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Trick ‘r Treat

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 31, 2021

At the local Halloween store this year, I noticed a prominent figure I did not know. Everyone can recognize the Freddy Krueger gloves, the Michael and Jason masks, but this child sized animatronic in orange pajamas and a burlap sack over his head was not within my horror movie knowledge. I immediate read more

Halloween Kills

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 23, 2021

Forty years after that fateful Halloween night that killed Laurie’s friends, Michael comes home again. This time, the people of Haddonfield are ready to fight back. The movie picks up just at the end of Halloween (2018) and skims over what happened there. Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) has a daughter, read more

Candyman (2021)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 11, 2021

Nia DaCosta’s anticipated sequel to the 90s horror film is a refreshing new chapter to the Candyman story. The film takes place about thirty years after the original, in the same Chicago neighborhood, but it’s now gentrified. Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is a young artist, looking for inspiration read more

Candyman (1992)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 2, 2021

While I’m a lifelong horror fan, somehow I’ve never seen Candyman. It’s understandable to have this blindspot; the original film came out when I was still in elementary school and the name Candyman doesn’t just hold as much street cred as names like Jason, Freddy or Leatherfa read more

Oscar Predictions 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 24, 2021

Wow, that was one hell of a year. I have not been out to a theater since early March 2020, so all the Oscar nominated films I watched were all in the comfort of my own home. And while that’s a nice convenience, I miss the theater. The darkness, the huge screen, the trailers, being surrounded by stra read more

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 23, 2021

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a compelling courtroom drama depicting the infamous trial of seven defendants charged with inciting a riot, conspiracy and other charges relating to their counter-culture movement and anti-Vietnam war protests. In 1968 a large protest took place in Chicag read more

The Father

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 21, 2021

There are a good number of Oscar nominated movies throughout the years about the elderly and dementia, but The Father has a unique way of portraying these ideas. While the audience is not explicitly told, we quickly figure out that we are experiencing the story from the point of view of an elderly m read more

Nomadland

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 17, 2021

I’ll admit, after first watching Nomadland I daydreamed about customizing my small SUV and hitting the road trekking to one national park after another with no end in sight. There’s this uniquely American fantasy about freedom on the open road and never ending road trips that draws us urban and read more

Minari

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 14, 2021

In Minari, a Korean-American family relocates to rural Arkansas to start a farm. Patriarch, Jacob (Steven Yeun) is ambitious, eager to start from scratch and wants to live the American dream. His wife, Monica (Yeri Han) is skeptical of the situation. The dismay is all over her face as she sees her n read more

Judas and the Black Messiah

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 12, 2021

Prior to seeing Judas and the Black Messiah, I had never heard about Fred Hampton, his assassination by the FBI in 1969 or the informant, Willaim O’Neal. For reference, I’m a white woman who grew up in white suburbia. I and others like me need to see and hear these stories and broaden our understand read more

Sound of Metal

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 8, 2021

I first watched Sound of Metal a few weeks before correcting my vision with laser eye surgery. Anything more than a few inches from my face was an intangible blur without glasses. After the movie, I started to question my choice to get LASIK. I worried how my vision would be after surgery. Would it read more

Promising Young Woman

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 30, 2021

In her debut feature film, Emerald Fennell takes us on a wild, thrilling ride of trauma fueled revenge. Seven years after losing her best friend, Cassandra (Carrey Mulligan) refuses to move on with her life and instead makes it her mission to scare self-described “nice guys” and would-be rapists read more

Mank

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 26, 2021

David Fincher has been trying to make Mank happen since the early 1990s. The script was actually written by Fincher’s late father, Jack Fincher. One of the big battles that kept this film on the back burner for decades was the fact that studios were not on board to see a black and white movie filmed read more

Soul

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 18, 2021

In Soul a middle aged substitute band teacher, Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx)  finally gets his big chance to play jazz with a famed musician only to find himself suddenly dead. Feeling cheated and unwilling to accept his back luck, Joe tries to run from the great beyond. He escapes the path to the grea read more

2020: A Year With Women Directors

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 1, 2021

Back in the faraway, happier world of January 2020, I took on a new film challenge: Watch 52 films directed (or codirected) by women. At just one movie a week, I thought it would be no big deal. It began innocently enough, I enjoyed heading out to my local theater to support my fellow woman and look read more

Death Becomes Her

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 30, 2020

Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis star in this wonderfully weird, dark comedy about vanity, revenge and immortality. When talentless stage-starlet Madaline (Streep) steals Helen’s (Hawn) fiance, Ernest (Willis), Helen goes mad plotting revenge. Several years of marriage later, Ernest is a read more

Annabelle

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 23, 2020

Branching out The Conjuring series, Annabelle tells the story of a young couple and a doll that becomes possessed with evil. Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) are a picture perfect couple living in the California suburbs. Mia is adorably pregnant and John is dutifully sweet, even giving read more

Summer of ’84

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 21, 2020

François Simard and Anouk Whissell’s 2018 film Summer of 84 is a surprisingly dark tale of American suburbia. The 80s nostalgia factor makes it kind of like a Stranger Things grounded in reality. The story of a kid across the cul-de-sac spying on his neighbor gives the film a suspenseful Rear Window read more

Oculus

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 16, 2020

In Oculus two siblings try to defeat the supernatural entity within a mirror that hung in their childhood home. Kaylie (Karen Gillan) the older sister has done extensive research on the history of the mirror’s past owners. It’s grizzly and full of strange, awful deaths. After her younger brother, read more

The Conjuring 2

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 9, 2020

My expectations of sequels are usually lower than their originals, especially in the horror genre. When I first watched The Conjuring two years ago I was surprised how well crafted and effectively scary the film was. Since then the sinister ideas and dark images have crept into my mind at night more read more
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