A bit of a lark this time, as we probe the epochal import of the film Donnie Darko.

  Is it possible for a film to herald the turning of the age, or perhaps, to hold it back?

  world destroying paradoxes, the hierophanies of osiris and horus, the dying god, creative destruction, the last temptation of christ, and some examples of a ‘neo-traditionalist’ film interpretive  method.

Good clean fun, for those of you who take movies way too seriously.

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Direct download: TME26-donnie_darko_and_the_aeon_of_horus.mp3

“I can do anything I want, And so can you…”

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11 thoughts on “The Mosaic Effect 26 : Donnie Darko and the Aeon of Horus

  1. awesome job on this, by the way. the word has gone out to my fellow donnie darko fanatics. i’m going to suggest to my local coffeeshop that they do a last temptation of christ & donnie dark double feature on their eclectic movie night. i’ve never seen the former of these two and definitely want to check it out.

  2. there’s an awfull lot of stuff i didn’t even get into for the sake of time and clarity.

    the DD last temptation parallels for instance: the whole visual motif of the axe which is very prominent in the last temptation and of course shows up when donnie floods the school.

    in this case you could say they represent the same thing. on the one hand you have the conviction of john the baptist that the world is a corrupt tree that needs to be chopped down, and then you have donnie as the horus child who destroys the old order with force and fire.

  3. I loved this film the first time I seen it several years back, and got the director’s cut version to listen to the commentary for possible answers to a lot of the vagueness. (Boy was I disappointed with the commentary.)

    Listening to the commentary, I wondered how in the world this guy could have created a film with so many possible layers of meaning (pure accident?). The things he thought were important to the film and some of his interpretations were so out of line with mine. Perhaps the movie is just a lucky coincidence that it can be thought of in many different perspectives (like that ink blot test) — or maybe it’s not so much a coincidence but something deeper and unconscious in the human mind at work?

    Primarily for me, the central theme of the movie was one of possibilities. How just even the little changes we may make in our decisions (intentional or not) can potentially have a dramatic effect in shaping the course that our life takes (and perhaps consequently affecting the people and the community around us as well). Kind of like deciding for whatever reason to take a different route home and running into a 1)mugger or 2) finding an expensive jewelry on the ground or 3) just enjoying a change in scenery on the way and nothing much happens and we arrive home. How we don’t have to settle into routines, and that even the smallest change on our part can potentially spiral into events unimaginable — just as long as it’s not the exact mechanical day-to-day patterns we get into.

    But then there’s also a sense (what I got from it at least) of “You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t” to the film; and that ultimately, either way it’s fine.

    Anyway, I enjoyed hearing your take on this.

  4. yeah richard kelly was smoking something. or something was using him as a sock puppet.

    that whole thing with the super powers is just hilarious.

    “oh yeah, Donnie rips the engine off the plane with his TELEKINESIS, and then throws it into the time vortex he created WITH HIS MIND…couldn’t you tell? There is room for interpretation there. ”

    almost like we’re supposed to treat it like a documentary, and the scenes we see are all he could capture.

  5. I’ve never heard the commentary, but I’ve seen the film several times, and never did I reach any conclusion even remotely involving donnie as a superhero, telekenetic, or any of what Richard Kelly apparently thinks he thought he was intending to convey. Your take, however, puts me at a loss for words.

    Never at a loss for an internal soundtrack, however, ‘The Killing Moon’ (opening song of the film) began playing in my mind of its own accord as you talked about predestination vs. free will. The line ‘fate up against your will’ seemed to pop in at just the right time.

    Anyway, still assimilating. But well done.

  6. yeah the soundtrack works perfectly. which makes it all them more odd and infuriating that in the ‘directors cut’ the order of some songs is changed for no apparent reason.

    the guy obviously had no idea what he was doing on some level.

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