Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: Dream Sequences


For the 45th week of 2021 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of dream sequences as they are moments in film that either played for laughs or to bring misery for someone. Here are my three picks:

1. Dumb and Dumber
Remember when the Farrelly Brothers used to be funny and made watchable films? Yeah, that was a long time ago and they hadn’t done anything noteworthy in 20 years as this is a reminder of what they were then in a film that is about two stupid guys going on a road trip to return a briefcase. There, one of them imagines about fulfilling his duty in a dream sequence where he gets the girl, become part of her social circle, and getting to have sex with her. That is the dream. Plus, what straight man back in the 1990s wouldn’t want to see if Lauren Holly was wearing underwear or not?

2. Happy Gilmore
The golfer comedy about a wannabe hockey player who becomes a golfer so he can save his grandmother’s house is one of the finest comedies of the 1990s. Yet, the titular character played by Adam Sandler is an emotional mess as he turns to his mentor Chubbs to help with his short game. What Happy needed was to go to his happy place to defeat the evil veteran Shooter McGavin for the gold jacket but following an incident from a crazy man. Happy struggles as he tries to go to his happy place in a dream sequence only for it to become a nightmare because of Shooter. It is a hilarious moment where Christopher McDonald really gets to own the moment making Shooter one of cinema’s greatest villains.

3. The Big Lebowski
The Coen Brothers’ 1998 low-brow masterpiece is really about two things. A dude and his rug. Two assholes who mistake him for another asshole by pissing on his rug that really tied the room together and then the rug gets stolen. All the Dude ever wanted was his rug back and thus leads to one of the greatest dream sequences in film all to the tune of the First Edition’s Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) where the Dude is getting new bowling shoes and teaching the woman of his dreams how to bowl. It all then becomes a nightmare involving a bunch of nihilists and all sorts of crazy shit. What a film and what a hell of a dream sequence. Man, fuck Orange County and fuck the Eagles. Not the Philadephia Eagles. The Eagles, fuck ‘em.

© thevoid99 2021


Brittani Burnham said...

I like the comedy theme you went with! The first two were staples for me when I was a kid, the last I didn't see until I was older, but it's my favorite of the three.

Birgit said...

Yeah, I tried watching Dumb and Dumber and just can’ of the few movies I can’t stomach to sit through. I have seen parts of Happy Gilmore and certain scenes are quite funny but I have not seen the whole thing yet. I finally watched The Big Lebowski but..sad of me to say, I fell asleep because I was so tired. The movie is hilarious but I missed this scene inspired a bit by Busby Berkeley.

ThePunkTheory said...

The Big Lebowski is a brilliant pick. I could kick myself for not thinking of it 😅

Ruth said...

Wow, I didn't even remember there is a dream sequence in Dumb and Dumber but that movie was funny! I love Jeff Daniels there who's such a versatile actor.

The dream sequence I remember right away is the one in Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND, designed by Salvador Dalí.

keith71_98 said...

Bravo for the Dumb & Dumber mention. That movie gets on my wife's nerves but I laugh my head off whenever it pops on.