Saturday, March 31, 2018

Top Ten DVD List for April 3, 2018

by Kam Williams

This Week’s DVD Releases

Boston [Matt Damon Narrates Documentary about World's Oldest Marathon]

The Governor: The Complete Collection [Gritty Brit Prison Drama]

13 Reasons Why: Season 1 [If You're Listening, You're Too Late]

A Place to Call Home: Season 5 [Sweeping Australian Saga]

The Railway Children [Filmed Stage Production]

Jane [Primatologist Jane Goodall Biopic]

Basmati Blues [Bollywood-Like La La Land Musical]

We'll Meet Again [Ann Curry Orchestrates Emotional Reunions]

Honey: Rise Up and Dance [4th Installment in the Dance Franchise]

Nature: The Last Rhino [Endangered Species Documentary]

Friday, March 30, 2018

Kam's Kapsules for movies opening April 6, 2018

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
by Kam Williams  



Blockers (R for crude humor, pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, drug use, partying and frontal nudity) Prom night comedy revolving around three parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz) who join forces to thwart their daughters' (Geraldine Viswanathan, Kathryn Newton and Gideon Adlon) plan to lose their virginity. With Ramona Young, Miles Robbins and Graham Phillips.

Chappaquiddick (PG-13 for smoking, profanity, mature themes and disturbing images) Historical docudrama recounting Ted Kennedy's (Jason Clarke) summer of '69 car accident that claimed the life of 28 year-old, campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara). Featuring Andria Blackman as Joan Kennedy, Clancy Brown as Robert McNamara, and Taylor Nichols as Ted Sorensen.

The Miracle Season (PG for mature themes) Inspirational true tale about a girls' high school volleyball team that triumphed in spite of the tragic death of its star player (Danika Yarosh) in a moped accident. With Erin Moriarty and Oscar-winners Helen Hunt (for As Good as It Gets) and William Hurt (for Kiss of the Spider Woman).

A Quiet Place (PG-13 for terror and bloody images) Haunted house horror flick about a family that finds itself hunted by mysterious creatures who use sound to locate their prey. Cast includes Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.


ACORN and the Firestorm (Unrated) Investigative post-mortem deconstructing how the country's largest, anti-poverty organization was defunded after the airing of an embarrassing, hidden-camera video shot by a couple of right-wing activists posing as a pimp and prostitute seeking advice about tax evasion and child smuggling.

Lean on Pete (R for profanity and brief violence) Coming-of-age drama, set in Portland, Oregon, about the bond forged between a 15 year-old stable boy (Charlie Plummer) and a retired racehorse slated for slaughter. With Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, Travis Fimmel and Chloe Sevigny.

Spinning Man (R for profanity and sexual references) Pierce Brosnan plays the title character in this whodunit about a philandering philosophy professor suspected of foul play after a student (Odeya Rush) he's sleeping with disappears without a trace. With Jamie Kennedy, Minnie Driver, Alexandra Shipp and Guy Pearce.

Spiral (Unrated) An eye-opening documentary chronicling the recent rise of anti-Semitism in France.

Where Is Kyra? (Unrated) Michelle Pfeiffer plays the title character in this NYC saga as an unemployed woman whose life spirals out of control after the death of the mother (Suzanne Shepherd) she'd become financially dependent on. With Kiefer Sutherland, Babs Olusanmokun and Sam Robards.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Film Review by Kam Williams

Gamers Search for Easter Egg in Ultimate Virtual Reality Adventure

It is 2045, a time when the planet has devolved into a desolate dystopia marked by a combination of pollution, overpopulation, poverty, corruption and global warming. Most of humanity lives in slums where they escape the misery by disappearing via virtual reality into the Oasis, a popular parallel universe co-created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance) and Ogden Morrow (Simon Pegg).

The characters were ostensibly inspired by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, since the former seized the reins of the company after the latter sold his stock citing concerns about its direction. Here, we have Halliday in control of Oasis and a skeptical Morrow no longer associated with the firm.

The picture's point of departure is an unrecognizable Columbus, Ohio, a now devastated metropolis whose skyline has been reduced to a vast wasteland of vertical "stacks," mobile homes piled high atop one another. That's where we find Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), an orphaned teen taken in by his Aunt Alice (Susan Lynch). 
Wade's a gamer who goes by the avatar Parzival whenever he's online. His best friend is Aech (Lena Waithe), though they've never actually met. That's apparently par for the course, since everyone prefers escaping into the Oasis to facing the post-apocalyptic squalor that is reality.

A glimmer of hope arrives in the will left behind by the recently-deceased Halliday. By way of video, he announces a treasure hunt for an Easter egg hidden in the Oasis. The finder will not only be awarded control of his company, but stands to inherit half a trillion dollars to boot.

So, Wade forms the High Five, a rag-tag team composed of him, Aech, Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) and geeky siblings Sho (Philip Zhao) and Daito (Win Morisaki). Sure, millions of other "Gunters" (egg hunters) join in the search, but their chief competition is Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a video game conglomerate run by the maniacal Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn). Given the mammoth army of indentured players at his disposal, it's hard to see how the High Five might prevail. 
Not to worry. You can always trust Steven Spielberg to work his movie magic. And, after establishing that implausible premise, Ready Player One takes off at a dizzying pace, with the legendary director even carving out space for a little romance.

You see, Wade has a big cyber crush on Art3mis, even though he has no idea what she looks like in real life. She likes him, too, but hides behind her avatar, because of a big birthmark on her face. 
Will sparks continue to fly when they finally cross paths in the flesh? Can the High Five find the Easter egg first? Far be it from me to spoil this thrill-a-minute, virtual reality roller coaster ride riddled with allusions to pop culture and classic computer games. 
Vintage Spielberg!

Excellent (4 stars)
Rated PG-13 for action, violence, bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and profanity
Running time: 140 minutes
Production Studios: Amblin Entertainment / Village Roadshow Pictures / Reliance Entertainment / De Line Pictures / Farah Films & Management
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

To see the trailer for Ready Player One, visit:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe
The “Ready Player One” Interview
with Kam Williams

Lena's Towering Patina!

Born on May 17, 1984, Lena Diane Waithe was raised along with her sister on the South Side of Chicago by a single-mom. She showed an interest in writing at an early age, and was encouraged to pursue her passion by both her mother and grandmother.

After earning a degree in Cinema and Television Arts from Columbia College Chicago, she embarked on a showbiz career not only as a scriptwriter but as an actress and producer as well. She is probably best known for playing Denise on the Netflix series Master of None, although she made history last fall by becoming the first African-American female to win an Emmy for comedy writing.

Openly gay, Lena was named Out Magazine's Artist of the Year for 2017. She is also the creator of The Chi, a super-realistic Showtime series set on the South Side of Chicago.

Here, she talks about her role as Aech in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's young adult novel of the same name. In the dizzying sci-fi thriller, she plays the protagonist's best friend and member of a team of gamers participating in a virtual reality Easter egg hunt with a grand prize of half a trillion dollars.

Kam Williams: Hey Lena, I'm honored to have this opportunity to speak with you.
Lena Waithe: Oh, I'm honored to speak with you, too, Kam. How are you?

KW: Great! How about you?
LW: I'm good, thanks.

KW: Actress, producer, screenwriter. Which hat is your favorite to wear?
LW: I'm a writer first. The acting thing came along because I've been blessed to cross paths with some phenomenal casting directors like Allison Jones, Ellen Lewis [Ready Player One], and Leslee Feldman who runs casting for Amblin Entertainment. These amazing women and God are the reasons why I'm an actor. I believe God orders my steps. He saw this for me, because I definitely didn't see it for myself. I've always been a bit of a ham and a bit of a performer for my friends in my circles, but I never, ever would have pursued it on my own. So, I'm just very grateful to these ladies for seeing something in me. But at the end of the day, I was born a television writer, and I'll die a television writer. That's what I'm most comfortable doing.

KW: Well, congratulations on making history in winning the Emmy for Master of None.
LW: Thank you so much, Kam.

KW: What interested you in Ready Player One?
LW: I got a call from my agency at the time, saying, "Yo, we got a call about the Steven Spielberg film. They want you to come in and read for it." I said, "Sure. Why not?" So, I went in and read, got a call back to read again, and then I call saying that Steven had chosen me to be Aech in the movie. That was a moment you can't even imagine. Obviously, the biggest draw for me was the director, since I didn't know the book and they hadn't given me the script to read, because everything was very top secret. All I had were some sides. Spielberg is a famous brand, like Coca-Cola. I felt that I could trust him no matter what the project was. And I'm glad I did, because I love the movie and it's already getting a great response. It's a classic Spielberg adventure that you'll never forget. It's phenomenal!

KW: Did you read the novel before you began shooting?
LW: Yes. As soon as I was cast, I got the script and the book. I read the script, which I loved, first. Then I read the novel which I also thought was just phenomenal.

KW: I haven't read the book. How faithful is the film to it?
LW: I think people will have to go to the theater to see, because we have a lotta fans of the book. Steven made a great point today. He said there are about a dozen different movies you could make from the book, because there's so much going on. I'm not sure which of those twelve he would say he chose, but he did what he does best by making a really fantastic film. And I think Ernest Cline's best seller served as a wonderful blueprint.

KW: How did you prepare to play Aech?
LW: Aech's avatar is this 6' tall, half-man, half-robot, very swaggy guy. My influences were Mr. T and Ice Cube. I kept them in mind while I was playing the character, because it's an alter-ego, who you wish you were. And who's cooler than Mr. T and Ice Cube? Nobody!

KW: Did you play video games as a child?
LW: Definitely! I remember my dad buying my sister and me the original Nintendo. I'll never forget that day he brought it to the house. My mom was not happy about it, because nothing got done for the next few months. We were Nineties kids, so it was a big deal to us. We had a Gameboy and played Tetris all the time, before graduating to Sega Genesis. And we borrowed a friend's Nintendo 64. I went through those different stages of gaming, since it was so easy to get sucked into it. But when I got older, it got a little too complicated for me, because I had homework to do. But I've always had an appreciation of the games. They're a lotta fun, so I get why people do it.

KW: What message do you think people will take away from Ready Player One?
LW: That reality is more fun than fantasy. The movie is one, big, great escape. But I think Steven's saying escapism is fine, but that you don't want to escape so much that you lose the appreciation of what's right around you.

KW: Have you managed to maintain a connection to Chicago?
LW: I have a show about Chicago [The Chi], so obviously I'm there very often for filming. And my family's still there, too. So, I feel very connected to Chicago. I have a great love for the city, and I strive to portray it in a very honest and human light.

KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you'd like to star in?
LW: Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of remakes. If I could've been in a remake, I'd a chosen Ocean's 11. I love that movie. And I'm still mad I'm not in the new one, Ocean's 8. But Rihanna's holding it down for all the sisters.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
LW: Wow! That's a good question. I see a proud, gay, black woman. 
KW: Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory?
LW: Moving in with my grandmother on the South Side of Chicago when I was 2. I remember running around a room full of people while she was playing poker or hosting neighborhood watch meetings. I also remember getting excited about going to Dunkin' Donuts and going to see movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with my dad on the weekend.

KW: The Morris Chestnut question: Was there any particular moment in your childhood that inspired you to become the person you are today?
LW: Hmm... I think there were numerous things that inspired me. TV shows like Family Matters and A Different World, and movies like Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump. I remember wanting to live in those spaces for a long time, not knowing that ultimately I would want to create stories that would make people feel the way I had felt watching those shows and movies. I was always happiest when we were going to the movie theater, no matter what we were going to see. I liked the idea of sharing that experience with a group of people I'd never met and would probably never see again.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
LW: I can't think of one. But you've asked some good ones.

KW: Finally, Samuel L. Jackson asks: What’s in your wallet?
LW: My Soho House card, my Amex and my driver's license.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Lena, and best of luck with Ready Player One.
LW: Thanks so much, Kam.

To see the trailer for Ready Player One, visit:

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Top Ten DVD List for March 27, 2018

by Kam Williams

This Week’s DVD Releases

Star Wars Episode VIII [The Last Jedi]

Who Killed Tupac? [Attorney Ben Crump Heads New Investigation]

Last Men in Aleppo [Oscar-Nominated Documentary]

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood [It's a Beautiful Day Collection]

Love, Lies & Records [Birth, Death and All the Drama in Between]

The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 4 [New Zealand Detective TV Show]

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia [A Visually-Stunning Fantasy]

The Last Movie Star [Every Hero Has a Home Town]

Dolores [Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.]

Peppa Pig: The Easter Bunny [As Seen on Nick Jr.]

Friday, March 23, 2018

Midnight Sun

Film Review by Kam Williams

Sickly Teen Finds Soulmate in Bittersweet Romance Drama
The biggest takeaway from Midnight Sun is that Patrick Schwarzenegger has a bright future as an actor. Fair warning: he's not a buff bodybuilder like his father, Arnold, so don't look for him to play he-man roles any time soon. 
However, in Midnight Sun he proves that he can hold his own as a leading man in a romance drama. So, he ought to have a certain appeal to females, between an endearing vulnerability and his rugged good looks.

Directed by Scott Speer (Step Up Revolution), Midnight Sun is loosely based on Taiyo No Ita, a Japanese tearjerker released in 2006. This English language version is basically the same story, except for a few tweaks of the script that don't alter the arc of the basic plot.

The title hints at the sickly heroine's affliction, Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a rare skin disease that leaves her extremely allergic to sunlight. Consequently, Katie (Bella Thorne) is only allowed to leave the house after dark. 
Otherwise, she's your typical teenage girl. She enjoys music, keeps a journal, and has a crush on Charlie (Schwarzenegger), the tall, handsome neighbor who skateboards past her specially-treated windows everyday. They're both seniors at Purdue High, but he has no idea she even exists, since Katie completed all her schoolwork online.

Their paths finally cross one evening soon after graduation when she was hanging out alone at the local train station, playing her late mother's acoustic guitar. It's love at first sight for Charlie, but Katie doesn't want to frighten him off by telling him she has XP. 
They start dating and everything is peachy keen until the night they stay out almost until daybreak. Katie freaks out and is forced to share her big secret. 
Will Charlie bolt or stick around? That is the critical question at the heart of Midnight Sun. The movie earns such high marks for its sensitive handling of a seriously-ill patient's heartbreaking plight that I was willing to forgive its relatively-sappy portrayal of the star-crossed lovers. 
A sentimental soap opera guaranteed to make you weep in spite of yourself.

Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG-13 for partying sensuality and mature themes
Running time: 91 minutes
Production Studios: Wrigley Pictures / Boies-Schiller Film Group / Rickard Pictures
Distributor: Open Road Films

To see a trailer for Midnight Sun, visit:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Paul, Apostle of Christ

Film Review by Kam Williams

Faith-Based Biopic Chronicles St. Luke and St. Paul's Close Relationship

I distinctly remember learning in Sunday school when I was a child that Jesus had 12 Apostles: But none of them was named Paul (James Faulkner). In fact, while Jesus was alive, the future saint was still a Jew who took a perverse pleasure in persecuting Christians. 
But he famously had a change of heart after experiencing a blinding vision of Jesus while on the road to Damascus. Upon regaining his sight three days later, he converted to Christianity and became one of the fledgling religion's staunchest advocates.

He proceeded to preach all across the ancient world for several decades, sharing his heartfelt conviction that Jesus was the Messiah. However, Paul's proselytizing did not sit well with the Roman Emperor, Nero, who had the troublemaker tried for treason, convicted and tossed into a dank prison cell to await his fate. 
That is setting of this depressing biopic, unfolding in Rome in 67 A.D. Co-written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (Full of Grace), the picture basically revolves around a jailhouse friendship allegedly forged between Paul and Luke (Jim Caviezel), a physician and fellow believer.

According to this speculative docudrama, the good doctor visited Death Row daily in order to secretly record Paul's pearls of wisdom before his beheading. If the suspect storyline is to be believed, the upshot of that effort was the New Testament's Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Luke. But I can't help but wonder whether there's any proof that the two religious icons ever even met.

Regardless of the liberties that might have been taken with the truth, I was turned off by the pall cast over the production by Paul's relentlessly-dire plight, and it didn't help matters any that the movie has way more talk than action. 
What does it tell you when a movie's most-memorable moment involves Nero's roasting Christians alive at the stake for fun, and referring to them as "Roman candles." I bet you thought the term was coined for the firecracker. 
Overall, a faith-based, snuff flick with little appeal beyond the Bible-thumping demographic.

Fair (1 star)
Rated PG-13 for disturbing images and some violence
Running time: 108 minutes
Production Studios: Affirm Films / Outside Da Box
Distributor: Columbia Pictures

To see a trailer for Paul, Apostle of Christ, visit:

Kam's Kapsules for movies opening March 30, 2018


Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun 
by Kam Williams



God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness (PG for violence, mature themes and suggestive material) Third installment in the faith-based franchise finds members of a tight-knit congregation being tested by God when a deadly fire destroys their church. Co-starring Tatum O'Neal, John Corbett, Ted McGinley and Gregory Alan Williams.

Ready Player One (PG-13 for action, violence, bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and profanity) Adaptation of Ernest Cline's sci-fi novel, set in 2045, revolving around a teenager's (Tye Sheridan) participation with the help of his friends in a virtual reality Easter egg hunt where the winner will inherit an immense fortune from the contest's late creator (Mark Rylance). Ensemble includes Olivia Cooke, Mckenna Grace, Lena Waithe, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg and Letitia Wright.

Tyler Perry's Acrimony (R for profanity, sexuality and violence) Revenge thriller about a long-suffering wife (Taraji P. Henson) who finally gets fed up with her philandering spouse (Lyriq Bent). With Crystie Stewart, Danielle Nicolet and Jazmyn Simon.


All I Wish (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a fledgling fashion designer's (Sharon Stone) desperate search for a soulmate until she finally meets Mr. Right (Tony Goldwyn) on her 46th birthday. Featuring Famke Janssen, Ellen Bursrtyn and Erica Ash.

Birthmarked (Unrated) Nature vs. nurture comedy about a couple of well-respected science professors (Matthew Goode and Toni Collette) who retire to raise their kids to test what they suspect to be a genetic predisposition to pursue their careers. With Fionnula Flanagan, Michael Smiley and Suzanne Clement.

The China Hustle (R for profanity) Eye-opening expose' highlighting how China has been eating America's lunch by perpetrating a massive stock fraud in the deregulated financial markets.

Finding Your Feet (PG-13 for suggestive material, profanity and brief drug use) Romantic dramedy about a straitlaced senior citizen (Imelda Staunton) who moves in with her bohemian big sister (Cela Imrie) after catching her husband of 40 years (John Sessions) in bed with her BFF (Josie Lawrence). With Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Paul Chan and David Hayman.

Gemini (R for pervasive profanity and a violent image) Crime thriller about a Hollywood starlet's (Zoe Kravitz) personal assistant (Lola Kirke) who ends up the prime suspect in a grisly homicide after lending a gun to her boss. Supporting cast includes Ricki Lake, John Cho and James Ransone.

The Last Movie Star (R for sexuality and partial nudity) Burt Reynolds stars in this poignant character study about an aging matinee idol forced to face the fact that his glory days are way behind him. With Chevy Chase, Clark Duke and Ariel Winter.

Outside In (Unrated) Romance drama about the taboo love affair between a recently-paroled ex-con (Jay Duplass) and a married, high school teacher (Edie Falco) he hasn't seen since being sent up the river 20 years ago. With Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwartz and Aaron Blakely.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Alison Kruse

with Kam Williams

A Spirited Tete-a-Tete with New Jersey's Best Undiscovered Artist

In Classical music circles, they call a kid with promise a prodigy. In Rock & Roll, the buzz is about the best unsigned bands. Out in Hollywood, they like to refer to an emerging young actress as an ingenue.

But I don't know if anybody ever coined a term for an up-and-coming painter with great potential. But if they did, that's what they'd be calling Alison Kruse, New Jersey's best kept secret. Until now.

Born and raised in Princeton, Alison's comes from a long line of Canadian artists. She ventured north of the border to get her BFA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Her haunting paintings strikes this critic as heavily influenced by such masters as Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and Edvard Munch. But she certainly has developed a unique style of her own reflecting a combination wisdom and talent carefully cultivated over many years.

Here, the unassuming, undiscovered artist talks about her life's calling.

Kam Williams: Hi Alison, thanks for the interview.
Alison Kruse: Thank you for having me, Kam.

KW: What is your earliest childhood memory?
AK: I remember going on car trips and being in the back seat with my sister and being snuggled into ten different blankets. I don’t know how old I was I just remember taking note how cozy I was.

KW: How old were you when you started painting?
AK: I can’t tell you when I started painting. Maybe 4? I was more into drawing when I was young. I started drawing before I could talk. I was super into drawing sleeping people. And I learned how to oil paint when I was 11.

KW: Was there a particular moment in your formative years that inspired you to become an artist?
AK: I’ve been extremely lucky to have multiple moments. My mom started taking me to Philadelphia's, Princeton University's and other museums when I was a toddler. She loves art and is an artist herself. My grandmother was also an artist and encouraged me, too. So, at an early age, I was able to identify different painters and movements: Classical Realism, Impressionism, Cubism, Abstract, Art Deco, etcetera. I started taking classes with Heather Barros, a Princeton artist, very early on, and she gave me a lot of confidence and introduced me to oil paint. And in my senior year of high school, studied with John Kavalos who shared his boundless insights into the art world and inspired me to work hard at my craft and to and take art seriously.


KW: When I look at your paintings, I see the shadows of Edward Hopper and the angst of Edvard Munch. And I also see something new. How would you describe your work?
AK: Wow! Thanks, Kam. I would describe my work as emotional. It’s very expressive and, although I’m experimenting with different styles, the undertone is always filled with some type of intense emotion.

KW: Who is your favorite artist?
AK: Currently, Cecily Brown and Lou Ros.

KW: What inspires you besides art?
AK: Film and entertainment. A good film inspires me because storytelling triggers my imagination. When I watch a movie, I’m especially noticing the color palate and tone. If I weren’t a painter I would want to be working in the film industry because I’m so fascinated by moving pictures. With my art, I want to transport you to a different place or make you feel an emotion, which is the same as what a great film does.

KW: What will you be doing in France?
AK: I’m going to a creative residency. I’ll have two weeks of uninterrupted time where I can focus on my art and cultivating new ideas. I’ve devoted this year to traveling and this one will be my third residency.

KW: What was the last book you read?
AK: "The Tipping Point" by Malcom Gladwell.

KW: When do you feel the most content?
AK: At my easel.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
AK: Dry Skin

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
AK: Reversing climate change.

KW: Is there any question no one has ever asked you, that you wish someone would?
AK: Will you marry me? Just kidding.

KW: What was the last song you listened to?
AK: "Lemon Glow" by Beach House.

KW: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?
AK: Teleportation.

KW: Finally, as Samuel L. Jackson asks: What’s in your wallet?
AK: An ID, a library card, credit, debit card, a Small World punch card, and my health insurance card.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Alison, and have fun in France.
AK: My pleasure, Kam!

To see more of Alison's work, visit: