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Old 04-03-2013, 23:15
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evolution

where they shove head and shoulders shampoo up a large brown blob's anus at the end.
oh yes - while the rest of it was completely logical,

with no gratuitous side plot about a woman in stockings

it's a comedy!
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Old 04-03-2013, 23:17
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true

let's destroy vegas. I can live with that.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:15
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Minority Report & A.I. - Both went on for 30 minutes longer than necessary. Okay, so A.I was pretty meh anyway, but Minority Report was good until Tom Cruise's character was freed from stasis and we had the typical Spielberg happy ending.

Falling Down - Good film right up until the moment they turned Michael Douglas's character from an ambiguous anti-hero to a bad guy stalking his ex-wife.

And I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Die Hard with a Vengeance yet...
To be fair, that's a really, really difficult one to bring to a conclusion. Every melodrama needs a hefty emotional climax, and you can't do that if everything remains ambiguous. I agree that they push him a little bit too far into the evil side, but it's not an easy one to avoid.
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Old 05-03-2013, 13:42
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Hate, hate, hate the ending where the police arrive.

Another vote for No Country For Old Men

Superman - The Movie - Not that the ending was terrible but it seems a bit underwhelming after the film that has come before it. Would have been interesting to see a proper Donner 1 and 2 rather than the crumbs of an idea we are left with now.
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Old 05-03-2013, 14:40
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Eastern Promises which has a fantastic build up and then an incredibly abrupt ending.

Blazing Saddles, I watched this for the first time in years recently and the 'film set' ending just didn't sit right at all.

30 Days of Night. One punch to kill the evil vampire leader, all that build up and it took 1 punch.

The Godfather Trilogy (ok I'm cheating a bit) Part 3.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:10
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I just watched Red River (1948), a western starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, for the first time. It was going great until near the end, when a certain female character was introduced, and the very last scene was almost risible after what had gone on before. I'll definitely watch it again, though.
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Old 05-03-2013, 18:46
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Pretty much all of Roland Emmerich's movies.

They all collapse in the final act.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:39
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Every single film adapted from a Stephen King novel.

Except The Mist, That was unexpectedly brilliant!
Funny you should mention The MIst....
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:56
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30 Days of Night. One punch to kill the evil vampire leader, all that build up and it took 1 punch.
It was little more than that, but I get what you mean and I agree. Having said that, you have to admit the actual ending has somewhat redeemed the film. It could have taken the other avenue, but it didn't. I'll give them that.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:11
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Switchblade Romance kinda balls's it all up at the end, but the rest is so good it just about gets away with it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:20
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Minority Report & A.I. - Both went on for 30 minutes longer than necessary. Okay, so A.I was pretty meh anyway, but Minority Report was good until Tom Cruise's character was freed from stasis and we had the typical Spielberg happy ending.

Falling Down - Good film right up until the moment they turned Michael Douglas's character from an ambiguous anti-hero to a bad guy stalking his ex-wife.

And I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Die Hard with a Vengeance yet...
I disagree. He was clearly a man going through a total breakdown, and the break-up of his marriage/inferred back story relating to this was instrumental and explained much. Unfortuantely real-life stories of stalking exes and terrible circumstances that can follow are by no means unheard of are they.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:59
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Django Unchained
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:07
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Titanic

The voyage was going well for most of the film. Then they got into trouble.
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Old 06-03-2013, 23:21
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good call, i really loved this film right up
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which is just utterly crap.
You know I have seen this film a million times (slight exaggeration) but I watched it the other day and I realised that the film would be a million times more scary if it was a real person
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Old 06-03-2013, 23:56
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Insidious. Genuinely creepy until
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Totally agree on that, there's been a second one made with it due to be released late September, early October this year I think
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:21
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Have to agree the film just fell apart in the last half hour.
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:34
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Hate, hate, hate the ending where the police arrive.
That's a great ending!

After today's trip to the cinema I will have to add Mama to the promising movies with crappy endings list.
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:36
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Yep. Could have done without Tarantino's awful cameo.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:23
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I might take a little bit of stick for this but . . . . . The Business with Danny Dyer.

I actually really like the first hour or so of this film; the pacing is good, interesting characters bit of 'cockney gangster' fun mixed with scarface like drug story. However once everything falls apart for the characters the film falls apart as well.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:22
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Long Distance
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Old 12-03-2013, 13:12
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Private Benjamin

It's like they spliced two different stories together, one good and one crap.
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Old 30-03-2013, 15:12
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Sorry to revive, but having seen Basic, it had the potential to be great at the start until they started butchering the plot, and then the final twist was just terrible.
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Old 30-03-2013, 16:26
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Knowing. Sweet lord.
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Old 30-03-2013, 21:07
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Kill List - the ultimate example.
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Old 31-03-2013, 14:38
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AI.

Basically two completely different films stapled together. Could have something to do with the Spielberg/Kubrick thing...
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