'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.