DONNIE DARKO: Friday Night Freakouts
March 31 @ 11:00 pm
On March 31, we present Cartilage Films’ new 4K Restoration of director Richard Kelly’s mesmerizing 2001 masterpiece, Donnie Darko.
Part-mind-bending metaphysical time travel murder mystery, part time capsule, Kelly’s strange coming-of-age sci-fi/drama is an undeniable cult hit. Full of dark, dissonant humor, twistings of space-time continua, and even a small variety of dance numbers, Donnie Darko stunned and mesmerized audiences with its grunge-Lynchian skewering of suburbia.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Donnie, a somewhat unhappy young man who finds himself at ideological odds with his family, and even most of the town he calls home. When Donnie finds himself lost in recurring visions of a mysterious, manipulative man in a rabbit suit, he finds himself committing increasingly violent acts as commanded by his furry new friend – all while handling the pressures of high school, teenage love, and some strange metaphysical goings-on…
Part of our weekly OC Weekly Friday Night Freakouts series, presenting classic and contemporary avant garde, genre, and cult cinema.
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“Excitingly original indie vision. A-“ – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“An engaging, time-tripping Holden Caulfield.” – Lou Limerick, New York Post
“A wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that employs X-Files magic realism to galvanize what might have been a routine tale of suburban teen angst.” – J. Doberman, Village Voice