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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Donnie Darko/2001/U.S.A./113min. 

Death from an alternate timeline crashes into us all…distant thunder…where do you go at night?…‘wake up’ to a man-sized rabbit…28 days…16 hours…42 minutes…12 seconds…that is when the world will end…Donnie Darko is advised by Frank, in an echoed hush…his sister gets home after a date…jet engine from a Tangent Universe lands in his bedroom…waking up on a golf course, Donnie becomes the Living Receiver…he smiles…they don’t know where it came from or what happened to the plane?…destruction as a form of creation…new girl sits next to Donnie…dream of a school with water floors and sky ceiling…‘wake up, Donnie’ to see Manipulated Dead Frank the bunny-man…there is a solid water barrier between him and Frank…’I can do anything I want, and so can you’…he smiles…flooding his school, sleep golfing, burning down a house…he begins the most beautiful tenuous relationship…his sleepwalking, his hallucinations, his arson in his past, pills and therapy for his general "detachment from reality", with something frightening and unknown in his future…‘the Philosophy of Time Travel’…a book written by Grandma Death aka Roberta Sparrow continuously checking her mailbox…using the Fourth Dimensional Construct of water, Manipulated Dead Frank manipulates the Living Receiver Donnie…up the stairs to his parents’ closet…he opens a box and finds a handgun wrapped in cloth…what if you could go back in time and take all those hours of pain and darkness, and replace them with something better…right now there’s some fat guy over there staring at us…hacking at the wall of water between them…light beams from Frank’s eye…under the mask is a guy with long hair and a bleeding eye… the sky’s gonna open up…the party suddenly, in a work of timeline manipulating, can happen…we should totally throw a party…‘anybody seen Frank?’…there’s a car coming…Deus ex Machina…you killed her Frank…the sky is getting dark…Donnie guides the artifact back to the Primary Universe…see the whole film in reverse…back to Donnie laughing in his room when the engine hits…now enlightened he anticipates the ‘something better’…Frank feeling his eye… Gretchen and his mom wave with uncertainty…remembering the future that won’t happen…first film from director Richard Kelly…full of great references and appropriate music (ie. Echo and the Bunnymen)…similar, though not as scary as the rabbit in Sexy Beast…Drew Barrymore, as producer, was apparently a major factor in getting this film made

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