Shroom -- Excellent post on Donnie Darko
and I pretty much agree with everything you said. It was #6 on my top ten list from last year, and the only thing keeping me from putting it higher is what you said about the ending. I've seen the film twice, and I can make a little more sense of it thematically, given the skewed timeline and the arc of the character, but I'm still not exactly sure "what happened," if Kelly meant anything to be absolute in the film (which he may have not). The soundtrack is sensational (the E&B song IS "The Killing Moon,"), culminating in that awesome cover of the Tears For Fears song. I too think the parents are exceptionally non-stereotypical. The father, despite his conservativism, isn't a bad father. His mother has just been unprepared for raising teenagers thanks to the Reagan era. The movie is funny, fresh, and the performances are great all across the board. Plus, Jena Malone is a big fan of the Push Kings, my favorite local L.A. pop band (I saw her at a show, in the crowd lip synching along to the music). I hope Richard Kelly has more than one film in him, but it sure seems that this is what he wanted to say, and if he never got a chance to make another movie, he was going to get it all done here. Kudos to Drew Barrymore for producing it.