TTSS

 

when i first read tomas alfredson was set to direct TTSP, i was already conjuring up images of a moody quiet thriller punctuated with bursts of controlled violence.  if you haven't seen let the right one in then do so immediately. in my mind it is possibly the most perfect on screen realization of the modern vampire.  in TTSP he employs the same sort of tight dark control over his subject matter. alfredson's monochromatic london has a similar feel to his suburban sweden, but it really works. there is a gritty dirty quality.  an inner world created in a public space between those that share a secret and those who do not.   the use of color really struck me as well.  despite such an earthy somber palette, his characters both embody their surroundings and stand apart from them.  encased within an overarching sense of moral ambiguity, you get the sense that as long as they exist in an office, these bureaucratic spies would be at home anywhere in the world.  and of course- gary oldman is a total bad ass in glasses.

inception.lucid dreaming

when idries shah, the preeminant sufi teacher was asked to name "a fundamental mistake of man's," he replied, "to think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life's waiting room."

- from exploring the world of lucid dreaming

"dreams, they feel real while we're in them right?. it's only when we wake up do we realize something was actually strange." -dom cobb, inception

when i first saw inception a few years ago, like many people, i was quite taken in by it. i recall thinking at the time that the film felt like a bit of a visual effects game changer in the way the matrix was ten years prior. i still feel that way. both films presented visual effects that were unusual and innovative and wove these effects into a story line in such a way that the results were completely psychologically immersive. the so-called "wizardry" of both bullet time and bending cities have now become iconic. but their emotional resonance within the films endure. i felt this was more than computer graphics posturing. they were and and remain examples of what can be achieved when vfx are allowed to move beyond the literal and into the abstract dream state.

i started thinking about inception again because, like the matrix it draws on some well known philosophical concepts towards constructing a pop oriented interpretation. to this end, the film's use of lucid dreaming theory and research is pretty well known.  having recently begun reading stephen laBerge's book on lucid dreaming however, i find the film's premise even more intriguing.  certainly the film posits some far out concepts. but in principle, the idea that we can achieve greater self awareness and reprogram ourselves in a waking state through lucid dreaming [in other words, inception] is entirely plausible as it turns out. at the moment i am only in the first phase  of the book which focuses on accurate dream recall. but stay tuned for future lucid dreaming updates...