Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Following my first viewing of the 1976 Duelle earlier this year, I decided to spend the rest of 2018 finding, watching, and reviewing as many of the films made by director Jacques Rivette as I possibly could. Here follows the first product of that decision – and, I am happy to say, the 7000th feature […]

It had seemed, for a little while there, that Liam Neeson had tired of the “AARP action hero” phase of his career: Run All Night, his third thriller with director Jaume Collet-Serra, came out early in 2015, and since then it’s been nothing but respectable roles in respectable movies: a small but hugely critical part […]

A review requested by Travis Neeley, with thanks to supporting Alternate Ending as a donor through Patreon. Do you have a movie you’d like to see reviewed? This and other perks can be found on our Patreon page! In the interest of honesty, I’ll confess immediately that I have no expertise at all on the […]

Honestly, it gives me genuine hope that something as fucking awful as Bright can still get made. This is a movie that people believed in. Especially screenwriter Max Landis: you can tell just from how proudly the script presents all of its baffling, confused world-building and social satire, like a three-year-old coated head to toe […]

The world needed a new My Cousin Rachel. Daphne Du Maurier’s 1951 novel of paranoid Gothic romance* was adapted into a perfectly adequate 1952 film most notable for being the American debut of Richard Burton; it’s perfectly enjoyable as a melodramatic mystery (non-fans of Olivia de Havilland might want to convert that “perfectly” to “slightly”), […]

A previous version of this review appeared at the Film Experience. Loving Vincent opens with two different title cards. The first talks about the labor practice involved in making the movie, and the second tells us what the movie is about. And that’s pretty much exactly the right order: this is very much a movie […]

I suspect, with absolutely nothing to back it up besides anecdotal data and hunches, that Murder on the Orient Express, from 1934, is Agatha Christie’s best-known mystery novel; or at least the best-known title to one of her mystery novels, which is the same thing as far as film producers go. And yet here we […]

Director Tomas Alfredson has, with rather unseemly eagerness (I suppose he knew that his otherwise admirable career couldn’t afford such a nasty black mark at this point, without getting in front to go on the offensive), told all of us how The Snowman production was so fraught that he and his crew didn’t even film […]

On paper, almost nothing is actually good about Happy Death Day. And yet, almost certainly, it gave me more pleasure to watch it than any other 2017 horror movie. On such paradoxes is a love of art founded. Although I’m being a bit dismissive. While most everything about Happy Death Day can be accurately predicted […]

If nothing else, Friend Request has the decency to be a fascinating object. Not a fascinating film, let me please clarify that right off. It’s all in the weirdly unclassifiable thing that the project is. This is an entirely German production, directed by Simon Verhoeven, scion of a fairly well-established directing family (no relationship to […]

Categories: horror, mysteries

A review requested by reader WBTN, with thanks for supporting Alternate Ending as a donor through Patreon. Do you have a movie you’d like to see reviewed? This and other perks can be found on our Patreon page! Every film tells us, early on, how we are supposed to watch it,* and so it is […]

A review requested by reader WBTN, with thanks for supporting Alternate Ending as a donor through Patreon. Do you have a movie you’d like to see reviewed? This and other perks can be found on our Patreon page! The 1961 British film The Innocents – which is either a horror film about ghosts or a […]