Donnie Darko (2001)

donnie darko

This week, we test our commitment to Sparkle Motion with Jon Espino of The Young Folks and HollywoodChicago.com as we revisit Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult time travel teen drama Donnie Darko! The hit of the Hot Topic crowd in the early 2000s, for better or worse, we go back to this twisty, navel-gazing mixture of American Beauty and The Butterfly Effect to see if its profundities still hold up. Take a listen, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK:

CELLAR DOOR

3 parts Temple Bar Cellar Cask Irish Whiskey
1 part Bärenjäger honey liqueur

For the foam:
Peach puree
Fresh rosemary
Dash, orange blossom water
Egg white
Lemon juice
1/2 tbsp. sugar

Combine foam ingredients with a whisk or stick blender until light and fluffy. Float atop combined whiskey and Barenjager in a lowball glass over ice.

DRINKING RULES FOR DONNIE DARKO:

  1. Any time Donnie offers a creepy half-smile to the camera
  2. Every time you see speed-ramped fast motion shots (to show the passage of time)
  3. Whenever you hear another cut from Donnie Darko’s hip 80s soundtrack (chug at Mad World)

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Beth Grant warbles, “Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!”

Join us next week as we delve into the creepy world of Clive Barker with 1986’s Rawhead Rex!

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