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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

Little Shop of Horrors

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

If you’re looking for a fun, kooky musical with a taste for blood, Little Shop of Horrors might be exactly what you need. Based off an off Broadway musical, the film stars Rick Moranis as the poor, nerdy Seymour, and Ellen Greene as Audrey his coworker-crush, this story of a strange plant at a flowe read more

August and September 2020

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

Summer is gone, hello autumn! Through August and September I found little time to devote to movies thanks to my two year old’s sleep regression. It’s hard to watch a movie when your kid is up screaming for attention all evening. Thankfully my husband is super supportive, better at the whole bedtime read more

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
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