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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

So…I’m a Mom Now

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Apr 11, 2014

-”How do I look?”-”Like a new mom. Scared shitless.” Wonderful news, everyone!  My son made an early arrival on March 31st.  He’s a healthy, beautiful baby boy and this mom (and the daddy) couldn’t be more proud. With my sweet new arrival, this blog will be put on the back read more

How a Film Enthusiast Prepares for Children

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

I wish I had found some camouflage maternity pants… I realize things have been pretty slow here since Oscar season, but not without good reason.  I only have a couple of weeks (or less!) left before my bundle of joy bursts out of me Alien style and into the world.  My husband and I have been read more

Oscar Predictions 2013

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

The big night is almost here!  So without much fluff, here are my official predictions for tomorrow night’s Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects Obviously Gravity. Best Production Design This is a toss-up, I can justify any of these films winning.  So why not American Hustle? Best Film Editing The read more

Dallas Buyers Club

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

Based on a true story, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) leads a fast and rough life.  He’s an electrician working in dangerous areas, a swindling gambler at the local rodeo, drinks heavily, snorts coke and has plenty of loose women.  When we first meet him, there is no denying his physical conditi read more

Captain Phillips (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 25, 2014

I put off seeing Captain Phillips for a long time.  From the previews and commercials, I joked that Tom Hanks was just fishing for a new Oscar.  Even when the Oscar nominations came out, I was surprised and guessed the film depicting a recent big new story propelled it into best picture status.  Whe read more

Nebraska

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

My parents are only in their fifties but I already worry about them aging.  I worry that they won’t be able to keep up with their home, their land and that one might get dementia and the other won’t be able to handle it.  For David (Will Forte) in Nebraska those worries are his reality.  His read more

Philomena

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 14, 2014

As a mother-to-be, Philomena struck a deep emotional chord.  Lately, I take pride in every kick and jab I endure from the child growing inside me and the thought of ever losing this new life scares me more than I have ever known.  Seeing the story of a young mother having her child taken away by wom read more

Frozen (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 11, 2014

In Disney’s latest animated masterpiece, Elsa (Idina Mezel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) are sister princesses in the kingdom of Arendelle.  As little children they are thick as thieves, especially when Anna gets big sister Elsa to use her ice powers to play and build a snowman.  But when one late night read more

Gravity (2)

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

As I watched the opening scene in Gravity, I was in awe.  Right away, just seeing these astronauts float around on a routine space walk, the film was beautiful and thrilling.  A few minutes in, a couple behind me in the theater remarked with a sneer, “Where are all the satellites and shit?”  Their read more

The Wolf of Wall Street (1)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 30, 2014

Scorsese’s latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street is a three hour, fast paced wild ride through a lifestyle filled with gratuitous amounts of sex, drugs, and of course, money.  How lucky we are to be along for the ride!  It’s fun, hilarious and mixes well between all the very dark moments throughout read more

Her

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

As I write this, I am sitting in a local cafe, alone with my laptop, while others around me share long conversations over food or coffee.  Like many characters in Her, I am comfortable being alone in public, so long as I have some electronic device to keep me occupied in my own head.  In Her, you read more

American Hustle

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 19, 2014

David O. Russell’s American Hustle is a con plot, wrapped in a couple love triangles and then further complicated by the mob.  Honestly, the whole point A to point B can get a little confusing, but the film easily keeps a captive audience on board every moment due to fantastic performances by great read more

12 Years a Slave

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

The twelve years Solomon Northrup spent in slavery are depicted as years of pain, torment and constant uncertainty as to whether he will live to see the next day, let alone freedom again.  The weight and realism of this subject, based on Northrup’s autobiography, can make the film difficult to watch read more

Hitchcock (2012) (2)

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

Movies about the makings of other movies seem to be a growing trend.  Among these is Hitchcock, a story behind the master of suspense’s struggles while making his (in my humble opinion) greatest film.  In addition to the usual conflicts with studios and Hitch’s (Anthony Hopkins) odd obsession read more

Howl’s Moving Castle

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 19, 2013

I can’t really place why, but I’ve never been a fan of Japanese anime style animation.  Maybe it was because the first examples of it I was exposed to were Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, both seemed like a silly excuse to sell toys to elementary school boys.  However, as I grow to enjoy animated films read more

Flight (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 11, 2013

In Flight, Denzel Washington plays Whip, a pilot leading a life of addiction.  His routine seems to be booze and loose women at night, followed by cocaine like a rejuvenating chaser before he begins flying all day.  Somehow this works for him, and probably has for years, until a mechanical failure read more

Toy Story

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 1, 2013

In 1995, I was ten years old when Toy Story was first in released.  I remember seeing previews and scoffing, thinking a story about toys was so juvenile.  By ten, toys were out of my style, video games, bikes and Goosebumps books were my main source of home entertainment.  But I had younger siblings read more

November Fun and a Big Announcement

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Nov 19, 2013

Happy November!  Yes, I realize this is now technically late November, but let me tell you all the exciting things that have been happening lately. First off, November has, for three years now, been my big break from writing about movies and venturing into dangerous territory.  I participate in Nati read more

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 31, 2013

This Halloween I am delighted to share a film that a reader, Hunter author of Soul of the Plot, suggested I see.  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a brilliant German silent film from 1920.  It’s horror is felt through the uncanny story and eerie images throughout the film.  For film fans not quite read more
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