Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

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?

In Worth Mentioning, Tim is FINALLY done catching up with all the Amityville moves with Amityville Exorcism while Carrie chats about No Escape.


Wind River (2017)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The Big Sick (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Alien: Covenant (2017)


The Big Sick (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Wind River (2017)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)


Atomic Blonde (2017)
Logan Lucky (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
The Beguiled (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)

14 Responses so far.

  1. Rick Beck says:

    I saw tons of films in June and July, but absolutely none in August. I guess I contributed to one of the worst summers on record, but I blame the movies.

    My top 5 of the summer would be:

    Honorable Mention: Cars 3 (yeah, the animated selection was that bad this summer)

    5.) Wonder Woman
    4.) Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
    3.) Dunkirk
    2.) Baby Driver
    1.) War for the Planet of the Apes

  2. Tyler "Bio" Rodriguez says:

    Dunkirk was an easy first for me, quite enjoyed Guardians 2, probably more then Wonder Woman, and of course Planet of the Apes was as good a finish as I would have hoped.

  3. Sean Barker says:

    Luckily, there were only like 5 movies worth watching this summer, so this list was pretty easy to come up with.

    5. War for the Planet of the Apes
    4. Dunkirk
    3. Atomic Blonde
    2. Baby Driver
    1. Logan Lucky

  4. Stevie says:

    I don’t think this summer is necessarily any worse than any other movie summer (in fact, the number of films that were decent to good this year outnumber even that of 2014, what I thought was the best summer in the 2010s.) It’s just that the high-grossing ones really suck. This just means we have to look away from the number ones at the box office and find ourselves a more idiosyncratic list.

    Honorable mentions go to Dunkirk and The Beguiled, two terrific films that taught me the value of presentation. I watched Dunkirk on a IMAX screen five double decker buses high that used a 2K digital projector and spent most of it wishing I flew to London to watch it on IMAX film instead. The Beguiled was a gorgeous and atmospheric film that was projected in the aspect ratio of 2.35:1 at my chain cinema and I had never been more angry.

    5. Logan Lucky – The man came out of retirement to direct…not quite one of the best heist films ever made. It still comes reasonably close and I’m damn sure Daniel Craig has not had this much fun acting in a long time.

    4. War for the Planet of the Apes – It’s still far too damn long, but I do enjoy when a film this austere and grim somehow finds its way to the top of the box office. The most sympathetic CG-animated cast of the year, and this says damning things about our animated movie slate.

    3. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – I have no idea what all the haters are going on about. It does take effort to tune out the lead performances, but it’s just too damn inventive and bonkers.

    2. Wonder Woman – It does nothing inventive whatsoever. However, barring the misjudged CG finale, everything else is working at top-drawer level and it is without a doubt, the best superhero film of the summer. I’m finding every opportunity to own this on Blu-Ray.

    1. Atomic Blonde – Not quite reaching my lofty expectations, but given I was expecting the distaff version of John Wick, that may be my own fault. Slinky and gorgeous in all its neon, it boasts the best fight scenes of the year (that single take apartment brawl is one for the ages.)

  5. John Taylor says:

    1. Logan Lucky
    2. Baby Driver
    3. The Big Sick
    4. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    5. Wonder Woman

    Honorable mention by default to Dunkirk – I’m going to have to see it again, because when I saw it, the theater’s AC conked out, and the projector jammed half an hour into the film, and the operator had to fast-forward through all the ads, previews and 30 minutes of film to get it going again, all of which makes it hard to judge the film…

    Worst film of the summer, hands down, is The Dark Tower – a waste of Idris Elba, waste of good source material, waste of the money to make it, and a waste of my money to pay to see it.

  6. victor says:

    I didn’t see any NEW new movies this summer.. but I did watch about 50 or 60 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and discovered many new favorites, the 1959 Mamie Van Doren JD flick “Girls Town” being chief among them. Mel Tormé plays the villain and it’s delightful.

  7. Hunter Allen says:

    1. Dunkirk
    2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
    3. Atomic Blonde
    4. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
    5. Space intentionally left blank… but Valerian, I guess, if I have to choose, since I do love that movie in a very ambivalent way

    I’m still stunned people like Baby Driver and Wonder Woman as much as they do. At least in the latter case, I’m glad, because I want the DCEU to succeed, and (for that matter) I want more WW films with Gal Gadot. Sadly, this one was just kind of a giant mess, and not even in a good way, like BvS. (But at least not in a soul-numbing way, like Suicide Squad, so there’s that!) It’s not that bad a summer, I guess–2015’s was worse, but then 2015, Mad Max aside, was a low point for cinema generally, just full of legitimately awful big ticket releases. Instead, summer 2017 simply feels like the most mediocre one I can remember. I didn’t even get to see a real stinker. Oh, wait, does Netflix’s Death Note count? That thing’s fucking trash!

    Caveat: I did not get to see War for the Planet of the Apes, but I preordered the blu-ray (at this point, my shelf would be incomplete if I left it at just eight Apes films), so I feel okay about missing it. Honorable mentions go to A Ghost Story (which doesn’t count because it’s artsy-fartsy pretension piece that merely happened to come out in the summer, but which I happened to love), Your Name (which came out last year), and Kong: Skull Island (the best summer movie in a couple of years that, for whatever reason, got released in March),

    • victor says:

      If all that Summer 2015 gave us was Mad Max and Inside Out, I’d still consider that a banner year. We also got the first GotG movie and Tom Cruise hanging off a plane…

      • Hunter Allen says:

        Aha, but GotG was 2014. (That said, Inside Out and M:I 5 are perfectly good movies. Watched Inside Out again just the other day.)

        But 2015 was also the summer of Terminator Genisys, Fantastic Four, and Jurassic World (albeit with a special emphasis on those first two, which are outright incompetent in ways you would not expect major tentpole releases to be). Also, while I remember saying halfway-pleasant things about Avengers: Age of Ultron at the time, I cannot for the life of me remember why–it’s possibly Marvel’s very worst movie. I guess if I’m to be fair to summer 2015 and Marvel, though, there is Ant-Man. Unfortunately, I think I’m Ant-Man’s biggest fan.

        2015 was also the year of Spectre, which doesn’t make things any better.

        Maybe that should be an AE podcast: worst cinematic summer (or full year) of the 2010s.

        • victor says:

          Whoa! You’re right, GotG was 2014… and 2015 did have more than its fair share of clunkers. 🙁

          Summer 1989 ruled, though.

  8. Columbus
    Good Time
    Wonder Woman

  9. psulpice says:

    The 2 (new) movies I saw this summer ranked:
    1.Baby Driver
    2. Dunkirk

  10. I’ve yet to be blown away by anything this summer, but I’ve seen a hell of a lot of stuff I liked.

    5. Good Time
    4. Okja
    3. Baby Driver
    2. War for the Planet of the Apes
    1. Dunkirk

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