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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 12, 2013

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit first came to theaters in 1988, I was three years old.  As far back as I can remember, my family had a copy of the movie on VHS, and it was regularly in the VCR.  There are many scenes I can play back in my memory like a favorite song, complete with cartoon sound effects read more

Summer 2013 Movies

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 2, 2013

Happy June!  It’s hot out and the theaters are nice and cool, which means there are some fun blockbuster movies to check out.  Though I’m not the kind of online critic who sees the latest movies in theaters every week, I couldn’t help but catch a few that I have been looking forward to.  Here read more

Wings of Desire

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on May 27, 2013

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) is a German film by Wim Wenders.  In Berlin, angels watch over the city and its people.  They can hear the people’s thoughts, which gives us many scenes listening in on individuals’ silent worries.  They seem to be able to comfort, but not intervene. read more

The Gold Rush (1)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on May 20, 2013

In 1925, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush was one of the first feature films to star Chaplin in his Little Tramp role.  Before this time, The Tramp had been established and already well loved, but mostly in short films.  Here, Chaplin not only starred on screen, but he wrote, directed, edited and read more

Blade Runner

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on May 13, 2013

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is considered one of those great science fiction movies that has risen to cult status.  Every nerd and film nerd has seen it and if they were around, saw it re-released in 1992.  It is currently ranked #123 on IMDB, #97 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and read more

Trainspotting (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on May 6, 2013

“Choose life…but why would I do a thing like that?”  In Trainspotting, Renton and his friends have instead chosen heroin.  It’s not glamorous, in fact it’s downright gritty, filled with hardship and heartache.  They lie, steal and screw people over for one more hit, that ever elusive read more

Bully

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 30, 2013

Over my lifetime, I’ve seen bullying from multiple vantage points.  A tease, a name shouted out, a push.  Most times it’s over in a moment and too easily forgotten, unless you’re the victim.  It stings and festers while the rest of the world moves on unaffected.  As a kid, I was both a victim read more

Sophie’s Choice

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 22, 2013

I have sat through a good number of depressing films: Chinatown, Schindler’s List, The Hours.  The list goes on.  When I decided I needed to add Sophie’s Choice, part me me didn’t want to subject myself to another dreary afternoon of holocaust stories and unhappy endings.  But a bigger part read more

The Prestige (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 15, 2013

Film is a magic trick.  Illusions of fictitious people and places fill a two dimensional space before us for an hour or so and we choose to believe it.  It’s not real and we know it.  Many times we know how these tricks are done, but that’s not the point.  When real magic flows from the screen, read more

The General (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 11, 2013

I don’t know everything about film.  Far from it.  There are big names I have only recently become acquainted with and many I had never heard of before starting this blog.  One name I had been missing out on for far too long was the work of Buster Keaton and his amazing contributions to early film. read more

Jurassic Park: 20 Years of Dinosaurs, Adventure and Waiting

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 6, 2013

Twenty years ago, Jurassic Park was first released to theaters and I was a kid crazy about dinosaurs.  However, heeding a warning from my aunt who said it was “too scary for kids,” my parents did not take me to see it.  I remember this being a very big deal to me; there was some begging, pleading, read more

Goodbye Roger Ebert

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 5, 2013

Thank you for the autograph and the inspiration, Mr. Ebert. Yesterday, I had just gotten off work and found refuge from the rain in my favorite coffee shop.  My mind was set to write a new review, but out of bad habit, I opened up Twitter, for just a moment, and saw the sad news.  Roger Ebert, the read more

A Cat in Paris (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 26, 2013

A Cat in Paris (or Une Vie de Chat in its original French) is a hand-drawn gem of modern animation.  Created by the French animation studio, Folimage, the film keeps to beautiful 2D animation and tells a rich story in a very short amount of time.  It was nominated for best animated feature in 2011 read more

Lust for Life

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 20, 2013

I know it’s an old art-school cliche, but Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist.  The Night Cafe fascinated me and helped me understand a setting for madness while The Starry Night is a painting that helps me see light and beauty in darkness and meaning to chaos.  My old poster of it I bought off read more

Room at the Top

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 15, 2013

In Room at the Top, Joe (Laurence Harvey) is a young, headstrong accountant who has just found a job in a small town.  With the help of a friend, he gets joins a theater club to meet young and beautiful Susan (Heather Sears).  While Joe attempts to woo her, he becomes closer to an older woman, Alice read more

Singin’ in the Rain

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 11, 2013

For the most part, I find musicals to be the goofy branch of film with flimsy plots interrupted by silly songs.  Yet, in my eyes, there has been one musical I could only love from the start: Singin’ in the Rain.  Now, what on earth made a sarcastic kid like me love Singin’ in the Rain?  It was read more

Moonrise Kingdom (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Mar 6, 2013

The biggest treat last the summer was Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.  It is a sweet, nostalgic story of a twelve-year-old couple who run away together, and the search party looking for them, on a small New England island in the 1960s.  Among the a large cast of young actors are more seasoned and read more

Oscar Predictions 2012

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 23, 2013

I guess I can’t put this off anymore.  The Oscars will be presented on Sunday and this year I believe I have seen more nominees than in any year since I began this blog, (29/53 total nominees).  However, this feels like one of the most unpredictable years I have ever witnessed.  So, here are my read more

ParaNorman

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 21, 2013

In Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a boy with an odd gift; he can see and talk to ghosts.  To Norman, it’s nothing scary, but it freaks out everyone else, including his family.  They don’t seem to believe him, though it’s hinted that this sort of thing runs in the read more

Amour

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 20, 2013

Last weekend, my husband and I took a little road trip into Tennessee to see the final film nominated for best picture, Amour.  At the theater, Amour was tucked away in a small, far back theater, where we were joined by no more than twenty other viewers, all of whom seemed to be over fifty.  I guess read more
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