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Dream Sequences - Good Fun or bad storytelling ??

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Post by TRUSSMAN66 Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:15 pm

Some of the best scenes in movies have been dream sequences..........However they really are a cheat either to get ummph into a movie or to relate something to the audience a good director should be able to convey without resorting to......

Not a fan myself...........

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Post by Adam D Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:21 pm

I think that a Nightmare on Elm Street would have suffered without them 8)

Dreamscape was a good film

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Post by TRUSSMAN66 Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:30 pm

You're taking me out of context............But It's fairplay!!

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Post by Skydriver Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:03 pm

In similar vein, Inception would have been a pretty short and boring film otherwise...

Seriously though, this device has its place - but has to be used sparingly and for a good reason (and in a sufficiently believable manner).

Perhaps the best example I can think of though comes from TV rather than film - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (involving Spike having a very surprising dream about his mortal enemy; and the false daydreams which Buffy was experiencing when her mother died - in which Buffy managed to save her).

I suppose going the other way is its use in comedy which can also be effective - e.g. Wayne's World.

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Post by ChequeredJersey Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:35 pm

Depends how they are used, like almost any storytelling technique!
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Post by TRUSSMAN66 Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:42 pm

Tend to be a staple of lazy directors or inadequate ones...

But you're right they do have their place..sometimes.

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Post by SecretFly Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:55 pm

The problem with dreams is that they can solve a lot of iffy storyline issues.

Inception was all a dream... and wasn't I grateful it was as I didn't have to go back over the movie with a fine tooth comb to expose the undoubted flaws in the storyline.

I think in such a movie that tries to amaze you with complexity it's a cheat to have it all turn out to be a dream in the end.


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Post by kingjohn7 Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:09 am

I think the dream sequences in Shutter Island were very good and played an integral part of the film

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Post by TRUSSMAN66 Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:26 am

Bobby Ewing in Dallas!!

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Post by SecretFly Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:49 am

To hell with Bobby and his soap... JR is the only reason Bobby's shower scene is a cult memory in the first place. Here's to the memories (real ones) of JR. Bubbly

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Post by Guest Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:53 am

kingjohn7 wrote:I think the dream sequences in Shutter Island were very good and played an integral part of the film
Indeed, I really enjoyed that film. Keeps you guessing right to the end.

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