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Donnie Darko (2001)
Michael A. Novelli
on Saturday, October 22, 2011
Mr. Mendo is back to take on yet another overrated indie film: Donnie Darko, the needlessly obtuse story of a schizophrenic boy, the 6-foot rabbit that visits him in the night, and the jet engine that falls on him. Also, there’s some stuff in here about time travel and the end of the world. And Patrick Swayze is a child molesting motivational speaker. This synopsis makes more sense than the movie.
“Sci-fi fans looking for boilerplate action might be bored by the long stretches of exposition and introspection, but that’s precisely what makes the movie memorable.”Pink Lady... and Jeff “Episode #2”
“So join me once again as I devote more thought to this show than anyone in history.”Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
“Socrates was a firm believer in teaching by asking, ‘Why?’ Darren Lynn Bousman is a firm believer in teaching by asking, ‘Would you be capable of figuring this out without me here to hold your hand’?”The top 10 films of 2014
“2014 was a great year for movies. So much so that making my top ten list this year was torturous (well, more torturous than usual).”Timeline (2003)
“They join the battle alongside the French, all the while causing, presumably, numerous time paradoxes by blatantly messing with history. Or not. Timeline doesn’t really concern itself with such trivia.”Donnie Darko (2001)
In what could be considered a counterpoint to Mr. Mendo's own review, Cheapus takes a look at Donnie Darko, which he happily admits has its fair share of problems (EXPLAIN YOURSELF EVERY ONCE AND A WHILE, WHY DON'T YOU), but he believes the film still has much about it to recommend.
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