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thought it was amazing. didnt see it for about 10 years, expected it to be cack, watched it a few months ago and it's pretty decent. the teacher characters are a bit rubbish, and the mad world cover has become comically naff (loved it at the time) but it's really very funny and atmospheric and jake is great
the director's cut adds in bad animation bits though
I find it kinda sad.
which is probably better
wouldn't care to see it now.
saw it recently, changed my mind, it's good, you are wrong, soz
i.e. a moody teen film.
I found it a bit cheesy in parts when I watched it recently (esp. the bit just before the engine comes through the roof at the end, with the flashbacks to salient quotes from the film, just to make sure everyone gets it), but at the time, it was my favourite thing in the world *ever*.
would probably rate it even lower now
just thought about it and can't imagine it would hold up
treat yourself, schedule a viewing today
call someone a cunt. I will light another candle for him
can BMR take over perhaps?
and now we just have to make do with some manky chuck?
Not cool, mate, not cool.
so there's that.
I'll basically fight anyone to the death over Jake Gyllenhaal though (if the cold doesn't get me first).
Everything Richard Kelly has done since has been utterly awful though.
i did not watch it fancily
Turned it off after an hour and a half because it really is that bad. Has the dubious honour of being the worst film The Rock has been in.
Makes even less sense than the film, despite the fact it's meant to help make sense of the film. Maddening.
Wish Richard Kelly would come back. I'll happily watch anything he does despite it mostly being awful.
But by all accounts it sounds like a worthy challenger.
maybe you don't believe in this community as much as I do
we're all still moody teens
probably only cos the most annoying kids at high school loved it
rewatched it though and it's pretty good. probably the same for a lot of stuff. nirvana etc
He just said Nirvana were only 'pretty good'.
but I can kind of understand the kneejerk reaction because people were creaming all over it, and massively overrating it.
giving a full explanation of all the superhero stuff the guy decided was going on?
sounds fucking terrible
it's the absolute worst. I don't think it's superhero stuff though? As far as I remember, it backed up my theories about parallel timelines and Donnie actually being dead from quite early on, but it gets rid of any ambiguity and treats the audience like idiots.
For some reason that version also swaps an INXS song for an Echo & The Bunnymen song at the beginning? I like both songs though.
Not seen it for about 7 years, but last time I rewatched it it was nice to remember how much of it is a really funny teen film.
Bloody great soundtrack, incidentally. Head Over Heels = best song ever.
But yeah, one of the director's cut crimes is to change the opening from Killing Moon to Never Tear Us Apart
I don't dislike it, I'm just not sure why that changes in the Director's Cut.
I thought those were the songs as he originally had them in his head and then he was able to get the rights to use them later in the DC because of its popularity.
I think the fact that he went on to do bad films implies Donnie Darko was a bit of a lucky moment. Seems like he'd have made a much worse film with more money.
it basically explains Roberta Sparrows theory of time travel which states that most of Donnie Darko is taking place within in an unstable parallel universe which differs from the "primary universe" by virtue of having a single artifact which has to be sent back to back to the primary universe or else the primary universe will be destroyed.
The person who has to do that is gifted special powers in order to ensure the artifact is sent back. Although they also have to contend with having troubling\disturbing visions.
it's the pages from her letter/book, isn't it? I'd forgotten that.
and rubbish, but ignorable, shoved into the film
my most hated film (after Big Lebowski)
Bears up surprisingly well to a re-watch, but Drew Barrymore's cameo is one of the worst things on film ever.
She's a teacher, but she's so cool!
Karen Pomeroy: You call this clarity? I don’t think that you have a clue what it’s like to communicate with these kids. And we are losing them to apathy… to this prescribed nonsense. They are slipping away.
Gretchen: Um, where do I sit?
Karen Pommeroy: Sit next to the boy you think is the cutest.
[the class gasps]
Karen Pommeroy: Quiet! Let her choose.
[the class gasps]
yeah, this is one of the aspects that feels really cringey in retrospect.
I wasn't sure if you were supposed to be on board with it or find her a bit overidealistic?
*nerd alert* if you read it that Donnie is already dead at this point, and this is a parallel timeline which is essentially inside his head, then this bit is a fantasy of what he wishes school was like. Cool teacher/he's chosen as the cutest boy etc, which would never happen in the real life part. That's always how I saw it.
I might watch it again tonight. I'm probably going to hate it now!
in that the actions of everyone around Donnie are supposed to get him to return the artifact to the primary universe.
However I don't think the tangent universe is supposed to be in his head as it actually contains the artifact/vessel/object that Donnie needs to send back to the primary universe to prevent the primary universe from ending. He's not dead until that happens.
Drew Barrymore was a key funder of the film or something I think, so always saw her role as a bit of a vanity thing.
I went and saw this at the cinema when I was in second year of uni with one of my housemates, and afterwards on the bus home he literally refused to speak ("What did you think of the film?", "Are you alright?", "Should we get off at the hospital so I can lead you in there for a quick check up?") because he was so emotionally moved by the film. Ended up sending me an email a few days later trying to explain what a cataclysmic engagement with art the whole experience had been for him.
What a plum.
I thought it was alright.
He should steer clear of Gravity's Rainbow. The soul-searing scale of its cosmology would probably kill him.
First time hearing echo and the bunnymen for me, so plus points for it there. And tears for fears. Game Changer!!!!1
"cellar door, dude"
you might not know/remember that seth rogen is in it, playing the singer from phantom planet's sidekick
but i remember thinking that it was pretty low-grade sci-fi so i'm gonna stick to that opinion