Before we bid adieu to the summer of 2017, we spend a podcast celebrating that quintessential summertime activity, camping. Just in time for Rob and Carrie to return from their own camping trip, the Alternate Ending crew select our favorite camping films. From kids at day camp triumphing over the bullies from across the lake to horny teenagers fleeing from machete-wielding maniacs in the woods, if it involves cooking food over bonfires, sleeping under the stars, or hiking through clouds of mosquitoes, it has a chance of showing up on our lists.
Stop me if you've heard this one: a group of colorful figures pool their unique talents to execute a perfect crime, probably involving an elaborately choreographed interchange of people in relation to the world's most advanced security system. This time around, it's Logan Lucky, which of course isn't even the first time that director Steven Soderbergh has visited this genre. That this same man, in this same idiom, gifted Ocean's Eleven onto the world is reason enough for us all to be excited about his newest film.
We were so excited in fact, that we celebrated it with our Top 5 Heists episode! No points for guessing in advance whose list will be mostly European movies from the '60s, and who will try to argue "this movie stole my heart - that's like a heist, right?"
After three and a half bitterly long years of waiting, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is finally here to answer the questions of what happened at the end of The Nut Job. Did they succeed in killing the nut? Will we ever learn the identity of the nut's parents? Is there truly an entire nut civilization? I never actually saw The Nut Job.
Anyway, unwanted and unneeded sequels to animated films are a modern cottage industry, and we're setting ourselves to the task of plucking the gold threads from among the mountains of dross.
In Worth Mentioning Carrie and Rob each quickly digest War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planet and The Vanishing while Tim dishes on Wolf Warrior 2 which is taking the Chinese box office by storm.
Earlier this year, the classic sci-fi anime film Ghost in the Shell received a long-gestating, hugely unnecessary live-action remake. But hey, necessary or not, we're fans of stylish sci-fi around these parts, so it seemed like a good excuse to finally catch up with the new film. Better still, we're going to be taking a look at both versions of Ghost in the Shell, the 1995 masterpiece as well as the 2017 flop, continuing Rob & Carrie's slow but steady education in the ways of anime.
In Worth Mentioning, Tim shares his thoughts on the horror feature Ouija: Origin of Evil and the whole crew dishes on Dunkirk.