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A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 2, 2015

Kicking off this year’s slew of Halloween horror is the classic that made everyone afraid to sleep.  A Nightmare on Elm Street is the hit that launched the entire Freddy Krueger franchise and propelled the late Wes Craven into a film history.  Yet somehow I put off seeing this perfect piece of horro read more

Happy October!

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 1, 2015

Oh horror films, so misunderstood by the Academy. Happy October!  Here at The Best Picture Project the month of October is dedicated to finding the best films to chill and scare you all the way to Halloween.  So join me in a little journey.  We will begin down Elm Street, encounter a demon child, read more

Gorillas in the Mist

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Sep 16, 2015

The life of Dian Fossey is unique, beautiful and passionate, just like this film.  Under Michael Apted’s direction, Gorillas in the Mist is an exotic biopic that immerses us in Fossey’s world among the gorillas and celebrates her life’s work. In 1968 we see Dian (Sigourney Weaver) leave her home, read more

The Boxtrolls

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

Compared to animation giants like Disney and Pixar, Laika is very young and inexperienced.  Founded only 10 years ago, their films are mostly a very stylized form of stop-motion animation.  However, their films are also consistently well done.  I was especially blown away by their debut feature, read more

100 Things I Love About Movies

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 2, 2015

Celebrating 30 years! In celebration of my 30th birthday I decided to do something a little different.  I’ve been writing this blog over five years now.  Most of what I write here are movie reviews.  I don’t think I’ve ever made any movie related lists, so I’ll start in a read more

Hook

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jul 21, 2015

Steven Spielberg’s Hook takes the world of Peter Pan and imagines what happened if he left Neverland and grew up.  Robin Williams plays Peter Banning, a lawyer who doesn’t put his children first.  When his family travels to England to attend a dedication for a hospital for orphans named after read more

Sleepless in Seattle

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 30, 2015

Throughout this blog I have not been shy about my dislike of romantic comedies.  The genera overall always felt flimsy, too dreamy and often insulted my intelligence.  However, there are a few sprinkled throughout film history that are so charming, sweet or just have some wow factor that makes me read more

Stand By Me

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on May 22, 2015

There’s a short window of time where boyhood seems to peak before snapping off to adolescence and movies like Stand By Me capture it in all its raw glory and terror.  Directed by Rob Reiner, the film is based off Stephen King’s story, The Body, where four twelve year old boys take a two day hike read more

Fantasia 2000

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 27, 2015

In the summer of 2000, I was one of the few teenagers begging their parents to see Fantasia 2000 in IMAX.  The begging worked.  My whole family went to see 70 minutes of top-notch Disney animation set to instrumental pieces, like I had dreamed of for years.  My younger siblings seemed happy enough read more

The Lego Movie

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

Back in the 90s, I was a lucky kid who grew up with a big bucket of Legos.  For Christmas or birthdays I would sometimes get a little construction set and meticulously labor over the instructions until I had constructed exactly what was on the picture.  I took some pride in that.  But nothing was read more

Oscar Predictions 2014

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 20, 2015

Brace yourselves, Oscar night is coming. This year, I feel like I have no idea what is about to happen.  Yes, I’ve seen all the Best Picture nominees, but I haven’t seen much outside of that prestigious circle.  Life as a new mom has made seeing movies tougher.  A movie date is much more expensive read more

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 18, 2015

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the most unique and thought provoking films I have seen in years.  What’s even better is that it is also one of the most entertaining Oscar nominees in years as well.  Not a moment feels stale or boring.  The variety of characters feel real read more

American Sniper

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 16, 2015

I cannot in good conscience call Chris Kyle anything but an American hero.  He dutifully served his county, made it back to be with his family and his death was a tragic shame. I feel genuine sorrow for his family and can only wish them the best. I genuinely hope that American Sniper is something th read more

The Imitation Game

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 13, 2015

The Imitation Game is a surprisingly thrilling biopic about Alan Turing’s remarkable top secret work during World War II.  He and a small team of mathematicians are hired by the British government to crack Germany’s enigma code.  The code was considered unbreakable.  It could be one of over five read more

The Theory of Everything

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

Prior to seeing The Theory of Everything, I’m hesitant to admit how little I knew about Stephen Hawking.  Campy characters from The Big Bang Theory might have described him more eloquently than I.  However, after seeing The Theory of Everything I agree that this was a story that needs to be told. read more

Whiplash

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 6, 2015

Whiplash made me relive the recurring nightmares I’ve been having since I was a freshman in my high school marching band.  Nightmares where I show up to a competition without my instrument, or the music has been changed to something I’ve never heard of at the last moment.  And always, there are read more

Gone Girl

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 29, 2015

David Fincher’s Gone Girl operates on a premises Americans see far too often through our media based news.  Broadcasts show a pretty, young woman who disappears under suspicious circumstances and the whole country goes to pieces searching and mourning for her.  The explanation for her disappearance, read more

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 29, 2015

Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel may be his grandest work yet.  It spans four different time periods, each with their own color pallets and aspect ratios.  Yet, all these periods, points of view and fields of vision gel into one beautiful, energetic and whimsical story. We are read more

Boyhood

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 26, 2015

There is some sort of indescribable magic about Boyhood.  In just under three hours, we watch a boy and his family grow and transform over twelve years.  Through this massive timespan, the tone, feel and heart of the film is set at a constant.  Sometimes its hard to keep the same tone for twelve read more

Selma

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 18, 2015

Ava DuVernay’s Selma focuses on a small chapter of Dr. Martin Luther King’s fight for civil rights.  He and a group of activists go Selma, a small town in Alabama, after a church is bombed there, killing four little girls.  In Selma, they hope to secure equal voting rights for African Americans read more
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