05:03 AM EDT 07/10/2016
Originally posted 04/11/2016 09:00AM
Jake Gyllenhaal has played his share of intense characters – a star-crossed cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, a streetwise LAPD officer in End of Watch, a cold-blooded crime-scene chronicler in Nightcrawler – but none was more fraught, or rewarding, than his breakout role in Donnie Darko.
Originally posted 10/13/2015 04:50PM
If someone asked you to name a Christmas carol, you'd probably have no trouble naming a dozen of them. If someone asked you to name a Halloween song, however, you might not be quite as quick to think up a complete playlist. You see, while Halloween can compete with Christmas well enough in the decoration and candy departments, there just aren't that many traditional songs associated with Halloween.
Originally posted 01/20/2014 01:00PM
Donnie Darko turns 13 this week. As you travel down your own wormhole of nostalgia, here are 13 pieces of appropriately quirky Darko trivia.
1. Director Richard Kelly mistakenly attributes the "cellar door" quote ("This famous linguist once said that of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, that 'cellar door' is the most beautiful") to Edgar Allan Poe on the film's commentary track. The quote actually belongs to J.R.R. Tolkien (from his 1955 essay "English and Welsh"), and reads, "Most English-speaking people ... will admit that cellar door is 'beautiful', especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful than, say, 'sky,' and far more beautiful 'than beautiful.'"
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