We’re back! And recharged from our time off, we’re ready to recap the films of the summer just gone by. Dinosaurs, helicopters, superheroes, crazy rich Asians, racial strife in Oakland, and the beatific face of Fred Rogers – we go over it all on our way to pick our favorite films of the season.
In Worth Mentioning, Tim discusses The Nun.
Alpha is here to teach us all about how dogs were invented by a lonely cave boy who found himself staring down a wolf with a broken leg. Thousands of year's later, man's best friend has been the subject of countless film, almost every one of which is specifically calculated to make you cry buckets. For our last episode of the summer season, we'll be looking our favorite movie dogs in our favorite dog movies.
In Worth Mentioning, we cover The Spy Who Dumped Me, Tallulah and Froning: The Fittest Man in History.
Inspired by the subaquatic lab at the center of the upcoming "Jason Statham vs. a prehistoric shark" movie The Meg, the Alternate Ending crew is happy to announce our most esoteric topic yet. This episode is all about water in movies: the aesthetics of water, the challenges of shooting on water, the things live in the water, Kevin Costner drinking his own piss.
In Worth Mentioning we cover Christopher Robin, Blindspotting and Like Father.
Disney's Christopher Robin continues the company's decades-long project of co-opting every last smackeral of A.A. Milne's 100-Acre Wood in the mind of children the world over. While we wait to learn first hand that a little boy and his bear will indeed always be playing, we've decided to take a look at movies based on classic books, with our favorite films based on children's literature.
Tom Cruise has done everything but commit actual seppukuon-camera for our spectatorial enjoyment, so we're excited to see what he has in store for us in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. While we get more and more hyped to watch him break his damn bones right there in the movie, we're going to take a look at our other favorite stunts from across movie history: the ridiculous car flips, high jumps, and hanging-from-clocks that brazen fucking idiots have put themselves through for the rest of us to say "well, that was cool" as we eat ice cream on the couch.
In Worth Mentioning, we all talk Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Eighth Gradeand Blockers.
It's an all-singing, all-dancing episode of Alternate Ending next week, as we celebrate - or at least, acknowledge the existence of - the upcoming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again by looking through our all-time favorite movie musicals. Whether it's singin' in the rain or singin' in a Nazi biergarten, we pay tribute to the showstoppingest movie genre of them all.
In Worth Mentioning we discuss Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacationand White Fang.
We're pretty far into summer at this point, and if you haven't already been on vacation, you might be thinking it's about time to take one. In this episode, we discuss our favorite vacation movies. Whether it's exotic destinations and the wacky misadventures that happen there, or maybe just the pleasure of staying home with nothing to do, as long as it's getting out of the daily routine, it's enough of a vacation for us.
Despite it having been made pretty clear in the dialogue of the first three movies in the Purgefranchise, we finally to get to see what happened during The First Purge. It's the only excuse we need to look back at our own favorite prequels, that most wonderful narrative form that combines the pandering of a forced sequel with the thrill of knowing exactly how the plot is going to end even before it starts.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomis here, the fourth follow-up to a movie uniquely near and dear to the heart of every '90s kid. We happen to have three such individuals ready to talk about the whole series, from 1993's iconic Jurassic Park all the way up to the massive 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, and its shiny new sequel.
In Worth Mentioning, the AE crew discusses Hereditary, Tag and A Kid Like Jake.
Remake mania claimed its latest victim with Superfly, a new version of the beloved 1972 blaxplotation classic Super Flythat, in keeping with the faster pace of modern life, does away with the space in the title. Over the years, dating all the way back to the silent era, in fact, there have been so many remakes that some of them musthave been worth it, and the team is going to bring new meaning to the phrase "discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time" in trying to separate the wheat from a whole shitload of chaff.
In Worth Mentioning, we catch up with Incredibles 2,Tomb Raider and Superfly.
The Incredibles 2 is coming this weekend, at which point the one Pixar film that people actuallywant a sequel to will finally have one. This leaves a void: what are the otherfilms in this ridiculous, sequel-mad era of ours that somehow haven't gotten a follow-up, but nonetheless deserve one?
In Worth Mentioning, the crew discusses Ocean's 8and Rob talks about the sci-fi indie flick Upgrade.
Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast of women thieves as the ringleader of Ocean's 8. It seems like the perfect opportunity to share our picks for the very best films of Bullock's wide-ranging career: from the fiery Speedto the damp Speed 2: Cruise Control, from outer space in Gravityto the inside of a computer in The Net, from the high-concept charms of Miss Congenialityto whatever the shit was up with All About Steve.
In Worth Mentioning, Tim shares his love of the Netflix original Cargo.
Our next episode comes courtesy of Patreon donor Andrew Milne, who wanted to know our thoughts on the Indonesian action movies The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2. No fair guessing Tim's opinions if you follow those links, but what will Rob and Carrie have to say about two of the very best action movies of the 21st Century, given their ridiculous hesitation to embrace subtitled movies?
Word out of Cannes is that Alden Ehrenreich makes for a pretty good Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but let's just say that we'll believe it when we see it. But if Ehrenreich does singlehandedly destroy the movie, it wouldn't be the first time. Carrie, Rob, and Tim share their picks for the most damaging performances ever: the times when a movie was actually ruined by bad acting.
In Worth Mentioning, the crew dishes on Deadpool 2, Carrie chats about The Glass Castleand Tim shares his thoughts on The Book Club.
You're only as old as you feel, but if you're pairing Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda in the movie Book Club, you're sure to be a contender for our Top 5 Geriatric movies. This week we explore the films that best highlight those fine golden years, the highs and lows of aging and everything in between.
In Worth Mentioning, we discuss Overboard, Tullyand a Patreon requested review of The Red Turtle.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it brings with it Life of the Party, a film about a mom humiliating her daughter by going back to college (it's also just shown up as one of Carrie's most-anticipated films of the summer!). To celebrate both of these things, we're celebrating our favorite films about mothers and daughters. Whether it's a loving relationship, a fraught relationship, or a relationship complicated by the fact that one of them has accidentally been turned into a bear, movies about the difficulties of women's family relationships have been a reliable source of comedy and drama for decades, and we're excited to share our picks for the best of the lot.
In Worth Mentioning, Carrie share's her thoughts on Kodachrome, while Rob has a couple of quick hits on Marjorie Prime, Imperiumand Allied.
We're refreshed from our short break, and eager to look ahead to summer. With Summer here, we're sharing our most-anticipated releases of the next four months and the ones we think will crush it at the box office, from popcorn movies about volcanoes and dinosaurs to whatever random-ass art movie Tim wants to force on Carrie and Rob.
Romantic comedies with zombies! Cops who break into song! Cowboys fighting aliens! Vampires who are real-estate billionaires and also mopey high school students! Our last podcast before we take a brief, two-week spring break comes courtesy of Patreondonor Not Fenimore, who asked us to discuss some of our all-time favorite genre mash-ups. Whether it's horror comedies or domestic dramas in space, we're talking about all our favorite unexpected combinations of cinematic flavors.
In Worth Mentioning, fresh from the Wisconsin Film Festival, Tim dishes on Godard Mon Amour,Carrie finally catches up with The Greatest Showmanand everyone talks about our Patreon pick from Zev Burrows, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
April is prom season, as evinced by the upcoming "sex at prom" comedy Blockers, and to get ready, we're took a look at our favorite examples of this quintessential rite of passage for American teenagers.
In Worth Mentioning, we discuss Unsane, Zama and When We First Met.
Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg returns to high-concept popcorn entertainment with Ready Player One, and we're taking the opportunity to look back over the 40 years and then some of one of the most wildly successful directorial careers in the history of the movies. Whether it's his groundbreaking part in co-creating the modern blockbuster, or his late-career political character dramas, Spielberg has long been one of the most reliable names in mainstream cinema, and we're excited to share our picks for his best work.
In Worth Mentioning, Tim dishes on the Netflix original Forgotten, while Carrie talks a little TV with Ugly Delicious.
Who didn't love Pacific Rim? A whole lot of people, actually, and yet Pacific Rim Uprising (not to mention, God help us, Sherlock Gnomes is still coming out. To celebrate - or at least to pause and ask, what the hell? - Carrie, Rob, and Tim share their picks for the top five unnecessary sequels of all time.
In Worth Mentioning, the crew talks about Love, Simon and Forgotten
The quest to make just one good movie based on a video game continues with a new film based on Tomb Raider. The Alternate Ending crew is goes on an even more dangerous quest than Lara Croft's: we're going to try to pick our five favorite movies based on video games. See what we end up with!
In Worth Mentioning, the crew talk about another movie to hit the big screen, A Wrinkle in Time.
While some celebrities are still doing the walk of shame from the Dolby Theater, we share our thoughts on everything Oscars 2018 including the winner of our Oscar Ballot Content.
Everybody loves a hero, but sometimes you've just got to hand it to a psychopathic bastard who can get the job done fast and dirty. With Red Sparrow and the remake of Death Wish both hitting theaters next week, we're going to be sharing out picks for the best - worst? - anti-heroes in the movies.
The team also shares reviews of Tim and Rob's highly anticipated film Annihilation, Game Night and the Netflix Original, Mute.
Here's a nice high concept one for you. Annihilation will be just the second film ever directed by screenwriter-novelist Alex Garland, after 2015's Ex Machina. Which is almost enough to get us excited, but second features tend to be difficult: for every one that lives up to the promise of the maker's debut, there are a dozen sodden misfires. Hear us discuss our picks for the best directorial sophomore efforts ever.
In Worth Mentioning, we catch up with Early Man, Black Panther and Roman J. Israel Esq.