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Alternate Ending

Alternate Ending was formed when three friends realized that they all shared a passion for movies. Tim had been reviewing films at his old blog Antagony & Ecstasy for over a decade, and Rob & Carrie had found great success with their year-old podcast, when they all decided to combine forces to create a new site, dedicated to their desire to watch and discuss the best (and worst) that cinema has to offer. The result is the website you see before you. What makes Alternate Ending different from all the other film sites on the internet? Well, we humbly suggest that it's the three of us: very different people with very different thoughts about the movie. Too many film sites cater to the same kind of audience, with one overwhelming voice in the writing, but what we treasure at Alternate Ending is diversity: diversity of opinion, diversity in belief about what film should do and how it should do it. We want to celebrate our different opinions, and celebrate yours as well. This isn't a site for people who just want to talk about the latest hot new movies in theaters right this minute. This is a site for people who can't get to the theater until the third week a film is out; a site for people who just want to find something great to stream online after the kids have gone to sleep, a site for people whose favorite pastime is to grab a bunch of classic films on DVD from the library and watch them all weekend. It's a site that believes that every great movie is a wonderful new treasure, whether you see it the night of its premiere or fifty years later. It's a site about discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time.
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Nov 18, 2019

There are few pieces of U.S. mythology more potent than the romantic outlaw - the iconoclastic misfit for, through mischance or their own glamorous antiheroism, has ended up on the wrong side of society, and now has to make their way stealing, cheating, and otherwise scrabbling on the outer fringes of the world. Later this month, Queen & Slim offers up a race-inflected version of the Bonnie and Clyde story, and we're taking the opportunity to share our favorite outlaws in movies - noble heroes driven by fate, monstrous criminals driven by greed, and everything in between.

In Worth Mentioning we cover: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Ford v Ferrari and Pain & Glory.

Nov 4, 2019

To judge from the films that get produced, there's never been a single screenwriter in the history of the art form who had a good relationship with their dad. To mark the occasion, we're taking a look at our own favorite dysfunctional relationships and broken homes in the movies.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Doctor Sleep, Parasite and Doctor Sleep.

Oct 28, 2019

Halloween is right around the corner, and we're in the mood for some horror! This time around, we're going to be talking about our very favorite movies about every low-budget filmmaker's favorite monster: zombies, the brain-hungry reanimated corpses that have been munching guts ever for over half a century, and were busy harvesting sugar crops even before that. As a special guest, we have the creator of several Zombie comic books, Robert Rios.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Parasite.

Oct 14, 2019

Jojo Rabbit, winner of the TIFF Audience Award and Best Picture Oscar hopeful, hits theaters in which a little boy deals with the stress and confusion of childhood by concocting an imaginary friend, in the form of bloodthirsty dictator Adolf Hitler. Most imaginary friends are a bit more innocuous than that, of course, and we're going to talk about those non-genocidal imaginary friends in our next episode, from invisible rabbits to evil rabbits to bossy rabbits with curious hostility for bouncing tigers.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Joker, Gemini Man, Monos and The Night of the Hunter, thanks to Patreon Cameron Shaw.

Oct 11, 2019

To help fill the void in your weekly listening, Carrie and Rob are bringing you Weeklies - a review of the last 7-days of movie new...with a twist! Rob has gathered all the 10 best pieces of movie news and Carrie will only be able to pick 5

  1. Martin Scorsese's Claim That Marvel Movies Aren't Art Has Sparked a Passionate Debate
  2. ‘Matrix 4’ Adds ‘Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
  3. Len Wiseman Set To Direct Female-Centric ‘John Wick’ Spinoff ‘Ballerina’
  4. Robert Downey Jr. Bluntly Turns Down His Own ‘Avengers’ Oscars Campaign: ‘Let’s Not’
  5. CAA Signs Francis Ford Coppola; Mission Is To Get Epic ‘Megalopolis’ Made
  6. Exclusive: ‘Training Day’ Prequel in the Works at Warner Bros.
  7. Daveed Diggs in Talks to Play Sebastian in Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’
  8. Edward Norton Says Marvel Went Back On Its Word Over Dark 'Hulk' Film
  9. New 'Inspector Gadget' Live-Action Movie in the Works From Disney
  10. Jared Leto Was “Alienated and Upset” at Not Getting to Star in ‘Joker’

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Sep 30, 2019

Batman's arch-enemy, the Joker, is getting his very own movie, and we're celebrating by looking at our all-time favorite movie villains. From wicked witches to evil space cyborg wizards to petulant octopus women, it's all about the colorful monsters who are the very best at being very bad.

In Worth Mentioning we discus Abominable, Hustlers, Batman Ninja and Toy Story 4.

Sep 27, 2019

To help fill the void in your weekly listening, Carrie and Rob are bringing you Weeklies - a review of the last 7-days of movie new...with a twist! Rob has gathered all the 10 best pieces of movie news and Carrie will only be able to pick 5

  1. Midsommar Therapy Sessions: Article Link, Video Link
  2. Casting News for The Batman: Article Link
  3. Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds Christmas Movie: Article Link
  4. Movie Trailer Survey: Article Link
  5. Princess Bride Remake: Article Link
  6. Moviepass Alive: Article Link
  7. Fear the Joker: Article Link
  8. Jurassic World 3 Casting and Movie Short: Article Link, Movie Short Link
  9. Jason Bateman Directing Clue: Article Link
  10. Will Smith as a Bad Guy: Article Link

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Sep 23, 2019

Our latest podcast topic comes courtesy of Patreon Not Fenimore, who's asked us to take a look at one of film history's most legendary, acclaimed trilogies: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather, Part II (1974), and The Godfather, Part III (1990). And lest you think that the internet can't possibly need another analysis of the Godfather films, there's a twist: for one of our trio (not naming names!) this will be the very first time seeing these monolithic classics.

As an added bonus, we talked to Anderson Cowan of The Film Vault podcast, on the occasion of his leap into feature filmmaking with Groupers. Grab your tickets to the theatrical release while you can!

In Worth Mentioning we also covered Ad Astra and My Brother's Wedding.

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Sep 16, 2019

Before we get too far into the fall and awards season, we place a bow on the summer by sharing our picks for the best films of Summer 2019! Find out how well we did at predicting what films we'd like (...not so well), and find out what unexpected gems we stumbled into along the way.

In Worth Mentioning we cover Hustlers, It Chapter Two and Set it Up thanks to Patreon Ann Yourell!

Sep 3, 2019

We're recharged from our summer vacation and coming back with the 2019 edition of our annual fall preview: our picks for the releases between now and the end of the calendar year that have us the most excited, be they popcorn extravaganzas, picturesque art films, violent action pictures, or the most unfathomably evil-looking adaptation of a stage musical in the history of cinema.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Hobbs & Shaw, Ready or Not, The Peanut Butter Falcon,  and Hangover Square thanks to Patreon Zev Burrows.

Jul 29, 2019

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw looks to redeem a fairly dry summer with its action-packed story of two dudes swapping sarcastic banter while constantly trying to one-up each other and generally getting on each other's nerves. In honor, we'll be sharing all of our other favorite examples of two unlikely figures being thrust together by fate to star in an action film together, quipping all the way.

In Worth Mentioning we cover The Lion King and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Jul 15, 2019

Disney unveils its remake of The Lion King, a film in which photorealistic lions sing and plot dynastic revolutions. To celebrate - or, for some of us, to take our minds off of the impending death of cinema - we look at all of our favorite felines of filmdom: lions and tigers and everything else down to the proud housecat.

In Worth Mentioning we cover CrawlA Woman's Face and Postcards From the Edge, thanks to Patreon Stephen Swarz.

Jul 1, 2019

Just in time for the new release Yesterday, director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis's celebration of the enduring music of The Beatles, we are joined by the fantastic singer/songwriter Kevin Andrew Prchal, for an episode-length conversation about what the movie tells us about performance, music stardom, and the legacy of the iconic rock band.

Be sure to stick around to the end of the episode to check out two hear Settling Cliches from the album "Eat Shirt and Tie" and Look Me in the Eye from the album "Love & Summer".

In Worth Mentioning we cover our favorite movies of June, including: Toy Story 4, Child's Play and Rocketman (technically a May release). Thanks to Patreon Jaidan Vanmali, we also had the chance to watch All That Heaven Allows.

Show Notes:
00:06:00 - Rocketman
00:12:04 - Child's Play
00:17:05 - Toy Story 4
00:29:20 - All That Heaven Allows
00:42:16 - Guest Kevin Andrew Prchal joins the show to talk Yesterday
01:50:16 - Bonus Content: Settling Cliches// Look Me in the Eye

 

Jun 16, 2019

With both Toy Story 4 and a remake of Child's Play coming out the same weekend, did we even have a choice? We take a look at out all-time favorite dolls in the movies: from beloved child's playthings to unfathomably evil vessels for demonic energy, and everything in between.

In Worth Mentioning, we discuss The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Chernobyl and The Holy Mountain by request of Patreon Dan Prestwich.

Jun 3, 2019

While the ordinary summer fare of popcorn movies keep whizzing around, next week sees the release of the more subdued Late Night. In its honor we look at the anchormen, broadcast news, faces in the crowd, and networks that have made for so many rich cinematic explorations of the movies' scrappy younger sibling.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover our favorite movies from May, flicks we're most looking forward to in June, discuss the Onward trailer and review Love & Friendship by request of Patreon, R W Lovejoy.

May 20, 2019

There might not be any time quite in a human lifespan quite as beloved to filmmakers as high school: that miraculous cauldron of humiliation and horniness, when every emotion is ramped up to 110%. To celebrate the release of Booksmart, we're looking at our Top 5 High School Movies.

In Worth Mentioning, we discuss John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Lone Wolf and Cub. In addition, thanks to Patreons CRD and Jason Dohla, we look at The Lady Eve and Raising Arizona.

May 6, 2019

Opposites attract, they say, and that's certainly true in the world of movie romances. Whether it's a world-class beauty and a pudgy schlub, a free-spirited madcap and a stuck-up prig, or any combination that always, for whatever reason, seems to end up with the woman having to settle for some asshole, we look at our favorite examples of true love striking where you'd least expect with our Top 5 Mismatched Couples.

In Worth Mentioning we cover Avengers: Endgame, Shazam! and Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Apr 15, 2019

Mid-April is awfully early to be thinking about summer already, but Marvel and Disney have decided for the rest of us that the summer movie season begins this year on Friday, 26 April, with the release of Avengers: Endgame. To prepare, this episode will be all about the blockbuster movies to come: the superheroes, the living toys, the monsters who fit inside your pocket, the Hobbses and the Shaws.

In Worth Mentioning we cover a Patreon pick from Julian DeBerry with North by Northwestas well as The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.

Apr 1, 2019

Who doesn't love a good practical joke? Morally decent people, that's who, but that doesn't describe us at all, which is why we're spending April Fool's Day celebrating our very favorite pranks in the movies. Come join us for all the faked dead friends and shit-flavored chocolate pies you can shake a rubber limb at!

In Worth Mentioning we cover Us and Apollo 11.

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