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…
"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..
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
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.
In the year 2001, the emergence of writer director Richard Kelly's voice comes into fray with the story of Donnie Darko. At the age of 25, the visionary Kelly auteurs the complex happenings and twisted, brilliant mind of Donnie, played by Jake Gylenhaal. From the moment Donnie picks up the bike, and the Echo & The Bunnymen score comes in; I was riveted. Speculation and anticipation for this film came from blurred visuals and word of mouth, without knowing any plot particulars, other than the presence of the full sized floppy rated Frank, Donnie's imaginary friend. The film has an original style and knowledge of it's setting, accompanied by performances with unexpected contours and jolts and directions, which disallows the film…
A rewatch but of the directors cut. I actually preferred the theatrical cut. The music cues and the pacing were better, also less is explained leaving it for you to work out. I still enjoyed it but nit as much as I'd hoped. Certain elements of the script and Gyllenhaals performance did not ring true and the humour seems misjudged. An enjoyable head scratcher, with a fantastic cast - a great debut!
Excelente, desde q empieza hasta q termina. Es una pelicula desde el principio algo compleja para la mente comoda, y no solo eso, sino q cuando terminamos de entender la trama queda todavia toda la simbologia q esta detras, es una peli para ver muchas, muchas veces.
"I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HE SAID. HE ASKED ME TO FORCIBLY INSERT THE LIFELINE EXERCISE CARD INTO MY ANUS."
This review is dedicated to the greatest Scottish pornstar, Andy Slutmers.
I was unsure about reviewing this seeing as I may know a Scot who has this as a favourite of all time. You can fully understand why but I just thought I would have to have a death wish to review this on the off chance of saying something un-complimentary concerning it. However if you have real love for movies and not just the guns, sex and cheap humour, that is seen in most movies nowadays, then this artistic masterpiece goes without flaws.
Its not often that a piece of cinema is made that can have so the audience questioning with so many theories and understandings of what the…
The demon bunny rabbit. The film is about a movie of a teenage boy who sees an imaginary six foot tall bunny rabbit who tells him when the world is going to end. This movie has good story and a good cast.
Really great film. The concept is unique, and Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome. Just an overall great film to watch.
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- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
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For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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