Sci Fi Movie Podcast Donnie Darko

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Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Nick Miller, Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon

Sci Fi Movie Podcast Donnie DarkoThis week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Rem, Ian and Jonathan dig deeper into Donnie Darko from 2001 and directed by Richard Kelly.

And this week, we’re happy to be joined by friend of the show, Nick Miller.  We’ll dig into this potentially confusing movie and try to make it more understandable and even enjoyable!

The Positive
Donnie Darko is a very well written and executed film, and the more you learn about the background mechanics regarding time travel, the more rich and rewarding the story becomes.  Once the basic story is understood, there are brilliant ideas and gems scattered through the film to keep you thinking and entertained.

The Negative
This is not your typical Saturday night popcorn movie. If you’re looking for fluff, try a Michael Bay film 🙂 That said, Donnie Darko also won’t appeal if you’re looking for a movie with a happy ending or a sense of completion. To really get this film will require multiple views and additional reading and conversation. If you’re not interested in homework with your movie, skip Donnie Darko. Oh, and it’s slow too…so there’s that.

Overall
A great film to inspire conversation and debate, Donnie Darko will certainly be pondered and debated for years to come.  But, if you’ve only watched it once, you might not be ready to fully weigh in on the meaning.

Storyline
After narrowly averting his own death, Donnie Darko begins having visions of a man dressed as a rabbit telling him that the world is going to end and to commit crimes and start dating.  He then progresses through a series of hallucinations and events until the end of the movie, leaving us baffled about what just happened.

Director: Richard Kelly

Writers: Richard Kelly

Cast
Donnie Darko – Jake Gyllenhaal
Gretchen Ross – Jena Malone
Eddie Darko – Holmes Osbourne
Elizabeth Darko – Maggie Gyllenhall
Samantha Darko – Daveigh Chase
Rose Darko – Mary McDonnell
Kitty Farmer – Beth Grant
Karen Pomeroy – Drew Barrymore
Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff – Noah Wyle
Frank – James Duval
Jim Cunningham – Patrick Swayze
Cherita Chen – Jolene Purdy

 

Links

http://www.donniedarko.org.uk/

http://archive.hi-res.net/donniedarko/

http://www.salon.com/2004/07/23/darko/

 

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Sci Fi Movie Podcast Donnie Darko