Monday, January 24, 2011

214. Waking Life (2001)


-Hey are you a dreamer?
-I haven't seen too many around lately. Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It's not dead it's just that it's been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I'm trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it's ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don't be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting

Richard Linklater takes a trip into the world of dreams as the viewer travels with the main character through a multi-level dream that puts "Inception" to shame. Wiley Wiggins (the boy from "Dazed and Confused") stars as topics ranging from philosophy to religion to anarchy to love are explored. The prose of the film is set up in much the same way as Linklater's first film, "Slacker", as unrelated conversations drift in and out. This is all amplified by the use of rotoscoping. That is, filming the action live and then going back and animating over the actors. This creates a "dream-like" visual which matches perfectly with the movie's subject.

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