History ShootTheShaggyDog / Film

2nd Aug '16 5:10:37 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/StarTrek'': In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' two-part episode "Unification", Spock was working towards restoring peaceful relations between the Romulans and Vulcans. [[StatusQuoIsGod Although he didn't succeed in that episode]], it ended with the hopes that it would succeed in the near future. Tragically, it doesn't. [[spoiler:Romulus got annihilated by a supernova, and in turn, [[DisproportionateRetribution the temporally-displaced Romulan Nero destroys Vulcan]], [[ForcedToWatch making Spock watch]].]]
25th Jul '16 3:34:15 AM Kingdwerv
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of Music/BobDylan singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of Music/BobDylan [[Music/TheByrds Roger McGuinn]] singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
3rd Jul '16 1:50:19 PM gewunomox
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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of BobDylan singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.

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* ''Film/EasyRider'' ends when Billy and Wyatt [[spoiler: are blown off their bikes by two rednecks in a pickup, for fun.]] George Hanson (JackNicholson) [[spoiler: meets a similarly pointless end in a redneck attack about halfway through the film.]] How was this missed, etc. It was during a ''scenery / music / driving montage'', no less! And... [[BoomUpAndOver Boom Up And Out]] over the burning heap of motorcycle on the banks of the Mississippi to the tune of BobDylan Music/BobDylan singin' about flowin' rivers and star-spangled deltas.
22nd Jun '16 7:34:08 AM Dravencour
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* ''Film/TheMist'': [[ExaggeratedTrope An extreme example]]. Near the end, [[spoiler: we see the hero in a car full of corpses, screaming in grief and repeatedly trying to shoot himself with the empty gun]]. The original short story by Creator/StephenKing ended with [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding leaving it likely they would die, since the mist had spread all the way across New England, but allowing room for optimism]].

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* ''Film/TheMist'': [[ExaggeratedTrope An extreme example]]. Near the end, [[spoiler: we see the [[spoiler:the hero kills everyone in a car full his car, including his young son, to keep them from being killed by the monsters of corpses, screaming in grief and repeatedly trying to shoot the mist before turning the gun on himself with and discovering that it's empty. To make matters even worse, the empty gun]].military step in to clear the mist and the monsters, rendering everything the guy just did absolutely pointless]]. The original short story by Creator/StephenKing ended with [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding leaving it likely they would die, since the mist had spread all the way across New England, but allowing room for optimism]].
7th Jun '16 7:23:37 AM Doug86
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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is similar. It follows [[HowToSurviveAWarMovie war movie conventions]] rigorously right up to the third act, where the main characters are picked off one by one in trench warfare, until [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll they are all dead]]]]. The AudienceSurrogate survives long enough [[spoiler:to stand up while sketching]] a butterfly in the trenches on [[HopeSpot the day of the Armistice]], [[spoiler:promptly getting shot and becoming the last casualty of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.]] The closing title card? "[[TitleDrop All Quiet On The Western Front]]." All this is, of course, true to the spirit of the book.

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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' is similar. It follows [[HowToSurviveAWarMovie war movie conventions]] rigorously right up to the third act, where the main characters are picked off one by one in trench warfare, until [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll they are all dead]]]]. The AudienceSurrogate survives long enough [[spoiler:to stand up while sketching]] a butterfly in the trenches on [[HopeSpot the day of the Armistice]], [[spoiler:promptly getting shot and becoming the last casualty of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.]] The closing title card? "[[TitleDrop All Quiet On The Western Front]]." All this is, of course, true to the spirit of the book.
12th May '16 1:50:35 AM 06tele
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* ''Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry'': The titular couple and their friend Deke spend the entire film planning and executing a daring heist. They evade the cops because Larry is a skilled driver and Deke is his mechanic, and they switch cars and hide from aerial pursuit in a walnut grove. Finally having left the cops behind, they're driving along a country road, whooping and laughing it up...[[spoiler: and then they come around a corner and crash into a freight train and their car blows up and they're all killed. Roll credits.]]
12th May '16 1:37:11 AM 06tele
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** ''Film/{{Fargo}}''. Even lampshaded in Marge Gunderson's speech to Gaear Grimsrud [[spoiler:as they drive off in her police cruiser]]. Sure, Grimsrud gets his, but the cops are unable to save any of his victims.

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** ''Film/{{Fargo}}''. Even lampshaded in Marge Gunderson's speech to Gaear Grimsrud [[spoiler:as they drive off in her police cruiser]]. Sure, Grimsrud gets his, but the cops are unable to save any of his victims.[[note]]Of course, if he hadn't had any victims, he wouldn't have been a criminal, and the cops wouldn't have been after him in the first place.[[/note]]
22nd Dec '15 9:04:22 PM Premonition45
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* Taken in a vacuum, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is an extremely depressing film, ending with one of the four main heroes dead, another [[FaceHeelTurn voluntarily signing on]] with the BigBad, the remaining two utterly humiliated and driven into exile, the followers of the good religion massacred down to the smallest child by the [[ReligionOfEvil bad religion]], the flawed but well-meaning Galactic Republic replaced with a military dictatorship almost nobody seems to object to, and the BigBad having [[TheChessmaster skillfully positioned himself]] so that literally anything the heroes could do to oppose him [[HundredPercentAdorationRating would only make him more popular]]. Since the audience knows it's a {{prequel}}, though, they're aware that [[StealthPun a new hope]] is on the horizon.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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Taken in a vacuum, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is an extremely depressing film, ending with one of the four main heroes dead, another [[FaceHeelTurn voluntarily signing on]] with the BigBad, the remaining two utterly humiliated and driven into exile, the followers of the good religion massacred down to the smallest child by the [[ReligionOfEvil bad religion]], the flawed but well-meaning Galactic Republic replaced with a military dictatorship almost nobody seems to object to, and the BigBad having [[TheChessmaster skillfully positioned himself]] so that literally anything the heroes could do to oppose him [[HundredPercentAdorationRating would only make him more popular]]. Since the audience knows it's a {{prequel}}, though, they're aware that [[StealthPun a new hope]] is on the horizon.horizon.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' reveals that, despite successfully resisting the Dark Side of the Force in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker's efforts at restarting the Jedi Order were undone when his student [[spoiler:and nephew Ben Solo]] [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil succumbed to the Dark Side]] and murdered his fellow Jedi, leaving Luke so heartbroken that he went into hiding.
28th Oct '15 3:20:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky [[SignatureStyle loves to do this]]. ''Fando&Lis'' ends with Fando killing Lis, whom he was taking to the mythical City of Tar in order to cure her paralysis. ''ElTopo'' has the people the title character spent the entire third act helping mercilessly gunned down, rendering all his efforts worthless. ''Film/TheHolyMountain'' ends just before the climax, with a major character proclaiming the movie over and the shot panning back to reveal the film crew shooting the scene.

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* Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky [[SignatureStyle loves to do this]]. ''Fando&Lis'' ends with Fando killing Lis, whom he was taking to the mythical City of Tar in order to cure her paralysis. ''ElTopo'' ''Film/ElTopo'' has the people the title character spent the entire third act helping mercilessly gunned down, rendering all his efforts worthless. ''Film/TheHolyMountain'' ends just before the climax, with a major character proclaiming the movie over and the shot panning back to reveal the film crew shooting the scene.
29th Sep '15 4:40:55 AM StarTropes
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* Both {{Downplayed}} and PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/RushHour'' when Creator/JackieChan spends part of the climactic fight both going fist-to-fist with one of [[BigBad Juntao's]] men and trying to save a PricelessMingVase. He finally takes out the {{Mook}} and stabilizes the vase on its display pedestal--and a stray bullet destroys it.
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