• Alberto Monroy

    ★★★ Watched by Alberto Monroy 22 Sep, 2014

    "Waking life" (Linklater, 2001) es un curioso ensayo semi monologal y trascendentalista, con una pizca de road movie onírico.

    Lo más interesante es el formato visual, pues Linklater filma a los actores en video digital y usa ese metraje como base para agregar una capa de animación creada por decenas de artistas.

    La capa animada a veces subsume por completo a la filmada, cuando el discurso vuela por la espesura filosófica; en otros momentos es a la inversa, cuando se…


  • Chris Ortman

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Chris Ortman 20 Sep, 2014

    Filmed on digital video but animated over top by 32 different artists, "Waking Life" pulsates and shimmers with an urgent vibrancy. It’s a sight to behold. If you engage with the film, the conversations can spark ideas of your own. It’s art and can be enjoyed on multiple levels; simply as entertainment with great humor and a vibrant visual aesthetic, or you can dive right into the heady philosophical musings discussed by the people in the film or both at…


  • Robert Armitage

    ★★ Watched by Robert Armitage 18 Sep, 2014

    This film is at sea. The background is on a different plane than the fore. Each plane is riding it's own swell and I am a bit sea sick.
    Why cartoon? There is a device that captures images of normal life- waking life. It's called a camera. In this case, the answer might be to trick us, to give us eye interest while we are subjected to these character based essays and ad-hoc philosophies.
    Some of these chunks of wisdom,…


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  • Satvrnino

    ★★★★½ Added by Satvrnino

    Algún día Richard Linklater hará una película que conmueva al mundo entero y les obligará revisar sus anteriores trabajos, hasta entonces la humanidad identificará a este pequeño filme otorgándole tardíamente su correcto lugar dentro de las obras maestras del cine.


  • Derek Kaellner

    ★★★★ Watched by Derek Kaellner 13 Jun, 2014

    The infinite possibilities of lucid dreaming drive this exploration of existence, evolution, tyranny, and freedom. A wide range of highly-eloquent characters discuss their philosophies while Linklater's protagonist travels through dreamland. Exceptionally unique, ethereally animated, and unlike any film I've seen. Like a cinematic Radiolab, you'll think differently after seeing this.


  • AMovieGuy.com's Leo Brady

    ★★★★½ Watched by AMovieGuy.com's Leo Brady 09 Sep, 2014

    Midway through Richard Linklater's animated conversation film, Waking Life, I thought to myself, I wish I knew people like this. I wish I was having this deep and this thought provoking of talks with people I know. Waking Life is what I like to call Linklater's animated version of Slacker, but set in a lucid dream-like sequence. The camera follows around Wiley Wiggins as he goes from conversation to conversation, talking to people on the streets, a professor in a…


  • Dylan Powell

    ★★★★★ Watched by Dylan Powell 09 Sep, 2014

    Simultaneously visceral and cerebral, this Linklater film is a masterpiece of intellect and existentialism. If the phrase "food for thought" bears any weight, Waking Life is an all-you-can-eat buffet.


  • Carl Sandell

    ★★ Watched by Carl Sandell 07 Sep, 2014

    A strong ending can't undo the mostly unbearable first hour. The wobbly uneven rotoscope animation is creative at times, but it doesn't serve the babbly contents. In retrospect it looks like a practice run for the far superior A Scanner Darkly, where the animation is integral to the storytelling.

    Most of the film is a stream of pretentious/nonsensical/boring monologues with philosophical/existential lectures. That kind of content can be interesting but here it's such an overload of name-dropping and stoner think-pieces…


  • stevenedwards

    ★★★½ Watched by stevenedwards 06 Sep, 2014

    Another film from Linklater that broaches big topics (existence, dreams, etc.) without much semblance of a plot. I don't usually think about these type of high minded subjects, but there is an appeal for someone to put out a film that is not afraid to just have his characters converse and wonder about their place in the universe. The rotoscoping of the visuals helps illuminate some of these thoughts. It was nice to see a quick scene of Celine and…


  • Jordan Benesh

    ★★★★ Watched by Jordan Benesh 01 Sep, 2014

    I liked Richard Linklater's Waking Life a lot, though it's difficult for me to explain exactly why. For the past week, I've been trying to discover just what it is about this film that I enjoyed so much, and I think it really comes down to the atmosphere of it and the way that it hits at so many of the things that I have thought about over and over again -- what exactly are dreams; what personal or social…


  • M Peth

    ★★★★½ Watched by M Peth 30 Aug, 2014

    Unbelievably eye opening and interesting film about what it means to be human and alive. This is a movie I'll need to watch multiple times before I can fully digest all of the philosophies and scientific theories discussed.