is on point and that's proven just by how popular it is as a cult classic.
It's actually hard to think of what to say about it that best explains my reaction to it. So I'll just say that it's going to be an absolute classic for years to come, and one of the films everyone will talk about way into the future.
It's been quite a while since I've watched 2001's little cult phenomenon Donnie Darko, and I was very interested to see how it would hold up over the last decade. Surprisingly, it held up quite well. It's certainly not perfect (Drew Barrymore still can't act to save her life in this) but there is so much going for this movie that it's easy to forgive the minor problems.
The best thing this film does is not give away the answers (I've heard the director's cut attempts to do just this, but I have never seen that version and never plan on doing so). A lot of weird happens in this movie, and we're left pretty much on our own to…
So, two reviews in one!
The theatrical cut of "Donnie Darko" is a pretty great movie. It doesn't always make sense. But it always feels real. But why should everything make sense? Not everything makes sense to its protagonist. And since the movie is very much seen through his eyes this adds to the effect of the movie as opposed to taking away.
All the performances are great, the pacing is strong, the music choices and cues excellent. It is one of the best movies about being a teenager I've seen.
The directors cut of "Donnie Darko" is a pretty bad movie. In some ways it detracts from the previously established cut. It attempts to spell everything out in ways…
Edgiest shit I've ever had the pleasure to watch.
Director's Cut isn't nearly as mysterious or enjoyable. All additional scenes and musical changes are detrimental to the theatrical cut.
The 3.5 star rating is for the theatrical cut.
The director's cut gets 2 Stars.
A time travel movie with a psychiatric medications gobbling teenager.
Completly insane! But very cool and nice soundtrack.
Chilling every time this goddamn bunny comes on. This movie got something
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- 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…