About Art Film Ending
Hidden within every movie is a secret art film. It’s easy to find, as long as you know the right place to stop the story, and fade to black. With a little timing and just the right edit, a story of triumph becomes tragedy, love turns to loss, and every dream becomes a dream deferred.
Art Film Ending takes popular movies, and re-interprets them as the cinematic jewels they could have been. Like a monkey dressed in a cowboy outfit, we take something good and make it even better.
Not all movies will translate into good art films. But nearly every movie can be made into one.
The Beginning of The End
The idea for Art Film Ending first came up a long time ago. June 17th, 2003 to be exact. I was watching The Bourne Identity with my friends Justin and Alex, and we were all groaning at the cheesy, storybook ending.
As we talked about how predictable Hollywood endings are, we looked to find an earlier point in the movie that would have made a better end. We rewound back to when Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) was trapped at the top of a stairwell, with an armed thug making his way up. Bourne grabs a nearby corpse and, using the body as a kind of sled/shield, leaps over the railing and begins firing his gun on the way down.
This moment, we decided, was the perfect place to end the film. We even tested it out by freezing the final frame, with Matt Damon hovering over the railing with a pistol in one hand. Freeze frame, fade to black. It was perfect.
At the time, the phrase I had coined was the “15 Minute Rule.” The thought being that for any given movie, there’s a point about 15 minutes before the end that would transform the movie into an art film.
Fast forward seven years, and one little WordPress site later… a silly idea has become an even sillier website.
My House, Your House, Art House
I hope this site provides you a little chuckle or two, and helps to pass an idle moment. My goal is to continue to add more movies, but I have to admit – I’m not really a film buff. I’m just a guy who knows how to fade a still frame. I’m sure I’m going to exhaust my DVD library soon here, so if you’ve got suggestions, I’m all ears.
The next time you’re in a movie theater or watching a DVD, consider playing the role of editor. See if you can’t find that special moment, that one spot where the story can be altered simply by ending it. Why settle for a regular movie, when you could have… an art film?