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The Lion King

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 11, 2017

As the lights went dark in the theater last weekend, I watched my son’s face in anticipation. I’ll always remember how I felt at the start of The Lion King. The singing call and the sun rising startled and shook me inside. I remember being amazed, mystified and engrossed in the film, especially read more

Dunkirk

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 1, 2017

Christopher Nolan’s newest film, Dunkirk, is a war film like no other. Personally, I made sure to see this film in a 70mm IMAX cinema and I highly recommend doing so. For many film fans, it is an experience not to be missed. Enemy Germans surround Dunkirk and are closing in. All the British troops read more

Cars 3

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 30, 2017

Cars 3 takes the loved four-wheeled franchise back to its racing roots. This time, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the older racer looking for a new edge against the next generation. The rookies are all highly trained using the newest technology, statistical analysis and fancy simulator read more

Wonder Woman

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 23, 2017

First off, let’s state the obvious. It’s refreshing to see a superhero movie with a woman in the spotlight and not on display for her body, but for her abilities. Sure, we’ve seen female superheroes before, but they’ve never had the opportunity a feature film like this. And if we look back read more

Oscar Predictions 2016

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 25, 2017

Welcome to Oscar weekend! Tomorrow night all the glitz and glam of Hollywood will be on the Academy Awards red carpet strutting their stuff and taking home some trophies. Before I wrap up another amazing year at The Best Picture Project, I have to acknowledge that I would not have been able to keep read more

Hacksaw Ridge

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 25, 2017

Not since 1998, with Saving Private Ryan, has there been a gritty war film depicting the bravery and American heroics of WWII nominated for Best Picture. With Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson seems to bring the genre back for a new generation. Not for the blood-lust glory of a seasoned warrior, but to tell read more

Lion

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 23, 2017

Based on a true story, Lion shows us the story of a young boy who got lost in Calcutta, India in the mid 1980s and the journey of the boy twenty five years later searching for his lost past. In India, five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) has a mother, a little sister and a teenage brother, Guddu (Abhi read more

Moonlight

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 20, 2017

Moonlight chronicles the life of Chiron, a boy growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood. The film is broken up into three acts, featuring Chiron at different stages of his life. In the first act, entitled Little, we meet nine year old Chiron, but here everyone calls him Little. After being chased b read more

Manchester by the Sea

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 19, 2017

Manchester by the Sea is a powerful, emotional story of loss, grief, pain and family. When Lee (Casey Affleck) returns to his hometown after his brother’s death, he takes care of his nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges) and helps make arrangements. Lee is a loner, doesn’t care to interact with anyone read more

Arrival

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 16, 2017

Arrival is an alien encounter film like none before. It is a brilliant mix of science fiction, mystery and political allegory, all surrounded in glorious visual artwork. It uses a very dim but clear style of cinematography. It makes the film very gloomy and very realistic. It makes it easy to imagin read more

Fences

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 11, 2017

A copy of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fences, has been sitting on my bookshelf unread for nearly ten years. I was supposed to read it for a class in college. Somehow I scraped by keeping my head low and barely contributing to the class conversation, my usual style. A few weeks ago, read more

La La Land

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 8, 2017

When I first started this blog, seven years ago now, I didn’t like musicals. What a dumb thing to say, it’s like telling Ryan Gosling’s character in La La Land that you don’t like jazz. Sure, some musicals can let you down, just like bland jazz elevator music. But once you give jazz, or musicals, read more

Hell or High Water

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 4, 2017

A western set in the twenty-first century is like finding a rattlesnake curled up around the gearshift of your car. It’s rare, an unusually beautiful thing to come across and keeps you on your toes. Director David Mackenzie and writer Taylor Sheridan have created a taut new modern western worthy of read more

Hidden Figures

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 31, 2017

There are quite a few Oscar nominated films about the civil rights era. There are also many about the space race. And there are even more about the importance of feminism, in one way or another. Until Hidden Figures, I cannot think of another great film capturing the importance of all three at the s read more

Moana

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 10, 2017

Disney’s latest animated film takes us on amazing journey through Polynesian folklore as a young girl fulfills an ancient prophecy and saves her island home. Her name is Moana, and she is another amazing character in Disney’s girl power movement. Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is the daughter of read more

Swiss Army Man

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 5, 2016

In the first few minutes of Swiss Army Man, our shipwrecked protagonist rides a washed up corpse like a fart propelled jet ski to land. While the moment is strange and may make viewers question what kind of movie they’re watching, it is equally funny and uplifting. Many people complain about how read more

Happy October!

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 1, 2016

For the past few Octobers I have enjoyed binging on horror movies and writing new reviews here at The Best Picture Project.  However, this year my October is going to be very different.  My husband and I are having our first real family vacation with our 2 year old son at Disney World!  And just read more

Kubo and the Two Strings

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Sep 14, 2016

Great filmmakers and true film lovers are fierce advocates for sharing stories.  There is real power and legacy in storytelling, whether we reminisce about loved ones over dinner.  Or we read our old favorite picture books to children.  And of course we tell everyone we can to go see this movie or read more

Taking a Toddler to the Movie Theater

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 15, 2016

Accurate depiction of toddlers after midnight. This summer I have enjoyed taking my son to the local movie theaters to see cheap kids movies they play on weekend mornings.  It sounded like paradise at first; sit in a comfy air conditioned theater with my 2 year old as we share popcorn and enjoy some read more

Zootopia

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jul 29, 2016

Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a young, optimistic rabbit who dreamed her whole life of being a police officer.  She’s the daughter of a carrot farmer from her little country town and plans to move to Zootopia, where anyone can be anything.  But there are big obstacles for this little read more
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