Talk about "Waking Life" at Argo Tea

  • September 18, 2013 · 7:30 PM

Hello Chicago Film Lovers,

We had a great meetup last night talking about "High Noon" and western cinema. At the end of our film discussion, I always take input from all of you about the next movie I choose to discuss. We talked about picking a documentary or an animated film. As always, I chose something not mentioned, but related :).

So next month we'll talk about Richard Linklater's animated film "Waking Life" (2001), starring Ethan Hawke. Linklater is also the director of "Before Sunrise", "Before Sunset", and "Before Midnight", which stars both Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. He did another animated film similar to "Waking Life" in 2006 called "A Scanner Darkly". I have not seen "Waking Life, but have always wanted to. Looking at reviews and seeing other Linklater films, I believe this a good choice. So join me Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30 PM to talk about the philosophical, dream like animated film "Waking Life".

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You can find this movie on Amazon Instant Video. Right now, it's not available on Netflix, but between video stores and alternate online streaming sites you should be able to watch it. If you know of an alternate online source or a video store to get this film, please share!

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  • Al

    Like "Waking Life", the final part of the punk-rock sci-fi classic "Repo Man" also finished with a young man grasping at a car door:

    But something *quite* different happens.....

    September 18, 2013

  • Al

    I think part of the reason coffee and tea-houses exist is so that when a movie like "Waking Life" comes along, there's a perfect location to Meetup and compare our experiences/impressions from seeing it!

    Our talk ranged from "American Beauty" to "Enter the Void" to "Masked and Anonymous" (starring Bob Dylan!). But I'd forgotten to mention a fascinating movie about film vs. reality featuring animation called "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty":

    It just came out this year, and is now available to watch via iTunes - check it out!

    September 18, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Great philosophical discussion taking a part "Waking Life" and reflecting on our dream world along with Linklater's. Very insightful :)

    September 18, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    S#!t Philosophers Say, prep for tonight:

    September 18, 2013

  • Collin

    Wish I could be there. Didn't get a chance to revisit the film and I haven't seen it since 2001. That and I have to go to a screening of "Battle of the Year." Make that "I GET to go to a screening of 'Battle of the Year'." (sorry, I have a weird thing for dance competition movies)

    1 · September 17, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      See you next time then :)

      September 17, 2013

  • Al

    Here's a great, great web page about the ideas, philosophies (and philosophERS), and plotline of "Waking Life":

    BTW, if you haven't had a chance to see the movie yet, it's sorta-available online:

    They stick in a ad every couple of minutes, but it's a good option if you don't have the chance to check out the movie otherwise.

    3 · September 16, 2013

  • Nancy B

    Would love to attend but I have house guests arriving late that afternoon. Have no idea what we'll be doing that night. They're new to Chicago so probably a dinner and explore the neighborhood.

    September 14, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      No worries Nancy. Hope to see you next time!

      September 14, 2013

  • Dan J.

    I've seen "Waking Life" several times. It's a highly creative and imaginatively made film, using a unique and then new, animation roto-scoping technique over live action. There's a fluidity to the animation that well suits the dream quality of the film. Though the story is a series of philosophical monologues about life and dreams, it's a thought provoking and fascinating film none the less.

    September 13, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    September 9, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    A list of Top 10 films about dreaming by the Sundance Channel, "Waking Life" included:

    September 9, 2013

  • Al

    Even though "Waking Life" has plenty of great imagery, *man* does Ethan Hawke look bad in this screenshot! Way too Al-Jolsony....

    Two other great films that use animation to enchance their stories are "Waltz with Bashir" and "Chicago 10" (both kinda-documentaries).

    1 · August 22, 2013

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