Thursday Movie Picks: Dream Sequences

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we’re talking about dream sequences in movies!

#1 Trainspotting

Maybe not just specifically a dream sequence but definitely a drug-induced nightmare, Trainspotting has some really memorable scenes.

#2 Shutter Island

This movie will be really popular, I suspect. When I read the topic, Shutter Island was the very first thing that popped into my head.

#3 Mulholland Drive

Man, I can’t say anything about this movie without spoilers, but I’m not sure even Lynch himself knew what the dream sequence was supposed to be about. 😅

What’s your favorite film that features a dream sequence? Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Dream Sequences

  1. Interesting choices and my feelings for the trio run the gamut.

    Shutter Island is one of my favorite Scorsese films (The Aviator is my favorite) full of quirks and striking images. Great performances from the whole cast as well.

    I’m indifferent to Mullholland Drive. It has some cool bits but overall left me cold.

    I detested Trainspotting more than I can say! Everything about it grossed me out. I usually love Ewan McGregor but even he didn’t work for me in the film.

    Shutter Island was one of the first that came to my mind too but I had used it before along with the others that first occurred to me so I did a bit of a deep dive through my Letterboxd account and came up with these three.

    The Dark Past (1948)-On the lam after busting out of prison murderer Al Walker (William Holden) along with moll Betty (Nina Foch) and the rest of his gang take psychologist Andrew Collins (Lee J. Cobb), his family and friends hostage in their remote cabin. As a storm rages outside impeding their escape the shrink attempts to probe Walker’s psychosis focusing on analysis of a disturbing dream (which we see in an extended sequence) that has plagued the maniac for decades resulting in a psychological breakthrough that may help save them all. Aside from the quick fix cognitive hooey the film posits this is a well-acted noir, particularly by Nina Foch.

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)-Mild-mannered pushover Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye) fills his days with flights of fancy to break free of his overbearing mother (Fay Bainter) and mercurial fiancée (Ann Rutherford). Indulging in elaborate daydreams he finds himself involved in a real-life escapade when the enigmatic Rosalind van Hoorn (Virginia Mayo) ropes him into an intrigue. Suddenly involved with valuable jewels, a little black book, and sinister criminal Dr. Hugo Hollingshead (Boris Karloff) Walter’s staid world is soon full of all the adventure he can handle and some he can’t!

    The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)-Arriving in Shanghai to marry her missionary fiancé Dr. Robert Strike (Gavin Gordon) Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck) finds herself swept up in China’s civil war and taken captive by warlord General Yen (Nils Asther). Held in luxury as Yen persistently tries to woo her Megan is at first repelled by his barbaric tactics but after an unsettling dream (which with this being a pre-code film is replete with very erotic imagery) finds herself becoming attracted to the general developing sympathy for his embattled position.

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  2. I almost went with Trainspotting but that image of the toilet still makes me want to vomit as I always dream of filthy toilets. It is a really wacky but good movie. Shutter Island, I think, will be popular today and for good reason. I have yet to see Mulholland Drive and will…one day. I have to ass it to my list.

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