• Sam's Labyrinth

    ★★★½ Watched by Sam's Labyrinth 18 Nov, 2014

    Maybe not quite as good as "Slacker" overall, but it's just as absorbing and more interesting visually. Richard Linklater is a national treasure.

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  • Isa Sins

    ★★★★½ Watched by Isa Sins 02 Nov, 2014

    There is a subtle line between dreams and reality.

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  • RyanP

    Watched by RyanP 11 Nov, 2014

    "There's only one instant, and it's right now. And it's eternity."

    Dreams are boundless portals into worlds of imagination and wonder. Waking Life, Richard Linklater's ethereal cinematic odyssey, is like a journey into a vivid, beautiful dream. It's philosophical themes are engaging and intricate; including existentialism, posthumanity, consciousness, and the meaning of life. It's all intertwined with a mind-bending and bizzare visual style that is beautifully captivating in it's absorbing serenity.

    The film essentially has no plot beyond a young…

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  • Fitsh

    ★★★½ Watched by Fitsh 10 Nov, 2014

    Keep your dreams alive & live in them. A young man stucks in the middle of his dreams, when he realizes his worst nightmare becomes true: He cannot escape from them. Trying to understand how to live (in a dream) he meets people with different philosophies in episodic scenarios to question himself and the audience: Are life and dream a similar process of getting awake in the end?

    The animation is a welcoming innovation in times of PIXAR/Disney domination, full of…

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  • Éloïse Thompson

    ★★★½ Watched by Éloïse Thompson 06 Nov, 2014

    Is this the real life?
    Is it just fantasy?
    Caught in a landslide.
    But instead of "No escape from reality", could we say that there is no escape from the dream?

    Dream is destiny.

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  • alphonse

    ★★★★½ Watched by alphonse 05 Nov, 2014

    Sometimes all you need to create a masterpiece is to eliminate the images and symbols of the past, to revolutionize the foundations of cinema, and that's what director Richard Linklater does, he creates, he innovates and makes his film feel much of his own. Bathed in interesting cultural references, Waking Life is a real triumph of contemporary cinema.

    What if reality was just a dream dreamed by someone and we were only characters of that simple dream? The fact that…

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  • Aleksandar Naćić

    ★★★★ Watched by Aleksandar Naćić 05 Nov, 2014

    This is Slacker on acid. But better.

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  • Kafe

    ★★★★★ Added by Kafe

    An incredible piece of work. Relevant to the current times Waking Life has Linklaters trademark naturalised dialogues, rotoscope animation which gives it its dream like atmosphere and colorful intellectuals with interesting insights on life, reality, free-will, human connections..
    The rotoscope animation is key in this film, without it I doubt that it could have had as good a delivery as it did.

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  • skankbank

    ★★★ Watched by skankbank 02 Nov, 2014

    My existence hurts and I need a hug.

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  • hydra815

    ★★★★½ Added by hydra815

    After seeing this film, I am convinced that Richard Linklater is one of the most important and talented directors in America, often flying under the radar a little because of his need to experiment and push the boundaries of cinema whilst masquerading as a mainstream director. A lot of the criticisms of Waking Life accuse the film of people pretentious nonsense, hiding behind it's unique, startlingly effective use of animation whilst actually not containing any depth and although I am…

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  • JackieGigantic

    ★★★★★ Added by JackieGigantic 1

    I think referring to a work as being like an "acid trip" is a rather over-used hyperbole, by myself as much as anyone else. Perhaps this has muddied what the non-acid-dropping law-abiding public thinks of what acid happens to be like. If you've never taken acid before, (though it has nothing to do with acid) Waking Life is perhaps one of the closest approximations to the experience I've ever seen committed to film (while Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock provides the…

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  • Ryan Gilbert

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ryan Gilbert 25 Oct, 2014

    I can't believe this has been out for 13 years and I've only just watched it.

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