I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about when I picked Donnie Darko as the next Cinematical Movie Club film. It's the first-time cinematic anomaly, the super-weird flick that found cult adoration, the one that worked when all the flicks that followed it did not. At all. In retrospect, I've always wondered what made Donnie Darko what it became. If it was a some wild stroke of luck, if Richard Kelly sapped up all traces of perfect editorial mojo with his first foray, if the films that came after were too harshly judged because of the fame of the first outing, or if Donnie was the only film that brought it all together in a palatable way.

The reality, of course, is probably a combination of them all...