Nov 01 2010
Have you ever had one of those insanely detailed dreams where you’re 100% sure it’s real? I mean you can remember this thing like it was yesterday. It feels like you were there for hours, maybe even days and you wake up not realizing how it’s even possible that this stuff entered your head.
I tell you man. The world of dreams is a weird one. Now whether they unlock the keys to the universe and all that is something I’ll let the scientists discuss. What I will talk about however, is how movies have depicted dreams.
There are 10 in particular that I think did it quite well…..
Alice in Wonderland
Like ‘The Wizard of Oz’, this is one of the movies about dreams that mostly takes place during a dream, as Alice is transported to her own colorful dream world inhabited by worried white rabbits. Oh and let’s not forgot about the magic mushrooms and amounts of acid the creators must have been on while directing this movie.
Of all the movies on this list Flatliners is one where it’s more about death than dreams but I’ll argue that dreams are huge part of this film. Granted the people are supposed to be dead but they’re still having dreams are they not? Eh, they are.
It’s incredibly complicated to even discuss but those of you that have seen it can appreciate this film. But essentially we’re talking about is entering someone’s dream state and subconscious in order to manipulate their future thoughts. It was a great movie but anyone who thinks they really understand it is wrong.
Requiem for a Dream
The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike.
What Dreams May Come
I love this movie more for the cinematography than anything
Wizard of Oz
This is one of the best classic movies about dreams, as Dorothy leaves her dull, black-and-white farmhouse behind for a magical world full of witches, wizards, munchkins, and, of course, lions and tigers and bears. It’s also one of the first movies where you realize the entire movie was a dream. TONS of movies used this style after this film.
Nightmare on Elm Street
And here’s one of the movies that explores the dark side of dreams: nightmares. And not just nightmares. About the scariest possible character who shows up in a Nightmare. Definitely a cool concept and pretty “groundbreaking” in terms of horror.
It’s one of the best movies about lucid dreaming (having dreams and being able to manipulate them), as well as a much-overlooked psychological sci-fi masterpiece about the future of dreams: if given the chance, would you choose to live a dream world, or would you prefer reality? The only thing I didn’t like in this film was Kurt Russell. He kind of pissed me off.
Like ‘Inception’, it also stars Leonard DiCaprio experiencing the power of dreams. There are definitely some very powerful and disturbing sequences when Leo’s cop character is lucid dreaming, like when he encounters his burning lover under ashes falling like snow, but you’ll enjoy discovering just how powerful the human mind can be. Plus we can’t ruin the end for you guys can we?
Set in an incredibly bureaucratic world where one little typo can spell doom for an unsuspecting citizen. Sam Lowry is a citizen in this society, dealing with his dull job by becoming a winged hero in his dreams. But when he sees the girl of his dreams in real-life, will he become a real-life hero. Plus it was done by Terry Gilliam so you really can’t go wrong.
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