Tuesday, March 18, 2008

20 Things I Love About Donnie Darko

Can you feel the love? Today, Final Girl is holding the Hey Internet, Stop Being Such Cynical Effing Douchebags Blog-a-Thon! The title kinda says it all, but here's the gist: lay aside some of the usual bitchiness that infects the internets so often and spread some sunshine over something movie-related that you unabashedly adore.

There are plenty of subjects I could wax lyrical upon, but with today's DVD release of Richard Kelly's Southland Tales upon us - meaning all the people who missed it in theater, aka everyone on Earth minus twenty or so people, can finally see the film that drove me deranged with alternating opinions - I thought I'd take a look back on Kelly's last film, Donnie Darko, a film I do indeed unabashedly adore, from opening to closing frame. So here's a whopping 20 things about Donnie Darko - in no specific order - that I love with all my heart!

1. "Chut up."

The sequence set to "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears

3. "She fucks them and Vanity watches."

4. "I don't recall him ever having mentioned a rabbit..."

5. Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World"

6. "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"

7. Mary McDonnell!

8. Gretchen: My mom had to get a restraining order against my stepdad. He has emotional problems.
Donnie: Oh, I have those too! What kind of emotional problems does your dad have?
Gretchen: He stabbed my mom four times in the chest.
Donnie: Oh.

9. "Tell me Elizabeth, how exactly does one suck a fuck?"

10. Katherine Ross!

11. "What are feces?" "Baby mice."

12. Cherita's dance

13. Donnie: How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?
Rose Darko: It feels wonderful.

14. Jake trying to pleasure himself on his psychiatrist's couch to thoughts of Christina Applegate in Married With Children

15. Rose Darko: Our son just called me a bitch.
Edward Darko: You're not a bitch. You're bitchin', but you're not a bitch.

16. The fat guy in the bushes

17. Patrick Swayze as a self-help guru kid-toucher

18. "This famous linguist once said that of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, that 'Cellar Door' is the most beautiful."

19. Beth effin' Grant and of course
"Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!"

20. Jake.......



Joe Reid said...

Well, great. Now I'M full of joy. I was enjoying being a cynical douchebag, THANKS A LOT.

Anonymous said...

21. Best Cinematic Representation of Adolescent Mental Illness.

22. Jake's hoodie.

23. Jake looking sad.

24. Jake almost smiling.

25. Seth Rogen in a teeny-tiny (but totally fuckable in an underage sorta way) part.

26. Jake.

Catherine said...

Ahhh. I hate all the ragging on this film. Because it was the first film I ever actively sought out to watch for myself, I have a huge soft spot for it. I'll even sit through the Director's Cut, on occasion. My absolute favourite scene is the "Head Over Heels" school scene. The combination of that song, the neat little character introductions, a speeded-up Beth Grant, Drew Barrymoree with that huge slurpee and my 12 year-old-head thinking "This is what a camera can do?!?" made it the scene that I've probably watched more than any other, in any film.

I'd add onto the list:

21. Maggie Gyllenhaal.

22. Drew screaming "FUUUUUUUUCK" like a total spastic and then turning around to see Cherita.

23. The scene where Donnie is asking his science teacher about time travel and playing with the slinky.

Anonymous said...

Four things:

1) Been reading the blog for a while now but I've never commented so I just wanted to say you do a great job and I always enjoy it.

2) You surprise me- I thought Jake would be at least 4 of the 20.

3) Number 21: "I think you're the fucking Antichrist!"

4) Thanks for the banner up top. Any day with Deneuve is a good day.

J.D. said...

This movie is perfect. Perfect, perfect, perfect. And I just re-watched it the other day! EEEEEEE!

I also realized the awesomeness that Drew's awkward mistakes weren't re-done. You know, how she says "de- ex machina", or the way she couldn't open the door.