If you could live in a film’s universe, which one would you choose?
Defending Your Life
I’m guessing you like the part about eating all you want and never get fat. (Hey, that part appeals to me, so I’m not knocking you.)
M. Hulot’s Holiday. That would be so great.
Big Lebowski and shout MARK IT ZERO DUDE!
Anything by Miyazaki.
Parallel Magic Realm stories are very comforting because the protagonist is rarely in any real danger and typically is granted special considerations due to their own processes of logic from the nonmagical realm. I.e., any Alice in Wonderland, Labyrinth, Spirited Away, Neverending Story, or Ink like place where a normal human being (typically a shy bookish young man or precocious precious girl) ‘slips through the cracks’ or ‘crosses the threshold’ into some alternate world that lives right beside our own. The reason these are great and fun literal ‘escapist fantasies’ is simply because the conflict is more aligned with figuring out the logic of the new world and using it against the antagonizing forces than it is with any real sense of fatal danger or character decision-making (that just comes as a natural side effect of the logician game these narratives create). Hence, what could be more awesome world to live in? The mere awareness of narrative tropes gives you the power to defeat all evils (which is why Pan’s Labyrinth is actually somewhat obnoxious, as the little girl obviously knows the tropes (beginning of the movie: she fucking reads them) but ignores them anyway because fuck making conscientious decisions, that doesn’t allow us to see what the eyeless man does when you eat the food you’re obviously NOT GODDAMNED SUPPOSED TO EAT IDIOT).
Hence I would love to live in a universe with parallel magic realms, as I’d rock that shit. Besides, the common resolution to these narratives is that the hero likes it so much better than the banal and uncompromising ‘reality’, that he or she returns in the end anyway because fuck real life with its jobs and being a bookish young man, apparently I’m a done-right king in Lala-Land as prophecized by the sceptor of the thunder gods of Ashtor after the awakening of the Dark Force newly vanquished by moi, me, yours truly.
I’m saying those stories are comforting, is what I’m saying.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Not always fun, but what a trip it would be.
I don’t think it’s possible to change human nature the way Gene Roddenberry did, but I do think the principles of the Star Trek universe are good ones to strive toward. (Only without abolishing the economy)
Blade Runner, even though to actually live in that setting is stupidly dangerous and you can’t be a king or anything like that, I would just be in awe every second and fly a car until I’m either broke or shot, whichever one comes first. I guess the real reward would be to just be there to see it all first hand.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Science of Sleep. I would love to live in all those weird and surreal dreams.
Meet Me in St. Louis—wouldn’t it be nice if America were really like this?
the ending of Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life
Anything by Miyazaki.
Sounds about right.
yes yes, anything by Miyazaki.
but especially Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Mononoke Hime.
any of fred & ginger’s glamorous worlds would suit me but if i have to choose one i’ll take swing time
I know it’s not the best movie, but Robin Williams’ “heaven” in What Dreams May Come sure is pretty, and the ideas behind it are wonderful.
I’d gladly retire to the town of Furness in Bill Forsyth’s LOCAL HERO. I’ll start packing now…
The world of KRULL.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Hollow Man (2000)
(Of course only if I am the Hollow Man)
Amelie….Love and France. Enough said.
I’ve never been outside of this universe, so I don’t know what the films are like there.
I’d like to swirl around in Baisers Volés and also in 27 Missing Kisses.
Wings of Desire. Because there’s an incredible amount of love and mystery between the angel and the woman.