7 Very Cool Facts About Donnie Darko

7 Very Cool Facts About Donnie Darko

When a most mysterious movie gets more mysterious...

If I had to name the best twist ending movie I would give it immediately to the 2001 film "Donnie Darko". I would give that title to it mainly because to this day, after 5 years of having seen it multiple times, I still don't understand the ending. Most twist endings leave you in a sense of wonder and awe, quickly followed by a sense of understanding. "Darko's" twist ending only left the door open for more questions. And don't get me wrong that is a great thing in this case!

Here are 7 very cool facts about "Donnie Darko":

1. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogan, and director Richard Kelly are all still unsure of what the ending truly is. They stated in interviews that at the wrap party Gyllenhaal and Rogan confided in each other that neither knew what the film was actually about. Kelly has stated that many fan theories can possibly be true.

2. Marky Mark Wahlberg was in considerations to play Donnie, but the role ended up going to Jake. It is reported that Mark Wahlberg refused to play the role unless Donnie had a lisp.

3. The time stamp mantra in the movie "28:06:42:12" or how the long the world had left in the movie was created simply by adding or subtracting 1 to each number in how long a lunar cycle takes, which is 27:07:43:11. You can thank my astronomy teacher for that.

4. Patrick Swayze was so into his role that he provided his own clothes for his costumes, frosted his hair for the role, and allowed the infomercials he appears in the movie to be filmed on his private ranch.

5. Sharpay Evans from High School Musical is in "Donnie Darko". That's right, take a look at the picture below, that is a young Ashley Tisdale in a bit part

6. As you can see by watching the film, Gyllenhaal does very little blinking. This is said to be an film actors technique to amp up a character's intensity. This is something I've read that even Michael Caine attests to.

7. The mysterious oblong bubbles that lead characters into their futures, that can only be seen by Donnie, are said to be inspired by the telestrators used by sportscaster to draw future pattern of movements players take during replays.

"Donnie Darko" is a one of a kind movie, totally unique, and revolutionary. Google describes the plot as: after surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

Maybe the synopsis dabbles too far into science fiction. The movie is grounded by teen relationships, and family drama in American suburbia.

"Donnie Darko" is an independent film by Richard Kelly that rests at highly revered cult status at present day. The concepts the movie introduce have the potential to change its audiences perceptions of the physical world around them, and it absolutely left a profound impact on me when I was 16 years old, watching it for the first time, after my brother and I found it buried in a family friend's basement.

If you haven't seen "Donnie Darko", and think I might be embellishing I highly recommend you watch it. It's an excellent movie, and I guarantee it will leave you with more questions than answers.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Junior Year Was A Learning Experience About Who I Am In Order To Be The Best Version Of Myself

This year was a changing experience.


I walked inside with a sure enthusiasm that this year would be better than last. I told myself that I wasn't gonna man the same mistakes and fall into the same traps that can left my grades in the dust for so many years. I said that this was the first year I was going to be stress free and without any problems. I also said this would be the year I would get in shape and stop eating cookies but the day that I'm writing it is national chocolate chip cookie day and I'm enjoying a nice and warm one.

This year is puts so much stress on friendships and the way that people interact with one another. Everyone is so on edge due to a lack of sleep and understanding that we all can tend to lash out at each other even though we wouldn't if we weren't in that state of consistent tiredness and sadness. Running on 4-5 hours of sleep really makes it difficult to understand any conflict that may occur. For example, on the day of the hardest Chemistry test of the year, I saw two of my friends lash out at each other in a moment of pure emotion. But almost as fast as the argument began, it was over and they had overcome the conflict between them. It really is a testament to your connection with the other person if you can make it through the whole year without running into any problems. In terms of personal experiences, each day was a challenge due to the little brain function I had, but I managed to not give into my issues. I was able to work around them and keep myself going.

Junior year was an experience that I'm going to keep with me forever because of the good and the bad. First off, I would like to thank my parents for never giving me that resolved look of contempt or happiness. This only motivated me or to work harder and I would like to say that I think I made you guys proud with how hard I worked this year. The next people I would like to thank are my friends, you guys are the actual goats. I know that many of you guys don't know how much I appreciate you and I would like to say that I really take it to heart when you guys help me with a certain problem, whether its academic, social, or none of the above.

As for the plot that most people were waiting now, the grades of the haunted Junior Year. I consider myself to be a very average student and I thought that my grades were going to be once again average by junior year standards. I though that they were going to fall so low that I would not be asian failing anymore. Surprisingly, this was the first year out of all my years in high school that my hard work paid off with consistent grades. That does not mean good but that does not mean bad. As a junior at Northview, I was amongst the 200 that took 4 AP classes and etc etc. Grades do not have to define you and getting a single bad grade will not kill you is the lesson I learned this year. That was the single most important idea that I could have taken from this year because it gave me a new perspective on my education. It was time I lived a little.

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