30 terrible movies saved by great endings

Bad films that find their footing at the last minute

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

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Directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, The Butterfly Effect centers on Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher), a college student afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan can travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past, but changing the past can drastically modify the present and put Evan in nightmarish alternate realities. While the premise is intriguing, the film tries to be too visceral that it just comes out as being repugnant.

Ugly images dominate the film, but it is somehow redeemed by its fairly upbeat ending, at least in the director’s cut. Unlike the theatrical ending that goes for a more serious tone, the director’s cut embraces the movie’s ridiculousness. Without spoiling too much, the director’s cut concludes with Evan traveling back in time to when he was a fetus and strangling himself with his own umbilical cord.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”