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.
Talking about Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn once said,
I've always liked characters that, because of the circumstances, have to transform themselves, and in the end, it's inevitable that what they end up becoming is what they were meant to be. . . .The Driver was meant to become a superhero, and he's denied all these things—relationships, companionship. And why would he be denied that? It was because he was meant for something greater.
I think that idea is why Drive and this movie appeal to me so much. Donnie has no idea in the beginning of what he is to become, only finding aid in those around him who are meant to help him achieve his goal of saving the…
A terrific film that I love quite a lot. My first experience came from the Director's Cut, so maybe that shaped my opinion on the film - because when I watched the Theatrical Cut I just didn't enjoy it as much. Though, I do understand it had to do with which I saw first.
Anyway, the film is definitely a mindfuck; but not just for the sake of being confusing. I legitimately feel everything in the movie has its place and was not just made to cause confusion or to be pretentious. It's a terrific narrative with dark undertones about a schizophrenic teenager and the demise of the universe.
Incredibly interesting, well-shot, well-directed, fantastic acting and writing. Jake Gyllenhaal has his second-best performance of all-time (behind Nightcrawler) in the movie, and the supporting cast holds their own. Namely Jena Malone as Gretchen, Noah Wyle as Dr. Monnitoff, Patrick Swayze as Jim Cunningham, and even Drew Barrymore as Ms. Pomeroy.
Showed this to my sister for the first time.she liked it a lot. More thoughts from her tomorrow
I had hoped to become a butcher with this log but I suppose it isn't in my disposition.
Ignoring the substandard writing and mediocre acting, Donnie Darko is a film which draws inspiration from surrealist works and applies them to an accessible setting. Our tragic hero, Donnie, is relatable in his anxieties and frustrations - no wonder this film has achieved mainstream popularity. The brilliance of this film comes from the awkward mood it presents -the score is diverse in that it elicits both fear and love; the imagery is both shadowy yet oddly familiar, like a fading memory or an old friend. The effect of this? A hazy atmosphere which drags the viewer through an incomprehensible mess of events,…
I've been wanting to see this cult film for a while just because it has a reputation. Now I can finally understand why. One word to describe Donnie Darko would have to be "depth." Thankfully I watched the directors cut with the pages of the book displayed throughout because without that, I would've been more lost than Frodo and Sam at the beginning of Two Towers. Personally, I think the director thinks much too high of his audience's ability to put together the events in the tangent/primary universes through the use of a living receiver (Donnie), an artifact (jet engine), the manipulated dead (Frank), the manipulated living (everyone else) and the ensurance trap (saving Donnie) all in reference to a…
A simple coming-of-age story disguised via the twin maguffins of time travel and alternate realities, Donnie Darko is constructed with remarkable finesse and imagination for a debuting director. There is plenty of detail here that can easily slip between the gaps in a viewer's perception, and this alone makes the movie well worth multiple watches.
This movie is all intrigue for me. Sure, the acting is great (it's hard to believe that Jake Gyllenhaal went directly from October Sky to this), but the heart and soul of this film is the fascinating plot. Donnie is an interesting person to follow, and the time travel aspect is totally unique and original. I definitely understand that this movie isn't for everyone, but I love it.
A brilliantly woven story that doesn't really make any sense until it is darn well ready to.
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