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Things I Think About: Movies whose happy endings are bogus

When I’m not working on my novels my brain tends to go in odd directions in an attempt to keep itself occupied so I figured I’d share these thoughts from time to time in a segment I call Things I Think About. Today, I post about how the happy endings of some movies just don’t sit right with me. Bear in mind these aren’t necessarily movies I hate, it’s just that sometimes even your favorite movies can have holes big enough to drive a truck through.

The Running Man

Loosely (as in copied the title of the book before tossing it into the shredder) based on the Stephen King novel, this movie covers the story of Ben Richards, a cop who goes against orders to fire on a crowd of hungry unarmed civilians and is sent to prison for insubordination. He manages to escape and comes across some old friends who are planning to overthrow the corrupt government but all he wants to do is spend the rest of his life basking on a beach in Hawaii. Because when you’re an escaped convict with the knowledge that the government gave you orders to kill thousands of innocent people, moving to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no where else to go is an excellent idea.

Anyway, he goes to his brother’s house (because again, the government would never think to find him there) where he finds the man has been taken away to be brainwashed/killed and a hot Latin chick who writes jingles for ICS is living there now. Knowing Amber believes what she sees on TV (like the rest of the country) and isn’t about to help him, he decides to kidnap her and drag her to the airport to board a plane to Hawaii with him. It’s at this point Ben Richards confirms he’s a moron.

She blows the whistle on him at the airport, he’s recaptured and the news broadcasts about how he went on a bloody rampage before getting caught which has Amber wondering if she made a mistake in not helping him since she realizes officials are lying about the incident. He ends up being a contestant on The Running Man where he meets up with two of his rebel friends who tells him they can get to the station’s satellite from the playing field and jam the signal to broadcast the truth to the public and STILL Ben wants nothing to do with it because not only is he a moron but possibly even a coward. Meanwhile Amber starts snooping in the company files where she finds the real video of the massacre Ben was blamed for, and subsequently shoves said videocassette up her snooch for future use, before getting busted and thrown into the game with Ben and his friends.

Long story short they manage to get to the satellite and the rebels take over the station with the help (FINALLY) of Ben Richards. The people are disillusioned, the game show host is killed and Ben and Amber walk off into the sunset and all is right with the world. Right?

Erm. No.

As we’ve witnessed throughout the movie, the government is seriously corrupt, crime and the economy are really bad and the people aren’t happy. Rather than actually trying to solve these issues the government decides to distract the public with a series of super violent and malicious tv shows on the ICS station which apparently the people lap up like mother’s milk because their mindset is in Jerry Spring on Steroids mode. Yes, there is every possibility that this little uprising set off many others as many people wake up from their fog and realize they’ve been deceived and over the coming years society rights itself again. However, there’s also the possibility that in the meantime while the group of teenagers and the old man who led them as well as Ben and Amber are mowed down the instant they leave the building by the leagues of Swat teams waiting for them outside and/or storm the building since it never occurred to anyone to put the damn building on lockdown!

Wall-E

Another futuristic movie this time brought to you by Disney and Pixar. A Walmart type company essentially destroys earth and ships the inhabitants into deep space for several hundred years while they attempt to fix the damage only to give up when it got too hard and leaves everyone out there for generations. The last working robot on the planet is apparently little Wall-E who happily works to clean up the planet while jamming to the movie Hello Dolly until he meets the sleek and sexy Eve who’s sent to Earth periodically to find any sign of biological life. She slowly warms up to Wall-E and they zip back to the ship when he shows her the plant he rescued from the broken refrigerator. On the ship we discover mankind has evolved into a bunch of puffy boneless couch potatoes who drink their meals while staring at TV screens all day. When the captain gets news of the plant he’s ecstatic to be going back home, especially when he realizes that the Earth needs some TLC to help it come back to life. Unfortunately the main computer has other orders and gets downright mean in its attempt to prevent the ship from returning to Earth. In the end though, they make it back, Wall-E gets the crap kicked out of him but survives and all is right with the world. Right?

Erm. No.

During the end credits we discover that the ship’s computer didn’t actually go into full-blown Hal mode and decide to murder everyone onboard because they wouldn’t follow its prime directive and the people manage to kick start the planet into a clean and livable place again. However, I doubt everyone was as excited to climb off their chairs for the first time in their lives in order to not just take care of themselves but to start the labor intensive farming and clearing activities necessary to get Earth back on track.

As we saw in the film, exposure to artificial gravity has caused everyone’s bones to shrink, which made them more reliable on the floaty chairs. This coupled with the fact that none of them have actually done anything physical in at least a century and it’s virtually impossible that these people would have been able to walk very far on the planet never mind doing anything else without a great deal of pain and bruising. Add this to the level of fear and uncertainty many of the passengers would have felt at this sudden change in lifestyle and mix with the very nature of some humans to just be outright lazy and we have a problem.

You can’t tell me there wasn’t a faction of people on that ship or any of the others floating around that said “To hell with this! Why should I bust my ass to save a planet I know nothing about? This life was good enough for my parents and their parents before them etc. and it’s good enough for me!” And assuming this faction didn’t just up and fly away with the ship while everyone else was toiling in the fields leaving them to fend for themselves and probably succumb to all kinds of injuries and illnesses as their bodies get used to life on Earth, how did they procreate? Did they keep using the lab or did John and Mary discover that inserting Slot A into Slot B = Baby and were put in charge of Sex Ed by their fellow Weebles?

Um well, that’s not exactly how it… oh hell knock yourself out!

Of course I never really expected the movie to cover this last bit since Disney’s idea of a sex talk is this:

This seems to be a common issue with futuristic movies involving the overthrow of a Dystopian society/lifestyle change and is the same beef I have with movies like Logan’s Run and V for Vendetta. They end with the celebration of freedom for the people but in reality the societies in these stories are in for years, perhaps decades of unrest and hard times as new ways are established and civilization is rebuilt. It’d be nice to see at least one Sci-fi story address this.

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Great Writing in Movies

Yesterday I had the privilege of venturing to the movies with my best hubby to watch Star Trek into Darkness which, being a fan of the original series, I adored. I especially loved Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance but that’s nothing new because I adore him too. His delicious performance actually made me smile and I thoroughly enjoyed hating the villain while cheering for the heroes. That got me thinking. It’s rare that we go to the movies because there never really seems to be anything out there that makes movies today very memorable. Terrific special effects and music score are wonderful things but they can only take a movie so far. Terrific acting skills are also beneficial to the story especially when coupled with good meaty writing that presents moviegoers with memorable lines, speeches and scenes.

Now I’m going to refrain from including great infamous lines like Chief Brody’s “We’re gonna need a bigger boat” and “Come down here and chum some of this shit” from Jaws, “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a damn” from Gone with the Wind or memorable speeches and moments like Network’s “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” Today I’ll be covering lesser thought of, but still great lines and scenes from movies throughout the years in the hopes that it’ll bring you memories of those great films and the people who wrote them as well as introduce you to movies you haven’t seen or haven’t considered seeing:)

Moonstruck

If you’ve taken a stroll around my blog, you already know that Moonstruck is one of my favorite movies of all time so of course one of my favorite lines and movies come from this movie and no, I will not be covering the slapping scene, sorry. In this scene, the family has sat down to dinner and is trying to talk about Loretta’s upcoming wedding except Cosmo doesn’t want to do anything but eat and guzzle wine. Rose is already dealing with the fact she think’s her husband is screwing around on her and his behavior at the table is stressing her out. Throughout the scene, Cosmo’s father keeps leaving the table to feed his spaghetti and meatballs (I think that’s what they’re eating) to the pack of dogs he takes with him everywhere he goes. Finally, Rose has had enough.

The Ten Commandments

I’m not a religious person but I grew up loving Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments. The movie showcases why the cast was so legendary (although I personally believe Edward G. Robinson was seriously miscast) and has lots of great scenes, speeches and lines. My favorites both involve confrontations between Anne Baxter’s Nefretiri and Yul Brynner’s Ramses.

For some reason I can’t find the scene featuring another confrontation between Ramses and Nefretiri where he informs her “You will be mine, like my dog, or my horse, or my falcon, except that I shall love you more – and trust you less.”

Steel Magnolias

This movie made me laugh and cry and is packed full of great lines and scenes. The following clips are at the cemetery when my favorite lady, Olympia Dukakis, tries to make Maline feel better and then makes up with Ouiser.

Uncle Buck

In this movie John Candy plays the low brow uncle who turns the lives of his nieces and nephew upside down while their parents are away. In this scene he takes on the battle-axe who insists his 6 year old niece isn’t taking her career as a student seriously.

The Heiress

A fantastic old movie starring Olivia deHavilland and Montgomery Clift. She is a plain heiress alienated by her father because she didn’t grow up as lovely as her deceased mother and who is practically invisible to all eligible men. She falls madly in love with Clift who her father rightly suspects is a fortune hunter and refuses to give consent to their marriage. They plan to elope but when he discovers she’ll be virtually penniless if her father cuts her off he drops off the face of the earth only to return when the old man drops dead and she inherits it all. Now wiser and understandably a little bitter, she sets the man up to be bounced harder than Jerry Sandusky from the gates of Disneyworld.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This movie is just loaded with great lines and scenes but the following is what I consider to be the best scene in the whole movie.

Old Acquaintance

This is one of my favorite Bette Davis movies. She and Miriam Hopkins play two old friends whose relationship gets tested over a 25 year span, usually by Hopkin’s character’s jealousy. It finally comes to a head in this scene when Kit gets tired of Millie’s drama.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

A fantastic movie featuring my favorite onscreen couple, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, as well as a young Sidney Poitier. In this movie the daughter of a white wealthy couple with progressive unorthodox views announces her intent to marry a young black doctor she met while vacationing in Hawaii. While this isn’t a big deal for most people today, back in the 1960s this was actually illegal in many parts of the country (the same parts that are fighting so hard against Marriage Equality FYI). In this clip, Katherine Hepburn terminates an employee in the most epic of ways!

Double Indemnity

While this movie doesn’t really have any lines that are overly memorable (except maybe for this corny one that says how murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle) but as the movie that essentially birthed the crime/femme fatale genre I think everyone who doesn’t know about this movie should run and see it. I especially love that the concept and story was inspired by both a conversation the author of the book had with an insurance salesman one day who told him how when you work the game long enough you sometimes start trying to figure out the angles so you could actually get away with killing someone for the insurance policy and by a murder in 1927 where a wife convinced her boyfriend to kill her husband after he took out a large policy.

And finally here’s a famous skit from the movie Naughty Nineties: Who’s on First with Abbot and Costello

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