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.
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.
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 Crawl, A Woman's Face and Postcards From the Edge, thanks to Patreon Stephen Swarz.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Flight. Strength. Eye lasers. Weather control. Spidey-sense. Talking to fish. Talking to squirrels. Captain Marvel makes her big-screen debut this weekend, and it's got us thinking about what it must be like to have the powers of a demigod.
In Worth Mentioning, we cover Patreon Paul Royar's selection of Clockers along with Paddleton and The Only Son.
The crew gets together post Oscar to chat about highlights, lowlights and upsets galore! Also, what would the Oscars be without who wore it best?
In Worth Mentioning, Alita: Battle Angel and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World make the cut for best of February.
Carrie and Rob review How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett. Directed by Dean DeBlois.
The fourth season of Alternate Ending begins with Carrie, Rob, and Tim sharing their picks for the best movies of 2018, as well as some other musings about the movie year that was. Plus, we have a lot of news about the changes coming to the website in the months to come. While we catch up with everything we missed last year as we finish up our lists.
In Worth Mentioning, we cover Glass, both Fyre docs and Westward the Women thanks to Patreon Joy Vigil!
'Tis the season to start thinking about holiday-themed movies, and for the last episode of the third year of Alternate Ending's podcast, we're going to look at our very favorite movie Santas: possibly deranged men at malls, lonely skeletons, suburban dads with the unimaginable power to murder demigods. Or, like actual Santa Claus, if that's your jam for some reason. We're making our lists and checking them twice, and while you wait for us to come down the chimney with our 2018 season finale.
In Worth Mentioning we cover Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Leave No Trace.
The world is in trouble, and only one very special hero, chosen by fate, can possibly save it. We could be talking about next week's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We could also be talking about next week's Mortal Engines. We could be talking as well about Aquaman or Bumblebee from the week after that. We could, in fact, be talking about a whole hell of a lot of movies: the Chosen One narrative is one of the most overused tropes in contemporary American filmmaking. But just because something is ubiquitous doesn't mean it can't be good too, and we're going to sort through the unfathomably large pile of Very Special Unique Magical Angel Babies to find the best and brightest, the Chosen-est Ones of all.
In Worth Mentioning, we cover Tito and the Birds and Sherlock Jr.
Thanks to Patreon supporter Travis Neeley, this week's episode sends us to a pair of the campiest monster movies ever made. First up is Roger Corman's bizarre 1960 comedy The Little Shop of Horrors, about a lovelorn nebbish who accidentally creates an unstoppable, man-eating plant. Second is the 1986 Little Shop of Horrors, in which Frank Oz tackles Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's cultishly beloved, warped stage musical adaptation of the Corman film.
In Worth Mentioning, we cover The Christmas Chronicles.
Family vacations and holiday plans won't keep us from unearthing another episode from the archives with our Top 5 Thanksgiving movies.
Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's lovable villain of an '80s arcade game, goes extremely online in Ralph Breaks the Internet, and to celebrate, we're plugging in with our favorite examples of the relationship between humans, computers, and that amazing, awful thing called the internet. From '90s hackers to '00s social media pioneers, we're going to be counting down all of our favorite examples of people who really probably ought to, like, read a book sometime.
Fantastic Beasts: The Grimes of Grindelwald takes us back to the Harry Potter universe, which love it or hate it, surely we must all agree it's one of the most comprehensively designed movie universes that has ever existed. And in celebration of the amazing feat of production design that this franchise has represented, we're taking a look at our very favorite movie universes: the places so beautiful, so comfortable, so fantastic, so homey, so all-around gosh-darned appealing that, if given the opportunity, we'd happily jump right through the screen and live with the characters.
Thanks to Patreon subscriber Paul Royar, we have a very special Election Week present for you: our picks for the very best political movies ever made! Of course, "political" can mean a lot of things: films about the machinations of doing politics, or about the lives of politicians, or about important political questions of the day. Find out how each of us tackled the tricky business of answering the question, "what is a political movie".
In Worth Mentioning we cover Beautiful Boy, The Other Side of the Wind and The French Connection thanks to Patreon subscriber Julian DeBerry!
With Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody about to rock its way into theaters, we're thinking about the most glam decade of them all, the 1970s. We look at our favorite films that capture that decade in all its cocaine-fueled highs and equally cocaine-fueled lows. Be they time capsules from the '70s themselves or modern attempts to capture the swagger and madness of that decade, we'll be discoing our way through all of them.
In Worth Mentioning we cover Bad Time at the El Royale and The Old Man & the Gun.
With Rob traveling for work the AE crew takes an oldie, but a goodie out of the archives with Top 5 Witch Movies.
The new Halloween (third film of that title) brings back Michael Meyers, one of the most infamous of all movie psycho killers. In anticipation of the piles of dead babysitters sure to follow, we're going to scare ourselves silly by telling tales of all our favorite movie psychos, serial killers, slashers, and every sort of person of murd'rous intent.
Neil Armstrong biopic First Man is about to rocket into theaters, and we're celebrating by talking about our absolute favorite movies set in the inky black vacuum of space. Sci-fi swashbucklers, rigorously sober scientific true stories - if it celebrates the infinite wonders of the universe, it's fair game.
In Worth Mentioning we cover two new releases with A Star is Born and Night School.