Posted by Tim Brayton Posted on Feb - 13 - 201837 Comments
I missed the chance to do this last year, but one of my favorite emerging traditions on the ol’ Antagony & Ecstasy blog was coming up with the more-or-less-or-way-less analogies between Best Picture Oscar winners of old and the current year’s crop of nominees, and then inviting all you, my readers, to tell me which among that list you wanted me to review come Oscar weekend. It was an extra challenge this year – The Shape of Water is one of the most unprecedented Best Picture nominees in history – but I finally have my list of candidates:
You get two votes; voting closes in ten days, 23 February, at 10:00 PM EST. The top two titles will both be reviewed before the Oscars, and I’ll pick one from the seven that remain to review as well. Go, decide my fate!
Alternate Ending was formed when three friends realized they all shared a passion for movies. Our goal is to save you time and money by sharing our thoughts and recommendations on which movies to race to theaters for, which to watch at home and those to actively avoid.
What makes Alternate Ending different from other film sites and podcasts? Well, we’re not 5 dudes in a room talking about our passion for Fight Club and Braveheart. We’re two dudes, and a lady, of which our tastes are quite varied. Rob, the film-school dropout, has seen an absurd amount of movies, and if we’re being honest, rounds out our Fight Club fan-base. Tim Brayton, our seasoned film critic, shares a more critical view of film, an appreciation for vintage cinema and perhaps limited-release movies that we might otherwise miss. Carrie, our casual movie-goer, reminds us all that cinema is in fact supposed to be fun and entertaining and that sometimes, just sometimes, happy endings are good.
Too many film sites cater to the same kind of audience, with one overwhelming voice in the writing, but what we treasure at Alternate Ending is diversity: diversity of opinion, diversity in belief about what film should do and how it should do it. We want to celebrate our different opinions, and celebrate yours as well.
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