What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

First and Final


“Children of Men” 2006 Universal Studios

Set to “Plastic Bag Theme” from the “American Beauty” soundtrack by Thomas Newman (which I think is one of the most haunting pieces of music of the 20th century), digital filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney‘s short film, First and Final Frames is absolutely consuming me today. Swinney brilliantly edited together the first and last few frames of 55 iconic American movies. The frames are shown side by side, and the resulting compilation is absolutely hypnotic.

I’ve listed the movies in order below the video, but I think it’s more fun to watch first and see how many you can name. I was shocked at how few I got right. Clearly, I need a Netflix day to brush up!

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. The Master
  3. Brokeback Mountain
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. Her
  6. Blue Valentine
  7. Birdman
  8. Black Swan
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Kill Bill Vol. 2
  11. Punch-Drunk Love
  12. Silver Linings Playbook
  13. Taxi Driver
  14. Shutter Island
  15. Children of Men
  16. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  17. Funny Games
  18. Fight Club
  19. 12 Years a Slave
  20. There Will be Blood
  21. The Godfather Part II
  22. Shame
  23. Never Let Me Go
  24. The Road
  25. Hunger
  26. Raging Bull
  27. Cabaret
  28. Before Sunrise
  29. Nebraska
  30. Frank
  31. Cast Away
  32. Somewhere
  33. Melancholia
  34. Morvern Callar
  35. Take this Waltz
  36. Buried
  37. Lord of War
  38. Cape Fear
  39. 12 Monkeys
  40. The World According to Garp
  41. Saving Private Ryan
  42. Poetry
  43. Solaris
  44. Dr. Strangelove
  45. The Astronaut Farmer
  46. The Piano
  47. Inception
  48. Boyhood
  49. Whiplash
  50. Cloud Atlas
  51. Under the Skin
  52. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  53. Gravity
  54. The Searchers
  55. The Usual Suspects

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “First and Final

  1. absolutely beautiful and a break-through idea, thank you for putting it up

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  2. That was pretty neat. Make me think of how time moves circularly rather than linearly at times…

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  3. The editing in this is amazing. It could really serve as a way to advertise these movies; I felt like I immediately had to turn on netflix and start watching a few of them. Really loved this post, thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a great share! I could watch that 100 times over and it made me wonder about other films too.

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  5. OOoooh I’m definitely incorporating this into date night this week – boyfriend would LOVE to guess each movie!! thanks!!

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  6. Great idea. Music is amazing too – so emotive.

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