Frank's Faves: Movie foreshadowings

Frank's Faves: Movie foreshadowings

"Where I am at, is not actually where I am at. Where I am at is merely a point on the path to where I am going." — Tony Cleaver

It's not my fault! For those who noticed, you didn't see a Frank's Faves last week, not because I didn't write one, but because there simply wasn't room in that edition of On the Go.

So Frank's Faves had to go. Hey, it happens sometimes in the newspaper biz. I try not to take it personally and trust very few others were put out much by the brief hiatus either. The irony is — and there always is one, it seems — I was informed that Faves were getting the week off at the very same time that I was asked to hereafter try to write my columns further in advance.

Well, seeing as the one I wrote for last week didn't get used, bingo! There you have it: I'm already a week ahead. Piece of cake.

Except ... I just don't know about this writing-ahead stuff. It shouldn't be a problem, of course. After all, it's something I've done a few times before, such as when I had a scheduled week off for vacation coming up, and still ...

It feels a bit odd to me. Sure, I'm already well acquainted with writing a few days in advance of when my column is actually published and read by folks like yourself, so I should be used to writing with the realization that things might change between the time I write this and the time you read it.

What difference is an extra week's lag time going to make anyway? I don't know. Maybe none. My faves aren't likely to change that drastically in another week's time, right?

Probably not. But there's still something kinda time-warpish about talking about what I like best at this given moment, while knowing full well that I will have moved on from this moment long before you get a chance to share it.

It's not like I have any special precognitive abilities. And yet, like it or not, right this instant as I write these words, I am writing to your future self.

And you are hearing from the former me.

I hope I don't spoil anything important for you — so consider this your SPOILER ALERT. Talk about foreshadowing!

On the other hand, I have a feeling more than a few of you saw that coming right from the start — the Faves dude is going to give us his favorite movies in which the filmmakers sneaked a peek to the end of the script and then snuck a hint from that peek in near the beginning for those of us who don't know yet what's coming.

And you would have been right, in which case you probably also already know that I'm calling these particular faves:


— Ed's plan in "Shaun of the Dead" (2004). When Nick Frost as Ed describes his drinking plan for the following day with Shaun (Simon Pegg) — saying that they should have "A bloody Mary first thing, a bite at the King's Head, couple at The Little Princess, stagger back here and bang ... back at the bar for shots" — he is unwittingly describing what the two friends will do in the rest of film — killing a zombie with the nametag "Mary" followed by going to Shaun's stepfather's place to see that he's been bitten, followed by picking up Shaun's love interest and her friends before pretending to be zombies while going back to the pub where they find themselves warding off zombies with a gun. That's the entire plot in a single line of dialogue, folks. Now that's foreshadowing.

— Alien skull glimpsed in trophy case in "Predator 2" (1990). Fans of the comics on which this sci-fi action series was based probably already knew that the same franchise that owned this film series also owned the "Alien" one, but for the rest of us, the subtle implication that the "Predator" characters not only exist in the same universe as the "Alien" xenomorphs, but actually hunt them, was a pulse-quickening revelation that we still had to wait another 14 years to see for ourselves in the first "Alien vs. Predator" film.

— Scene from "A Fistful of Dollars" in "Back to the Future Part II" (1989). When Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly confronts future Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) about the sports almanac, the jerk is soaking in a hot tub and watching "A Fistful of Dollars," specifically the scene in which Clint Eastwood tricks the bad guys into shooting him in the chest, where he has a concealed bullet-proof plate. It appears as just a background detail until the third "BTTF," when Marty pulls this very same stunt to save his own life.

— Stuffed birds in "Psycho" (1960). Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates defends his mother's emotional abusiveness to guest Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), with a reference to his taxidermy collection of owls, explaining that his mother is "as harmless as one of those stuffed birds." The line turns out to be literally true by the end, when it is revealed that Norman killed and taxidermied his dear old mom.

— "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's crime drama follows a small group of criminals brought together for a diamond heist but known only to each other by color-coded aliases (Mr. White, Mr. Pink, Mr. Orange, etc.). When the police show up mid-job, it's obvious that one of them is a snitch, but which one? If you missed the hint in the opening diner scene when one of the crooks rats out another who failed to chip in for the tip, don't worry — there's another, more obvious hint, later on, when Chris Penn as Nice Guy Eddie rushes back to the hideout after the heist-gone-wrong. An orange balloon bobs along innocently behind his car. Or not so innocently ...

Topics (2):Film, Television