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The Cabin in the Woods

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 31, 2014

At first glance from previews and posters, The Cabin in the Woods seems to be your typical horror movie.  Five college students plan a fun weekend getaway at an old remote cabin.  We have Curt (Chris Hemsworth), the tough guy with his girlfriend, Jules (Anna Hutchison), who just dyed her hair blonde read more

The Fog

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 29, 2014

In John Carpenter’s The Fog, the town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its centennial anniversary.  Around midnight, a group of children listen to the story of a doomed ship, the Elizabeth Dane, that sparked the town’s establishment.  Father Malone (Hal Holbrook) finds an old journal, detailing read more

Blacula

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 27, 2014

Yes, Blacula. As in a black Dracula.  To be honest, I was more than skeptical about seeing this film for years.  I assumed it would just be cheap, cheesy horror tossed in your basic blaxploitation film.  It sort of is, yet it is entertaining, engaging and becomes a decent horror film. In Blacula, read more

Ju-On: The Grudge

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 21, 2014

Most of my readers are probably familiar with The Grudge films, however, they might be more familiar with the American remake and sequels.  This review is of the original Japanese version of the film released in 2002.  If you’ve never seen a Japanese film, or never felt the urge to seek one out, read more

Let the Right One In

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 16, 2014

Let the Right One In is a modern vampire tale done right.  The setting is a snowy Swedish town.  It feels as it looks, cold and lonely.  Right away, we are shown a situation that draws in our curiosity and sympathy: twelve year old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), alone in his room with a knife, fantasizing read more

The Blair Witch Project

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 12, 2014

I first watched The Blair Witch Project when I was 14.  I was home alone “sick” from school and I remembered my dad bought a second-hand VHS of the film a few weeks before.  Alone in the kitchen, I popped the movie into the tiny television on the counter, pulled up a chair, some chicken noodle read more

Children of the Corn

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 9, 2014

Children of the Corn is one among the slew of horror movies derived from Stephen King stories.  Among the King film greats like The Shining, Carrie and 1408, Children of the Corn hangs around the mid to lower end, but it’s not the worst. The film takes place in Gatlin, a small town in Nebraska, surr read more

White Zombie

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 6, 2014

Horror movies can be scary in many different ways.  Some are full of gruesome deaths.  Others take us into a paranormal scenario our minds can’t completely comprehend or believe.  Still, others are just plain creepy and make our skin crawl in wonderfully horrible ways.  The pre-code era’s read more

Scream

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 3, 2014

“Do you like scary movies?” Scream is what happens when slasher movies become a staple of our culture.  Those of us who grew up watching Jamie Lee Curtis run screaming through Halloween, or watching Freddie Cruger pick off teen by teen, know the wonderful, yet unsavory effects that horror movies read more

Happy October!

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 1, 2014

Sammy Terry and his pet spider, George. Happy October movie maniacs! Here at The Best Picture Project, October means horror movies.  As we get closer and closer to the great pumpkin dropping on All Hallows Eve, enjoy new reviews of classic, cult and fun films that bring us the creeps and shrieks.  I read more

Planet of the Apes

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Sep 24, 2014

It seems that more and more classic science fiction movies are getting a makeover.  Star Wars had its prequel trilogy.  Star Trek is getting a shot in the arm with Abrams and a younger cast, and soon Star Wars will get similar treatment.  Now Planet of the Apes is getting revamped with CGI apes all read more

The Secret of Kells

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Sep 15, 2014

One of the most unique animated features in the digital animation era is The Secret of Kells.  Made by the Irish film studio, Cartoon Saloon, it tells a fictional story about the origin of the Book of Kells.  The Book of Kells is one of the most prized artifacts of early Irish history, dating back read more

The Birdcage

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Sep 8, 2014

I remember being ten years old as my parents dropped my siblings and I off with an aunt while they went to see The Birdcage.  As a young and curious movie addict, I asked what kind of movie it was.  My parents gave me some vague description along the lines of, “Oh, a funny movie with Robin Williams. read more

Modern Times

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 29, 2014

Though Modern Times was made in the mid 1930s, many of its themes and situations are just as relevant today as they were back then.  Men are still slaves to machines in more than just the workplace.  We strive to keep up with the latest, fastest technology, though these days our machines are much read more

Jason and the Argonauts

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 18, 2014

As a teenager, I became fascinated by Greek mythology.  Of the main heroes, Theseus, Perseus, Hercules, my favorite was always Jason.  To me, Jason’s tale was the most exciting, like an action movie hurdling from one obstacle to the next.  Finally, I’ve seen the movie that brought the myth into read more

The Master

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Aug 7, 2014

Since the fall of 2012 I’ve heard people talk so excited about The Master.  From various critics, bloggers and other film enthusiasts I heard praises of the acting, the directing, the story, the style, everything.  Naturally, my expectations were very high. In The Master, Joaquin Phoenix plays Fredd read more

A Thousand Clowns

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jul 28, 2014

For nearly four years now I have been searching for A Thousand Clowns.  This film seemed to be always out of my grasp, never on DVD, never on Netflix and never on TCM.  That is, until a little while ago.  During TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, I was finally able to catch this elusive best picture nominee read more

A New Mom’s First Trip to the Movie Theater

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jul 10, 2014

Being a mom is the greatest job I have ever imagined, even though it comes with many struggles and sacrifices.  Especially when it comes to seeing movies.  It was weeks after my son was born before I had the time or energy to watch anything new, and that was when my husband put on Joss Whedon’s read more

Airplane!

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 27, 2014

One of my favorite comedies is Airplane!  It’s a predictable, cliche story of a young Air Force veteran who has to step up from his angst to take command of a doomed flight after all the pilots become violently ill from eating the in-flight fish.  Really, no one cares about the story, like I said, read more

The Croods

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jun 2, 2014

When The Croods first came out, I dismissed it, afraid it would only live up to its silly, barbaric name.  But I gave it a shot later, after its Oscar nomination for best animated feature and was happily surprised.  The film is a fun family comedy about growth and adaptation that has potential to read more
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