April 24, 1999 [The Matrix, Open Your Eyes, eXistenZ]
When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I'm still yawning
When I'm in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream, float up stream
Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
Leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping
Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
I don't mind, I think they're crazy
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find there's no need, there's no need.
But in Open Your Eyes the cute Spanish guy lives without hope, strangely mangled and murdering, his mask straight out of the past: Les yeux sans visage forty years ago, the French girl in the mad scientist's castle waiting, her own face also mangled, her mask also turning her into eyes without a face. In the end, the Spaniard decides it's a game, one he did not make up but must play, and he takes the plunge right off the roof to see how it's going to end.
I used to wonder how someone could go to the movies, a really good one--or a really loud one--and fall asleep. Jean did it during the big standoff at the end of Tim Burton's Batman, and one of our little girls slumbered through Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I'm going to have to try it myself some day. Maybe I'll dream about falling asleep in the movies.