Let us just say that not all of the members of Alternate Ending are equally pumped up for the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but it makes for a great opportunity to look back over the secret history of spies in the movies. From the glamorous nonsense of the James Bond franchise to the grubby bureaucratic gamesmanship of John le Carré, espionage has been a treasured subject for the movies since the silent era, and we share our favorites.
In Worth Mentioning, everyone catches up with The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Tim catches the Netflix original First They Killed My Father, Carrie dishes on Snatched and Carrie and Rob both share their first concert doc outing with Stop Making Sense thanks to Patreon Travis Neeley.
All of us at Alternate Ending finally had a chance to catch up with the films we wanted to see from the recently-ended summer, and before awards season and the holiday rush start up, we take a moment to look back over the popcorn movies that were. How did the whole season stack up? How well did our most-anticipated films stand up?
From the mediocrity of The Dark Tower just a month ago, we swing back to the strong reviews and deafening buzz of It that just arrived in theaters with some of the biggest hype of any Stephen King feature film adaptation ever. And with 2017 shaping up to be the biggest year for King on big and little screens in memory, what better time for us to select our favorite films based on the blockbuster author's extensive bibliography?
For this Spoiler Alert episode, we field a request from Patreon donor Travis Neely, who invited us to take a look at the 1946 British fantasy film A Matter of Life and Death (initially released in the United States as Stairway to Heaven). One of the greatest triumphs of the writing-directing-producing team of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, the film looks at the life and death (and what follows) of an RAF pilot in the last days of the Second World War.