Friday, January 4, 2013

Films that Start with the Ending

I really like films that start with the ending. Then you don't have to guess what's going to happen. This is especially nice when a film is really complicated. All you want to know is how the plot got from point A to point B, who cares if the ending is revealed? Well, that really depends on the film.

There are lots of movies that start this way. I've picked three favorites.

Sunset Boulevard
That beginning scene of William Holden lying flat in the swimming pool is such a stunner. Who wouldn't want to see what that's all about? Billy Wilder, the writer director was such a genius. And what a great role for Gloria Swanson. That was her life. I always wondered why she agreed to do this very unflattering role.

Double Indemnity
What a "fun" movie this is. It also starts with the ending - Fred McMurray spilling the beans to Edward G. Robinson. If you haven't seen this perfect example of film noir, you should definitely put this one on your list. Just to see Barbara Stanwyk's wardrobe is worth the price of admission.

American Beauty
The best thing about this movie is Annette Bening. How she didn't win the academy award for this is beyond me. And Kevin Spacey - wow. I think he's the most underrated actor. He can play just about any part and is always great. (did you see him in Shipping News? I rest my case).  This film isn't fun to watch, it's mighty depressing, but all of the acting is first rate. And it starts with a hint of things to come.


Enjoy the beginning of the year with these films that begin with endings.  

And if you haven't heard enough about backwards movies - check out this website:

If you live anywhere in the Oceanside area, be sure to join us for the 2013 season of the North County Film Club. The first film of this season is "The Way" starring Martin Sheen, Jan. 13, 3:00 at the Digiplex Market Place Theater, Mission and College.