In this episode of Movies To Watch Before You Die, Mark is joined by guest Alden Roth (InstagramTwitterYoutube) as the two break down the 2001 film Donnie Darko. Directed by Richard Kelly. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone.

Haven’t seen the film yet?  Or maybe you need to refresh your memory? Buy or rent the film here: Hardcopy, Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

Film Synopsis

After being saved from a fallen jet engine turbine by an omniscient masked bunny rabbit, high schooler Donnie Darko is given the task of saving the universe from certain destruction.

In this episode, the guys talk about a bunch of themes such as time travel, death, parallel universes, God, and free will. Mark complains about problems with time travel hypotheses and Alden talks about America’s’ problem with grieving. Tune in to see why.

If you really enjoyed Donnie Darko, be sure to check out the Director’s Cut, which delves into the mythology of the film much more deeply than the theatrical cut. Get it for yourself: Hardcopy, Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

Looking Ahead

Tune into the podcast next week, when Mark and guest Dan Helbling will analyze the 2010 film Inception. Haven’t seen it yet? Get it here: Hardcopy, Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

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