Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cool Endings

I had seen X-Files: I Want To Believe when it came out...but didn't stay through all the credits. A friend recently asked if I enjoyed the end credits and I had no idea there was a little treat for fans at the very end. I've watched the whole movie again about three times and love it, but this little finale is so cute. You can't see it in this video because of the poor resolution, but they both wave up...

Who picks him up at the side of the road at the ending?

I always thought it Keanu Reeves character, in a taxi, but it looks like his dads red car...and look there is a deleted scene below...

The ending of Jaws is just terrific fun even so many years later. The movie and a couple of it's sequels have been playing on the movie networks this past week and I found myself watching both the first and second films. The jaunty banter and friendship at the end of the movie between the Richard Dreyfus and Roy Scheider characters reminds me of Casablaanca. We know it's just the start of a beautiful friendship for those two. Did you ever notice during the credits you can see Dreyfus and Scheider get to shore during the end credits?

One of the best and possibly one of the best classic sketches on SNL is the Landshark sketch. I couldn't find it on YouTube...but did find the animation version below where someone has taken a cartoon and applied the actual soundtrack to the scene....

The Season 1, Episode 4 skit, titled "Jaws II," featured the "Land Shark," a cunning urban predator (voiced by Chevy Chase). As narrated by John Belushi (playing the Matt Hooper character from Jaws)
... the Landshark is considered the cleverest of all sharks. Unlike the great white shark, which tends to inhabit the waters and harbors of recreational beach areas, the Land Shark may strike at any place, anytime. It is capable of disguising its voice, and generally preys on young, single women.
The skit showed the Land Shark attacking several people by knocking on their doors and pretending to be repairmen, door-to-door salesmen, and the like. Once the victim opened their door, the Land Shark would swoop in for the kill. The skit is typified by the following exchange:
[Scene: A New York apartment. Someone knocks on the door.]
Woman: [not opening the door] Yes?
Voice: (mumbling) Mrs. Arlsburgerhhh?
Woman: What?
Voice: (mumbling) Mrs. Johannesburrrr?
Woman: Who is it?
Voice: [pause] Flowers.
Woman: Flowers for whom?
Voice: [long pause] Plumber, ma'am.
Woman: I don't need a plumber. You're that clever shark, aren't you?
Voice: [pause] Candygram.
Woman: Candygram, my foot. You get out of here before I call the police. You're the shark, and you know it.
Voice: Wait. I-I'm only a dolphin, ma'am.
Woman: A dolphin? Well...okay. [opens door]
[Huge latex and foam-rubber shark head lunges through open door, chomps down on woman's head, and drags her out of the apartment, all while the Jaws attack music is playing.]
The "Land Shark attack" scenes are intermixed with other scenes directly spoofing Jaws, featuring Dan Aykroyd as Chief Brody and John Belushi playing Matt Hooper.

The ending of Quadraphenia has often been a mystery. Some audiences think he killed himself. Some say just the bike went over the cliff.

Have you got a movie ending that stuck with you or was weird?


Anonymous said...

the ending to oh lucky man is good everyone in the cast is out of character and dancing together

asterisk said...

For me, The Wicker Man (original version) has one of the best endings in cinema history.