Homework #5 Endings – Yahir


For the last homework the ending that I chose was from the 2005 film ‘The Descent” the film is about a group of friends that journey down a cave to explore it and end up meeting some pretty horrifying creatures down there. The girls fight to survive but ultimately all get killed off from the creatures in the bottom. In this ending scene, the main character who has survived the longest seems to have hopes of being the only one out alive.  Just as we have hope for her we see that she sees a birthday cake reminding her off her deceased daughter. We then see what appears to be her daughter staring back at her. At first it’s confusing to the audience (it confused me the first time I saw it) but after deconstructing the movie due to the ambiguous ending,  I found out that in fact she never makes it out alive. The full ending shows her getting out and escaping to her car before this scene is shown and we realize that that was just an hallucination. She along with all the other girls end up dying down in the cave. I just found the ending to be so powerful and I liked the kind of “hopelessness” it leaves the viewer feeling when they discover that nobody makes it out alive. I’ve always found movies that don’t necessarily end on a happy note so much more interesting and intriguing than the simple and predictable “happy ending” Movies like that to me remind us that things don’t always work out and life is a balance of bad and good. To me they come off as a bit more realistic.


one step back and two steps forward,

Looking back for reference to make a better film is fantastic, to take whats good and discard whats bad; to use something good to make something better is not a only smart, but innovative to see how using some different resources can do this better; they have have to do something completely different to reproduce something that is the same or something similar.

Homework #5: Endings (God Help the Girl)



God Help the Girl is an amazing film about a girl who discovered a great summer with her new friends and she has to choose to stay or start a new life somewhere else. She is on the edge of adulthood and she has to make a choice of writing her own music or going to college to get a degree. in the end she chooses to go to college, abandoning her love and friends to become an adult. this film speaks to me because I know how she feels. the ending of this film has the girl’s love speaking and monologing about how everything comes to an end and choices can be difficult. it was hard watching it, goodbyes are always hard, but they are a part of being an adult. Love is not always something that lasts. The music also adds to the sad tone of the ending. The thought was what could happen.

HW3-2001: A Space Odyssey- Bone and Satellite Jump Cut

I’ve decided on the jump cut from the film Stanley’s Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey released in 1968. The opening jump cut depicts an event several million years prior where monkeys first encounter the film’s MacGuffin, the Black Monolith. One of the monkeys is holding  a bone, the camera cuts to the bone being thrown in the sky and back down to the monkeys and and again into the sky and the monkey’s hands. He uses it to beat another monkey already knocked on the ground in submission, symbolizing his position as the victor. This portrays the beginning of evolution from caveman intellect to learning the use of weapons and hunting for survival. The film than cuts to a a satellite orbiting the earth upon ascending from the rising sun and descending back down. The impact of this specific scene describes the basis of evolution taking place and how the Black Monolith is instrumental in the advancement of Earth’s evolution from the prehistoric time to the modern day future. It is widely regarded as one of the most memorable match/jump cuts in cinema history. The film itself is a personal favorite and an adaptation of a 4 part novel series set which expands decades.

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Well, since my first Homework post was about the beginning of the Breakfast Club. Its only natural that my last homework post is about the ending of The Breakfast Club. In a way The Breakfast Clubs’s ending is rather typical and predictable. The bad boy(Bender) and the princess(Clair) get together and the jock(Andrew) and the quiet girl(Allison) get together. The nerd(Brian) on the other hand gets pressured into writing one final paper that all five of them can take credit for. What sets this apart from other movies that follow the same pattern is that you actually feel that each one of the five main characters have actually grown from the eight hours or so that they spent together. Each one of them almost does a complete 180 from the first time that we see them.

Bender is no longer the degenerate criminal that he once was at the beginning. Clair isn’t the stuck up, high maintenance girl anymore. Andrew has learned to relax and not take his wrestling competition as seriously anymore. Brian becomes more confident in not only his school work, but with his new found friends. And quiet Allison gets a new makeover and becomes more outgoing.  The Allison makeover part of the movie is pretty controversial, and it’s worth delving into. A lot of critics were upset that she needed to change herself and look more like a Claire-type girl in order to fully win Andrew’s affection. I personally believe that this really isn’t a big deal. The scene is less about becoming more “Clair like” and more about being able to see her face clearly for the first time in the movie.

The film’s final image freezes on Bender as he pumps his fist in place as the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” plays in the background. Its almost as if the movies is saying that it hopes that the five major characters don’t forget about each other and that the friendships will continue to last forever. Truly a great end to a great movie v

Homework#4- “The Birds”

I think it’s always interesting to see films from a different perspective. In this case, in  a deconstructed view. It almost makes what you’ve seen in the movie more real. Tangible. But, at the same time it’s almost like you’re intruding in a way. You’re supposed to see it the way it was originally presented. By seeing the locations as they are almost feels like entering into another dimension too. Like something is off but it’s almost familiar. Scene at 6:33 into the Herve Attia film is a good example of this feeling. It shows the stark difference in landscape from the present outlook to the films original scenery.


After watching Herve Attia’s fan film of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, I thinks it cool and really shows the length some people will go to show us the beauty of film and the work that comes with it. It’s clear to me that there has been some changes to some of the locations and that is to be expected. It’s  impressive how much work his team and him did to make this film. It was a very nice touch when we saw a side by side comparison of his film and the original Hitchcock classic. From the looks of it took blood and sweet for them to get the best result. It  makes us appreciate the film even more to know that they went and did all this  for our viewing pleasure.


Homework#5: Ending of Inception

I thought Inception was an overall great movie. Throughout the movie we witness the characters attempt to navigate the dreamworld while simultaneously fighting for their lives. Should they die in the dream, they should also die in reality. The difference between the two often becoming skewed. It is only with objects like Cobb’s (DiCaprio) totem is he able to discern the real from the fake. At the end of the movie he finally reunited with his children. The totem he has attempted to spin long forgotten. As the audience that last thing we see is the totem spin then almost come to a stop. But we never see it stop. Both Cobb and we have no idea if he had actually awakened into reality. It is an ambiguous ending. It leaves us with many questions. Perhaps even questioning whether Cobb even knew what reality truly was at all.

Final homework

I don’t know if this is really considered an ending scene, but I do love this after credit scene from Deadpool. He does his signature style which is talk to the audience, and he even gives a tiny hint of what’s to come – which is that they will be having Cable (a character). Another reason why I love this ending is for the fact that he tells the people to clean up after themselves in the movie theaters (which is very convenient to the people who work in the movies such as myself). My general manager even insisted in putting this scene at the end of every movie just so people won’t leave their mess behind which I find to be hilarious. Besides that, this ending scene is like the movie Get Him to the Greek directed by Nicholas Stoller, who has famous rapper, P.diddy, telling the audience to go home.

My actual favorite ending scene is from the movie Human Centipede 3, but I can’t find a video of it anywhere. As everyone knows I am an extreme gore fan, and of course I would pick a movie like that. The only reason I like that ending scene is because for the first time a human centipede didn’t seem like a bad idea. I mean why feed every single prisoner (whose done bad to this world) when you can just feed one of them and they all get fed. Especially in the human caterpillar where they cut off the people’s arms and legs because they were sentenced for like, so why even waste time feeding all of them – and people’s hard earning money.

Bin Bin Zheng_Homework #4: Filming Locations-Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’

Watching the short clip of Attia going back to the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, I get a better understanding of how much effort went into filming the movie. Most of the roads and landscape where uneven and messy. Setting a tracking shot or having a flat area for the camera must have been hell to do. It looks like some of the areas were changed, implying some parts were filmed in a studio or somewhere else. For example, when the lady is driving in the car, you can clearly see there are lines on the road, however, when we switch to a side view, no lines in the road. It was nice of the town to keep some of the important landmarks of the film. It makes a good tourist trap. It was a smart move of Hitchcock to use the natural environment, fewer things to worry about later that needs to be faked.

It takes a true fan to walk back in the footstep of a great director like Hitchcock. It helps bring the film to life, creating a possibility that the events like the movie could happen because the place that it happened at is real. Attia’s short helps viewer discover a side that is never shown in the movie. We as fans see what has happened after 50 years, and the question, “did it really happen?” comes to mind.