I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…
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…
"The search for God is absurd?"
"It is if everyone dies alone."
"Does that scare you?"
"I don't want to be alone."
Such a knockout combination of flavors and tones, genres and influences that it's hard to believe how coherent it all is. Portals expand though the screen of The Evil Dead as a heavenly choir soars within the soundscape. Elementary schoolgirls dance seductively in talent shows, taught by the 'teacher's pet' of a spiritual healer with a dark secret. Nightmares intermingle with the sleepy High School environments of endless houses and endless types of people who we've known. It's a movie where 'sparkle motion' is on the same plane of importance as deluded heroism and schizophrenia, and it's…
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
I’m pretty sure I was about 13 when I first saw Donnie Darko and over the years it became a place of refuge whenever I felt completely consumed by angst or rage. It’s like a bible for anyone who feels misunderstood or under-appreciated and during your teenage years this is a very common predicament. As a result of my perpetual torment, Donnie became my version of a teen idol. He appeals to the loner or outsider, he’s the rebel with a cause, a reject from a censored and drugged society who takes on the existential burden that comes with being tasked to save the world.
Donnie Darko is not like other coming-of-age movies because it works against the idea that…
Donnie Darko is funny, it's original, it's mind-boggling, and above all else it is entertaining as hell. Though all these things in the end it is ultimately too heavy and twisted to be fully understood and though this may be intentional it doesn't quite sit well when not enough information is shared. The direction is solid, the story is genius, and Gyllenhaal's performance is impressive for his age. It's an outstanding psychological thriller.
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…
Troubled young man's life indebted to a 6-foot-tall nightmare of a bunny who ends up saving the world by fidgeting with the space-time continuum? One of my favorite movies of all time.
the only thing more confusing than this movie is the fact that it canonically exists in this universe a movie that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Seth Rogen, Ashley Tisdale, and Jerry Trainor
Still thinking about it and probably will be for the next couple of weeks.
Donnie Darko is the perfect example of a movie that amounts to fucking nothing at the end. Maybe it's just me, but I just don't see myself in it's core audience of wicked cool "nihilistic" teens who don't care about anything and just want to die. Yeah, I'd say that's pretty cool dude. The main character, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is an unlikable boring as fuck teen, just like anyone that thinks this movie is a masterpiece unlike any other. You know, I'm glad his character's sister also happens to be his real life sister, which I'm guessing is so they can actually replicate a realistic brother-sister chemistry on the big screen. Unfortunately, the same chemistry could be replicated by having Jake Gyllenhaal and any other fucking female actress to play the role of Donnie's sister.
Basically pretentious garbage for pretentious people.
i have to rewatch this bc i couldnt pay attention
"How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?"
"It feels wonderful."
Half way through this I realised I was gonna need to figure out what the fuck was happening if I was gonna be able to enjoy it. Once I googled it I was having the time of my life. like holy shit.
I still think this movie is worthwhile. Baby Jake!
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