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donnie darko

decided to rent this tonight. while the movie itself could bring up hours of discussion [or perhaps, twenty-eight days, six hours, forty-two minutes, and twelve seconds worth]: i will not be doing this.

instead, i sit here and reflect that even beyond the bizarreness of the main feature, there is the bizarreness of thirty-plus minutes of footage documenting the movie's rabid fans. that's right, almost forty minutes of my life that i will never get back [barring any time travelling, of course], spent mostly cringing at people hailing this movie as the hugest life-changing event of their existence. yeesh.

the most painful portion was the fifteen minute "documentary" submission by the self-proclaimed "#1 donnie darko fan". that's right, folks, this man filmed himself essentially stalking the cast and crew of the movie, from hollywood to san diego and God knows how many other places that didn't get captured on film, showing just what a stalker fan he is, to win a contest that would land said film onto the dvd release of donnie darko. in my heart of hearts i am hoping that it was done in complete mockery of sci-fi cult fans [in which case, the documentary is hilarious]; however, i'm fairly certain that it was done in complete seriousness [in which case, i fear a world in which people like this really exist].

oh, and the movie was pretty neat i guess.
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 at 10:01PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments8 Comments

Reader Comments (8)

I'm under the impression that one should never watch that movie alone...

Mar 11, 2005 at 11:21PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
the movie? nah.

the extra features: yes. you need someone to share incredulous looks and eye rolls with...
Mar 11, 2005 at 11:31PM | Registered Commentermdog
So is this a recommendation?

I've always been amazed at how people treat famous people. The whole idea of a fan club is a bit creepy if you ask me.
Mar 12, 2005 at 12:23AM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
if you're up for something quirky, it's not a bad choice. if you want a neatly wrapped storyline, then maybe not so much.

as for the stalker fan, i'm afraid it was more sad than creepy. frankly, i just don't get it.
Mar 12, 2005 at 12:46AM | Registered Commentermdog
i had this one on my "to see" list, but took it off because i had forgotten why i put it on there in the first place. solely for jake gyllenhaal? quite possibly. hmmm . . . now i'm curious about it again. thanks for the review!
Mar 12, 2005 at 12:54AM | Unregistered Commenteramo
i have a friend who loves this movie & constantly recommends it, but i have yet to see it. jake gyllenhaal? perhaps more to recommend it. ;)
Mar 12, 2005 at 11:19AM | Unregistered Commentermar
I love this movie, it's got a lot going on at once. I've never seen the director's cut version or any of the DVD special features though. The featurette sounds creepy.
Mar 12, 2005 at 03:12PM | Unregistered Commenterkeely
Director's cut explains the original, but it's not nearly as good, IMO. Great movie.

As for fans, well... Mental illnesses find many ways to express themselves.
Mar 17, 2005 at 04:22PM | Unregistered Commentersarah

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