Waking Life (DVD)

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Director Richard Linklater presents this computer-animated, dreamlike, meandering film about a college-age man (Wiley Wiggins) who floats in and out of a series of philosophical discussions and ethereal experiences, meeting an interesting cast of characters along the way. Each character that Wiley meets engages him in an existential discussion. Wiley listens, observes, and occasionally responds. Then he glumly shuffles off to his next encounter. At times, he wakes up in his bed and rubs his eyes, appearing to start a new day. But eventually viewers learn that Wiley is dreaming throughout the film, and is trying to learn to control his dreams--and accomplish lucid dreaming, or simply wake up. Visually, WAKING LIFE is nothing short of fantastic. Linklater stays true to his Indie style--jerky camera, drifting gaze, and steady head shots that allow non-actors to talk straight into the camera. To achieve the floating feeling of the dream sequences, he first tried taking aerial shots from a helicopter, then opted for the smoother effect of a hot air balloon. He shot the film on digital video, edited it, then called on 30 animators to finish it. The characters in the film move and gesticulate like live action, but they are animated with odd color schemes and surreal lines that make them cartoony caricatures. WAKING LIFE is a superb work that should be applauded for its atmospheric elements (lovely images of New York and Austin), its amusing bohemian dialogues, and its unique animation.


Dimensions 8 in. H x 6 in. W x 1 in. D

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  • Impossible to Forget

    While flipping through channels late one night in search of something just interesting enough to fall asleep to, I happened upon this little gem. "Waking Life" is responsible for my being over an hour late to work the next morning. Once you start watching, it is impossible to turn off. And after it's over, impossible to stop thinking about. In its simplest form, the film follows a young man who simply walks around listening intently to everything everyone he encounters has to say. The topics all involve interpretations of the meaning and purpose of our lives and challenge us to become active participants in our destiny. The various animation styles make the journey entertaining - not overtly preachy, and really makes you think about the choices each of us make in deciding who we are.

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  • awsome

    a really good movie for people who like thoughtful, and philosophical topics. its more about bunch of interesting monologues than about the plot or the characters. Overall a great movie that can stir a good debate.

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  • Better than the alarm clock

    Waking life...a smattering of philosophies and the people that embody them...for thinkers and doers...Not for all ages, obviously, as little children are much better at being themselves and doing the in the moment stuff than adults are. You can usually get this dvd pretty cheap so what is there to lose?

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