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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Death: The Ultimate Loop?



Ahh, to meet your maker, expire, cease to be, joinng the choir invisible, cash in, ending your earthly career, to ultimately merge with the infinite! Whatever you wish to call it, the clammy hand of death indeed reaches us all.
A loop that we can not escape. So I've decided to post a few of my favorite death scenes from movies. This has been done many times else where, so I'm not going to go crazy here, but when one takes that ultimate plunge into the unknown it needs some sort of praise.

Oh and remember, this isn't a list of the most gore filled deaths, or the most gratitious. These are the more cinematic, elegant fate enders, I picked these because they each have a different moral implication.


#6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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This really should be a death scene, cause no one really died, but in a horrid lucid dream, Sarah Conner walks to a play ground where she encouters a younger version of herself, surrounded by many kids all playing care free. In a prophetic vision of the doomed future, a nuke is dropped on the city (probably by the robots?) and in a grissly scene, sarah's body ignites into flames along with the children. They turn to ash and crumple apart. This is only a dream, but a stark reminder to fuel Sarah's need to shut down Skynet. Her "death" is what she needed to get her going to finish her mission. Find something that fuels your fire... no pun intended.

#5.Star Wars:
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After nearly 2 decades years apart, Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader) finally comes face to face with his jedi master Obiwan Kenobi. The last time these two met, Obi wan, left Anakin to die in a fiery lava planet that left him burned, missing limbs, and dying. Anakin barely survived, and needed to be placed in the horrifying black mask and uniform to keep him alive. Obiwan now confronts his former pupil and this time surrenders himself. Even Anankin is surprised by this move, but it was all part of the grander scheme. "Strike me down Darth and I shall return more powerful than you can ever imagine." Obiwan's suicide was needed for him to return to the force, and become even stronger. The Lesson: Not every battle needs to be won, sometimes, defeat will temper us for later victories.


#4. One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest:
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Was McMurphy really crazy or just one hell of a good actor? All the men on the psych ward that he was assigned too, were all cowering under the boot of the head nurse. She had her patients wrapped around her finger. If she said jump, they'd ask how high? They ate, slept, talked, and took medicine when she said. McMurphy arrives and decides that should all change. Its the classic story of going up against something bigger than yourself. McMurphy saw that she was treating the patients unfairly, and wanted to stand up to her. Unfortunately this caused him to undergo such painful and numbing electroshock therapy, that it turned him into a vegetable. The once outspoken, loud McMurphy was turned into a silenced, shell. This was no way to live, so one of his friends, wakes up in the middle of the night, and sufficates him, putting him out of his misery...Its the worst thing you can do to someone is silence them.


#3.The Messenger: Joan d' Arc
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The name either brings to mind, a holy woman, touched by god, or a halluncinating woman touched by madness. When France needed her most the poor peasant girl rose to popularity by stringing together a chain of victories against the English. Joan who re-claimed much of Frances lost territories, was eventually put to death for her ideals. The same fiery passion that had saved France from siege, was then said to be blasphemous and she had to be purged in cleansing fires. Joan's beliefs were used for the good of France, and once those needs where met, she wasn't needed anymore and was looked upon as a threat. Be careful who you help in life..

#2. Moby Dick
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In life, you encounter things that you get madly passionate over. Almost obsessive. And no story captures that feeling of mad drive than the story of Captain Ahab and the white whale. In my opinion, this book has yet to be translated to film properly.. The 1956 version was ok.. and this 1998 remake was equally mediocre. But idea of Ahab's death from chasing this monster is what really shines through. So hopelessy obsessed, with Moby Dick, it drove him to a watery grave, and the destruction of the Pequod. Obsessing over something to the point where it consumes you is a sorry life, and will eventually be the perfect way to buy the farm

#1. The Hudsucker Proxy:
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My all time favorite scene of perilous plummets, is the scene in the movie, The Hudsucker Proxy. The head of the major corporation decides that his no longer wishes to be part of the greed and every day squabbling. A beautifully done scene, that actually makes me want to pat Hudsucker on the back. He was rich beyond belief, but felt that he didn't want a part of it anymore.


Well thats that. Most of the people on this list, knowingly went off into the blue yonder, on their own choice. To give oneself in to the unknown vastness of empty time and space...

You guys are welcome to share your own favorites.

51 comments:

  1. when you're dead, you're dead, no sense in worrying about it yet.

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  2. Yeah, I like how in Terminator 2, they us kept repeating that dream. It was pretty creepy.

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  3. Good post. Very insightful.

    http://ps3inthehouse.blogspot.com/

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  4. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is one of my favourite movies of all time. And yeah. That death scene certainly is powerful. Such a funny, bizarre movie but so dark. I love it.

    Great review thing you got here.

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  5. My favorite would have to be the death scene from Big Fish. Manly tears.

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  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyZK-Zo6Wkc

    That's my favorite death scene. From Zombies of Mass destruction.

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  7. One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest scene you posted is great. I love that movie so much.

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  8. Great read man. Check out quantum suicide, I think it would be a good post for your blog

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  9. Matrix is really up there for me. Following!

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  10. Crazy ass blog man. Definitely following

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  11. Death is something to look forward to...the last answer....the only way to see if you gambled correctly..

    I sure hope Bob Dobbs is real! heh

    Good insights, I only skimmed about a third, but i will read the rest tomorrow during my class breaks!

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  12. @Antroseptic, good one! The ending of big fish did indeed induce some manly tears the first time I watched it. As a person with a rocky relationship with my father, I loved that scene! Should have included it on the list, completely slipped my mind!

    @ lazyboyniko, will do!

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  13. Great selection, I love all these movies. Can't think of any I would add

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  14. cool choices, my fav was the terminator one

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  15. Terminator definitely the best XD

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  16. Awesome post. Really good read. Thank you for sharing!

    Looking forward to more posts, will definitely follow :)

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  17. The Terminator 2 scene absolutely terrified me when I first saw the movie at nine years old.

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  18. Stay here, I'll be back
    -Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    HAhah nostagic

    +followed for more

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  19. Bear, where the Bear fucks up the drunk woman who thinks she can sense things.

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  20. it just happens .. that's natural nice review btw

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  21. Awesome stuff :3
    totally followed

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  22. great post. looking forward to reading your next one

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  23. Death is the ultimate boot loop. Great post very well thought out.

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  24. Damn! I can't make a proper opinion, I've seen only 5 & 6. Maybe I've seen the others but I don't quite remember.

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  25. I have to say, the beginning of your post reminded me of the Monty Python Dead Parrot skit.

    "IT IS AN EX-PARROT!"

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  26. I'm like a broken record.. I've got a needle scratching me.

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  27. Now that's nice, i really like the messenger one, damn, keep posting dude, following!

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  28. Not really sure I have a favorite death scene. Some of these are pretty awesome, though. Especially the Terminator one.

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  29. Death is like a lottery; You'll never know when you win your final prize and join whoever it is you believe in. This is just the kind of lottery you dont want to win!

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  30. Digging this blog already. Look up "consumption". It's a creepy disease from a long time ago. Turns out it isn't actually creepy, but they way they thought of it sure was.

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  31. darth vader NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

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  32. very insightful. all these are the same in that everyone dies..but they are all different in they have different meanings after the person dies.

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  33. wow, the last one about Mr. Hudsucker scene was by far the best

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