Here’s what you should never do when you’re at home by yourself, sick, on a rainy Monday afternoon: watch that Donnie Darko movie everybody’s always raving about. Good grief. I was having paracetamol-enhanced psycho bunny dreams all night. Seriously though, what the hell was up with that film? I can’t stop thinking about it. The performances were all great, and I can finally see why folks rave about Jake Gyllenhaal. (He would have made a great replacement for Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2.) The music was fantastic. Even real 80’s movies didn’t have such great period soundtracks. Patrick Swayze was suitably sleazy in his small role. I’m just not sure I understand what actually happened in the film. Judging by the reviews I’ve read, not a lot of other people do either. Have you seen it? Do you have a theory?At first I thought maybe the whole film was a dream that Donnie had while the engine was smashing down on him, but there were bits of the film that didn’t fit that theory so well (like the random scenes focussing on Drew Barrymore). My new theory is that the whole film is a time travel paradox. Donnie escapes death from above only to be warned about his impending doom, which will result from the engine of his mother’s plane falling through a time rip… thus killing him in the past and negating her ever taking the journey in the first place. Does that make any sense? I mean, I know it doesn’t make a lot, but as near as I can tell it mostly explains what happens. I may have to watch it again. The Snook needs to weigh in on this.