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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

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jul 21, 2016

When I first heard that there was going to be a film based on Disney World’s classic ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, teenage me had some doubts.  What kind of silly story could be told based on animatronic pirates who plunder, pillage, auction off women and sing?  But under the direction of Gore read more

Finding Dory

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

For the past thirteen years Dory (voiced by the wonderful Ellen DeGeneres) has been the world favorite forgetful fish.  Between speaking whale, befriending sharks and forgetting the whole thing, she stole the show in Finding Nemo.  And let’s face it, Marlin wouldn’t have gotten far without her. read more

Tarzan

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 24, 2016

Many of Disney’s films feature anthropomorphic animals.  In most we are either completely in an animal world (The Lion King) or a in human’s world with animals who band together (101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats).  While The Jungle Book comes close, 1999’s Tarzan beautifully bridges the human read more

Sleeping Beauty

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 17, 2016

In 1959, after nearly ten years in production and Disneyland’s castle named in its honor, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was finally released.  It was the first film animated in 70mm and a true feat of artistic achievement.  To this day, many consider it to be the visual high point of animation in the read more

The Good Dinosaur

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 10, 2016

In The Good Dinosaur, the minds at Pixar have imagined a world where the meteor that killed the dinosaurs has missed Earth.  The result, a few million years later, are more evolved dinosaurs.  They farm the land, are ranchers, or sometimes just scavengers.  And the humans that have come along the read more

Hercules

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 3, 2016

When my mom took us kids to see Hercules in the summer of ‘97, I had already picked up a few mythology books and was well versed in the story of Hercules. I let out a few early eye rolls, especially at Hera being portrayed as Herc’s loving mother, but it didn’t take the film long to win me read more

Summer of Disney

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on May 30, 2016

Grab your mouse ears and stock up on pixie dust, because The Best Picture Project is going to dive into some Disney films!  Over the summer I’ll post my reviews of classic and new Disney (and Pixar) films. I’ve been putting off a lot of these classic and modern Disney films for years and now seems read more

The Story of Louis Pasteur

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 7, 2016

In our modern world, it can be baffling the way people used to think about modern medicine.  Over and over in The Story of Louis Pasteur we hear doctors and scientists scoff and laugh at Pasteur’s ideas.  Washing your hands after treating a sick patient?  Silly!  Boiling your surgical tools between read more

Oscar Predictions 2015

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 25, 2016

Oscar Sunday is almost here!  Which means we are all making our guesses and predictions on what films will go down in history as Oscar winners.  Personally, I think this year has been a bit bland, but let’s have fun with it anyway. First off, let’s have some fun and pretend this is before 2010 read more
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