BB #41 – Cookies Come Early

movie cookiesDoes everyone these days know what a movie cookie is? I’m talking about the little scene a director sticks at the very end of the credits. They aren’t quite the same as outtakes — those are bits with muffed lines or where props didn’t work, and they’re often shown during the credits. And obviously, both are different from deleted scenes, which are bits that the director artistically excluded from the final product.

For a long time movie cookies were rare and always came at the very end, after all the final credits. They were a special treat (a cookie) for sophisticated movie goers who watch the entire movie rather than heading for the door the moment the final music begins.

Recently, cookies have become common, and are appearing early in the credits!

Which, yes, to give you the punchline, is yet another sign to me that society is turning into something Not Good. Movie cookies have, to me, always been something of a symbol of how impatient and jittery people have become.

Ferris Bueller

Bueller?… Bueller?…

For a long time, I’ve shaken my head about the little gems people miss by immediately leaving the theater the moment the movie plot ends. For one example, there is a fun cookie at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and it’s possible many people who have seen the movie have never seen that bit.

One that is mind-blowing is what happens during the credits of Wild Things. Firstly, this is one of my favorite movies! It’s a “Florida noir” type film — a genre more or less started by Key Largo, but which really reached its pinnacle with Body Heat.

Florida noir is film noir set in the tropics, so it’s dark and twisty and sexy plus hot and sultry tropics. Also, Florida noir films usually have a big twist ending, one that — ideally — completely re-writes the film you just saw. (The perfect example: The ending of Body Heat.)

Wild ThingsWild Things takes twisty to new levels. The film shows you what’s going on… and then pulls the rug out from under you. “Nope!” it says, “Fooled you, what’s really going on is…” And then, awhile later, it does it again. And again. And yet again. Several times you find out that what’s really going on isn’t what you thought.

And then the movie ends, and the plot seems wrapped up, so you head out the door during the credits. Except, in this movie during the final credits you see short scenes that completely re-write the plot (again).

If you walked out during the credits of Wild Things, you haven’t actually seen the real movie and you don’t know what really happened!

Key LargoThere are two reasons I began actually watching the credits back in my college days. Firstly, as a film student, I wanted to honor those who’d worked on the movie by reading their names. This reason is part of why I still do it. Those people spent months of their life creating this; I can spend a few minutes watching their names.

Secondly, especially after college, I watched the credits to see if there was anyone I knew, any former classmates who’d made it into the big time. (I  never did see any familiar names, and at this point it’s largely moot.)

But I still watch credits to honor those who worked on the film, and because I think it’s nice to sit and reflect after a movie. (I’ve never been the one to rush off to the next experience. I like to think about what I just saw.)

Body HeatBesides, more often than not, you just end up standing in the line of people all trying to leave.  That’s something I’ve never understood when it comes to exiting sporting events, airplanes and other crowded places. That need to stand in line waiting for the line to move.  (A situation that often leads to me making cow noises.)

Doesn’t it make more sense to sit comfortably waiting for the crowd to disperse? (When I rant about people being stupid, it’s stuff like this I’m ranting about.)

And the thing is, you never know when you’ll get a really fun cookie. There’s one at the end of another favorite film, Airplane!. It’s a flash back to the taxi cab Ted Striker left at the curb. A passenger has been sitting in it waiting throughout the movie. In the cookie, he says, “Well, I’ll give him 20 more minutes, but that’s it!”

And while that isn’t a great cookie (especially compared to the rest of one of the funniest movies ever made), it taught me early about cookies.

movie cookies 2

Who wants more cookies?

And it isn’t just the cookies you can miss.

Some movies have outtakes during the credits (or go even further as with Wild Things).  The early Pixar film, A Bug’s Life, had a bunch of (supposed) outtakes during the credits. Except that, of course, animated films can’t have actual outtakes, so they had to write and animate some. As with Wild Things, it’s an addition to the movie that you completely miss if you walk out early.

Recently, the various Marvel Comics movies have used cookies to foreshadow coming films. Even their TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. uses them to tease future episodes. Cookies have become common.

And they’re coming early now. I’ve noticed at least twice now that a few major credits will roll — then comes the cookie — and the rest of the credits come after that.

star trek cookies

Star Trek cookies!!

Apparently, cookies have become popular, which means they need to be served early to an impatient audience eager to stand in the exit line and looking forward to that fight to get out of the parking lot.

So my little symbol of the general impatience and foolishness of people once again signals a change in social behavior that I really wonder about!

The End.

You can head for the exit now, or…

About Wyrd Smythe

The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

22 responses to “BB #41 – Cookies Come Early

  • reocochran

    I like at the end of each of the Pirates of the Caribbean that the director added some foreshadowing to the next in the sequel. I also disliked most of the “22 Jump Street” movie, which I knew would be silly but it was stupid, too. But the end of the movie, has such playfulness with the future Jump Streets, into different countries and other schools they could go off into. (Veterinarian, Medical, Russian… with the two lead actors/comedians wearing the costumes to fit these.)
    I love “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and now, I want to go get it and watch the ending credits! You brought up something about the Florida film noir parts of “Wild Things” and “Body Heat,” which I did not consider either of these mysteries, so I am way off base, right?!

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Ah, yes, those Pirates movies were great, weren’t they? I really enjoyed those! That 22 Jump Street movie — judging by the previews I saw — looked absolutely idiotic. It’s one of those movies where the previews make it pretty clear this isn’t a movie worth seeing. Nice to hear the judgement was correct!

      Wild Things and Body Heat aren’t mysteries in the traditional sense of being “who done it” stories, but there is certainly mystery involved in the story. I suppose they edge into the “crime story” genre more than the mystery genre. Which is really more what noir films do, too. Maltese Falcon is a good example. There is a mystery there (who killed his partner), but the movie is really more about the crooks chasing the Falcon.

      • reocochran

        My youngest daughter and I usually are good at picking movies, but have had a hard time finding good comedies. This is a fun, musical movie, that I watched with my brother: “Pirate Radio.” It is stupid, sometimes, too. But the era and music they chose, along with being British made it very fun to watch. If you feel like a different kind of comedy. I think there are cookies but they are possibly just part of the silly ending.
        I appreciate your explaining how both those movies, which have been years since I watched, were crime stories. I remember the sensuality of both of them more than the plot, to tell you the truth! Smiles, Robin

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Pirate Radio… that’s the British one with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy (two favorites of mine). I recall enjoying that one, although I don’t remember the cookies. There really were such pirate radio stations back in the early days of rock and roll, so the film is based on reality. In Los Angeles, there was a pirate radio station we could pick up that was broadcasting from over the border in Mexico.

        Yeah, both Body Heat and Wild Things were very sexy movies. The former was Kathleen Turner’s first movie, plus it was directed by Lawrence Kasdan, a director I highly regard (The Big Chill, Grand Canyon, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, French Kiss and more).

  • dianasschwenk

    I’m one of those people who never watch the credits. To be fair, I find it extremely hard to sit through a whole movie. Period. I have ants in my pants or something…
    Diana xo

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Heh, you’ve mentioned in the past you’re not much of a movie watcher for that reason. Maybe you need to combine activities and also pace yourself. Watch a half-hour of the movie while jogging in place. Then go for a walk. Then watch another half-hour while doing housework. Then go for a walk. Then watch the last half-hour while doing your paperwork….

      Although, to be honest, most movies these days don’t seem worth that much effort. OTOH, there are some real gems that come along. But lots of chaff to find those tasty kernels of grain.

  • Maggie Wilson

    I did not know the term cookies as applied to cinema, so thanks for this. I’m with you, as regards waiting for the crowd to disperse. The fact that film makers now include bonus footage and/or out-takes in the credits makes it all the more worthwhile. Usually I watch the credits for the titles of the music.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Yeah, I find the music credits interesting, too. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I find myself — during the movie — thinking, “Okay, tomorrow I am going out and buying this soundtrack!!” First time that happened big time was during The Firm… David Grusin’s piano music in that was really tasty. And, of course, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou!

      The one that really amuses me (in an, “oh, you people are so dumb!” way) is how people deplane. The moment the seatbelt sign goes off, people all spring to their feet… and then stand there. Often hunched over due to the curve of the bulkhead… Meanwhile, I’m sitting comfortably in my window seat still reading…

  • Lady from Manila

    Oh, I just can’t resist commenting on your movie posts. They’re so fun fun fun. And there’s even the word “cookie”. Yum yum. What a treat!

    Still wondering why I haven’t taken the time to rent and watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – which has become a classic – to this day. When I was younger, a female officemate kept on telling me that if I were a guy, I’d look pretty much like Matthew Broderick – which I joyfully took as a compliment. 🙂

    I did watch “Wild Things” in the past and thought the casting was excellent (Kevin Bacon is an underrated actor, I believe. He has yet to disappoint me in a movie performance. The film also had Bill Murray – my favorite funny guy). Except for Neve Campbell: I never liked the dreary projection of her face.

    Now this post makes me wonder how you make cow noises every time you get stranded in line: As in “mooo… mooo… mooove, you turtles”? 😀

    Thanks for always being informative, Wyrd.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I think you should make a point of renting Ferris Bueller this week! It’s a classic, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. And then you’ll know the joke behind, “Bueller?… Bueller?…”

      As for Wild Things, it really is one of my favorite movies, and the brief appearance by Bill Murray is just one more bullet point on the list of reasons why. The key one, though, is how many movies completely re-write the plot during the credits? If you missed the credits, you missed the real movie! Pretty amazing story. They tried to repeat it in Wild Things 2 and Wild Things 3 (all unrelated to each other), but neither sequel is anything like the original. (Are they ever?)

      As for cow noises, I just put my head down and moo like a cow. A bit of commentary on being herded around in a crowd. There was one time at the Hollywood Bowl where we were all milling around outside and when they opened the gates there was a huge crush trying to get in. I started mooing and then people around me picked up on it, and after a while a whole bunch of people were all mooing like cows! Made the crush of people a bit more fun! Usually I just get weird looks (and the occasional smile).

      • Lady from Manila

        I’ll try to find a copy of “Ferris Bueller” in a rental store as soon as I can.

        I didn’t miss watching the movie cookie of “Wild Things” which was quite thrilling because it revealed how the plain-looking character of Campbell was able to deceive and outsmart them all. I also remember the ending where she offered Dillon a drink and he hesitated as mistrust crept in and he started becoming suspicious. Yet Campbell assured him she couldn’t navigate the waters without him. Of course, she eventually booted him out to the sea and sailed away with skill. Whatta girl. 🙂

      • Wyrd Smythe

        And, by the way, [SPOILERS!] 😄 (As if spoilers mattered for a 16-year-old movie! Old enough that those born when the movie was made are almost old enough to watch it! 🙂 )

        Pretty tasty movie, really. Twisty plot that keeps on twisting and some great actors to watch… Bacon and Dillon for the gals, Richards and Campbell for the guys. And some pretty racy scenes, especially for the day. Particularly the surprise about Dillon and Bacon! Common coin these days, but that movie came out the same year Will & Grace started on TV!

      • Lady from Manila

        Well, it’s a movie blog post so readers like me surmised it would be okay to make sundry remarks related to the films mentioned. A notice that states spoilers are discouraged would have been strictly complied with – though as you reckoned it doesn’t make much sense considering it’s been 16 years…

        Racy scenes you said – there are? I watched it in a movie theater and Censorship Board here is a bit stringent. Never saw anything beyond the three actors lightly smooching each other in a supposed menage a trois. Perhaps I ought to rent the “Wild Things” DVD, too. The uncut version, of course. 🙂

      • Wyrd Smythe

        I’m not usually one to complain about spoilers; I really don’t care that much if I know what’s going to happen. In some cases it can allow me to enjoy the movie more when I’m not caught up in “what’s going to happen next?!?!” But there are some movies you can only see once. All subsequent viewings are of a somewhat different film. Wild Things is that way, but two canonical examples of that sort of thing are The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects. Once you’ve seen any of those movies and know the story, you’ll see a different film than you saw the first time. I’d hate having a movie like that spoiled, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I don’t necessarily need to experience the trickery to appreciate it.

        But I once inadvertently spoiled a season of NYPD Blue for my (now ex-)wife (by mentioned casually that Bobby died), and she never let me forget it. So some people really do care. A lot.

        For the record, the usual protocol is to at least mention you’re about to deliver a spoiler, especially if there is a surprise twist ending involved. That’s absolutely the case for recent movies and most people follow the protocol even for older movies (you never know when someone hasn’t seen something). It doesn’t mean you can’t write about movies, it just means putting up a warning to let those who might care avert their eyes.

        But it’s a really trivial thing in the scheme of things… kind of like which fork is the salad fork.

      • Lady from Manila

        🙂 Wyrd, we’re ok. It’s just that I don’t understand how a simple innocent comment from me would generate such a response from you. We;re supposed to have fun because I took it as a fun post.

        We can just forget all about it. Delete my spoiler comment about “Wild Things” if you must. You know it’s more important to me that we remain ok. 🙂

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Oh, dear, I fear you’ve gotten the wrong impression from what I wrote. I was trying to say, “No big deal!” I’m not one of those who get my knickers twisted over spoilers. There definitely are people who do, though, so I was trying to give you an FYI for future consideration.

        There’s a balance between the seriousness of the spoiler and the age of the story. (“Hamlet dies at the end!” … definitely not a spoiler! 🙂 ) Just be aware that some people really will go off on you if you casually give away a serious spoiler even on some older films. (I’m not one of them and didn’t mean to give the impression I was. Sorry!!) Films that have a major surprise ending have a longer probation period, so with films like that, it’s often a good idea to issue some warning.

        But truly, I had no negative reaction to your original comment. I was just letting you know that, out on the web, you can run into people who get really testy about that sort of thing.

      • Lady from Manila

        I’m glad to hear that. Please pardon me for being such a baby about it. Hugs and mwah to my dear blog pal. ❤

      • Wyrd Smythe

        No problemo! With written communication it’s easy to get the wrong impression, especially in brief comments.

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