This weekend at The Loft Cinema as part of the Bookmans Late Night Cult Classics program is one of the most creative and unique films of the last decade, Richard Kelly’s masterpiece Donnie Darko: The Theatrical Cut. The film will screen as always at 10:00pm on this Friday January 21st and Saturday January 22nd for only $6.00 (only $5.00 for Loft Cinema members). This is simply one of the coolest programs that The Loft offers and Tucson residents should feel very lucky that they can see films like Donnie Darko on the big screen as it was intended to be seen, and whether or not you have seen the film before, this weekend will be a great opportunity to see it with a group of likeminded cinema lovers, making for a fun and exciting night that few cities can offer.
Donnie Darko: The Theatrical Cut is the original version of the film that screened at Sundance receiving a crazy reaction back in 2001. There is also a Director’s Cut of the film, but Kelly has said that he really does like both versions, with both capable of enlightening his message buried within the film. The film’s twisting and turning narrative revolves around Donnie Darko, played perfectly by Jake Gyllenhaal (really the best performance of his career along with Brokeback Mountain), who is a high school student trying to find his way and fit into the suburban late 1980s Virginia world he is a part of. The film, despite its reputation for being difficult to follow and overly complex, actually explores themes that are universal, like alienation, familial relationships, youthful love, and the purpose of existence. Anyone who takes the time and heads into this film with an open mind will be treated to one of filmmaking’s great accomplishments, which has unfortunately made it nearly impossible for Kelly to make a better film to date. I mean, the montage near the end of the movie with Mad World performed by Gary Jules is one of the greatest moments of cinema in the last twenty years, so powerful, so poignant, especially with the world being the way it is today. Among Kelly’s other work, Southland Tales takes a lot of heat, and it really should not, as it simply upsets a certain group’s delicate sensibilities. The Box kind of falls into the same place, pushing the political envelope, but hey, at least the guy stands for something, which cannot be said about many filmmakers today.
As always, remember that The Loft Cinema is a great place to meet others film lovers, hang out on the patio before the flick with a great beer (their selection is awesome), and support a place that brings art films to Tucson that would otherwise never come. Hope to see some of you out there this weekend, 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday night. If you are interested in following along with the happenings in the Tucson film scene, with local filmmakers, or coverage of the many fests in Tucson, you can receive these articles directly as they are published by clicking on the “Subscribe” button at the top of this piece. You can also follow me on Twitter by searching for ericshlapack or by clicking the link below.
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