When did endings become middles and beginnings? It used to be that you could watch a film and lose yourself in the slow unraveling of the plot. Bit by bit things would play out and (hopefully) come together in various satisfying and entertaining ways. But then every new feature had to "up" the ante, and it has left our entertainment a flipping mess of terribly convoluted storytelling.

On television, it manifests in shows where the epic, shocker twists -- once generally reserved for finales and sweeps -- become the daily fare. (Weeds, I'm looking at you!) There's no build-up, just an onslaught of gasp-provoking moments wrapped up with flimsy rationale that takes barely a minute to explain before the next wild twist hits.

Luckily, movies aren't episodic, so we're saved from the 12-24 episodes of shockers. Unfortunately they're being replaced with complicated story lines. In Moviefone's latest Movie Club broadcast, Eric Larnick discusses the additions to the latest Clash of the Titans. He thought the film tried too hard to update the story while striving to appeal to modern audiences: "There are all these added complications that the story never needed." Hey, I guess that goes to show how modern we are -- we won't rest for some story thousands of years old! We deserve something new! Our modern brains need more story lines, more plots intersecting, more complication! We're not simpleton cave people!

At the same time, maybe I'm in the minority. Those shockers and gasps seem to wow a number of fans, or they wouldn't continue to get so much love from Hollywood. So where do you stand? Do you enjoy the increased shockers and increasingly complicated stories? Does all this stuff have to do with sequels and trilogy preparation? Or do you wish screenwriters would just chill out a little?