Rian Johnson's The Psychology of Dream Analysis
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Watch Rian Johnson's The Psychology of Dream Analysis

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Think Pieces | September 17, 2012 | Comments ()


Rian Johnson seems to be fairly well regarded in these parts, with two damned good films to his name and gearing up on a time travel thriller involving Bruce Willis but no monkeys. Which two films? If you don't know, then that means you have homework to do. The nuns are waiting if you don't, steel-edged rulers quivering.

In any case, an old short film of Johnson's has been put up online, a ten minute affair that he says all copies of had been lost except for a DVD-R that he ripped in order to salvage it. It's there in its completeness below.

The Psychology of Dream Analysis from rcjohnso on Vimeo.

Now that's a fantastic little story, the sort that wouldn't seem out of place in a Neil Gaiman anthology, with maybe a little glimpse of Morpheus in passing just to add a signature.

It's funny, because it took me two times to watch it, because for whatever reason, the previews and trailers and such for Looper have embedded Rian Johnson's name in my head as a science fiction director. So the first time I watched this, my brain felt like it was trying to find the angle that wasn't there.

"Spaced" was like that for me, by all accounts an excellent show. That is, unless you become convinced before watching that it's supposed to be science fiction and by the third episode you're getting really irritated at just when they're going to find the aliens in the attic.

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