Monday, July 26, 2010

Top 5 Favorite Endings

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Very rarely is human society portrayed in a microcosm that is both entertaining and impressively accurate. This is a film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel stars Jack Nicholson as a man, who may or may not be crazy, living inside a mental institution to escape the Vietnam War. This film portrays the consequence of conformity (or nonconformity?) with an ending that is sure to leave you wondering, "What is it to be crazy?”

4. The Ghost Writer

With endings that are as controversial as he is, Roman Polanski continues to baffle us. His latest film, The Ghost Writer, stars Ewan McGregor as a ghost writer hired to tie up some loose ends on a biography of a very infamous politician; however things are not as they seem. Things go from strange to stranger as the movie becomes more and more thrilling as it all leads up to an ending you won't see coming.

3. Gran Torino

As both the director and the star, Clint Eastwood can definitely shelve this film with his greats like Unforgiven, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Million Dollar Baby. Following the story of an old Vietnam vet after the death of his wife, Gran Torino is a moving film about the virtues of love and sacrifice. With a powerful ending that will leave you in awe, Clint Eastwood keeps proving that he is getting better with age.

2. Inception

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker and just like Eastwood, he keeps on getting better. Inception is Nolan's latest thriller about a dream team, led by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is hired to plant an idea into the head of an heir for a very powerful company. Nolan takes us through the human psyche, but as they advance through the levels, things become increasingly difficult. Once the team reaches the end, everything seems normal, but is the happy ending really a happy ending?

1. The Mist

With enough chills, thrills, and plain old scares, The Mist is arguably one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel. When a thick mist rolls into town, maneating creatures start appearing and a handful of surviving residents must take shelter in a supermarket and fight to stay alive. Prior to viewing this movie, it may be a good idea to visit the bathroom and empty all the contents of your stomach. With an ending that only Stephen King could deliver, The Mist will haunt you long after you've seen the movie, so make sure you sleep with a nightlight on.

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