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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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May 26, 2020

Sometimes - when you're feeling a bit gloomy, for example, or when you've locked your doors against the onslaught of a global pandemic - you just need to have fun. And sometimes, that fun is pretty disreputable and embarrassing, but do you care? No! Well... maybe just a little. And that's what makes a guilty pleasure: a film that you're almost not ashamed to love, and certainly the love more than beats out the shame, though you would, perhaps, not want to admit that love to God, the world, and everybody on a podcast. And yet, that's just exactly what we're going to do on our next episode: reveal the mortifying (but gratifying!) truth about our very favorite guilty pleasure movies, be they corny romances, racist action movies, dumb musicals, or Swedish nudism documentaries.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Scoob!, The Lovebirds and A Separation by request of Patreon, Jaiden Vanmali.

May 11, 2020

We had such a good time re-watching Back to the Future that we've decided to keep the fun going with a whole episode dedicated to our favorite examples of time travel in the movie. Whether it's killer robots from the future, accidentally screwing up the past, or just going on a tour of whatever costume drama sets the producer could get for cheap, we'll be hopping back and forth across the decades.

In Worth Mentioning we cover The Willoughby's, Emma and The Rhythm Section.

Apr 27, 2020

It's time for one of our favorite annual traditions, the summer preview episode! We always love to try to predict what upcoming releases we're going to enjoy the most, out of all the big summer tentpoles and smaller counter-programming. Unfortunately, with no movies coming out until July (at best!), it would be a pretty thin episode.

But just because summer 2020 is shot to hell, doesn't mean we can't still have fun thinking about summer blockbusters! So instead of looking ahead, we're going to look backwards, to our favorite blockbuster movies of summers past. Butter up some popcorn and throw on the AC, and join us for a celebration of all the best big budget razzle-dazzle that Hollywood has thrown at us for the past few decades.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover Extraction, Sonic the Hedgehog, and A Brighter Summer Day.

Apr 13, 2020

Looking at the world outside our windows - certainly not visiting it- what could be better than watching a movie about the swirling paranoia of a world that is on the brink of collapse and there's nothing you can do about it? Certainly nothing we can think of which is why this episode is about the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko, by request of Patreon subscriber Gavin. We look at not just at the original version of Richard Kelly's dreamy and nightmarish fantasy about teenage suburban angst, but also the controversial 2004 director's cut.

Mar 30, 2020

There are a lot of ways you can ride out a pandemic. You can gather all of your beautiful rich friends, hole up in a villa outside of Florence, and tell dirty stories to each other for ten straight days. Or you can throw a lavish party with several color-coded rooms that represent the decaying, corrupted soul of the age. Maybe you can keep a diary that will be treasured centuries from now as an irreplaceable historical document. Or maybe you can just masturbate a lot.

Here at Alternate Ending, we're going to spend our time watching movies, naturally enough. And since the world is scary out there right now, our next episode is celebrating our favorite pick-me-up movies, the ones we watch when we're tired and achy and just generally feeling crummy, curled up on the couch in a blanket. These are the cinematic equivalent of a big bowl of chicken soup, the movies we watch when we need to feel warm and protected and cozy. Because whether you're sick with a virus or just sick of being stuck in the house, you're probably sick of something right now, and there's nothing like a good familiar movie to help you feel better.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover The Hunt, Bloodshot and Lady and the Tramp.

Mar 16, 2020

Between A Quiet Place: Part II depicting how humanity might look after civilization has been destroyed by blind, man-eating aliens, and COVID-19 preventing us from going out to the movie theaters to see it (EDIT: In a much more direct way than I had initially meant, as it turns out), it's an exciting time for fans of apocalypses. To celebrate - or prepare? - we're taking a look at our favorite films about what happens after the end of everything.  We share our top five apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies, all those merry and uplifting tales of how nuclear war, environmental collapse, zombies, or, yes, pandemics have destroyed the world and left behind only the abandoned ruins for scavengers to pick over.

In Worth Mentioning we cover OnwardTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and Hook.

Mar 2, 2020

We intended to start the year off on a positive note, with our most favorite films of the 2010's, and leave it at that.  But we would be completely remiss if we didn't slip into the deep, dark, cinematic sadness of the last decade, to look at the worst films of the last 10 years, too.  Hearts are already breaking at the mention of Orson Welles and Fred Rogers' names, but we won't get ahead of ourselves here.

We'll be taking a look at our Bottom 10 of the 2010's and we think you should join us!

In Worth Mentioning, we discuss The Invisible Man, Ride Your Wave and Jacob's Ladder, thanks to Patreon Jason Dohla.

Feb 10, 2020

With Tim away partying it up with other cinephiles, Carrie and Rob recap the 2020 Oscars.

From the musical performances, to the speeches to the upsets, we cover it all.

We also announce the winners of our Oscar Ballot contest.

Feb 3, 2020

It's our first-ever Top 10 episode, as we look at our very favorite films of the 2010s: the films that best embody a whole decade's worth of cinema. From game-changing popcorn epics like 2012's The Avengers to delicate art films like 2019's Honeyland; from the austerity of 2011's The Deep Blue Sea to the maximalism of 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road; from the cynicism of 2010's The Social Network to the coziness of 2018's Won't You Be My Neighbor -  it's been a wide-ranging and full decade, and we're celebrating it in all its variety.

In Worth Mentioning we cover The Gentlemen.

Jan 20, 2020

We're back! And for our first podcast of the new decade, we're looking at all the films of the year that's just wrapped up. From the big Disney blockbusters to the other big Disney blockbusters to the modestly successful films that Disney had nothing to do with; from the most impenetrable art films to the most warmly satisfying crowd-pleasers; from lighthouse keepers' semen to Mr. Rogers' cardigans, we're sharing our picks for the top 5 films of 2019. Plus, we'll be talking about the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, reflecting on our predictions for the films of fall 2019, and maybe even making some new predictions for the unsullied expanse of 2020 stretching out in front of us.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover CatsUnderwater and Light of My Life.

Dec 15, 2019

For our last episode of 2019, we're celebrating the career of an Australian superstar Nicole Kidman on the occasion of the release of Bombshell, a media biopic in which she co-stars as former Fox News talking head Gretchen Carlson.

In Worth Mentioning, we cover The Report and Carrie finally catches up with Hustlers.

Dec 9, 2019

Just in time for the holidays, Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story premieres on Netflix, documenting in by-all-accounts harrowing detail the psychological torment that befalls a couple as their marriage disintegrates. To celebrate, Rob and Carrie have finally decided we're going to look at all of our favorite films about the inevitable death of love and the acrimony and rage that come when two people violently sever their matrimonial ties, in brazen defiance of God's will. An especially fun and bubbly time is guaranteed for all!

In Worth Mentioning we cover Marriage Story, Honey Boy, The Farewell and Children of Men thanks to Patreon Tristan Frayling!

Nov 25, 2019

As we give thanks to all our listeners on Thanksgiving, we have a special Patreon episode thanks to Andrew Milne we have a fun-filled spoiler episode of both Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and Illang: The Wolf Brigade.

In Worth Mentioning we cover Frozen IIThe Irishman and Knives Out.

Speaking of Knives Out, if you've seen it and weren't sure what happened, check out: Knives Out ending explained: who was the real killer in this whodunit? (plot and spoilers!)

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.

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