• RoberciMaroto

    ★★★½ Watched by RoberciMaroto 24 Jul, 2014

    Bem loco.

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  • Josh Karr

    ★★½ Watched by Josh Karr 22 Jul, 2014

    While representative of Linklater's talent for real people and real dialog Waking Life lacked the cohesion it needed to be wholly enjoyable.

    Our main character jumps from conversation to conversation while dreaming. Each person and topic are different. These discussions are philosophical in nature. While the subject matter in these conversation is interesting, the fragmented narrative is turbulent for the viewer. Waking Life was missing a meaningful theme to latch on to during each jump. As time goes on, you…

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  • Phoebe Worley

    ★★★★ Watched by Phoebe Worley 22 Jul, 2014

    I wish I was Richard Linklater...

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  • James Callahan

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by James Callahan 20 Jul, 2014

    Time is always an essential component in Richard Linklater’s films, and Waking Life is no exception; except here, the narrative isn’t ruled by it. Wristwatches and alarm clocks are obscured to the film's protagonist, who is caught in an endless state of dreaming and waking within dreams. Jesse and Celine, of the Before series, return to engage in their endless discourse, theorizing that a second of waking life is likely an eternity in a dream. Removed from the shackles of time, the film’s large ensemble explores the big questions of the universe through stream-of-consciousness, and the result is pure bliss.

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  • SilentDawn

    ★★★★½ Watched by SilentDawn 21 Jul, 2014 2

    If I watch anymore Linkater films today, I think my head will explode.

    And, I'm perfectly okay with that.

    Waking Life is a beautiful, quiet, and (at times) transcendent experience.

    Nothing more can be said. As mentioned above, you need to experience it. So? Go ahead, check it out!

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  • carlofbaltimore

    ★★★★½ Watched by carlofbaltimore 19 Jul, 2014

    I can't recall if I had previously rented this one time and most likely fell asleep during it. That said, I'm glad to have watched it again.

    The film depicts a circular dream journey where the hero, played by Wiley Wiggins, the same actor who played the hero in Linklater's earlier film, Dazed and Confused, wanders through various conversations and self-consciously dramatic scenes until he has a sort of unbearable lightness of being moment near the end.

    What I Liked…

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  • Dylan Tyner

    ★★★★ Watched by Dylan Tyner 18 Jul, 2014

    Gets the award for its main character, going on the most prolific and life altering drug induced trip of all time!

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  • manaboutown

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by manaboutown 16 Jul, 2014

    This film gets better every time I see it. A one of a kind masterpiece about life love and just being here. Gotta see it. And it's on Netflix

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  • Alex Austein

    ★★★½ Watched by Alex Austein 15 Jul, 2014

    Everyone's a philosopher. Everyone thinks about the big questions from time to time, occasionally feeling depressed or hopeless about how unanswerable all of them are. And everyone dreams. WAKING LIFE is all about impermanence, existence, and abstraction; it takes place almost entirely in a young man's constantly warping, didactic lucid dream. It's composed of philosophical conversations, some long, some one-sided, all of which function as essentially distinct vignettes. And it's also rotoscope animated: filmed with a standard camera, and then…

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  • Zachary Zahos

    ★★★★ Watched by Zachary Zahos 13 Jul, 2014

    I've had dreams like this before, with not only similar deep-sounding conversation but with the jittery movement and milky textures of Rotoscope animation, so it's safe to say I was mesmerized. What I liked about how Linklater limned and rendered this intimate experience is how diaphanous, unfinished, open he managed to keep it. No consistency with colors, shapes, forms between shots and often within shots: eyes rise out of their sockets, changing color and seeking a plane of vision ruled…

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  • Wilco

    ★★★ Rewatched by Wilco 12 Jul, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Jake Cole

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jake Cole 10 Jul, 2014

    Socrates said "The unexamined life is not worth living," but WAKING LIFE suggests that it is impossible to live without self-examination, that dreams are a way to take a break from consciousness to ruminate on it. I saw WAKING LIFE when I was 18 or 19, freshly into film and suffering from an acute case of being a college freshman. I called it pretentious, pointless, self-absorbed, and all the other adjectives young people use without a hint of self-awareness when…

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