History ShootTheShaggyDog / Film

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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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.
10th Sep '15 11:53:33 AM mewmdude77
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*''Film/TheGreatGatsby''. Any version of this story can be this, but the new one in particular. [[spoiler:Gatsby takes the blame for a fatal accident and gets killed for it by her husband, Daisy, who caused the accident, stays with her husband and leaves before Gatsby's funeral, the only person to show up to the funeral at all is Nick, and for all his troubles, Nick ends up in an asylum. Both the two decent main characters are down, but neither character that could be anatgonists get off scot free.]]
17th Aug '15 12:54:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''. These four people spend the whole movie running and are picked off, one by one. We think one might escape (albeit without the woman he loves) but no, he gets caught, and at the end his doppelganger catches out the last known human. Nothing is accomplished. Everybody dies.

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* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1978''. These four people spend the whole movie running and are picked off, one by one. We think one might escape (albeit without the woman he loves) but no, he gets caught, and at the end his doppelganger catches out the last known human. Nothing is accomplished. Everybody dies.
16th Aug '15 2:21:07 PM HamburgerTime
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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]].

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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.



** ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is a borderline case. The protagonists survive, but accomplish nothing.

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** ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is a borderline case. The protagonists survive, but accomplish nothing. The entire conflict turns out to be pointless, as it was all staged by a rich man and his TrophyWife trying to rip each other off.
21st Jul '15 11:14:44 AM jamespolk
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** ''The Bad Sleep Well'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.

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** ''The Bad Sleep Well'', ''Film/TheBadSleepWell'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.
4th Jul '15 11:57:47 PM Matchstick
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* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': Brian starts out as immature and misguided, but after various tribulations, at the end of the film he has grown up a lot and also managed to hook up with his love interest. Then he's arrested and summarily crucified, nearly rescued but...no. There's somewhat of a [[spoiler: PetTheDog moment]] at the very end to brighten it up.

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* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': Brian starts out as immature and misguided, but after various tribulations, at the end of the film he has grown up a lot and also managed to hook up with his love interest. Then he's arrested and summarily crucified, nearly rescued but... no. There's somewhat of a [[spoiler: PetTheDog moment]] at the very end to brighten it up.
4th Jul '15 11:46:16 PM Matchstick
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** ''The Bad Sleep Well'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die - the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.

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** ''The Bad Sleep Well'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die - the die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.
29th Jun '15 1:19:34 PM 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. ''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'' has the people the title character spent the entire third act helping mercilessly gunned down, rendering all his efforts worthless. ''TheHolyMountain'' ''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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