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Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused
Dvd ~ Jason London
Price: £3.94

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 17 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: Dazed and Confused (DVD)
Dazed and Confused is the tale of the last day of school in the Summer of 1976, in Texas. Set over the course of one day, the film deals with the lives of many Texas teenagers, ranging from seniors to freshmen, stoners, jocks, geeks...
Not much can be said about the film without giving it away. In terms of plot, the film does not appear to follow one. It is very refreshing to find a film like this that is far away from the usual Hollywood nonsense.
Richard Linklater, the director, clearly has a passion for this film, and being his second work (his first using a significant budget), the film has steered away from what it could have become - a normal teen film.
Instead, Linklater has crafted a very natural and highly enjoyable film. Unlike other teen films, you care about the characters, despite the great number of them. The film is funny, yet moving at times. It is highly rewatchable and is great to watch with friends. The music is awesome as well and I recommend the albums - Dazed and Confused and Even More Dazed and Confused.
Overall, this film is a fantastic experience every time you watch it.
It takes you back to 1976, even if you've never actually been there.

The Donnie Darko Book:
The Donnie Darko Book:
by Richard Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential companion to an extraordinary film., 17 Dec. 2003
This review is from: The Donnie Darko Book: (Paperback)
The Donnie Darko book contains an introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal, an interview with director Richard Kelly and the script itself. Also, there are photos and artwork.
The interview is particularly interesting, revealing some of the origins of the script and the struggle to get it into production. These facts are not on the DVD but still provide excellent material. The script is fantastic and can be read by itself, although accompanies the film very well.
This book is a must for all fans of the film, and contains very interesting material, but I can't help feeling that more could fit into such a book.
Very good, nevertheless.

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