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Donnie Darko :The Director’s Cut

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Friday, September 10, 2004 at 10:35 am by flerly.

So, the re-release of Donnie Darko is only playing at the Lefont Plaza Theatre on Ponce, which apparently, according to uses a Christmas tree light instead of a projector bulb and makes the viewing experience like “watching a movie through a mud puddle.” Never been to that theater, but I would love to see Donnie Darko on the big screen. Argh!

excerpt of Netflix film critic James Rocchi’s review of the re-release…

“Richard Kelly’s revamped version of his creepy, cool debut is neither a bold revelation nor a bland over-elaboration.”

This re-release … is a little piece of lagniappe made for the festival circuit and die-hards. The good news is that, unlike many director’s cuts, it’s neither indulgent nor impenetrable. Donnie’s plight is now slightly better explained — especially his link with centenarian Roberta Sparrow (Patience Cleveland), an elderly recluse who, once upon a time, wrote a bizarre book called The Philosophy of Time Travel.

If this longer film explains things more fully, it thankfully doesn’t over-explain them; the original film’s fable-like, unsettled, dreamy quality is preserved. The movie also gives Kelly’s ensemble (including Patrick Swayze, Jena Malone, Noah Wyle and producer Drew Barrymore) a little more room to flex their acting muscles, and that’s to the benefit of the film.

To go or not to go. That is the question. Well, by the just posted review, seems like not.

Anyone else have any weekend plans then? Believe it or not, it looks like we’re actually going to be home this weekend.

Oh, and I guess today marks the end of the “Thornton Hostel for Unemployed IT Professionals” since started his new job today, making us four for four in the employment area.



  1. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    i will be working, but i’ll be around. give me a shout if you guys want to play a mad game of rummy (or do something infinitely more fun).

    September 10, 2004 @ 3:44 am

  2. mcsnee has made a Comment

    Hey, can I get some o’ that Maggie time some day?

    September 10, 2004 @ 3:53 am

  3. flerly has made a Comment

    We rent her out for kid’s parties occasionally, if the price is right, but other than that she’s fairly booked.

    Generally you have to provide food, booze, and games to lure her to visit. It took us a year to figure that out!

    September 10, 2004 @ 3:55 am

  4. mcsnee has made a Comment

    Well, if I’d known that was all it took…

    September 10, 2004 @ 4:05 am

  5. blistex has made a Comment

    We could all have game night! Or, you know, not, but it was just a thought… πŸ˜‰

    September 10, 2004 @ 4:27 am

  6. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    truth be told, all it really takes is booze. if i get a good amount of booze in me (less, really, if there is no food), i’m up for all sorts of games. πŸ˜‰

    September 10, 2004 @ 5:12 am

  7. mcsnee has made a Comment

    So, whatcha up to tonight?

    September 10, 2004 @ 5:13 am

  8. mcsnee has made a Comment

    By the way, that comment was supposed to have this icon.

    September 10, 2004 @ 5:26 am

  9. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    aha. well, then. that changes my answer from ‘working, unfortunately’ to ‘apparently, i’m getting boozed up and playing all sorts of games. how you doin’?’

    September 10, 2004 @ 5:49 am

  10. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    …if not tonight, then sometime in the very, super-near future. i haven’t seen you in ages.

    September 10, 2004 @ 5:50 am

  11. blistex has made a Comment

    Look, Josh is in! Where is Kim? Is she in? Let’s play games!

    September 10, 2004 @ 5:55 am

  12. flerly has made a Comment

    games would rock, but where?!?

    September 10, 2004 @ 6:21 am

  13. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    that was one of my questions–we’re all so very pretty spread out.

    the other question, of course, was, ‘when?’

    September 10, 2004 @ 6:44 am

  14. blistex has made a Comment

    I can drive wherever though my house is probably out on account of Giant Mess and the Boy On The Couch who will most likely be playing XBox all night. So as far as I’m concerned it is really just a matter of who is willing to be a host and whether or not everyone else is willing to drive there…

    As for when… I’m leaving work in ten minutes and I think you and Kim are working from home so I’d guess Josh is the least flexible. πŸ˜‰

    September 10, 2004 @ 6:52 am

  15. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    i don’t mind hosting at all, as my house is relatively clean for once. but i know that getting here is a giamungus hassle for the gang at kim’s, most of whom would probably rather eat their own toes than drive over here on a friday evening after dealing with work and work-traffic. that being said, i’ll drive anywhere for booze and games. and i am working from home today, so i’ll leave it up to the people without working-from-home rights to decide the time.

    September 10, 2004 @ 7:03 am

  16. mcsnee has made a Comment

    Heh. If you can take the time off work, I’ll bring booze. 9:30?

    September 10, 2004 @ 7:09 am

  17. mcsnee has made a Comment

    (I have band practice ’til 9, so 9:30’s probably the earliest I can get out there…)

    September 10, 2004 @ 7:10 am

  18. mcsnee has made a Comment

    Also, just because I can’t make it ’til later doesn’t mean y’all shouldn’t get started with the strip boggle before I arrive.

    September 10, 2004 @ 7:21 am

  19. flerly has made a Comment

    well, if you guys are thinking tonight…. later is better. The boi doesn’t get off work until 8 and then we’ll do dinner. WOuldn’t mind hooking up at Magoo’s, though. Don’t guess you’d consider tomorrow instead of today?

    September 10, 2004 @ 8:06 am

  20. flerly has made a Comment

    well, after talking to the boi, he seems to think tonight is fine, too, so long as later is okay, and he’s willing to make the drive out to the boonies.

    September 10, 2004 @ 8:10 am

  21. blistex has made a Comment

    Dear Josh-Who-Logs-Onto-AIM-and-Then-Logs-Off-Immediately,

    I just got aff the phone with Maggie, and we are going to meet there at approximately 9:30! Can you make it?

    September 10, 2004 @ 8:49 am

  22. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    good deal. josh gets out of band practice around 9:30, and that seems to work for everyone. so, later is good! πŸ™‚ yay for impromptu games night!

    September 10, 2004 @ 8:55 am

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