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…
I have loved movies for as long as I can remember, but things changed in 2001. I turned 17 that year and a vast majority of my time was spent hanging out with friends, finding ways to acquire and consume cheap alcohol and smoking an incomprehensible amount of reefer. At a time when my hormones were raging, I made no attempt to meet girls. At a time when everyone around me was applying for college, I didn't even pretend to study. At a time when I should have been trying to understand the fascinating complexities of the world around me, I shut down and settled into a routine of apathy and sadness.
I didn't like myself. I wasn't…
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..
Donnie Darko is a disturbed, schizophrenic teenager. One day is awakened in the middle of the night by an hallucination of someone - or something - in a horrific rabbit costume. His name is Frank. Frank tells Donnie the world is about to end. In 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds to be precise. A jet engine crashes into his room whilst Donnie’s away from home. The hallucinations of Frank worsen and begin to influence Donnie’s actions. He also finds himself a girlfriend.
Donnie: Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
That one is probably my favourite response in any movie of any time. Richard Kelly’s screenplay…
Did I understand this movie? Nope. Was it any good? Hell yeah.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm re-editing this movie to include Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" in place of Duran Duran as originally intended. Kelly couldn't secure rights and they did a last minute switch during post-production, but the former is one of my all-time favorite songs, syncs perfectly with the Sparkle Motion dance, and it fits with Donnie setting Cunningham's house on fire rather than the fade-out they employed for the existing track.
Really enjoyable. Very well acted all round, and a fantastic soundtrack
The first time i've seen this movie, i thought i was too young to understand. So i've tried again 10 years later but felt asleep.
I think i didn't like tho
A subversive and wonderfully dark piece of science fiction. Donnie Darko manages to combine almost everyone of my favorite genres into one work. It's a shame that Richard Kelly hasn't made anything to top this, but that is a tall order. What really makes this work so well is Jake Gyllenhaal in the title role. The troubled teen who turns his town upside only to leave it in the end is really interesting to follow. You never know where this is going when you first watch it, and I having not seen it in a few years was surprised by how much I forgot. The use of music in more than a few scenes gives this a "coming of age"…
If I could give this 6 stars, I would
I wanted my first review on here to be the film that has the most importance to me.
Donnie darko is my fave film of a time and this is why.
The cinematography is brilliant it felt fresh yet familiar at the same time.
The film was perfectly cast.
It had the odd homage to the classics like E.T but the 2 main reasons are 1 it's not defined by a particular genre it is everything and it does this without look like it's trying to hard.
The film is effortlessly perfect.
Reason 2 is the fact that it is so open to an individuals interpretation.
I see donnie as a hero by giving his life to save others. He…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).