Tag: <span>Donnie Darko</span>

Well it looks like monkey boy will be in power for another four years. Wonder how long it’ll take him to invade Iran?

Rash update: it seems to be fading slightly, only the ‘friction’ areas are still obvious and itchy (including the main one most of you will be using right now). The anti-hystamines seem to be doing the trick but they don’t have put my head in a spin.

Spent last night flicking between the football and listening to the director’s commentary for Donnie Darko. Kevin Smith joins the director Richard Kelly (they are old pals) and it’s one of the better ‘commentary’ items I’ve heard. They veer of to discuss other movies, influences, thematic devices in general and you also get an insight into the approach Kevin Smith takes when he’s writing his scripts. Well worth a listen even if you’re NOT a fan of movies.

I also watched one of the additional documentaries and one of the soundbites really stood out, can’t remember who said it:

“I really wish I could’ve seen this movie when I was much younger, so I could have that same moment of realisation that THIS is what cinema can do, where it can go”

Well he said something like that anyway.

I think it will remain a cult movie as it’s certainly not one everyone will enjoy. You don’t have to GET this movie to enjoy it either, in fact it seems that for a lot of people the fact that they don’t understand it fully is part of the allure. As Kevin Smith says, during the commentary, it’s a hugely annoying film, not because it’s bad, but because you are constantly asking yourself “Am I just too fucking stupid to get this?”.

So I’m waiting for the next movies by Richard Kelly, Southland Tales and Domino. If he puts half the amount of thought into those as he did Donnie Darko then I’m sure they’ll reach the same audience and more.

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For those who have asked. The cheap DVD player I bought was a “COMPAKS” (sic) DVD 800. It was bought in Woolworths. The one advantage of these cheapers is that they play most formats, and are easily made to support multi-region DVDs.

This means you could, possibly, although you’d be aware of the (il)legalities of doing so, download an episode of… say.. 24 series 3, burn it onto a CD, and watch it in your DVD player. Or you could fill a CD with MP3s and use your new, cheapo, DVD player to play the MP3 CD – giving you some 300 odd songs I think. Finally, it’s usually a case of following the instructions provided (or found) to make your DVD player region free, meaning you can order DVDs from anywhere in the world. My Japanese version of Donnie Darko works fine.

My advice is, if you spot a cheap DVD player, pick it up, chances are it’ll do all of the above (and may also support JPEGs on CD as well give you an electronic slide show viewer as well). However if you are more cautious than me, and presumably have a bank balance in the black (what a weird thought that is) you can always check the capabilities using the DVD Player Compatibility List.

Simple. This is the reason I laugh at my mates who have the latest Sony DVD player/surround system having spent, probably, a few hundred quid AT LEAST. I’ve spent £154 on two DVD players. One includes a surround system with inputs for both the digibox and my Playstation, the other is a teeny tiny unit which fits perfectly with the 15″ TV in the bedroom. MY DVD players both play CD-R, DVD-R (and R+), MP3 CDs and display JPEGs. Theirs don’t *snigger*.

Now I just need to get some decent porn on DVD and I’m sorted.. ohh hang on.. I can just burn my own!

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Donnie Darko
“Donnie Darko is a disturbed adolescent from a semi-functional upper-middle class family. After escaping from near death because he hears the voice of a 6 foot tall bunny, Donnie is led by the bunny to create havoc that is both destructive and creative.” (via imdb)

Was given this by a friend, watched it on Sunday.

Odd. Good, but odd.

Odd in a ‘that doesn’t add up’ kinda way. Good in a ‘doesn’t need to explain everything’ kinda way. Might purchase it for repeat viewing as I’m sure it will offer something new for a while yet.

An explanation (with spoilers) for those still slightly confused (like me).

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