Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: Dream Sequences

Wandering Through the Shelves hosts Thursday Movie Picks. It's a weekly series where bloggers post and share various movie picks every Thursday. 

The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

This week's theme is Dream Sequences.

The Wizard of Oz

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

Not gonna lie -  the beginning and ending are bookended so perfectly, I completely forgot this whole movie is set in a dream.


Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. After his wife passes away and he's exiled overseas, Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone's mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb's every move.

This is probably going to be a hot commodity this week as far as picks goes - because there are a couple of dream sequences that are truly memorable. If the whole movie is a dream will be a debate for film fans forever.

A Christmas Story

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

All Ralphie wants is a damn Red Ryder BB Gun. His fantasies of being the hero and nightmares of failing to get what he wants are something every kid feels growing up around Christmas and making their wishlist. It's always satisfying when his dream finally comes true - even though he almost shot his eye out.

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