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Posted by Lizzie on 03/16/05

Slate’s David Edelstein is soliciting absurd twist endings from readers. HOW ARLINGTON ROAD is defensible, we’ll never know. We’re going to have to give a huge shout-out to Robert Massing, though:

The Usual Suspects
I know everyone will disagree with me; in fact, many will rank this among the BEST endings of all time. But that is because everyone is an idiot. As it turns out, he made the whole thing up! He lifted names from the stuff on the detective’s office wall! Oh my God! Brilliant! Who is Kaiser Sose? We’ll never know! Wow!

We totally called that in the first five minutes, and don’t get us started on THE BLATANT MANFACE FACTOR in that….tranvestite….movie…we’re actually blocking on the name. Anyway, we’ve long contended that a healthy dose of Isaac Asimov, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King and Roald Dahl’s adult fiction sadly renders all movie twists bovs and obvs. We love No Way Out, Fight Club and The Others, though, and we will kick the ass of anybody who says different.

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  2. I thought the first rule of Fight Club is that we don’t talk about the ending of Fight Club.

    Comment by Jimmy Beck — 3/16/2005 @ 2:18 pm

  3. “I’m still here, chief.” — Frequency. The last word on why twist endings suck.

    Comment by Ed — 3/16/2005 @ 2:46 pm

  4. The Sixth Sense ruined The Others for me. I loved the movie, thought it was really spooky, but I was on the lookout for the twist.

    Comment by tj — 3/16/2005 @ 5:50 pm

  5. Sophistication has its merits, but sometimes I long for the days when movies could be worth watching without obligatory twist endings. Although, my favorite one was “The Wizard of Oz”. The first time I saw it, I thought, “Oh my god — it was all a dream? No way!”

    Comment by rasputin — 3/16/2005 @ 11:28 pm

  6. To give you an idea of how sadly cliche the dream move has gotten, when I saw “ROTK” in the theater and Frodo wakes up safe in bed after destroying the ring, a boy sitting in front of us, probably five or six years old, turned to his father and asked: Was it all a dream? In a voice like he’d just been robbed.

    Even toddlers can feel dissatisfied with twist endings.

    Comment by tj — 3/17/2005 @ 7:35 am

  7. I offer my ass for kicking, ’cause the Fight Club ending is a cop-out, plain & simple. How the protag solved or cured himself of anything by shooting himself in the jaw (apparently the exact spot in his body where his split personality existed) is beyond me. Cop-Out.

    Comment by Antoinette Marino — 3/17/2005 @ 3:44 pm

  8. Fool………..EVERYONE knows when you shoot yourself in the jaw you shake out the second, hostile personality! In three faces of Eve, she shot herself in the jaw TWICE.

    Comment by Old Hag — 3/17/2005 @ 11:54 pm

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