100 episodes

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 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.

This isn't a podcast for people who just want to talk about the latest hot new movies in theaters right this minute. This is a place for people who can't get to the theater until the third week a film is out; a place for people who just want to find something great to stream online after the kids have gone to sleep, a place for people whose favorite pastime is to grab a bunch of classic films on DVD from the library and watch them all weekend. It's a place that believes that every great movie is a wonderful new treasure, whether you see it the night of its premiere or fifty years later. It's a site about discovering good movies... one bad movie at a time.

Join us for our weekly review of movies worth seeing, worth avoiding and our Top 5 lists – and don’t forget to play along at www.alternateending.com.

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    • Film Reviews
    • 5.0, 43 Ratings

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 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.

This isn't a podcast for people who just want to talk about the latest hot new movies in theaters right this minute. This is a place for people who can't get to the theater until the third week a film is out; a place for people who just want to find something great to stream online after the kids have gone to sleep, a place for people whose favorite pastime is to grab a bunch of classic films on DVD from the library and watch them all weekend. It's a place that believes that every great movie is a wonderful new treasure, whether you see it the night of its premiere or fifty years later. It's a site about discovering good movies... one bad movie at a time.

Join us for our weekly review of movies worth seeing, worth avoiding and our Top 5 lists – and don’t forget to play along at www.alternateending.com.

    Top 5 Acting Debuts // Irresistible // Homecoming

    Top 5 Acting Debuts // Irresistible // Homecoming

    We're turning our attention to movie stars for our next episode - specifically, to movie stars right at the beginning of their stardom. We're looking at our all-time favorite acting debuts, the very best performances by new actors who manage to prove in their very first time in front of a camera that they have what it takes to hold our attention, to make us cry, to make us laugh, and to stick around for years to come.

    In Worth Mentioning we cover Irresistible and Homecoming.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Top 5 Cult Movies // Da 5 Bloods // You Should Have Left // The King of Staten Island

    Top 5 Cult Movies // Da 5 Bloods // You Should Have Left // The King of Staten Island

    Some movies become big, beloved successes right off the bat, celebrated by one and all. Some movies need to fight for it: they're overlooked, undervalued, and just plain dismissed. For this episode, we're celebrating our favorite examples of these wonderful, idiosyncratic little gems, with our picks for the best cult movies of all time, no matter how big or small the cult. 

    In Worth Mentioning we cover: Da 5 Bloods, You Should Have Left and The King of Staten Island.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Top 5 Dads // The Half of It // Barefoot Gen // The Message

    Top 5 Dads // The Half of It // Barefoot Gen // The Message

    With Father's Day coming up, we decided it was long since time that we gave good dads their time in the sun, which is why our next episode is going to be all about our very favorite dads in the movies.

    In Worth Mentioning we cover The Half of It, Barefoot Gen, The Message thank to Patreon, Gavin.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Top 5 Guilty Pleasures // Scoob! // The Lovebirds // A Separation

    Top 5 Guilty Pleasures // Scoob! // The Lovebirds // A Separation

    Sometimes - when you're feeling a bit gloomy, or when you've locked your doors against the onslaught of a global pandemic - you just need to have fun. And sometimes, that fun is pretty disreputable and embarrassing, but do you care? No! Well... maybe just a little. For this episode, we reveal the mortifying (but gratifying!) truth about our very favorite guilty pleasure movies.

    In Worth Mentioning, we cover Scoob!, The Lovebirds and A Separation by request of Patreon, Jaiden Vanmali.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Top 5 Time Travel Movies // The Willoughby's // Emma // The Rhythm Section

    Top 5 Time Travel Movies // The Willoughby's // Emma // The Rhythm Section

    We had such a good time re-watching Back to the Future as part that we've decided to keep the fun going with a whole episode dedicated to our favorite examples of time travel in the movie. Whether it's killer robots from the future, accidentally screwing up the past, or just going on a tour of whatever costume drama sets the producer could get for cheap, we'll be hopping back and forth across the decades.

    In Worth Mentioning we cover The Willoughby's, Emma and The Rhythm Section.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Top 5 Summer Blockbusters // Extraction // Sonic the Hedgehog // A Brighter Summer Day

    Top 5 Summer Blockbusters // Extraction // Sonic the Hedgehog // A Brighter Summer Day

    It's time for one of our favorite annual traditions, the summer preview episode! Unfortunately, with no movies coming out until July (at best!), it would be a pretty thin episode.

    But just because summer 2020 is shot to hell, doesn't mean we can't still have fun thinking about summer blockbusters! So instead of looking ahead, we're going to look backwards, to our favorite blockbuster movies of summers past.

    In Worth Mentioning, we cover Extraction, Sonic the Hedgehog, and A Brighter Summer Day.

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

CalebOfTheHampshireCalebs ,

Funnest Film ‘Cast Around

This show is an absolute delight. I’ve been following Tim’s writing for, holy cow, like fifteen years now? And I’ve been listening to Alternate Ending since he made the jump. I had my doubts at first because I am a change-resistant curmudgeon, but the transition has only been for the better.

Carrie, Rob, and Tim make such a wonderful team. They each bring a totally different perspective to every film they discuss, and it’s a *blast* to hear them banter every week.

Carrie is an incredible sport, always full of enthusiasm and good humor — not to mention injecting a healthy dose of chaos into the proceedings. Her love of movies is infectious even when our tastes vary wildly.

Rob is the consummate straight man of the mix, the ever-patient foil to both Carrie and Tim’s constant antics. He’s not afraid to leap into the chaos himself, but he’s always there to pull them back out, keeping the show rolling and prompting his co-hosts with insightful questions.

Tim is, of course, Tim, and he’s no less than a national treasure for it. He’s been writing some of the most thoughtful, incisive, eviscerating, and straight-up *engaging* film reviews on the web for many years now. I shouldn’t have been surprised at all he would be such a witty and ear-catching podcaster too. He’ll refuse to hear it, but Tim’s the closest thing most of us have had to an Ebert since Ebert. And seeing as I was only a high schooler when I started reading Antagony, I’d be hard-pressed to think of any reviewer who’s had a bigger impact on me.

Check out Alternate Ending and get to know these three. They’ll rarely fail to brighten your day whenever an episode shows up in your feed.

BrianFowler ,

Movies and hilarity

I've been a long time reader of Tim Brayton's reviews, and followed him to Alternate Ending. And he's great on it.

But the surprise was Rob and Carrie. Carrie bring pleasant anarchy and it's always funny, and Rob keeps everything moving and on track, and often deftly plays straight man to both his cohorts (I meant co-hosts but I like the autocorrect)

ObiRobKenobi ,

“A Feel Good Podcast for the Ages”

This could be a podcast about the History and Culture of Beans on the Iberian Peninsula and I’d still listen every week! The true draw of this podcast is the incredible chemistry of its three hosts! The dynamic naturally created by their differing personalities and tastes is truly captivating.

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