POP ART: Episode 63, Donnie Darko/Harvey

TELL ME ABOUT THE RABBITS, GEORGE: Join me and screenwriter Joshua Montcalm (Dark Web: Cicada 3301) as we talk rabbits; dirty disgusting rabbits; six-foot tall anthropomorphized rabbits in the WTF cult classic Donnie Darko and the Golden Age Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey.

“Deus ex machina”. At one time or the other, we’ve all had imaginary friends. Sometimes they were human, sometimes they weren’t. Sometimes nice, sometimes not. And sometimes, just sometimes, they’re six foot tall anthropomorphized Leporidae lagomorpha, Sounds like it’s time for Episode 63 of Pop Art, the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. For this episode, I am happy to welcome as my guest, screenwriter Joshua Montcalm, who has chosen as his film the WTF cult classic Donnie Darko, while I have chosen the Jimmy Stewart golden age classic, Harvey, both films about someone who interact with a six foot tall anthropomorphized rabbit,

And in this episode we answer such questions as: What did the director of Harvey do that got him to leave Germany and come to the US? What the hell does Donnie Darko even mean and is it Determinism v. Existentialism? Why did Jimmy Stewart suggest Harvey have wider shots at times? Who is the linguist that said that “cellar door” was the most beautiful phrase in the English language? Why did both films have trouble making their money back? Wouldn’t it be great to be drunk 24 hours a day? What did Kevin Smith say about Richard Kelly?

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donnie darkoBefore I begin, I suppose I should answer the basic question: Just what the fuck is a What the Fuck (heretofore WTF) film?
Well, basically, the easiest definition is the onomatopoetic one: it’s a movie that makes you go “WTF, dude, WTF”.
I’m not sure that really helps, because that description’s kind of vague and subjective and ambiguous and imprecise and all the other points of film criticism law. And that’s because WTF films are a bit hard to define. They come in many shapes and sizes, many styles and aesthetic forms, many colors and tints (for some they are white and gold, for others black and blue).
But generally they can be recognized by their anarchic plumage; their refusal to care about rules and regulations; by their determination to march to their own kind of drummer; make their own kind of music; and sing their own kind of song, because, well, that’s just what they gotta do.
Not everyone will agree which films are WTF and which ones aren’t. One man’s, “Oh, my god, just what was that I just saw” is another man’s, “Well, it was okay I guess”, is another man’s, “That was the worst piece of shit I’ve seen in my life”.
But everyone agrees they’re like art: we don’t know how to define it, we just know it when we see it. Continue reading