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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

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Dec 13, 2014

Traditional Christmas movies have never been my style, but at the height of my childhood (I think I still believed in Santa in 1993) one of my favorite Christmas/Halloween movies came out.  The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fun and joyfully creepy celebration of both Christmas and Halloween that read more

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
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