Waking Life Clips

March 23rd, 2007 by

I had a chance to watch ‘s animated film the other day. Though I and I felt the film was oddly compelling, it felt tedious too. The movie is basically about the main character running into one person after another, all of whom espouse their various world views to him, be it about…

The Dreamers

Or Buddhist Philosophy

Language, Evolution, Nothing New & Time

I stuck with the movie because of the animation and frankly because it
was different, but the philosophizing began to wear on me. I was like,
where’s the action? In the following scene, the main character is hit by a car and it introduces the theme of the movie, dreams within dreams. I thought, yeah, these these whoa! concepts is the kind of stuff you’d talk about if you were stoned.

And it struck me: Of course! This movie was designed to be watched while on acid. Seriously. The shifting colors and backgrounds, the philosophical parade, even the score lent themselves to the creation of a "freak out" movie. After I figured that out, I could watch the rest of the film with fascination rather than tedium:

Government Conspiracy

Conservative radio talk show personality and conspiracy theorist rants:

Dreams As Reality

Lucid Dreams

Dream Is Destiny

Floating

Free Will

Abundance Of Life

Existentialism

Self Destructive Man

Revenge

Ants

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  • The Ethan Hawke segment is the key to the entire film. Maybe all these characters only exist in the mind of the lead guy who was killed at the very beginning of the film. The seconds it takes for him to die and float to heaven give us these varied thoughts and conversations before the actual death.

    The film is reminiscent of Linklater’s “Slackers” but using animation as a way to hold onto the audience. The lack of action is part of the idea behind it. The “ideas” are the action.

  • brian cohen

    can u find the one with the guy who walks out side of the store and is like “as the patterns get more intricate and subtle” that whole thing i cant find it anyware and i really wanna post it on this page of mine