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Bridge of Spies

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 18, 2016

Steven Spielberg’s newest film, Bridge of Spies, lands us in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the tense Cold War.  When Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is arrested for supposedly being a Soviet spy, Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) takes the case to defend him.  Donovan quickly realizes the read more

Mad Max: Fury Road

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

To say I enjoyed Mad Max: Fury Road is an understatement.  I was thrilled, enthralled, mesmerized and by the end, freakin’ pumped up!  This film is an intense, fun and sprawling modern epic that lands us in a crazy, yet surprisingly beautiful post apocalyptic world.  Usually, I like most best pictu read more

Brooklyn

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 11, 2016

Much like Brooklyn’s main character, Eilis, this film is fairly quiet, sad at times, but so naturally charming, beautiful and elegant.  Unfortunately, I doubt many movie-goers put Brooklyn on their must-see lists.  It’s a very level headed film from the UK, it isn’t flashy or pandering to Hollywood’ read more

The Revenant

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 8, 2016

The other night, a storm rolled through.  There are a few trees in my yard I always worry about falling over.  With the wind gusting and the rain pouring down, theses trees were shaking every which way.  But then I remembered a line in The Revenant.  “When there is a storm. And you stand in front read more

The Big Short

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 4, 2016

Let me first say that I know next to nothing about big banking terms or the housing market and unless that knowledge impacts a major life decision, I don’t care to learn much about it.  The filmmakers behind The Big Short realize that many people feel as I do, and they work with it.  They take what read more

Room

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

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, Room is the story of a young woman and her son.  The young woman, Joy, or Ma (Brie Larson), was kidnapped when she was seventeen.  Her captor, she only knows as Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), locked her in a shed in his backyard.  After two years trapped there, she read more

Ex Machina

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 28, 2016

In Ex Machina, it is too simple to ask ourselves if a man is falling in love with a robot, though she is a remarkable and beautiful work of machinery.  However, does the fact that Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is a human, flawed, heterosexual male cloud his judgement when Ava (Alicia Vikander) confides read more

Spotlight

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

When discussing Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, I believe we should first discuss the era the film depicts.  It’s 2001 in Boston.  Not everyone has a cell phone.  No one is texting.  Information is not just a click away.  The AOL dial up internet is slow and frustrating, just like many forms of communicat read more

The Hateful Eight

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

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is a western set in the harsh, cold, unforgiving land of Wyoming after the Civil War.  He takes great care to show us all the vast plains of snow, the horses pulling the stage coast struggling through it, the icy, majestic mountains in the distance.  It is a vast, read more

The Martian

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 18, 2016

The other day, I overheard a family talking about how NASA is looking for the next generation of astronauts.  I live in Huntsville, Alabama, birthplace of the Saturn V and home to lots of rocket scientists, so this conversation didn’t surprise me.  The father asked his tweens, “Do you think you read more

Inside Out

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

Pixar has a lovely talent for taking simple ideas and turning them into well laid out systems.  Much of the inner workings of Inside Out are a bit like Monsters Inc; a simple idea, be it monsters in the closet or your feelings, are fleshed out, given goals and personalities.  We see the system and read more

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

I don’t remember exactly when I saw my first Star Wars movie. It was early enough in childhood that the story and characters became a constant background in my young mind.  I’ve known Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie longer than any friends I can call up.  To bring them back and extend their stories read more

Exit Through the Gift Shop

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 15, 2015

For most, the name Banksy stirs up images of whimsical rebellion.  For those unfamiliar with his work, he is a street artist, bringing provocative images into the public eye like no other.  In 2010, the famous and unidentified Banksy became a rather ingenious filmmaker, turning this strange little read more

Brother Bear

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Nov 17, 2015

In 2003 I was in high school, too busy being a teenager to see the latest kiddie Disney movie, Brother Bear.  All I knew about this movie was what I saw in the commercials: something about bears (obviously), there’s a pair of Canadian sounding moose and Phil Collins sings songs.  A while ago, my read more

Pet Sematary

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 28, 2015

Pet Sematary is a tragic and twisted tale that can draw a universal audience.  Death and loss are concepts that are often introduced to children by the passing of a pet.  The opening credits show spooky images of a burial site for local pets, complete with the voices of children of the past saying read more

Corpse Bride

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 23, 2015

In 2005, I was part of my college’s student union board films committee and had the delight of helping host a sneak preview for Corpse Bride.  We handed out tickets all week and put it on at the theater within walking distance from campus.  I got to enjoy the film with everyone else and afterwards read more

Sleepy Hollow

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 19, 2015

Most are familiar with the legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Growing up, it was a favorite at home.  There was a cute Disney short we fired up into the VCR every year and a local hayride where an actor on a horse would make a special appearance headless along the wagon.  The basics of the story go that the read more

Saw

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 14, 2015

There’s a dirty little sub-genre in horror films that has gained popularity over the past decade. Some call it Torture Porn, others Splatter Horror.  Whatever you call it, we’re basically referring to horror movies that focus on gruesome, grimy, and creatively horrific deaths.  These are shown read more

The Omen

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 9, 2015

Most are familiar with the symbolism behind the number 666.  It is called The Number of the Beast in Revelations and is most commonly associated with the devil and the anti-christ.  In The Omen, Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) has a child born on June 6th, but it dies.  He is pressured by a priest to read more

The Babadook

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 5, 2015

The Babadook did something that 21st century horror films can rarely do to me.  It got in my head.  The ideas kept me awake after the first night.  My eyes searched the darkest corners of the bedroom.  My ears strained, praying I didn’t hear “Baba Dook Dook DOOK!”  In the morning I checked read more
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