Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

In a marvelous decade for low-budget indie sci-fi, the writing-directing team of [Aaron] Moorhead & [Justin] Benson still stand out for making some of the most offbeat genre films out there. They’ve gone-three-for-three now on films that start out as a low-key character dramas about two people who like each other a lot but are […]

From among the Video Nasties If you were to know only the title of the film Tenebrae, you might think- actually, you would probably have no clue. Before I saw it the first time, I think I had some vague sense that it might have something to do with the spinal column, because of -brae. […]

From among the Video Nasties It is honestly incomprehensible to me that Dead & Buried isn’t better-known among horror fans. Its original release in 1981 was accompanied by a poster claiming “The creators of Alien… bring a new terror to Earth”, and that feels like it should be enough all by itself, even if the […]

In the latter half of the 2010s, “it’s like an episode of Black Mirror” has replaced “it’s like Philip K. Dick” as the hackiest, laziest way you can describe any work of science fiction. But Anon courts that comparison more vigorously than most. Not just because it’s a satiric treatment of contemporary social ills in […]

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: Ludacris plays a dog cop in Show Dogs, going undercover at a dog show to solve a dog crime. […]

A 7-years-later sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet sounds like a joke, I would say. Except it doesn’t even. If it were a joke, it would be one with a punchline that nobody could get, because who the hell remembers that Gnomeo & Juliet exists? It’s an entry in a spirited game of “who can remember […]

If there is one great huge problem with Forgotten, and I rather feel like “problem” is a bit of a leading word, it’s that the film is nakedly, overwhelmingly anxious to remind you of Oldboy. And surely, Oldboy is a wonderful movie, so that’s an understandable impulse, but we’re still stuck with a film that, […]

Annihilation feels like it might be the most Alex Garland thing that Alex Garland has written. The writer’s sixth screenplay – the second that he has directed – is the embodiment of all his most characteristic traits: it is far more interested in ideas than characters, it’s infatuated with the scientific processes at the heart […]

Passionate filmmakers are good, because without passion you have hackwork. And so, QED, passion projects are good, because they are the place where filmmakers devote the greatest part of their energy, creativity, and soul. On the other hand, passion projects can also trigger a kind of blindness from artists so deeply in love with their […]

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 […]