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Donnie Darko
May 6, 2003 — 11:59 pm

After getting my DVD back from Justin, I watched Donnie Darko at home for the first time — three times in a row. First with commentary by the director and Jake Gyllenhall, second with commentary by the director and about a dozen other cast members, and third without any commentary. I had already seen it four times in two theaters, but it only got better at home (maybe that’s because I saw it first on a small, crappy old-school-DC-arthouse-type theater screen and I think the remaining three times were relatively low-res digital projections). But I’ve come to the conclusion that this movie has no flaws. Even the few problems I once had with the dialogue have resolved themselves. It’s just an excellent film, and the DVD has a ton of deleted scenes (also with director commentary) and some intriguing bonus materials. It’s amazing what they did with a $4 million budget, and it’s a tragedy this tanked at the box office. It means fewer Richard Kelly movies will be made, unfortunately.

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