Film Spoilers and
|Film Title/Year and Plot Twist-Spoiler-Surprise Ending Description|
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001, Mex./US) (aka And Your Mother Too)
Luisa Knew She Was Dying of Terminal Cancer During Her Road Trip
This unrated tale of sexual discovery from director Alfonso Cuaron had a lengthy tagline when translated:
Set in the late 1990s, it told about two sexually-active, hormone-challenged, 17 year-old Mexican boys, who had both hetero and homosexual camaraderie with each other:
Both males had sex with their girlfriends before they left for the summer, to travel in Italy. There were avowed promises made over being faithful between the couples. They also experienced co-mutual masturbation while both were lying on parallel diving boards at a local public swimming pool.
Then, the two over-sexed boys met an intriguing woman about 10 years older than themselves at a wedding:
They decided to take a short road trip, with Luisa as a traveling companion, to find a make-believe, idyllic beach named Heaven's Mouth (Boca Del Cielo).
As their sexual and life tutor, she taught the two vulgar lads lessons about life, enticed and had sex with both of them - separately (first Tenoch, then Julio) and eventually together, although they expressed jealous sexual rivalry and boyish machismo over her. Luisa attempted to tell the competitive boys that she preferred neither of her companions romantically over the other.
There were other tensions based upon the socio-economic differences between the two teens -- they called each other "hillbilly" and "yuppie" respectively. And it was later revealed that both teens had clandestinely slept with each other's girlfriend many times. And shockingly, Julio also confessed that he had sex with Tenoch’s mother -- the basis for the film's title: "And your mother, too" - but was it said in jest or not?
In the film's most famous and pivotal scene, Luisa danced with both boys (one on either side) in a cantina to the sound of a jukebox, then gradually led them to their hotel bedroom for a threesome. She provided the catalyst for them to experience something entirely different between themselves. As they eagerly stripped her down and kissed her, she coaxed the teens to be drawn to each other and kiss (and embrace), while she ducked down and pleasured each of them simultaneously with her hand. The next morning, they woke up sleeping naked next to each other. Ultimately, this homosexual encounter severed the bond between the two males.
After a journey of self- and sexual discovery with Luisa (who often displayed intermittent tears), the two left her at the beach with a fisherman's family that had lived there for four generations. Their journey ended at the isolated beach where she decided to have an end-of-life experience, due to a terminal illness.
She said her last words to them (delivered by the narrator Daniel Giménez Cacho), as she dove into the ocean:
One year later, the two met for coffee and during their conversation, Tenoch revealed that Luisa had been terminally ill with cancer during their trip. Although she had visited the doctor about some tests, it wasn't known until the final minutes that she left her unfaithful husband for an end-of-life experience, and had died about a month after their trip.
Julio With Girlfriend Cecilia (Maria Aura)
Tenoch With Girlfriend Ana(Ana López Mercado)
Luisa Having Sex with Tenoch
Luisa Having Sex With Julio in Back Seat of Car
On the Beach
Dancing With Both Boys
The Next Morning
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
Professor Rathe and Eh-tar Were the Same Person (Eh-tar Was Rathe Spelled Backwards); Rathe was Seeking Revenge, as The Leader of an Egyptian Osiris Cult That Practiced Human Sacrifice, for Being Orphaned Many Years Earlier; Rathe Survived a Deadly Swordfight Against Holmes, And Signed His Name as "Moriarty" - the Adult Holmes' Future Arch-Nemesis
This mystery/adventure film from director Barry Levinson (and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, with similarities to his Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)) had two taglines:
It was a speculative reimagining of the backstory of the famed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character from the Victorian Era. After the opening credits, the prologue stated:
The drama was mostly noted for its revolutionary visual effects. It was the first feature film to have a completely CGI (computer graphics image) character - a knight that emerged alive from a stained-glass window.
Before the credits, the film started with the appearance of a mysterious figure with a dark hood. Armed with a blowpipe loaded with thorns (dipped in a hallucinogenic substance), he shot a prominent and wealthy Britisher named Mr. Bentley Bobster in the neck - and shortly later in a fancy restaurant, the victim suffered "nightmare-like hallucinations" while eating his favorite dinner. The bird on his plate came alive and attacked him. Embarrassed, he fled from the startled patrons in the restaurant to his home, where he suffered a disorienting delusionary death when objects in his bedroom came alive, attacked, and imaginary flames threatened to consume him. He suicidally hurled himself through his upstairs window and died on the cobblestone street below. The ominous shadowy figure of his assassin walked by his corpse.
The title character was soon introduced, exemplifying his brilliant ability to deduce numerous facts from simple observation:
His sidekick was bespectacled, slightly chubby fellow student John Watson (Alan Cox), and both were enrolled at an English boarding school, the Brompton Academy in London. Holmes advised Watson: "The deductive mind never rests, Watson. It's rather like a finely-tuned musical instrument. It demands attention and practice."
There were two more strange deaths of school staff members:
Deep within a London warehouse, Holmes, Watson, and Holmes' love interest Elizabeth Hardy (Sophie Ward) discovered a massive, underground wooden pyramid temple. They witnessed a secret ceremony (a live human sacrifice of a young girl wrapped like a mummy) conducted by an ancient, clandestine Egyptian cult known as Rame Tep that worshipped Osiris. The symbol of Rame Tap was two golden serpents.
When Holmes interrupted the sacrifice, the trio were chased to the London Cemetery, where they were all shot with a blowpipe thorn and suffered frightening hallucinations, although they escaped and survived.
Through further investigations and sleuthing, Holmes learned more about the history of the evil Egyptian cult from the school's Chester Cragwitch (Freddie Jones). Many years earlier, Cragwitch was one member of a group of six British businessmen who made plans to build a luxury hotel in Egypt ("a land of opportunity"). During excavations, they made a "major archaeological find" - an underground pyramid (and temple to Rame Tap), holding the ancient tombs of five Egyptian princesses. All the relics and treasures were sent to England. However, local villagers felt that their "sacred ground" had been desecrated, and there was an uprising. Young Rathe fled to London with his sister, while back in Egypt, Rathe's parents were killed in their village when the British sent in troops to keep the peace.
Afterwards, the orphaned Rathe made a vow that he would seek revenge on the British builders who had desecrated the temple:
Holmes and Watson deduced the identity of the villainous and vengeful Ehtar, engaged in human sacrifice:
The sleuths attempted to rescue Elizabeth (who was being prepared as the next sacrificial victim) after Rathe had abducted her. Holmes created a diversion by crashing a massive light fixture onto the worshippers, but Elizabeth was shot and lethally wounded when she stepped into the line of Rathe's gunfire and saved Holmes. Holmes fought to-the-death in a sword duel with Rathe, who appeared to die when he tumbled through the surface of an iced-over Thames River.
When Holmes returned to Elizabeth, she died in his arms, with a sad farewell:
After the mystery was solved, Watson happened to make an off-hand comment to Holmes about Rathe and one "important clue" that he had not known - Rathe's name was Eh-tar spelled backwards.
One had to wait for a surprise twist following the end credits. Ehtar/Rathe was revealed to still be alive. He signed his name in an Alpine Inn guestbook as "Moriarty", as the camera captured his devilish raised right eyebrow.
He would live on to become Holmes' future literary arch-nemesis and arch-enemy.
The Black-Hooded Blowpipe Assassin
Attacks on Victim Mr. Bobster at Restaurant and in His Home
The Death of Mr. Bobster on the Cobblestone
Young Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe)
John Watson (Alan Cox)
Lethal Attack by Stained-Glass Knight on Rev. Nesbitt
Dying Professor Waxflatter's Clue: "Eh-tar"
Abducted Elizabeth Hardy (Sophie Ward) Prepared as the Next Human Sacrifice
Professor Rathe (Anthony Higgins): The Egyptian Osiris Cult Leader
Rathe's 'Death' - Falling Through Ice
Elizabeth's Farewell and Death
Alpine Inn Guestbook Signature: Moriarty
Eh-Tar/Rathe - Moriarty
Zabriskie Point (1970)
Rebellious Mark Was Shot Dead - A Suspect in a Cop Killing in Los Angeles; In the Finale, Daria Imagined the Apocalyptic End of Materialistic, Capitalistic America
This was Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first (and only) US film, a controversial anti-Establishment work and embarrassing financial box-office disaster for MGM, that often has been considered one of the worst films ever made. The countercultural film came out the same year as the Woodstock Festival.
Its tagline was:
There were basically only three main characters:
When Mark (in a small airplane) and Daria (traveling enroute to Phoenix) met, they drove to Death Valley's Zabriskie Point (at the lowest point in the United States) - for the film's most talked-about, hallucinatory, dust-swirling orgy sequence. The couple parked at an overlook and then ran down into a dry river-bed area, where they began making love -- during which other ash-covered couples (and trios) (at least 100 individuals, credited as the improv Open Theatre group of Joe Chaikin) magically appeared creating a massive 'love-in.' Afterwards, Mark remarked: "I always knew it'd be like this." She asked: "Us?" but he replied: "The desert."
In the explosion-filled finale of this simplistic and failed view of 1960s America, a luxurious, ultra-modern desert dwelling built among boulders was blown up (seen exploding from almost a dozen different angles). In addition, various consumer items were seen being destroyed in extreme close-up (pool furniture, racks of clothes, a refrigerator sending forth packaged WONDER bread, a TV, and shelves of books).
The devastating explosion was presumably another wish-fulfillment hallucination of Daria, but it was unclear.
In another plot thread slightly earlier, Mark - who was wanted by police, returned his hijacked, painted single-engine plane to a Los Angeles area airport, where he was surrounded and shot dead in the cockpit by police after he landed and evaded capture.
The film ended with Daria beaming as she looked up at the house (had it really been destroyed, or was it only in her mind?), and then driving away into the desert, as the camera panned over to view the golden rays of the sun as it set.
Mark and Daria
Mark Confronted by Police at Airport
The Devastating House Explosion
Daria Looking Up at House For One Last Time
Martin Committed Suicide by Drowning in the Bayou; Zandalee Took A Bullet For Johnny
This erotic, steamy bayou thriller and romantic tragedy by director Sam Pillsbury told about a love triangle in New Orleans between:
Bored and frustrated by her life and impotent marriage, the vixenish wife turned to the selfishly-hedonistic, predatory Johnny for uninhibited and passionate sexual encounters. Their self-destructive affair led to Johnny's request that she leave her husband, although she refused and recommitted herself to her marriage. Obsessed by Zandalee, drugged-up Johnny pursued the married couple to the bayou where they went to patch up their relationship, "start clean," wear flowers in their hair, and make love after many months ("See, all our parts work").
A tragic end came to all of them - the cuckolded husband committed suicide in the bayou when he plunged into the water from the speeding boat driven by Johnny - he drowned when he wouldn't allow himself to be saved ("He wanted to be let go").
Back in New Orleans after her husband's burial, Johnny confessed to Zandalee his longing for her: "I can't get you out of me" - but she slapped him: "You don't know anything about love." And then Zandalee sacrificially jumped in front of a bullet intended for indebted Johnny, in a drive-by shooting by a drug lord who yelled out: "You gotta make accounts payable, man."
She died in his arms on the street, after which he carried her limp body to the nearby cathedral.
Johnny With Zandalee (Erika Anderson)
The Love Triangle
The Drowning of Johnny
The Death of Zandalee in Johnny's Arms
Greatest Movie Plot Twists, Spoilers and Surprise Endings
(alphabetical by film title)
Intro | A1 | A2 | B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 | C1 | C2 | C3 | D1 | D2 | D3 | E1 | E2 | F1 | F2 | G | H1 | H2 | H3 | I | J-K | L1 | L2
M1 | M2 | M3 | M4 | M5 | N | O | P1 | P2 | Q-R1 | R2 | S1 | S2 | S3 | S4 | S5 | S6 | T1 | T2 | T3 | U-V | W1 | W2 | W3 | X-Z