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Old 31-03-2013, 14:55
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i'm going to put a vote for Armageddon, felt it was great up unti the landed on the meteor then became too silly
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Old 31-03-2013, 20:29
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Every single film adapted from a Stephen King novel.

Except The Mist, That was unexpectedly brilliant!
Mmmm, I think you're confusing Stephen King's novels with their screen adaptations that are invariably better than the badly-written books from which they are adapted.
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Old 01-04-2013, 00:31
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Signs. Brilliant til the last 10 minutes.

Midnight in Paris wasn't a "bad" ending per se but it WAS very abrupt.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:13
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Mama
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Alien: resurrection
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:53
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Sunshine: as a few have mentioned, the last bit was from another film or something, horrible.
Ruby Sparks: The ending is pure Hollywood, and doesn't sit with the rest of the film atall.
Prometheus: Gets more and more silly, then cops out an actual ending in favour of 'see you in part 2'.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:58
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Alien 3 gets exponentially worse as it gets closer to its end. The first half is quite good, with Newt's autopsy, Ripley exploring the colony, making friends and even getting laid. I loved the funeral speech inter-cut with the alien emerging from the dog. Once the aliens are adult it reverts to being like every other alien film. And then it gets silly, with the Company turning up etc.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:03
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Mmmm, I think you're confusing Stephen King's novels with their screen adaptations that are invariably better than the badly-written books from which they are adapted.
I think most people would argue that quite often King's books are rather better than the adaptations of them. Where the poster you quote is wrong is that there are plenty of exceptions to this.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:29
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Kill List - the ultimate example.
The ending really does come out of nowhere and adds nothing to the story.

Although it is not a terrible ending I would to see a version of Se7en where Mills didn't shoot....
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Old 01-04-2013, 13:20
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Old 02-04-2013, 21:10
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i'm going to put a vote for Armageddon, felt it was great up unti the landed on the meteor then became too silly
That's a shocking film altogether. Complete pile of tosh from start to finish. I thought it actually got better as it went along due to more wooden actors getting killed.
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Old 02-04-2013, 21:50
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From what I can remember, the ensemble thriller 'Death Trap' starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon (?) spends its first two-thirds going satisfyingly everywhere but where you think, and then unravels rather prosaically. I think that tends to be a general pattern with 'build the hermetic mystery up for the first hour' type films overall, unfortunately, when the point comes they realise that 'explanations' can be staved off no longer.
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Old 02-04-2013, 22:14
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From what I can remember, the ensemble thriller 'Death Trap' starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon (?) spends its first two-thirds going satisfyingly everywhere but where you think, and then unravels rather prosaically. I think that tends to be a general pattern with 'build the hermetic mystery up for the first hour' type films overall, unfortunately, when the point comes they realise that 'explanations' can be staved off no longer.
I remember watching that in my early teens back in the 80s, I didn't see that twist coming, but I enjoyed the ending. Haven't seen it since so I wonder how it would hold up now, but as it stands I have fond memories of it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 22:20
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Signs. Brilliant til the last 10 minutes.
Terrible film from start to finish. It's one of those highly rated films where you wait with trepidation for the good bits but it remains consistently dire throughout
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Old 03-04-2013, 00:03
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SKY LINE:

started great carried on being great, and then its almost like the writer started taking acid right before they get snatched on the ship and the brains get moved around
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Old 03-04-2013, 00:14
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The only film that immediately comes to my mind is..
ZODIAC.

It's really compelling and exciting for the first hour and a half,then it completely goes off at a tangeant! And it's SO long.

I don't agree about "No Country For Old Men". I love it's low-key ending.
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Old 03-04-2013, 00:15
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Deathtrap is still one i watch every couple of years, doesnt end terribly at all and still a good movie.
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Old 13-04-2013, 23:11
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I thought that the last 5 minutes of 'Enemy of the State' spoilt what was a very good film up until then.
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Old 14-04-2013, 07:48
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A couple of years back I watched The Lovely Bones, (I think that was the title.) It was about a young girl being murdered by a paedophile, she continued to watch the goings on from the other side, along with other girls who were also murdered by the same man.

I thought it was a great film, BUT the ending was so dire, it ruined the film totally. I know many of you may have seen it, so there is no need for me to retell it here.

It was the most terribly frustrating ending I have ever seen in a film, it just did not give a satisfying ending at all. Shame really.
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Old 14-04-2013, 07:57
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Baghdad Cafe. Set in a roadstop on route 66 with two women that are polar opposites being flung together by situations and adversity. It's very "European" cinema and charts how they manage to slowly get along and become freinds. However, rather than leave it at the point where they can tolerate each other they launch into an utterly ridiculous song and dance routine. WTF????
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Old 14-04-2013, 14:41
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I just watched Kill List last week - The last ten minutes is like a completely different film Huge let down!

So yeah, that and from Dusk 'til Dawn and Jeepers Creepers for me too.
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Old 14-04-2013, 15:02
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Mmmm, I think you're confusing Stephen King's novels with their screen adaptations that are invariably better than the badly-written books from which they are adapted.
In the case of the adaptation of The Mist, wasn't it eerie to see H P Lovecraft's "Cthulhu" rumoured to make an appearance?
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Old 15-04-2013, 11:40
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That's a shocking film altogether. Complete pile of tosh from start to finish. I thought it actually got better as it went along due to more wooden actors getting killed.
You can't get worse than watching Ben Afleck tell Bruce Willis that he loves him whilst bawling like a little girl. You just wanted Willis to shout out "oh for god's sake, grow a pair you baby!"
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Old 15-04-2013, 12:49
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AI.

Basically two completely different films stapled together. Could have something to do with the Spielberg/Kubrick thing...
I think the general consensus is that AI should have ended with David praying to blue fairy under water. The bit after that was kubrick.
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Old 15-04-2013, 13:22
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The one that springs to mind is There will be Blood with Daniel Day Lewis, starts so well, ruthless oil baron etc... and then just completely loses its way at the half way mark, I've never wanted a film to be over more than that one :P
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Old 15-04-2013, 18:11
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Django Unchained.
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