Donnie Darko

CinemAddicts Ep. 65: ‘Donnie Darko’ Anniversary, ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter,’ ‘Live Cargo’

On this week’s show, Anderson and I talk about Donnie Darko’s 15th Anniversary, the horror film The Blackcoat’s Daughter, and Live Cargo. Details available after the jump!!

If you haven’t seen Donnie Darko, the 4K restoration of the theatrical and director’s cut are being made available in select cities across the U.S. To see if the flick is playing near your area, please check out Cartilage Films’ site (director Richard Kelly supervised the restoration). Always a solid weaver of tales, Anderson recalled the first time he checked out DD, and I was so interested in his tale I actually offered nothing of value on our Darko segment!

Kiernan Shipka in The Blackcoat’s Daughter – A24

Regarding value, if you love Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and Emma Roberts (Scream Queens), then The Blackcoat’s Daughter should be up your ally. Although it has a blood curdling third act, most of the film is an atmospheric and creepy thriller, as director Oz Perkins is more interested in the nuances of the genre. Shipka, who’s just 17, is great at playing a teenager who develops an unhealthy connection to the supernatural, and this film proves that she can actually anchor a movie.

LIve Cargo
Dree Hemingway in “Live Cargo.”

Shot in black and white, Live Cargo centers on a grieving young couple (Dree Hemingway, Lakeith Stanfield) who get a little R&R at a remote Bahamian island. Though I wasn’t too intrigued by the main storyline, the subplot, which deals with a homeless youth’s (Sam Dillon – who’s definitely a talent to watch) friendship with the Mayor of the island (Robert Wisdom) and a human trafficker (Leonard Earl Howze) had me on the hook. Overall I’d recommend the film based on the secondary storyline, and director Oz Perkins has a really good feel for the island itself. There’s also moments of stunning imagery in the narrative (the final shot’s a stunner). The movie opens in New York (Cinema Village) March 31 and April 7 in Los Angeles (Arena Cinelounge).

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