Donnie Darko

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Call me slow catching up with what’s au courant, but I just (finally) watched Donnie Darko

I don’t know whether to say “wow” or “hm.”  Hm, because I think most of the movie was so-so. The story didn’t totally engage me. I thought I was watching a sort of meandery semi-psychodrama about a troubled teen. 

And then the last 10 minutes of the movie happened, and I’m still sitting here saying, “Wow.”  

I really didn’t see that coming. 

I won’t say more about the plot, lest doing so be a spoiler for you the reader. If you haven’t seen this cult classic, check it out.  It also explores the mutability of time, and that (as you may know from my sf writings) is always a subject near and dear to my heart.  I read the time-related twists in the plot as a creative exercise – it is not in keeping with my own metaphysical experience of extra-dimensional things – but nevertheless, it gives the necessary punch to the storyline. 

Trippy. 

Also a must-see for members of the Church of MaryMcDonnell[1] , of which I think I must count myself a member, although she plays a relatively minor role in the scheme of things. 

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[1]  She who did such a stellar kick-ass job of portraying President Laura Roslin in the re-envisioned Battlestar Galatica.  Another quality world I can’t recommend highly enough, if this has somehow passed you by at this late date.

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