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S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale Directed by: Chris Fisher Written by: Nathan Atkins Starring: Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Jackson Rathbone, Ed Westwick, Elizabeth Berkley, John Hawkes Although Richard Kelly's directorial debut Donnie Darko didn't break even upon its initial theatrical release back in 2001, the movie went on to find a pretty massive cult following on DVD and has since become a bit of a cash cow. To this day I'm not quite sure what it is about the film that connected with teen audiences, but I suspect it has something to do with Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as an emotionally troubled outcast and its reputation for being such a mindbender of a film. Either way, it was successful enough to result in a Director's Cut re-release a few years later, and now, a direct-to-dvd sequel. Yes, that's right a sequel. There are certain movies that lend themselves well to sequels, »
Hey, Paulington! Is a new Cinephile advice column that looks at life, love, and the movies. Anyone can send in a question, and Paulington will answer it. Sure, it's a really cryptic, cliched concept that has been around since the dawn of time. But we're going to spice it up a little bit. Topics can range from anything: Sex, violence, haints and taints, your favorite movie! Paulington doesn't care. He's basically doing it for a paycheck. He's not really an expert on anything. But he sure does know a lot about movies and human nature. You can send your questions to (as in, click on the giant red letters and you will automatically be sent to his email):
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I saw you recently interviewed Christian Bale »
At one point on the S. Darko DVD’s audio commentary, director Chris Fisher says something along the lines of, “I’m not sure I know what’s going on.” That wasn’t exactly comforting to hear while trying to make sense of everything that had transpired thus far.
This sequel to Richard Kelly’s cult fave Donnie Darko, debuting on disc from Fox Home Entertainment, isn’t the completely awful film many thought it would be (or wanted it to be), but it’s not great by any means, and many of its flaws derive from how this continuation adapts the original’s mythology and concepts. So take note: This review may become a bit spoiler-heavy. For those who want to sit this review out until they see the film, know simply that S. Darko may be intriguing enough to be worth a peek for fans of the original, »
3 items from 2009
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