By Philip Brubaker @lens_itself The final moments in a movie character’s life are often expanded for dramatic impact. This creates a sensation unique to the medium of film. As films are intended to induce empathy, the vicarious moviegoer gets a prolonged taste of what utter doom feels like. Some tropes of premature death are now clichés, such as the old “surprise pin pulled out of the grenade” trick. Other moments where the main characters meet their maker are still poignant even after fifty years, as in the case of Bonnie and Clyde. My video essay compiles moments where characters we come to like are given excruciating seconds to contemplate their own painful demise. It’s truly existential.