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…
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.
"They made me do it"
I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this movie, countless. But I can still remember the first time, I was sixteen and had just broken up with my first boyfriend, this film moved me, it shook me at my cornerstones. I remember being transported into another place, a tangent universe perhaps..... This is the film that made me interested in the art of cinema.
What is not to love about this movie? Sure, on the surface it appears to make very little sense, but that surface is also captivating, eerily chilling, intensely emotional and incredibly funny. It's a film that you can watch over and over again, always learning something new about…
Donnie Darko is weird, and Gretchen's right — that's a compliment.
It's a mad descent into teenage alienation, pseudo-intellectual motivational speaking, the mechanics of time travel and a marvellous soundtrack. If you're feeling particularly deep, there's even a scene that suggests that understanding the world around you is easily done if you surrender yourself to the unreal in the middle of a cinema screening.
This viewing (maybe my fourth?) did not particularly elucidate the film's events, but it absolutely doesn't need to. If I wanted to understand the film I'd have left the Innis & Gunn in the fridge and opted for the 2-disc Director's Cut and special features galore. (Or, just skip straight to Dan Kois' conclusion from doing the…
Alright so i don't even know what to say about this movie. is it good or is it bad? how the fuck is anyone able to understand this movie?!? but still 10/10
I wish I could write anything that approached eloquent about Donnie Darko, but each time I sit down to try words fail me.
I am too in love to see clearly. My favourite film ever, with so much to talk about, and I can't get a a single coherent thought together. I doubt that will ever change.
What a confusing piece of utter shit.
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Donnie Darko is definitely a weird one, but really unique, which is why I like it so much. Strange, but successful blend of Horror and Sci-Fi elements, all set to a great 80s soundtrack of Tears for Fears music.
There are no words or ways to describe Donne Darko apart from its a complete original unlike anything you will ever see. Having said that its one of the most jaw dropping and spectacular movies ever made. From the sci fi elements to the teenage angst to the flawless performances and spot on 80s soundtrack this is one film that truly defies comparison. Thank you Drew Barrrymore for making it possible.
I really underappreciated this. I liked it on a first watch, but this rewatch just showed me how brilliant it actually is. It's not only just a "cool" film. It's a work of art by visionary director Richard Kelly.
Yes, it's pretentious, but is there an actually valid criticism against it? Because each time the word "pretentious" is used, there has to be an explanation on why said pretentiousness didn't work, or else is just an empty word that says more about the flaws of the reviewer than those of the film. Because, most of the times "pretentious" is an excuse to avoid providing reasons when a critic doesn't like a passionate work. It shuts conversations instead of opening debate.…
Clásico imprescindible de Halloween y de toda época del año. He de confesar que mi gusto por la peli va por rachas. Hay ocasiones que me encanta y otras que me gusta simplemente. Y eso que llevo muuuuchos visionados del film.
Espectacular Jake Gyllenhaal y un reparto repleto de caras conocidas de ayer y hoy.
- 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
- The Rules of the Game