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July 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 1, 2020

Just trying to have a safe and relaxing summer. Happy August, readers! Hope you’re staying safe in this world savaged by a pandemic and about a dozen other threats. If you’re anything like me, you like to take a break from all that with a few movies. Here are the new-to-me films I watched in July: read more

June 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jul 1, 2020

My children asking for snacks….again. Hello summer! In between keeping my kids busy, fetching them popsicles and avoiding a certain plague I’ve found a little time to watch some new movies: I’m a little behind on my quest to watch 52 films directed by women this year, but plan to c read more

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 15, 2020

In Portrait of a Lady on Fire, there’s a moment where the characters discuss the fate of Orpheus and Eurydice. Sophie, the third wheel, argues, why would Orpheus turn around when he was told not to or he would lose his love? I like Marianne’s explanation, “He chooses the memory of her. That’s read more

April and May 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 1, 2020

What day is it? Time is lost on me. While March lingered forever, I didn’t even notice April waltz by and May came and went in a chaotic frenzy. Somehow along the way I found a little time to relax and watch a few new movies: New Films in April: New Films in May: *indicates a film directed or co-dir read more

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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

There’s something about Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower that transcends the teen romantic drama genre into something adults can appreciate. Maybe it’s the story of artsy outsiders befriending a vulnerable freshman. Maybe it’s that the stories of young love aren’t so airy read more

Onward

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 20, 2020

While Pixar’s newest film had a sadly short run in theaters, its appearance on Disney+ is nothing short of legendary. After it was released on April 3rd, I let my older son stay up late to watch it with me and my husband. Family movie nights and a bit of magic are just what the world needs right now read more

March 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 1, 2020

Bumblebee looks like all of us stuck at home right now. Wow, what a month it has been. Life went from blissfully normal to pandemic isolation real fast here in the US. Thankfully, my family is taking all the changes well and we’re all healthy. Before this all went down, I made one last trip to the read more

February 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 1, 2020

Welcome to March! Film in February has been a fun mix of Oscar picks, trips to my local theater and streaming movies from my couch. My husband picked a few of these. And there’s some he didn’t care to watch with me. His loss. Anyway, here’s the new and new-to-me movies I watched in February: I’ve read more

Bombshells and Dollies

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 26, 2020

The new documentary, Bombshells and Dollies, dives into the fun and exciting world of The Miss Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest. While a casual passerby may dismiss the contest as simply another pageant, this film shows the viewer that there is so much more to it. The ladies involved in this pinup world read more

Oscar Predictions 2019

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 8, 2020

Wow, hard to believe another great year has passed. 2020 is especially exciting here at The Best Picture Project because it marks 10 years since I started this blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve been writing about film here for an entire decade! I love that I’m still able to keep this labor of love read more

Marriage Story

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 7, 2020

Marriage Story opens with a montage narrating the things Nicole and Charlie love about each other. These look like ordinary, everyday moments that only someone who loves you would notice. Bumping your head on the kitchen cabinet your partner left open. Cups of tea left around the house. The way you read more

Joker

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 4, 2020

I went to see Joker opening weekend in a full IMAX theater. I was unmoved most of the film, but the gasps from the audience made it an enjoyable experience. I left feeling sour, angry and didn’t think Joker deserved a review from me. When the Oscar nominations were announced I was confused and astou read more

1917

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 2, 2020

Relentless. That’s the word that rings in my head as I think about Sam Mendes’ film 1917. Based on stories from Mendes’ grandfather in WWI, the film follows two WWI British soldiers, Lance Corporal  Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) on an important mission. read more

January 2020

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 1, 2020

We survived January! Oscar season is in full swing and I have enjoyed diving into the Best Picture race. As of the 31st, I’ve seen all nine BP nominations, and have my favorites, but that’s a post for another time. Check out the reviews if you’re curious. Here’s the new and new-to-me movies read more

Parasite (Gisaengchung)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 28, 2020

In Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, the Kim family live in a small, filthy, basement apartment. There are stairs to up a toilet they have to crouch to sit on. It’s also the best place to get free WiFi. At their tiny table they drink beer, look up to the sidewalk and regularly see drunk men urinating right read more

Ford v Ferrari

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 24, 2020

As I write this, my dad is at Daytona for their 24 hour race. He is an avid race fan and thanks go him I grew up around racing and still enjoy the sport and spectacle today. Living in Indianapolis, the racing capital of the world, I find comfort and excitement in the sight and sound of a race car. O read more

The Irishman

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 20, 2020

The Irishman is an epic mob drama by the master mob dramas, Martin Scorsese. Here, Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) narrates, elaborating on his various dealings and connections with the mob and the notorious Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).  The sprawling three and a half hour film takes us within the mob un read more

Little Women (2019)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 14, 2020

My little boy asked me what Little Women was about; he’s often curious about the movies I go see. I explained to him simply that it’s about four sisters growing up together during the Civil War. They help each other and others through hard times and celebrate the happy times. They play, laugh, figh read more

Jojo Rabbit

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 5, 2020

Satire is like a tightrope, it’s risky and the performer should know what they’re doing. Any missed step, or slack in the rope, and it will all come to ruin. In Jojo Rabbit, director Taika Waititi keeps the rope taut, the story tight and balances himself in a very risky role, portraying a boys imag read more

December 2019 in Films

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 1, 2020

December is such a busy month for a mom. Between all the insane prep for Christmas, dealing with sick kids and then getting sick myself, I couldn’t devote as much time to my love of film. Reviews are in the works for a few films, and I’m itching to get ready for Oscar season, nominations coming read more
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