Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

I have nothing but scorn for the full title Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which I will only henceforth refer to as Birds of Prey in the interest of bringing this review in under 3000 words,* but credit where credit’s due, it’s unquestionably right for the movie it’s attached to. It’s extremely fucking eager to impress upon you with how quirky and zany and […]

If you’re into dark alternate origin stories, you might be pretty psyched to see Todd Phillips’ Joker with the most 2020 Oscar nominations at 11 nods including best picture, best director, and best actor. You’ll also see some love for a few of my favorites, Little Women and Jojo Rabbit, along with Marriage Story, The Irishman, Parasite, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and more. Scarlett Johansson in particular had […]

The Oscar nominations are upon us, and I would hate myself if I didn’t register my official predictions for what I expect to be nominated on the morning of Monday, 13 January. PICTURE 1917 The Irishman Jojo Rabbit Joker Little Women Marriage Story Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood Parasite I am formally predicting only the above eight films. If there is a ninth nominee, I expect it to be: […]

To help fill the void in your weekly listening, Carrie and Rob are bringing you Weeklies – a review of the last 7-days of movie new…with a twist! Rob has gathered all the 10 best pieces of movie news and Carrie will only be able to pick 5 The New Mutants Trailer ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Loses Director Scott Derrickson Next ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies Cast Nicholas Hoult […]

Movie awards shows always seem on the brink of extinction, at least as televised viewing. Non-comedian Millennial hosts, no hosts, format changes — nothing ever seems to make it that much different from previous years. Despite the forever ancient music, bored-as-hell hosts, and general sameness of it all, I always get pulled back in for a watch, though usually with less awe and more snark. Come with me as we […]

In 1971, actor and perilously cool individual Steve McQueen willed into existence a film about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most important event in international sport car racing; it is titled simply Le Mans, and it is, equally simply, one of the great race movies in history. It is mercilessly clean, focusing intently on the physicality of racing, capturing astonishing images from the heart of the face, and […]

In this video of Carrie and Rob’s Ford v Ferrari movie review, they discuss the highs and lows in a film that tells a story almost too amazing to be true following Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon) and his eccentric British race car driving friend, Ken Miles (played by Christian Bale) as they try to take-on Ferrari in the 1966 Le Mans… with a Ford car. In addition, a […]

If you were to pack in as many dramatic elements into a fictional retelling as Ford v Ferrari did in their true life-based narrative, I’d say it would have just too much going on. But as is usually the case in real life, you just can’t make this stuff up. Which elements of the story are based on reality and which are purely there to add some drama? I investigated […]

To help fill the void in your weekly listening, Carrie and Rob are bringing you Weeklies – a review of the last 7-days of movie new…with a twist! Rob has gathered all the 10 best pieces of movie news and Carrie will only be able to pick 5 ‘Aeronauts’ Trailer Sees Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Fighting for Their Lives in Hot Air Balloon New ‘Purge’ Thriller Finds Lead in […]

If you’ve seen Stranger Things or the recently released zeitgeist-embracing adventure The Kid Who Would Be King, you know there’s no shortage of nostalgia for the decades in which most of the folks reading this grew up. The 1980s and ’90s are en vogue and ready to transport you back to your Topanga poster-covered walls of your bedroom. Or whomever you were into at the time. Maybe it was just […]

The Alternate Ending team proudly presents our predictions for the winners in all 24 categories at the Oscars this coming Sunday. For the record, we agree on eleven categories, and we have a three-way split on four categories – Costume Design, Original Score, Sound Mixing, and Documentary Feature. How’s that for a reflection of this most exhaustingly uncertain year? TIM’S PREDICTIONS Jump to Rob’s Predictions | Jump to Carrie’s Predictions […]

In matters of taste, there can be no dispute.. except when it comes to the Academy Awards. What started as a Hollywood publicity stunt to bolster box office has become an institution, so no matter how many times we repeat the axiom that art is subjective and shouldn’t be judged, the reality is there are people out there who take Hollywood’s annual give-away of golden statues very, very seriously. As […]