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THE JACKET (2004) FOUR TOP HATS

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The first time I saw THE JACKET i was in a really dark place – I was travelling for work, all alone, away from my wife and family, stuck in some hotel in Atlanta (Georgia), sleep deprived and it really freaked me the fuck out. I’m SUPER claustrophobic so those scenes in the morgue drawer really did a number on me and weren’t conducive to high productivity at the company’s HQ the next day. Watching it again, the other day, it didn’t give me same type of willies it did eight years ago, but I thought it was a VERY WELL made movie with some excellent acting, good looking cinematography and an excellent concept that I think can drive Good and Proper Discussion, especially if you watch the alternate endings.

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I didn’t know much about ole Adrien Brody – aside from the fact that he won an Academy Award for being a penis pianist – but I liked him almost immediately when I saw him in THE VILLAGE. Then out came this and I can say that I like the guy but I really haven’t watched much of his work – if you felt like it, you could see my thoughts on PREDATORS HERE. Or the disappointing SPLICE HERE. Anyway, in here he plays an injured Gulf War (the first one) vet who got shot in the head, has amnesia, has an unfortunate run in with a drifter and is sent to THE INSANE ASYLUM. Inside, Kris Kristofferson (the head doctor) gives him an experimental treatment where they forcibly bundle him up in this miserable straight jacket thing, shove him into a morgue drawer and leave him in there for hours. Talk about bullshit!!

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And that’s when things start to take a turn – SPOILERS. In “the box” he develops the ability to time travel fifteen (I think) years into the future, where he runs into the adult form of a little girl he helped on the side of the road before he found himself in his current sitch. She is played by Keira Knightley, sporting an American accent and baring her flesh occasionally.  The first couple of times I saw this I believed in the whole time travel thing, but when I watched it again just the other day, I started thinking, is he really time travelling or is he just hanging on to the one thing he can remember and lucid dreaming while he’s trapped in the fucking drawer??

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What do you think?? I do plenty of lucid dreaming all of the time where I am alive and awake and in situations that are incredibly real. Like, just the other day I got up to go get some water and the living room was all different and so were the windows and I thought, “Nope, this isn’t the right one.” so I woke myself up and went to get get some water and there were different dogs in the room and my old cat was there and the back door was open and I thought, “Nope, not this one either.” Then the alarm went off and the wife and I got out of bed and went to do our morning things and  she said, “you’re not supposed to be here,” and I was confused and wearing my old robe and thought. “this isn’t the right one either.” (This actually happens to me quite a bit). So – what do you think?? Time travelling or displaced dreaming??

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Also – do you remember when Danial Craig WASN’T James Bond and did fun roles like this one and in ROAD TO PERDITION and LAYER CAKE?? I don’t have anything against the Bond movies, I just haven’t seen one since Roger Moore was doing it – do I suck?? Probably. Either way, I really liked him in this. In fact, the whole cast did a pretty good job in this, don’t you think? Either way, I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this movie – any takers?

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  1. I don’t think I saw this one but it sounds pretty good. However THIS – “What do you think?? I do plenty of lucid dreaming all of the time where I am alive and awake and in situations that are incredibly real. Like, just the other day I got up to go get some water and the living room was all different and so were the windows and I thought, “Nope, this isn’t the right one.” so I woke myself up and went to get get some water and there were different dogs in the room and my old cat was there and the back door was open and I thought, “Nope, not this one either.” Then the alarm went off and the wife and I got out of bed and went to do our morning things and she said, “you’re not supposed to be here,” and I was confused and wearing my old robe and thought. “this isn’t the right one either.” (This actually happens to me quite a bit). So – what do you think?? Time travelling or displaced dreaming??” – FASCINATES me. I have huge Technicolor ongoing dreams (like I have dreams that continue from night to night much like watching a movie) but have never experienced this (probably for the best considering all the other sleep related stuff I HAVE experienced).

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    • theipc

      (like I have dreams that continue from night to night much like watching a movie) – I do too – ALL THE TIME – but it’s usually not night to night – it will be like a month from now and I’ll be back in a situation that I left a while back. Things have changed a little – just little nuances and the people I interact with are like “where have you been?” and such.

      But the normal thing is when I get up out of bed and go out of the room and things are different. When this first started happening to me about seven years ago it terrified me but after a while I got used to it. Just this morning I went through three cycles of it. One – woke up and there were windows ABOVE the bed and not beside it ” this isn’t it.” Woke up and there was all sorts of different furniture in the room (and not in proper OCD alignment: “not this one.” Woke up and went out to the living room and the back door was open and it was snowing inside and I looked out and there was a giant water tower in our backyard: “this isn’t it either”.

      Then I woke up. Crazy shit…

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      • That is entirely crazy. Seriously. I don’t think I could handle that, lol. I am also prone to sleep paralysis and THAT shit is crazy enough for me – because while it’s going on you have hallucinations and you hear voices or see things or feel things and it’s utterly terrifying. I’ve experienced it so often that I can tell when it’s coming on – it’s preceded by a buzzing noise that sounds like a whole bunch of bees in my head – and I can mostly ward it off.

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      • theipc

        It was fucking terrifying at first, to be sure and I learned that it’s never a good idea for me to go outside the house, things outside are all out of whack. I float and can’t stay grounded and people are all looking at me and everything – it’s best to STAY INSIDE…

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      • theipc

        I was thinking that right after I replied to your comment that if anyone comes by and reads these comments they’ll think we’re couple of psychos!!!

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  2. Great write-up bro. I liked this one as well. I didn’t know anything about it at first but I found out more when George Clooney (who produced it) appeared in Scotland (where some of this was shot). Clooney hit the papers being he was captured hungover after drinking copious amounts of scotch whisky. Anyway, it was this hangover that lead to investigate the film he was involved in and it turned out to be this. Very dark movie. At times it became a little too clever for it’s own good but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

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      • Seen it now – just finished watching it… Decent film. Nothing like Jacob’s Ladder really, same kinda jungle but that’s all. Probably too soon for me to brainstorm the story; I think he’s time travelling, not dreaming – just through the reactions of other characters. Can’t be sure without another viewing. Unfortunately, the disc started skipping when he talks to Kristofferson in the future – no idea what that conversation was.

        Too much lucid dreaming messes with yer head. Try more ‘free’ dreaming.

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      • Well, sounds to me like you’ve got yerself ‘conditioned’ to lucid dream. And the thing is, you’ve got to give your brain down-time to dream whatever the hell it wants to dream – free dreaming – as opposed to you pushing the lucidty too much.

        If lucidity is a natural dream state for you (which would be quite odd) then you’ve got to find a way to condition yerself not to for a couple of nights. See, I used to program myself to lucid dream each day for a few days – and then simply didn’t program myself for the next couple. But if you’re just dreaming like that anyway maybe that’s the way your brain dreams free.

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