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Dream sequences

Feb 27,2013
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I hate ‘em, as a general rule. I don’t think I’ve ever used one. (I hope not). I can’t remember. Someone will let me know. Dreams in real life are great. They can tell us things about ourselves – specifically what is bugging us, and what anxieties we need to address. In fiction though, I roll my eyes, because it’s lazy.

I can think of a few instances where dream sequences worked well on screen. “Memento”, for example is …and then I woke up, and then I woke up, and then I woke up. Which is fascinating. “Inception” did this too, but I had a big problem with “Inception”, which is, why would someone go to all that bother? It seems like an incredible (incredible as in unbelievable) investment to get what you want. I had a trouble suspending my belief because it seemed the whole concept was flawed in the first place.

“The Big Bang Theory” often has a little dream sequence as an epilogue to the story that they have just told, and I do enjoy these, because they are strictly tongue in cheek, and the premise of the plot doesn’t rely on information revealed in a dream sequence. It's just for fun.

I can’t think of a dream sequence that has worked particularly well in fiction.

Can you think of one?

What was it about the use of the dream sequence that made it acceptable to you?

Nov 20,2013
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what is dream sequences by johnny lo

Feb 28,2013


I loved all of those things about it too. It was visually stunning, and the narrative was very complicated, like a puzzle, which is usually a great thing. My problem is with the initial concept. You really only get one leap with these kinds of stories and then everything else has to be in keeping with that one idea, like for example, in Minority Report, the leap was "let's say guilt can be predetermined', or in Gattaca, the leap was, 'let's say your potential can be predicted', in Inception the leap is 'let's say we can plant ideas in people's minds by entering their subconscious'. Normally what would happen after that, the severity of the character's actions would escalate as they are forced from one corner to the next. The plot pushes the main character from one logical action to the next.

Isn't there a much, much less complicated way of planting ideas? Couldn't the Leonardo di Caprio character just whisper the idea for consecutive days while the guy was sleeping? If you have all those sedatives and mind altering drugs already, isn't that worth a shot in first instance before engaging in the whole thing? In this case, they seem to just jump straight in to the deep end. There isn't really escalation, because they are already employing the biggest gun they have. 

Maybe there was a reason and I missed it. It could just be that I didn't get it.


Feb 28,2013

I love how it's so mind bending and that by the end you don't know what's real and what isn't. I mean, I know people find that frustrating, and usually I do too, but I donno, for Inception, I felt like it worked. Like an ending with closure is too simple for the idea. The characters were awesome too, and... the graphics? Special effects? ... whatever they're called, they were epic :)

Feb 27,2013

What did you love about Inception?

Feb 27,2013

'Then I woke up' is definitely overused, and I think it's universally accepted to be not...awesome... (for some reason, I can't come up with the word o.o ) But I loved Inception, I can't see that in the same category as a 'then I woke up' type... *shrug*

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