Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

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 Pippi Longstocking Film in Works From StudioCanal, Heyday Films New ‘Treasure Island’ Movie in the Works at Universal, Mandeville Films Tom Holland’s […]

Furious 7, the last altogether good movie in the Fast & Furious series, came out in April 2015. This is very recent according to any human-scale accounting of time; but it has been an entire generation in American action cinema. The intervening four years have borne witness to a veritable golden age: while Furious 7 was still in theaters, it had to share space with the epochal Mad Max: Fury […]

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 […]

There is probably no major franchise with a more gnarled line of continuity than the Halloween slasher movies, which despite the apparent cleanliness of their numbered progression, have no fewer than four different, irreconcilable universes, and that’s without bringing in Rob Zombie’s standalone remakes in the 2000s to muck it up. 1978’s Halloween begat one line of descent that stretched from 1981’s Halloween II to 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of […]

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: Solo: A Star Wars Story is titled Solo, but it’s not the first film for which that’s true. Why, you might say it’s not the SOLO mov- [gets torn apart by wolves] So you […]

I will say this, and say it sincerely: Rat Film is definitely a weird film in all the right ways. On paper, director-writer Theo Anthony’s documentary argues a basic-unto-banal chain of causes and effects: systemic racism keeps black communities in the United States mired in poverty, urban centers that are mired in poverty tend to be falling down around their inhabitants, falling-down urban centers tend to attract sizable rat populations, […]

This week, Transformers: With King Arthur Now, Apparently? Whatever storms its way into theaters, and that’s gotten the Alternate Ending crew excited to think about robots. Killer Terminator-style robots; romantic WALL·E-style robots; and all the robots in between. And that’s why we’re going to be sharing our favorite robots in movie history on our next podcast. From totally inhuman machines, like R2-D2 in Star Wars, to the more-human-than-human tragic killers […]

Popular history records the 1976 remake of King Kong as a terrible failure, but this is not in fact the case. The film cost a shocking amount of money, much of it wasted on a terrible-looking and dysfunctional live-sized robot Kong, but it also brought in a pretty healthy box office return, emerging as one of the year’s biggest hits. Certainly, it brought in enough to suggest that a sequel […]

Joy is weird as all hell. The film makes many false steps, both in its screenplay and its direction (both by David O. Russell, though it is fairly well-attested that the back half – the much better half, as it happens – has been changed far less from Annie Mumolo’s original draft), with a terrifically impressive-on-paper cast marching fearlessly into some very indefensible decisions. Decisions motivated by the utter screwiness […]

Two months into summer, two great films, and one awe-inspiring record-setting mediocrity. The season’s second, generally small half begins now, and on paper at least, it looks promising. At least, for myself, there are more films I’m looking forward to in July than there were at the start of either May or June. There’s always room for a surprise – or a disappointment, of course – but I confess myself […]

There was always going to be a mash-up of the nuclear monster movie and the beach movie sometime in the mid-’60s. B-movie producers, as a breed, are too good at mimicry and chasing the latest fad with Terminator-like focus for the two biggest subgenres of cheap drive-in programmer to go unwed for too very long. It just happened to be Del Tenney, a moderately successful stage actor who reinvented himself […]

A second review requested by Andrew Johnson, with thanks for contributing twice to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. Once upon a time there was a 24-year-old named Steven Spielberg, who wanted to make movies. Not to grow up into one of the most marketable brand-name producers in the history of the medium; not to be personally responsible, along with his friend George, for murdering the concept of […]