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Donnie Darko

by Rob Friesel


Thought that it had been Wrangled but turns out I saw it here… (Same difference?)

Very heady, very well-informed flick philosophically, dramatically, and cinematically speaking. Oh and while the psychology leans in the pop-psych direction, it isn’t so caught up in that angle that it ruins it. (In fact, I’d say that card was played with tender care.)

Allusions that blew me away:

  • Frank? Harvey. Harvey? Frank.
  • The E.T. bike ride right down to the freakin’ grey hoodie. (The inclusion of Drew Barrymore w/in the flick as a nod just put it over the filmic top on that element)
  • Plane disaster a la Fight Club

I’m sure there were others snuck in there but I was either (a) too knocked out to catch them on the first pass or else (b) haven’t got enough cinema under my belt.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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