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Donnie Darko (2001)
second time around still loads to love
Just saw Donnie Darko for the second time and i'd just like to say that every actor in this movie is wonderful - particularly Donnies mum so convincing,funny and moving. I think is going to be one of those films that will continualy surprise over and over again.Richard Kelly clearly is a man who understands movies and what makes them tick, anmd this film he has blended together the teen flick blend of love and puerile humour, with cutting 80's satire and sci fi thrills and spills.He also understands how depression can affect how you view the world (the first scene at school everything skewed slowed and sped up).Donnie Darko almost has the best use of the soundtrack ever (Casino and the Royal Tennenbaums beat it more me)You could go on forever about this movie but I won't.A left wing classic that does and will continue to demand repeat viewings for years to come.
ps . Patrick Swayze as the 80's anti -christ a great touch - I think he believes it himself now
Donnie Brasco (1997)
the most likable gangster ever.
It is important to remember that in probably every gangster film, from the Public Enemy to Goodfellas, the anti- heroes are hugely likable characters who we easily gain empathy more. Al Pacino as Lefty is so convincing as an ignored foot soldier and world weary gangster, it is easy to see why joe/donnie likes him so much. It continually amazes me that in the 90's, Pacino just by the gestures,postures, and voices he employed in his characterisations seemed to jump between ages. As frank slade he seemed like a washed up blind man, who to get out bed was a strain, whilst in the same year, as Carlito he seemed twenty years younger.
Donnie Brasco is another fine example of this. At times he seems as old as your grandad but always somehow manages to mix menace with pathos and humour. Donnie Brasco- the last great gangster movie.It not as magnificent as the godfather or as epic as Casino, but in it's portrayal of the insidous nature of the 'life'on even straight shooters like Depp it is unrivaled. Definitely an 8.5