Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

The project that has finally emerged as The Trial of the Chicago 7, a direct-to-Netflix that was supposed to be Paramount’s big awards push and the inaugural film of Oscar movie season back in the Before Times, has been percolating since 2006. That was when Steven Spielberg commissioned Aaron Sorkin to write a film based on, well, the trial of the Chicago 7, the group of disparate and unrelated activists […]

This episode, in a burst of mid-pandemic positivity, we decide to take a look at our Top 5 Netflix Original Movies.  And yes, we know that they’re mostly terrible. And yes, we struggled to find a good list, but gosh darnit we persevered and each came up with 5! Coming to Netflix in October October is shaping up to be a big month for Netflix original movies, between Radha Blank’s […]

This episode, in a burst of mid-pandemic positivity, we decide to take a look at our Top 5 Netflix Original movies.  And yes, we know that they’re mostly terrible. And yes, we struggled to find a good list, but gosh darnit we persevered and each came up with 5! Coming to Netflix in October October is shaping up to be a big month for Netflix original movies, between Radha Blank’s Sundance […]

  Hey! Don’t forget to check out our 2017 year-in-review podcast! You know, sometimes you’re just way the hell off-consensus, and that’s all there is to say about that. And that’s all I particularly want to say as a preamble to this summary of the 2017 movie year: it’s not much fun when everybody around you is oohing and ahhing over movies that you found deeply adequate and not much […]

Here’s the complete list of the Oscar nominees for 2018, along with my record for predicting right (and wrong) in every category. For a look on what I thought would happen, check out my original predictions. As for commentary – you’ll have to wait for that till our next podcast airing on Monday, 1/29! Picture Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post […]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its nominees for its annual awards this coming Tuesday, and so it’s time for the annual game of trying to play telepath and tea-leaf reader. Pretty much everybody agrees that this has been an unusually baffling year for awards prognosticating, which comes from a couple places, I think: one is that there were no capital-G Great films to come out of […]

People talking a mile-a-minute about tightly-focused points of procedure, piling clauses upon clause until you realize that you’ve been listening to one nested sentence for the last 30 seconds; yes indeed, Molly’s Game was written by Aaron Sorkin, alright. Regrettably, there are very few (if any!) scenes where people have elaborate conversations while walking abreast down a hallway, but that’s pretty much the only point missing. And to top it […]

Almost time to put another year to bed. But not just any year: Alternate Ending will be celebrating its first birthday just a couple weeks into January, so we might as well call this our first full year. Thanks to all of you who followed over from Antagony & Ecstasy that was, or who were listening to Rob and Carrie before they brought on this Tim fella, and thanks as […]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the nominees for its awards this Thursday, so I wanted to get my predictions in. Too many pots bubbling over to bother with any kind of discussion, but do pipe up in comments if you just have to hear my logic about any of these things in particular. Best Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Carol Mad Max: Fury Road […]

The Online Film Critics Society, of which I am a proud member has announced our nominees for the best in filmmaking in 2015. I’ll skip past the press release to get to the good stuff: here are the nominees in all categories. Best Picture: Brooklyn Carol Ex Machina Inside Out Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Sicario Spotlight Best Animated Feature: Anomalisa The Good Dinosaur Inside Out […]

If we absolutely must have Biopics of Great Men™, the least we can hope for is that they all try as hard as Steve Jobs. It is a film that is not-great in many ways and actively broken in at least a couple, but as whipped together by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (and oh my word, this is the most tangibly screenwriter-as-auteur film in a very long time – more on […]

In one week’s time, the most famous of the world’s many arbitrary film awards will be given out: I refer of course to the Oscars, and I will not be getting into a whole thing about the Oscars being or failing to be meaningful on any level, other than to say that I’m having an uncharacteristically on-consensus year. I am only going to toss out my predictions, because that is […]