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    Default Fave Final shot in a movie?

    Close up of Cillian Murphy smiling at the end of 28 days later

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    Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie

    Jack walks alone after his first battle in the future with Aku shown talking in the upper and lower screens. Get a close up of Jack's face with his eyes closed while Aku laughs away behind him, then "Watch out!"
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    Off the top of my head.

    Planet of the Apes (original)
    Inception
    2001
    Dusk to Dawn
    Road Warrior
    There came a time when the Old Gods died! The Brave died with the Cunning! The Noble perished locked in battle with unleashed Evil! It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery holocaust!

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    The final scene of the Usual suspects was pretty good. Though the star and director turned out to not be the best of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midvillian1322 View Post
    The final scene of the Usual suspects was pretty good. Though the star and director turned out to not be the best of people.
    Just like in the movie.
    There came a time when the Old Gods died! The Brave died with the Cunning! The Noble perished locked in battle with unleashed Evil! It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery holocaust!

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    Both OHMSS and CASINO ROYALE broke with the usual Bond endings (Where Bond, usually ignoring his superiors and search parties after the final battle, runs off with the girl) of course with semi-tragic outcomes and final shots. OHMSS's featured the bullet hole through the window; while CASINO ROYALE of course had the Bond, James Bond with Craig holding the machine gun. A similar image was used in a good chunk of QUANTUM OF SOLACE's marketing.

    SOLACE and SKYFALL also had pretty good ending shots; Vesper's necklace in the snow showing Bond was finally letting her go; and SKYFALL with him talking to M, with the painting of the ready-to-go ship in M's office contrasting with the one being towed away earlier in the movie (The Q/museum scene).
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    Predator has this great shot of Arnold just battered and broken from the mission while he's in the helicopter, knowing his friends are dead, the Predator, and almost getting nuked.

    Revenge of the Sith looking out into the sunset with baby Luke is a good one that visually connects Luke's journey to Obi Wan's.
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    TPM's ceremony final shot is also very similar to ANH, and the wedding scene's final framing is close to Luke, Leia and the droids looking out the window at the end of ESB (although without the pull away shot of the fleet).

    Although not the final shot in either film (although fairly close to the edn), the scene of Tarkin, Vader and the Emperor looking at the Death Star in ROTS is kind of similar to Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda in the Ewok village in ROTJ.
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    Superman flying in space and smiling to the camera. Also, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.

    "Course heading Captain?"

    "Second star to the right.."

    I won't lie, it makes me very emotional to see my heroes for the last time.. everything about it is just perfect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Planet of the Apes (original)
    That's my all-time favorite, bar none. I remember being blown away by it back in '77 seeing it for the very first time on The 4:30 Movie, even though I knew something like it was coming. It still gives me chills when I see it.
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    I recently rewatched EMMA (1996), which I have on DVD. I always thought that was a perfect movie. Now that my feelings about Gwynenth Paltrow have changed, maybe I don't like Emma herself so much--but then I don't think Jane Austen wanted you to love Emma, the first time I read the book I was very angry with Emma. The movie begins with this shot of the world--which is just a globe that Emma has made and it's not the actual Earth, but the world of Emma which is just this small part of England. And that opening perfectly represents in a visual way what the movie is all about and then it closes in the same way with that globe. So that's what I mean about it being perfect--everything in the movie fits into that world view.

    LA DOLCE VITA (1960) has a very moving ending. After a night of debauchery in a beach house, Marcello and his guests go out onto the beach and are looking out to sea and then Marcello looks over and sees a young woman who waves to him. This is the young woman who waited the table at the little cafe where Marcello typed his stories on his manual typewriter, earlier in the movie. And the movie ends on her face. Leaving one to wonder what it all means. I think that it is a small bit of hope at the end of a movie that has been quite depressing--and while there is no hope for Marcello, there is hope in that young woman. She is that one good thing in his life that will survive him.
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    My pick is 2001: A Space Odyssey. But there are quite a few to make a list.

    Godfather parts one and two are great. The door closing on Kay when she realizes that Michael has actually become Godfather is perfect. Just as the closing moments of part two with Michael lost in thought.

    Dark Knight had a great ending with Gordon's speech about Batman becoming the Dark Knight, while our hero rides into the night.

    From superhero films i have another favorite final shot when the injured Thanos sits down in his farm, watching the sunset at the end of Infinity War. The music is subtle suiting the fact that the heroes are badly defeated and left almost hopeless. The villain is satisfied and in his twisted mind, sun is rising on a grateful universe.

    The final shot from 'The Breakfast Club'. I have some issues with the ending. But the awesome song 'Don't you forget about me' playing with Bender punching the air is simply unforgettable.

    A number of Kubrick films had great endings. Apart from 2001, i love the endings of Full Metal Jacket, Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, Paths of Glory and even Barry Lyndon. But since we are talking about shots and not scenes my second pick from Kubrick will be from 'The Killing'. Spoilers for a 60 year old film, the hero trying to get away with the looted money is caught. The best laid plans comes to nothing. And he resigns to his fate. Two detectives come forward to capture him. The way its shot is brilliant. Both cops walking forward side by side lends to the feeling of 'no escape'.



    Taxi Driver ends with Travis dissolving into the city. So, the final shot is a moving image while credits start playing. Betsy's appearance at the end is great. For a while it becomes a completely different movie. I get a sense of relief after an almost relentlessly grim movie. But after dropping her off one can see Travis' reflection in the taxi mirror for a split second and thus, see that he is still dangerous and scary.

    I will cap this list with 'Lawrence of Arabia'. The final shot has him returning from Arabia by a car and a motorcycle passes by leaving him in dust. Its an indication to how he will die. At the same time after being right at the center of everything he is now out of the picture. Kind of life in a nutshell. Even lives of 'great' men and women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    LA DOLCE VITA (1960) has a very moving ending. After a night of debauchery in a beach house, Marcello and his guests go out onto the beach and are looking out to sea and then Marcello looks over and sees a young woman who waves to him. This is the young woman who waited the table at the little cafe where Marcello typed his stories on his manual typewriter, earlier in the movie. And the movie ends on her face. Leaving one to wonder what it all means. I think that it is a small bit of hope at the end of a movie that has been quite depressing--and while there is no hope for Marcello, there is hope in that young woman. She is that one good thing in his life that will survive him.
    I did not enjoy La Dolce Vita that much. But i agree with the ending. It was brilliant. In my mind Marcello was doomed to repeat this cycle of debauchery punctuated by times of contemplation. And any hope for change is just that. Nearby but hopelessly out of reach. I think i would have liked the film a lot less without that ending.

    That the girl is the one good thing surviving him is a good point. This could be the reason why the scene works that well.
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    Oldboy, with Oh Dae-Su’s hysterical smile/grimace in the snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer01 View Post
    Superman flying in space and smiling to the camera. Also, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.

    "Course heading Captain?"

    "Second star to the right.."

    I won't lie, it makes me very emotional to see my heroes for the last time.. everything about it is just perfect.

    That scene gets me every time. I wish that was Shatner's last scene in a Trek movie.

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