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Because you demanded it, a Richard Kelly-less Donnie Darko sequel!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I was out most of the day catching up on some end of the week errands and I return to the computer to find the email inbox flooded with readers sending links to Screen Daily who have a story up about a sales company called Velvet Octopus who will be shopping a sequel to DONNIE DARKO at Cannes. It will be called S. DARKO and follow Donnie Darko's little sister (Daviegh Chase will come back to play Samantha Darko) who is now an 18 year old on a road trip with her best friend, headed for Los Angeles... of course she starts having visions and we get going all over again. The more distance I get from Richard Kelly's DONNIE DARKO, the more I appreciate how it really captured lightning in a bottle. It had a great central performance by pre-super star Jake Gyllenhaal, it had a mind-bending premise just as audiences were hungry for one (post FIGHT CLUB) and the storytelling is masterful. I'm not as big of a fan of the Director's Cut, but it's still not a bad version to have out there. Richard Kelly will not return to write or direct this sequel. Instead they got a guy named Chris Fisher, whose previous credits include NIGHTSTALKER and RAMPAGE: THE HILL SIDE STRANGER MURDERS... not exactly comforting. They're aiming for a $10 million budget... I don't know what the intention is, but this feels like a direct to video cash in to me. I wouldn't be as opposed to it if Kelly were coming back to do it, but even then I'd say it's needless. The first movie stands well enough on its own. It's certainly one that I felt cried out for a sequel. You?

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  • May 9, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    hell naw

    by Winterchili

    terrible idea.

  • May 9, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by mmaddox3

  • May 9, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by mmaddox3

  • May 9, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Saw Southland Tales last week

    by skimn

    ...and to quote those two from In Living Color......"hated it"...<p>BTW, check out the picture of Josh Brolin as Bush on EW's website. Brolin is looking spooky old.

  • May 9, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    OOO and this sounds awful

    by mmaddox3

  • May 9, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Did Southland Tales ever come out?

    by fiester

    I heard it sucked major ass seven different ways. But this sounds like a dumb idea too. It's a good thing Hollywood peoples are so damned good-looking cuz otherwise there'd be no use for them at all.

  • May 9, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Worst idea in the history of ideas

    by Gwai Lo

  • May 9, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Dumb Fucking Idea

    by Jack Shepherd

    Listen, I know a lot of people love the first Darko movie, and I've definitely spent a good amount of time analyzing it myself, but I'm still not sure that the original is all that great. Yeah, it's creative and trippy, blahblahblah, but I'm still not sure that it really makes any sense. As for a sequel? No way. Bad idea, even for straight to DVD.

  • May 9, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Jake Gyllenhaal is a Superstar?

    by BacardiRocky

    Is that what they call actors who take it up the ass?

  • May 9, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Just another UK knockoff movie, like "Boogie Nights 2"

    by Flim Springfield

  • May 9, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    "Dream A Little Dream 2," anyone?

    by darthferris

  • May 9, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember American Psycho 2?

    by Gwai Lo

    With that chick from That 70s Show? It had nothing whatsoever to do with the previous film or Ellis' novel

  • May 9, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko sucked

    by Thrillho77

    It's nothing but a pseudo-deep movie for people who don't really love film to get all "into" and serious about.

  • May 9, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Oh and Nightstalker

    by Gwai Lo

    is one of the most awful movies I have EVER seen. He seems to think 1/4 second quick cut editing = filmmaking. I honestly had a pounding headache after watching 30 minutes of his "movie".

  • May 9, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by Maxer

    Or it was a new and interesting take on the time travel genre, as well as an entertaining 80s period piece, touching on themes like education and psychology that were big in that decade.

  • May 9, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I wrote it

    by BrightEyes

  • May 9, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales DID come out....

    by Dogma_Jedi

    ...and it sucked. Unlike Darko which was radiant. Darko sequel.... Bad Idea.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    "Everyone will Suffer"

    by guerillakarma

    watching this.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko was extremely overrated

    by slone13

    <p>It's not a bad movie by any means, but it's nowhere near as good as many people want to claim.</p> <p>And I'm still convinced that Kelly doesn't have a damn clue what the hell he was actually trying to "say".</p>

  • May 9, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    didn't see the George Bush Post earlier. Duuuhhhhhh

  • May 9, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Just like letting your hampster play on your testicles....

    by ReZourceman

    ...This is a really really bad idea.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Blair Witch 2 deja vu

    by Rex Manning


  • May 9, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Richard Kelly fluked Darko...

    by matley

    He did, and Southland Tales proves it. Even on the making-of of Donnie Darko, the cast say that he wasn't much of director. He's an interesting writer at most!

  • May 9, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    D2 Salvation: The Rise of Sparkle Motion

    by Gilkuliehe

    Sorry Sailor Rip, but that was too funny to be left on the Dances with Wolves sequel TB.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by MatDGZ

    Dude, you're fulla shit. Why the FUCK would you make a sequel to DD? COMPLETELY UN-NEEDED! Leave it alone - the director's cut was bad enough. DON'T FUCK with brilliance.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by Crawing

    ...I agree 100%...kelly had no idea...a unique premise, good performances and a cool soundtrack, but WTF???

  • May 9, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales is a really good movie

    by SilentP

    I'm sorry, but anyone who claims the movie is "incomprehensible" is an idiot, or has ADD or something. At least the version that came out on DVD, anyway. If you're actually paying fucking attention, it all makes sense just fine. But yes, it does require you to actually pay attention and use your freaking brain during the movie. It's certainly pretentious, but the comedy aspect helps balance that out a little, and otherwise it's just a really interesting retelling of Revelations. <br> It's not my favorite film by any means. Not even in my top 10. But it was just *good*. I honestly don't understand the hate it gets. I really think people were just unwilling to really pay attention to the movie, assuming right from the beginning that it wouldn't make any sense, and so not bothering to try to make any sense out of it. <br> I personally preferred it to Donnie Darko, which didn't make sense unless you went to sources outside of the freaking movie... which in my opinion is a much more pretentious and shitty way to tell a story. Not *everything* in Southland Tales is explained in the movie too, but at least like 90-95% of it is.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    The first movie stands well enough on its own. It's certainly on

    by Quin the Eskimo


  • May 9, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by Quin the Eskimo

    The first movie stands well enough on its own. It's certainly one that I felt cried out for a sequel. You?

  • May 9, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    While I had a bunch of problems with Southland Tales...

    by DanielKurland

    There were some moments that were the closest I've seen another director come in terms of matching what Lynch is doing, which is very cool.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    The director's commentary track...

    by Gilkuliehe

    On the theatrical cut kinda ruined Donnie Darko for me. I felt my interpretation of everything that had happened was much better than his own take, and since he's the writer director I felt a little cheated. I never saw the movie with the same eyes again... And from what I've read, the director's cut sucks as well... <p> Anyway, I have to agree with those saying it was a fluke, or that the kid didn't know what he was doing. Shame on you, Kelly.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I'm not completely opposed to it

    by quadrupletree

  • May 9, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by The Old New

    I took it as a joke

  • May 9, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by quadrupletree

    damn return key. Anyway. Donnie Darko is not one of those movies that if they come out with a terrible sequel it ruins the original for me. Not like Star Wars or *gulp* Indiana Jones. If they come up with something cool all the better. If it's utter shit, who cares?

  • May 9, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by Toonol

    Was really enjoyable. It wasn't incomprehensible at all; the story held together pretty well. Wasn't perfect, but better than most movies I've seen lately.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "One that I felt cried out for a sequel"

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Mr Quint meet Word Processor. You'll get on fine, trust me. He'll help you read your stuff over before you let a few million people across the globe read it.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    So, ST was based on Revelations huh?

    by skimn

    Gee thanks for the heads up, I couldn't tell..except for the pretentious "chapter" announcements made throughout the movie. I didn't HATE Southland in a "God that was dumb" sort of way, more in a "that was over two hours of my life I won't get back" sort of way.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Straight To Video Darko

    by KISSman24

    Forget this crap. "Donnie Darko" is an amazing movie, but I can't understand the need for this nonsense.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Don't Like The Directors Cut AT ALL

    by LaserPants

    I like the original cut alot better because it's ambiguous. I like the idea of it being like this weird schizoid kid whose hallucinations register as prophecy, not actual time travel. Its a spookier and stronger story without when its left vague.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Agreed, KISSman24

    by Oldnewbie

    Sometimes a movie is a movie and there is no need for a continuation. DD had a clear solid end and left no unanswered questions or doors open to explore. Okay sure... writers can make up a story about Donnie's little sister getting visions and so forth but as much as I loike Daveigh Chase, the premise sounds like "Species III"...

  • May 9, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "Not exactly comforting"...?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    That's some nice understatement. Try watching this jackoff's "Nighstalker" or "The Hill Side Stranglers"... within 5 minutes you'll be wishing you were watching Uwe Boll instead.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Seth Rogen!

    by Freakemovie

    Nobody remembers that he was in Donnie Darko, too. He had like two lines. "Don't move, don't fucking move!"

  • May 9, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by The Real MiraJeff

    Donnie Darko is the greatest superhero movie ever made. At least that's how I view it, since his superpower is the ability to time travel. And Southland Tales was the second-worst movie of last year. Richard is brilliant and I pray that The Box is a return to form.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I wonder what other films can be unecessarily sequeled...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    It does make you ask serious questions about copyright law and studio contracts.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Just watch the Mad world Commercial

    by Phategod2

    For Gears of War that the closest we need to get to a Donnie Darko Sequel.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by The Real MiraJeff

    No need. Definitely a money-grab. Couldn't care less about it, although my mind was rightfully blown when I read about it this morning... on TMZ no less.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I'm still not sure who Richard Kelly is...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    He sends out a lot of mixed messages. Is he a cliquey Hollywood jock or is he more of a David Lynch style character. Or can you be both and still make sense as a person?

  • May 9, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Don't worry guys. I'm gonna find a wormhole...

    by TheNorthlander

    ...and get this bad idea of a movie not having get made.

  • May 9, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    The original Darko is a cult classic

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The special edition doesn't work for me, sequel not needed at all. Great little flick though, with killer soundtrack, especially Tears for Fears' Head Over Heels.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I loved the tone of DD.

    by XXVIII

    But please, and I don't say this in a ny conceited way: Can some of the TBs explain what the fuck happened at the end of the movie.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    When I read about this this morning

    by Charlie Murphy

    all i could think was "that is really, really dumb."

  • May 9, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I agree too, that I disliked the director's cut

    by Charlie Murphy

    i just... didn't really like it that much. much preferred the original cut.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko 2: Franks Lament

    by canvasseamonkey

    it will suck a fuck

  • May 9, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    oh crap.

    by samsquanch

    That's what it will be, crap. <p> Leave well enough alone. Donnie Darko is a classic.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by RaveX

    wait, WHAT?!?

  • May 9, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Darko 2: The Electric Bugaloo

    by robotdevil

    This time, it's personal!

  • May 9, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    /checks the date. again.

    by RaveX

    nope, aint 1st of April. <p> therefor, <p> WHAT <p> THE <p> FRAK?!?

  • May 9, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    What Happened At The End of The Movie?

    by LaserPants

    The plane engine crashed into his house and Donnie died.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Agree: Director's Cut is not as good

    by odysseus

    It's too on the nose -- it actually made me like DD less, and now I never even think about the film. It's like if they released a Director's Cut of MULHOLLAND DRIVE, where David Lynch spells out how/why/when exactly Naomi Watts went bonkers. That's no fun!

  • May 9, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • May 9, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    The Director of a Flick Called "Nightstalkers"

    by bradyboulanger

    ... should be crucified and never aloud to work in movies again.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    This Darko guy had a Pee Pee in his rear end while on a mountain

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    This would never happen in Star Wars. Thumbs down on the sequel!

  • May 9, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    bradyboulanger, you have no idea

    by Gwai Lo

  • May 9, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by THT3000

    Kidding, of course.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    I have to give you credit, you are pretty consistent with damning Michael Bay. It's one of those jokes that is getting funnier now after seeing it about 500 times.

  • May 9, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    You know, I thought it was pretty bad for the most part, but it was just kind of ill-advised, not the work of an incapable fool. And really I gotta admit it's pretty memorable. I thought the ending was pretty cool. In some ways I'd rather have overly-ambitious borderline-pretentious movies like that than a safe, successful movie. At least he tried. Making a kitchen sink movie like Southland Tales is 90% likely to fail, and if he succeeded it probably would have been fantastic. Oh that devilish 10%

  • May 9, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Danny Dorko: A Uwe Boll Film

    by JoeSixPack

    Please make this

  • May 9, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I can see why they wanted to do a sequel.

    by Rufus

  • May 9, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales is a dull dull film

    by Lovecraftfan

    Im sorry but weird doesnt not equal entertiament. Whether its comprehensible or incomprehensible that doesnt explain why I should about a lot of badly written character and half skether plot ideas. Thats why the movie sucks.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    This is the worst thing I've heard all year....

    by Salchucks

    totally ruined my day.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Edit: Why I should care

    by Lovecraftfan

  • May 9, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by Underoos Hero

    A perfectly good ....FUck that...An astounding movie like DD is not even safe from these hounds of shit. Fuck these predatory vultures in Hollywood.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    10 mill down the toilet

    by bender7

    Donnie Darko was a great movie, but this is not a good idea

  • May 9, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I guess this is like American Psycho 2

    by Gozu

    I mean, it'll suck, but I can't imagine it being anything other than DTV. I don't know if it's insulting or just confounding. There is absolutely nowhere else to go after the end of the first one and it's really a cult film. What I'd love to see is someone take one of these throwaway DTV sequels and really knock it out of the park. It'll never happen, but what would the studio do if "Goonies 2" was better than the original?

  • May 9, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Whether you 'get' Donnie Darko or not. . .

    by jimmay

    And I must admit that I have some confusion about what exactly happens myself, you have to admit that it's one funny fucking movie. I recently had the pleasure of re-watching it, and I realized just how cynically funny it is. Patrick Swayze's motivational video is hysterical, with his timed for dramatic effect turns to the camera to simulate how dynamic his whole sad 'philosophy', and the awkward acting of the child actor testimonials: "I'M NOT AFRAID ANYMORE!!"

  • May 9, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I've read the script,

    by ImMorganFreeman

    The script is fine. Not a DTV rehash at all, although that's what it sounds like in print like this. The script takes a different route, but (a few things withstanding) it's a continuation of the universe. Not just scenes that worked well in the first one redone with a dude who looks like Ashton Kutcher. (Wait, wrong direct to video sequel). And besides, after Southland Tales and the DD director's cut, I'm starting to believe that Richard Kelly has no effin clue what he's doing at all.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Oh, and this sequel idea is pure balls.

    by jimmay

    Any time I ever start to grow a little less jaded about American film, some ass-hattery like this drops, and the swell of hatred in my chest swells in a violent crescendo.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    And Hillside Strangler

    by ImMorganFreeman

    is good solely to see the chick from Sweet Valley High nekkid. Damn that chick is fine.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Makes sense like a CITIZEN KANE Sequel

    by Drath

    Yeah see cause the main character is fucking DEAD and all, yeah, a sequel makes total sense! Geez, is that little girl 18 already? Shit, I owe death to the filmmakers for making me aware of that alone!

  • May 9, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    This is by far...

    by VinnyMac666

    the worst sounding idea I've ever heard.

  • May 9, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko is around 5 movies in one!

    by performingmonkey

    It's an emo teen movie, a fantasy time travel movie, a satirical comedy, a character study, a period movie (helped by the fantastic '80s soundtrack, plus the emo version of Mad World that went on to make UK Christmas no.1). There really isn't anything else like it. The important thing is the mystery element, how it leaves people with different interpretations of what happened and why it happened. Kelly's stroke of genius was cutting all his own bullshit explanation out of the movie (something he put back in to poor effect in the Director's Cut). My take on it is that because Donnie wasn't at peace with himself he was 'saved' by the rabbit and given the chance to see why he needed to die when the jet engine fell on him. At the end he's laughing in complete acceptance of his fate. I think it's the laughing that throws a lot of people. At that point they are like 'what? What's happening? Why is he laughing??' then time moves back and he's hit by the jet engine as he should have been all along.

  • May 9, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    You gotta check out this pic I found for it...

    by jacked_up It goes right along with what the crappy movie description is. Pretty funny.

  • May 9, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Okay let's pretend a sequel is a good idea

    by CherryValance

    why does it have to involve the same family? It's not like they're gonna have Jake come back so why even bother? Why not just make it about some other time travel tangent thingy happening to some other non-related kid? What is it gonna be the Curse of Michael Myers?

  • May 9, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    sounds about as needed as Carrie 2


    The Rage!<P>What the fuck was Donnie Darko about anyway!?

  • May 9, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    have chase do the entire movie topless...

    by bacci40

    and i am there...she is legal now...right??? my god, have you watched her in big love?? what a fucking hotty....i am such a dirty old man...but seriously, dont the suits see how this sequel gets the entire point of the original wrong?? this is just like the poltergeist sequels...which also had absolutely no point

  • May 9, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    oh is legal this july

    by bacci40

    bring on all the upskirt pics...just like we now have of emma watson...the little minx...

  • May 9, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales is a GREAT movie

    by IForgotAbout19

    It is genius sci-fi, every scene in it has something really smart and/or hilarious going on. People who think it is "pretentious" need to stop being so fucking self-conscious. A movie is "pretentious" and incomprehensible now if it has CHAPTER TITLES?

  • May 9, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Oh, and

    by IForgotAbout19

    When is Fargo 2 coming out? The story of what happens 5 years later to the Asian guy she meets in the restaurant.

  • May 9, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    This is the answer to an important question

    by gotilk

    What idea sucks?

  • May 9, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by StrokerX

    thank you for reminding me of Sweet Valley High....i was madly in love with that chick...and now that i think about it that's the chick from joe wonder she looked so familiarly hot....

  • and, yeah, I do remember American Psycho 2. I didn't until about 20 seconds ago, but thanks alot for drudging up bad memories, asshole.

  • May 9, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Dear Hollywood Movie Makers...

    by ZoeFan

    Please stop making sequals that don't have to be made. I have 3 original scripts for sale that are lower in production cost. I'll be waiting for your call...

  • May 9, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    how was donnie darko dir cut different?

    by GavinVanDraven

    havent watched it yet, whats the dif?

  • May 9, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Horrible news...

    by S.Lowrey

    I still think they should have never made the Director's Cut. Leave it alone, the strength of the movie is in the ambiguities, it allowed the movie to kind of exist on it's own. The best we can hope for is that they don't ruin anything from the 1st one with this cash-in.

  • May 9, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    anything that occupies a bit of mindspace

    by the podosphere

    in a significant-enough percentage of the public is going to get sequelized until it's run deep into the ground. They're still making American Pie Presents flicks and more Bring It On's. They'll still be making High School Musical movies long after school has been replaced knowledge/experience/reasoning gel-based deep-cranial mega-synaptic pound-ins. <p> Still, I'm just not feeling a Darko sequel....

  • May 9, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by RaveX

    basically, they turned donnie darko into the new "final destination"? <p> someone please kill me. <p> please. <p> and OK, let's pretend for just a minute that it could work. samara is gonna carry a sequel to ddarko on her own? no maggie g., holmes osborne and prez roslin? <p> but if one thing's certain after this, it's that ANY movie can have a sequel. <p> say hello to "The Third Man 2: 4th m4n", "More Usual Suspects: Keyser's Revenge" and "Son of the Citizen Kane", to name just a few.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    It did not "cry out" for a sequel

    by krushjudgement

    It was very self contained.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Swayze's Porn Dungeon...

    by Windom Earl the focal point of this sequel. I hope.

  • HAMLET 2. <p> someone needs to make a comedy about making of donnie darko 2.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed Darko but...

    by RetroActive

    it wasn't as earth shateringly good as people make it out to be. Highly overrated. But still enjoyable.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by MaxG

    I think Southland Tales was a really cool idea, with lots of potential, that just got too big and got away from him. There are little bits of the movie that seem to tap into what it could have been, but it's a big tangled mess as a whole.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko was a colossal fluke...

    by Yeti

    Made more appealing due to repeated viewings on DVD <P> SouthLand Tales had a lot of the same themes as DD time travel, fate, destiny, but unfortunatley lost cohesion as was as MxG pointed out a tangled mess - shame cause Kelly almost got it (almost)<p> S Darko is just a cash grab why not write a similar themed movie with original charecters? It would probably be better recieved.

  • May 9, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Did 'Southland Tales' Remind Anyone Else Of David Lynch?

    by skoobyx

    The bad David Lynch where you didn't get it and didn't like it. As opposed to good David Lynch where you didn't get it and liked it?

  • May 9, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by Montag666

    I have some issues with the movie, but the fact that I felt compelled to watch it more than once made me realize that there was something in there that made me want to come back. I think its biggest flaw was the pacing and the amount of info he throws at you at the very beginning of the film. I see that alot of people get labelled as ADD for not liking the movie, but I think that if you actually were ADD then you would have enjoyed the movie alot more because that is the only way to catch all the information he's throwing at you all at once during the beginning of the film. As weird as it may sound, I actually enjoyed the movie alot more the second time I saw it. Yes. There are some clunkers in there and he wears his influences on his sleeve, but I was still engaged. I was also thinking about how I would have loved to be at the pitch meeting in which he had to tell the backers what the movie was about. I still can't believe that the movie was greenlit. I can't wait to see a longer cut of the movie. I want to know if length makes a difference in the pacing.

  • May 9, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    David Lynch

    by Montag666

    I keep hearing about this David Lynch thing, but I honestly don't see it. Southland Tales reminds me more of him trying to do Gilliam/Phillip K. Dick/ and Strangelove Kubrick more than any type of David Lynch. There can only be one person that can give you that "David Lynch Feeling", and that's David Lynch.

  • May 9, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Some execs think you can

    by V'Shael

    get a sequel out of ANYTHING. They are fucking clueless.

  • May 9, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    While watching Southland Tales...

    by rbatty024

    I got the feeling that I would have liked the film more if it was just funnier. Someone needs to tell Kelley that just because something is a non-sequitur does not make it funny.

  • May 9, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    What if it were to be called..

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Darko 2: Electric Boogaloo? Would that be a cooler movie? Pimps don't commit suicide.

  • May 10, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Tagline: You Will Commit To... Sparkle Motion (Picture)

    by moviemaniac-7

    Never saw the DC of DD and never will. The movie is good in its own way. A sequel might be a bad idea, but I just rate it under the 8mm 2 and afore mentioned sequels category: a waste of time.

  • May 10, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Southland Tales

    by hktelemacher

    was trying for more Philip K Dick and Kurt Vonnegut than David Lynch. When I saw it I thought to myself it was either the stupidest fucking movie ever or one of last year's best. A movie that polarizes my own singular opinion of it so drastically in the moment right after I saw it has to have something special going for it. And while the longer cut on Darko killed it, I'd actually love to see a longer Southland Tales - even if it proves to be torturous and/or brilliant. Kelly's not the bonafide genius wunderkind people wanted him to be after Darko, but between his divisive and batshit work on Domino and ST and then The Box coming up looking like another departure, I like this guy's vibe. Too bad so many folks adopted Darko as their own personal cinematic anthem of angst.

  • May 10, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Yeah, file this one under American Psycho Two

    by fractureJonze

    Come to think of it, it wasn't that bad, actually.

  • May 10, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    The key word is unnecessary...

    by argonaught

    And without Kelly, this will most definitely suck. Stupid idea.

  • May 10, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    I didn't demand it. I politely requested it.

    by thebearovingian

    I just woke up on the 15th green of the local golf course. And that's kinda strange. Who's the dude in the bunny suit?

  • May 10, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST


    by the way


  • May 10, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST


    by foree forehead

    i've got a better idea - reMAKE the original, but with different actors and better special effects!!!! and also awesome: the number of people on this TB whining about the fact that the original "didn't make sense" hahahahaa i mean please

  • May 10, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST


    by TheDark0Knight

    why oh fucking why....Im boycotting, seriously this is fucking ridiculous. I actually just puked in my mouth a little bit. This isnt goddamn Butterfly Effect or Final Destination you cant make a goddamn sequel to this it just does not make sense. I am seriously hiring a hitman to take out these fucks

  • May 10, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by Flim Springfield

  • May 10, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Donnie Darko Sucks

    by bottombrick

    Except for Swayze, the movie is shit. Its pretty good as a litmus test though, if you ask someone for their favorite movies/good movies, and all they can come up with is this and Oldboy they are idiots and/or douchebags. I have no why this test is as accurate as it is, but I've had good results every time it was administered.

  • May 10, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Richard Kelly-less can only be an improvement. I say do it!

    by drave117

    Then again, I do not hold the original as sacred in any way. In fact, I honestly think Richard Kelly is the worst director currently working in film. I would rather be forced to sit through the entire Uwe Boll catalog Clockwork-Orange-style than ever watch Donnie Darko or Southland Tales again. Kelly is pretty much what you would get if Ed Wood mistook himself for David Lynch.

  • May 10, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Hilariously awful idea!

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • May 10, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by CuervoJones

    Kelly´s made some shit, but Darko is a good movie.

  • May 10, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    I like Darko and Oldboy, but you are right about the litmus test. I should add two more movies: Amelie and A Clockwork Orange.

  • May 10, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST


    by mattforce7

    leamon pledge

  • May 10, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I reviewed Southland Tales

    by Gwai Lo

    Gonna post it on a blog I just started (stripnudeforyourkiller.blogspot. com) tomorrow morning but here it is. I'm going to put it in the post following this one. Forgive me, I don't know how to do paragraph breaks, so it's going to be one big long block.

  • May 10, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    Worst reviewed film of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, booed off the screen. $367,000 worldwide theatrical gross. Dumped in just 63 theaters for a “wide release”. 35% fresh rating on at the time of this review. Labeled as worst movie of 2007 by more than one critic (admittedly, named among the best by respected critics like J. Hoberman and Manohla Dargis.) How is this the fate of indie maverick Richard Kelly’s follow-up to 2001’s cult favorite Donnie Darko? I had to watch Southland Tales twice to try and figure out the answer to this question. My first viewing left me vexed, but not because I thought the film was terrible. The truth is that I couldn’t figure out why I enjoyed something so indecipherable. I wanted to confirm that the movie was a failure, but how could I dismiss something so insanely ambitious when I couldn’t even follow what was going on? So I re-watched it in an attempt to decipher it (without the help of all the graphic novels and supplementary materials that Kelly likes to release with/make mandatory to understand his movies) and found it not so nonsensical after all. Southland Tales is a mess, but what a spectacular mess it is. I generally try to avoid wholesale plot summaries in reviews, but I’m going to have to at least give you a bit of context on this one. For those of you who were stumped by the movie, you may find this informative. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie, I wouldn’t worry about spoilers because you’re going to need all the help you can get on your first viewing. Southland Tales takes place in an alternate timeline where Abilene, Texas was nuked in 2005. America has ramped up the war plan, targeting Syria and North Korea in response to the attack. German scientists have invented Liquid Karma, a new fuel source (and potent narcotic) in the face of an oil crisis. The government has initiated a Big Brother style surveillance wing called USIdent. An election looms, and the campaign of Republican vice presidential candidate Bobby Frost is threatened when his daughter’s husband, Boxer Santaros, (The Rock… er, Dwayne Johnson) contracts a sudden case of amnesia and shacks up with porn star Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar.) They write a screenplay together that seems to be the movie we are watching, and presumably have lots of sex. Rollerblading Leftist hippie “Neo-Marxists” seem to be behind the scandal, and attempt to exploit the situation by blackmailing Bobby Frost with incriminating videotapes. To this end they employ disgruntled cop Roland Taverner (Seann William Scott) in their plan to bamboozle Santaros. Taverner’s twin brother, an Iraq veteran, seems to have something spoilery to do with everything, but spends most of the movie passed out in Christopher Lambert’s ice cream truck. Disfigured Iraq veteran Pilot Abilene (Justin Timberlake) guards the offshore Liquid Karma plant with a huge rifle, provides welcome expository narration from time to time, and pours beer all over himself while lip-synching “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers in lieu of an intermission. Oh yeah, and somewhere in there prior to the amnesia, Boxer Santaros was abducted and whisked out to the Nevada desert in an SUV. That’s important. All of these players (and many more that I can’t fit in an already long paragraph) hurtle headlong towards a climax in the skies over a war-torn Los Angeles at a Republican gala on a Liquid Karma fuelled mega-zeppelin, where the world just might end with whimpering bang. Phew. I try and try to imagine the pitch meeting where Richard Kelly explained his movie to the studio but can’t manage to do it. I’m not surprised that this film pissed a lot of people off. I had to really focus to piece together the plot I described above, and I still maintain that Richard Kelly was attempting to tell a story that was way too big for a reasonable running time. The film opens with a dizzying barrage of back-story (part of which I went over in the last paragraph) presented in a manner similar to the news briefings from Starship Troopers or Robocop. Everywhere you look there are references to pop culture, literature, film, TV, and the Book of Revelations; anything from T.S. Eliot to Girls Gone Wild is part of the milieu. Characters are introduced but not explained, and just when you think you have some key peripheral character’s role in the story pegged they switch teams or die in a hail of gunfire. Even more frustrating: rather than helping us to understand what’s going on, the characters (and filmmaker) spend a good deal of time engaged in irrelevant (frequently scatological) dialog. Among other topics, characters burn up screen time discussing whether or not animals enjoy shitting, and why Krysta Now doesn’t do anal. One scene features a Liquid Karma fuelled CGI SUV doing another SUV in the tailpipe. As with Donnie Darko, the plot does evolve into something circular and resolves itself by the climax. But with all the time travel, hallucination, worm-holes and rifts in the space-time continuum Kelly seems to like to play ambiguous. A word like incoherent doesn’t really do Southland Tales justice, I truly mean it when I say this film is a mess. But there’s something to it, because it doesn’t get this messy with just anyone at the helm. I’m not saying the film is particularly deep, even though it really really tries to be. All I know is that by the end of the film, I was watching Rebekah Del Rio sing The Star Stangled Banner and enjoying myself. The everything-and-the-kitchen-sink strategy carries over to the casting, which I can only describe as bizarre. Surprisingly, most of the leads turn in career high performances. Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, and Sarah Michelle Gellar all surpassed my perceived notions of their acting abilities. This is coming from a guy who wouldn’t go near The Rundown with protective goggles on, so take that for what you will. The supporting cast is all over the place, and I found the presence of SNL/Mad TV alum to be a bit overbearing. Amy Poehler, Will Sasso, Cheri Oteri and Jon Lovitz don’t seem comfortable in serious roles and come off either too shrill or too restrained. Bai Ling slinks around with the creepy Germans, Mandy Moore barely registers as Boxer Santaros’ wife, John Larroquette appears in his most serious role since the Texas Chainsaw Massacre voiceover, and Janeane Garofalo was apparently left on the cutting room floor. I almost left out schlockmaster Eli Roth, who appears for a split second getting shot on the toilet. I’m pretty sure you can find Waldo somewhere in there as well, probably standing close to Curtis “Booger” Armstrong. Southland Tales is satirical but not funny, so the presence of all the comedians doesn’t make a great deal of sense to me. I briefly entertained the idea that Kelly was trying to say something about pop culture with his casting of the Rock, Stifler, Justin Timberlake and Buffy, but gave up. My best guess at this point is that he was going for that Jim Carrey in Truman Show effect (a comedian is doing drama? Do we have any awards we can give this man?) about twenty times over. Has it gotten to the point that the most mainstream casting possible is now an iconoclastic move? You probably have a pretty good idea of whether or not this film is for you this deep in the review. For me, Southland Tales is a spectacular mess the likes of which we don’t get very often. Of all the influences (you can probably toss Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Bud Lite in the same pile) the strongest one seems to be David Lynch. I am particularly reminded of Dune, (and not just because the German scientists and Baron Harkonen share similar eyebrows) a colossal story that didn’t quite fit in the plot that Lynch provided for it. And I love the hell out of Dune, despite its weird and convoluted nature. Somewhere in his frantic assemblage of the story, Richard Kelly forgot that impatient and completely unprepared eyes were going to be watching this thing. Or maybe he didn’t, maybe he really wants you to work in order to understand what he’s saying. Some people might call that pretentious, but I admire the audacity. I understand what he’s saying. The problem is that he’s trying to say so much, and seems to get so distracted while saying it, that a lot of it is underdeveloped or lost in translation. Thankfully, a spectacular mess is a lot more interesting than a straight up dud. Richard Kelly remains a filmmaker to watch.

  • May 10, 2008, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Ps Montag666

    by Gwai Lo

    I think I subconsciously swiped your line about the pitch meeting, but it's so true.

  • May 10, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Southland Tales was a confusing, badly-acted mess

    by Sepulchrave

    and then I got stoned and watched it again. And it was a confusing, badly acted mess. I couldn't decide if Dwayne Johnson was delivering a really mannered performance as a preening asshole, or if he was a preening asshole who really couldn't act at all. Only Stiffler managed to do anything. They got Justin Timberlake in to deliver a pointless voiceover (is there any other kind?) and then he.....DANCED. Agh! I'm getting the fear! JT...The Rock....Stiffler...That little woman from Poltergeist....

  • May 10, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    gwai lo

    by Seph_J

    you chinese-loving bastard, line breaks are done like this <p> < p > <p> but of course without the spaces

  • May 10, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    The Rock was fucking funny in ST...

    by Seph_J

    ... especially his reaction to when the cop REALLY does kill that couple on camera. Fucking brilliant. <p> Yeh, curiously ST feels like a movie you SHOULD hate... but when you are watching it you kinda feel grateful that SOMEBODY has made such an ambitious but messy film. It feels a bit like a student film (sorry Richard, I don't mean to insult you personally - that was harsh I know), but you can certainly armire someone for sitting down and trying to construct a screenplay out of those ideas. <p> The Rock remains the best reason to watch this film... along with Miranda Richardson of course.

  • May 10, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I want Darko on Blu Ray

    by ZoeFan

    Hopefully by Q1 of 2009. And NOT the Directors Cut. That was simply a cash grab. And to people that haven't seen the Directors Cut, DON'T. It will ruin your opinion of the movie.

  • May 10, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    qwai lo

    by slone13

    Lose the pretense, put on some protective goggles, and watch The Rundown. It's a lot more fun than Southland Tales was.

  • May 10, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Go suck a fuck!!

    by pokadoo

    Sounds like Lost Boys 2.

  • May 10, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    E.T. 2 - Gertie's further adventures

    by pokadoo

  • May 10, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I'm with you, Gilkuliehe

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I really liked Donnie Darko on first viewing, but watching it with the director's commentary ruined the whole thing. It became clear very quickly that he'd failed to communicate most of the ideas in his head and that any enjoyment I had of the film was based on my own interpretation of the ideas he was clumsily throwing around. I've yet to get around to Southland Tales, but every review I've read confirms my fear - that he's a guy with a fertile imagination but without the discipline to wrangle it all into a coherent film.<p>As to this sequel, chances are it'll only be entertaining if it's preposterously bad. I mean, it's a film with no need for a sequel. The story is told. Where can they go other than to repeat the original with a girl?

  • May 10, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I feel no animosity towards Richard Kelley because he made...

    by rbatty024

    Southland Tales. Don't get me wrong, the movie is terrible, but at least he was trying something different even if he failed miserably. However, The Rock put in a fine performance.

  • May 10, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    pre-super star Jake Gyllenhaal

    by BackwardGalaxy


  • May 10, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Is ambition enough?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I get what people mean when they say they admire Kelly for his ambition, but shouldn't he actually have to make good on his intentions to be worthy of praise? Being ambitious doesn't seem like enough to me. After all, any one of us can be ambitious, but we respect talented people (especially artists) because they successfully communicate their ideas. This guy - bless him for trying - seems to just throw a bunch of stuff around with no idea of what it means or how it might be used in a compelling and well-structured story. I don't know is I should like him for that.

  • May 10, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    That's 'if' in that last sentence

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I don't know if I should I should like him for that.<p>P.S. Does anyone else remember that horrible idea for a Seven sequel that was floating around a few years ago? Talk about a film that doesn't need to become a series. It had something to do with, I think, Morgan Freeman developing psychic powers or somesuch. It sounded so bad I almost wish they had made it.

  • May 10, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Wow, a first, everyone is in agreement

    by _Maltheus_

    This should not be made. It sounds like a straight to DVD project. And everyone is also in agreement that the director's cut ruined a good movie, which should have been their first clue that a sequel could never work. Hollywood is pathetic for not being able to see this on their own. It's like they're a bunch of robots trying to guess what humans like in their movies. They're completely disconnected from the human race, which is why I've all but given up on movies.

  • May 10, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by El Borak

    was so overstuffed it bordered on shit sandwich-ness. and sorry but as far as comedy went there were only a few laughs that worked. if it had focused on the time thing more and cut out all that other bullshit i could have enjoyed it more.

  • May 10, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    There's a lesson somewhere in here

    by The Wolf at the Door

    Something about how sending a "message" to Hollywood about what makes a good film and how to avoid making shlock is a nearly impossible task. <p> Movie Fan: "Look, just take a look at 'Donnie Darko,' see how it has interesting camera angles and cinematogrophy, stand-out performances, clever dialogue, compelling ideas at play and a dark, ambiguous ending that doesn't pander to the audience or talk down to us. It rewards you on repeat viewings and forces you to use your brain. THAT'S what we want to see more of. Something ORIGINAL!" <p> Studio Exec (while fingering his blackberry): "Uh huh ... uh huh ... uh huh ... uh huh ... ... ... gotcha. (rings his secretary) Get me a screenwriter. The kids liked 'Donnie Darko,' so let's greenlight 'Donnie Darko 2.' ... Yep, just like the first one, but uh, with a hot young lady in the lead. You know the kind. Something leggy for the frat boys. Oh, and let's get some blood in the film this time - I'm thinking killer bunny with a machete. Eli Roth available?" <p> Movie Fan: "Oh for the love of ..."

  • May 10, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Sending a message to Hollywood?

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Because that works so well. Hollywood is a stupid place, full of greedy people who want to make more money. That's why we're gonna be saddled with a PG-13 Terminator "franchise". Remember when "Hollywood" listened and gave us the R-rated Snakes on the plane? Hollywood stopped listening to us after that. <p> Donnie Darko, the original cut, is a damn fine movie, though flawed, but it presented a great world on screen. And it's a world that could be further explored, with or without Donnie. <p> While it may seem like a cash in, (and to a degree it certainly is) I can tell you that, at least at script level, this one is a lot more ambitious than your typical DTV cash-in. It follows rules set out from the first movie. It doesn't rehash scenes because they were in the first one. It's not a shot for shot remake with blander actors. And it has a lot of respect for the original. Like I said, this is in the script. The finished product may indeed turn into an abomination. And if it does, then at least you won't have to worry about Darko 3-D coming your way.

  • May 10, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST what if the script is good

    by bacci40

    how can that universe be further explored? it was self contained...and with a sequel, gone is the 80s commentary...gone is the parody of teen dramedies...its only being made cuz chase grew up hot, and she is being used to sell the movie...producers are all old pervs...just like me

  • May 10, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    But, Bacci, I'm a YOUNG perv!

    by ImMorganFreeman

    And I just like seeing young flesh paraded before me. <p> But are you serious? You're asking "So what if the script is good" in a talkback where everyone is saying this is such a crap idea? Gone is the 80s commentary, and in with the 90s commentary, the Kurt Cobain disaffected youth movement, when Clinton was in office. Remember those days? <p> Basically what I'm saying is that while yes, this is a misguided idea to begin with, there's no stopping it at this point. AND, it could have been a hell of a lot worse. <p> For fans of Richard Kelly who are offended, I understand, but even he confesses that he doesn't know what's going on all the time in his films. But, they are ambitious and actually trying something, even if not entirely successful. If a Darko sequel is inevitable wouldn't you rather someone actually trying to make something decent?

  • May 10, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Who demanded this???

    by Johnno

    Who??? I ask you, who??? And when you find them ask them why???

  • May 10, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Another one into the hall of WORST IDEAS

    by The Chosen

    Bad bad bad idea. If only Kelly were back....

  • May 10, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko is Lynch-for-kids.

    by Knuckleduster

    Still, this sequel sounds daft.

  • May 10, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko isn't Lynch for kids,

    by jimmay

    It's Lynch with normal people; as in, people who aren't rat-shit insane. No mimes, creepy old guys or midgets or crazy naked women.

  • May 10, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by Knuckleduster

    ... no Naomi Watts lesbo scene. Every movie needs a Naomi Watts lesbo scene.

  • May 11, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Kelly isn't Lynch for kids

    by drave117

    He's Ed Wood, with Uwe Boll's ego, trying to imitate David Lynch.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    My view on Donnie Darko

    by Mace13

    I have to first admit that i've never watched the directors cut so whether this is what Richard Kelly was trying to get across or not I don't know. But the way I see it there wasn't any actual "Time Travel" involved in this movie. A lot of people believe it to be a time travel movie which I think is a misconception. I think the biggest clue in the movie as to what was going on was when Donnie and his date went to the movies. The theatre was playing a double feature of "The evil Dead" and "The last temptation of Christ". Now if you know anything about that second movie then this is pretty much what Donnie Darko is immulating. It's basically the same story idea. Donnie's fate is inevitable. He is going to die no matter what. But he is given a chance to make peace with himself and possibly god in the last few seconds of his life. I think that everything that took place in the movie from the point that Donnie went to bed and the jet engine fell for the first time until the end of the movie when it fell the second time and killed him all took place in is head. None of what happened in between those two points was actually real. Just like what happened to Jesus in "The last Temptation of Christ" Donnie got to see what life for him and others could have possibly been like had he been allowed to live. He was just given a chance to make peace with himself and accept his fate before the end came. At least that is how I interpreted the movie. I haven't watched it in awhile so i'll have to do that again to clarify my memory of it. Someone in the feedback up above posted a very similiar review of it so i'm glad i'm not the only one who looked at it this way.

  • May 11, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by tubbtubbs

    Just don't do it. Seriously, I mean I loved Donnie Darko, but I completely hated Southland Tales. I don't want anymore disappointment.

  • May 13, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    take another look at the director's cut

    by la te ral us

    kudos gwai lo, you hit the nail on the head reguarding southland tales. but zelda rubenstien, booger, and kevin smith in a pei mei beard, that has to be a sign of the apacolypse. and reguarding the litmus test: the only movie that needs to be on there is boondock saints. if you loved that movie, you are a douchebag, and you should stop talking but to everyone else shitting on the DD: director's cut, what kind of crack are you smoking??? i saw the first version on cable, but it wasn't until i saw the director's cut in the theater, that i was completely blown away and then became obsessed with it. the original version is great, but the DC is a much much much more complete film and vastly superior. its become so fashionable to say that the original version is better because its "ambiguous"(sp) and "left open for interpretation" thats horseshit! 98% of the new material added to the DC is on the OG version dvd anyways. the deleted scenes and the time travel book pages are all there. all that stuff just adds to the depth and mystery, especially the new FX shots that almost make it seem like donnie's being watched over by some unseen omnicient force. by no means does the DC spell anything out to the viewer, if anything, it makes it more mysterious and head scratching. the film was never meant to be open to interpretation as far as "is he schizophrenic or is he time traveling". it is a sci-fi fantasy about a teenage time traveling superhero. period. and the DC has the original theatrical soundtrack, which the OG dvd doesn't. and the commentary on the OG dvd is pretty insightful and thought provoking, but i'd skip the one on the DC dvd, the one with kevin smith, he's pretty annoying on it. the two best films ever made about time travel are donnie darko and primer, one is a fantasy and the other is hyper realistic, but both are two of the most thought-provoking films i've ever seen. and the sequel is a pretty bad idea, i too thought of the absurd american psycho 2. and also, DD is under rated for how fucking hilarious it is. it really is just masterfully made, funny, heartbraking, terrifying, thought-provoking, trippy, well acted(probably the only thing i can tolerate barrymore in) and just fucking cool. i really can't imagine why kelly would let a sequel happen but if they put swayze in it, i just might have to see it.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    la te ral us

    by Knuckleduster

    Kudos for putting Boondock Saints in its place. Horrible film.<p> Regarding Donnie Darko, I have to admit that I still prefer the theatrical cut. It just feels far more intimate and personal (and therefore, more affecting). The Director's Cut seems to turn Donnie into some kind of "Chosen One" who ends up saving the universe. Not my cup of tea, sorry.

  • May 13, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Lawnmower Man 2

    by Veraxus

    I shudder to think of what they might do with this. Not that Southland Tales was anything less than the absolute worst movie of 2007... still, this will not end well.

  • May 13, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    by la te ral us

    HOLY SHIT!!! she is freaking hottt

  • May 14, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    S.Darko : Donnie Darko for Seagal fans!!!

    by pr1c3y

    This will be horrible a stand alone cult classic ruined.