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“still alice” blu-ray/dvd giveaway!

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

John Black, 42 West Street has been imprinted on my brain ever since I read Lisa Genova’s bestselling book, Still Alice, years ago.

That’s the name and address Alice’s neurologist uses to test her memory – a test she fails but I was determined to pass.

So when, in the movie version, John Black apparently moved to 42 Washington Street, it kind of freaked me out. Had I remembered it incorrectly all this time? Was I losing it?

I can’t imagine why the filmmakers would change an address that so many readers have reassuringly pulled out of their memories time and time again. Don’t they realize their audience is already worried they’re experiencing many of the same symptoms as Alice?

You see, Still Alice is the story of a 50-year-old woman who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s powerful, heartbreaking and a must-see.

Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a confident, well-respected linguistics professor at Columbia University and the author of the field’s pivotal textbook. When she can’t find the word she’s looking for during a presentation at UCLA, she laughs it off but senses something is wrong. As it turns out, the word is “lexicon,” which becomes a sobering foreshadowing of what she’s starting to lose.

Communication is Alice’s forte – the woman scores 66 point words in Words With Friends! – so her diagnosis is particularly devastating. At one point, she admits, “I wish I had cancer instead.” And you can see why.

Her husband (Alec Baldwin) and three grown children (Kristen Stewart is a revelation as the rebellious youngest daughter) each have their own ways of dealing with Alice’s disease, and caregivers will relate to them all. This is a very real movie, and one that will make you think.

But the movie belongs to Moore. To say she is mesmerizing doesn’t begin to cover it. She transforms before our eyes and, emotionally, we are with her for the journey. As we watch her become a ghost of herself, we can feel her frustration, her terror, her ultimate vacuousness. It is to her credit that the movie never becomes sappy.

After her diagnosis, Alice agrees to speak to a group of Alzheimer’s patients and their families – and the difference between her UCLA speech and this one says it all.

“This is hell,” she says. “But it gets worse. We become ridiculous, incapable, comic. But this is not who we are. It’s our disease. I am struggling to stay connected to who I once was.”

Moore makes sure we are always aware of who Alice was. She gives a performance moviegoers will never forget. And, when Oscars were handed out a few months ago, neither did the Academy.

Still Alice is now available on Digital HD and will be coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on May 12.  I’m giving away three copies, which include a fascinating bonus feature about Alzheimer’s in addition to deleted scenes and two other all-new featurettes.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below. For a second chance to win, Tweet this:

Contest ends on May 15 at midnight Pacific time. Winners will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to U.S. mailing addresses.

Comments

  1. I have to be honest with you, Lois, and I’m sure it’s not the first or last time you’ll hear this, but I’m afraid to see this movie. I know too many people with Alzheimer’s, including my dear 95 y/o cousin. She’s happy in her own world but unrecognizable to us.

    Still Alzheimer’s is a fact in our lives, and the book and movie are important for us all. So I guess now I’ll take the plunge and watch it. Because I know I should. And because I’ve always adored Julianne Moore.

  2. Awareness is the first step in creating change. So it is great to see a powerful movie helping to do that on a subject that affects so many.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Wow, that sounds like a real tear jerker. I am sure this is a great movie.

  4. I must live in a box… Never even heard about this film (or book) but you have peaked my interest…
    Alzheimer’s is such a devastating disease that has hit way to close to home.

  5. I totally want to see this movie. I have to wait until hubbie goes to bed though. This is one he won’t watch with me

  6. I’m in the “afraid to see it” group…so thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I haven’t heard of this movie before. I’m not sure I’d be afraid to see it but it’s more like not my type of movie. I may have to see it though just because I love Julianne Moore!

  8. aimee fauci says:

    I would watch this and cry the entire time. My mom passed due to Alzheimer’s / dementia and it’s a roller coaster of a ride for everyone involved and each person deals with it differently.

  9. I actually do want to see this movie- I will probably cry the entire time as well.

  10. I have been wanting to see this. I heard it was really good.

  11. This kind of movie just hits way too close to home. I can’t see them.

  12. I have not heard of this movie. This would be a hard movie to watch, especially with my husband whose grandfather had Alzheimer’s.

  13. This sounds like a really heart-wrenching movie. Alzheimer’s takes so much from those we love.

  14. I have not heard anything about this movie until now. It sounds really interesting. I want to check it out.

  15. This sounds like a tear jerking movie. I love her as an actress

  16. I need to watch this movie it sounds so good. I’m waiting for it to hit my netflix list.

  17. Julianne Moore is an excellent actress. I really enjoy her in a lot of different roles.

  18. I never read the book, but hopefully I will get to see the movie. This would be great to take my sister when she is visiting from Florida.

  19. I thought this looked so good. I was glad she won awards for it even though I didn’t see it. Weird, but true. 🙂

  20. That sounds like an amazing movie. Would love to check it out.

  21. I want to see this movie!

  22. Alzheimer’s, to me, is one of the scariest diseases. I know where I am going when I pass this life but to have to live part of your life as someone who doesn’t even remember who they are is so sad. I’m not sure I could watch this!

  23. I like movies like this that allows us to think … This will be on my ‘Weekend Movie Watch list:

  24. Alzheimer’s is something that I fear getting some day. This sounds like a very thought provoking movie. I can’t wait to see it!

  25. I’ve still not see this but I’m dying to (so I’d love to win). I think of Alice at times when my brain is foggier than usual and scaring me. I’m sure watching the film will be difficult, but I can’t wait. Thank you!

  26. She is one of my favorite actresses. I will have to watch this film.

  27. I really want to see this movie. I can’t wait to see it. heard so many great things about this movie

  28. This movie sounds like a must-see. I imagine its gotta be just heartbreaking.

  29. I really want to see this movie. My Dad was diagnosed a few years back and he has just recently had some major changes. It is so hard for family members to deal with this. I hope one day they are able to find a cure.

  30. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    Some of the most powerful performances come from the most difficult topics. The idea of Alzheimer’s terrifies me.

  31. This looks so sad. I’m not sure if I will see it.

  32. I have never cried watching a trailer before. This movie has solidly been on my list and I must see it! Love your passionate, connected descriptions of the characters…. Beautifully written Lois.

  33. Gosh Alzheimer’s is such a scary thing…I’m torn between wanting to see the movie and not :(.

  34. This looks and sounds like an absolute movie. Thanks for the book suggestion as well.

  35. My uncle had Alzheimers and it was awful to watch. I am terrified to watch this movie as it runs in the family. At 52, I feel as if I already have the same tendencies.

  36. This looks like such a great film. I would like to watch

  37. This looks really interesting! I’m actually watching a movie with Julianne Moore in it right now.

  38. That trailer was …heartbreaking. I am sad to have lost my mom but I am glad I didn’t have lose her this way.

    Tweeted you out too!

  39. Bernie W says:

    This sounds like a great movie. I can’t wait to see it.

  40. I saw this movie and she did an amazing job capturing what happens when you have this devastating disease. I felt like I was watching my mother’s deterioration before my eyes.

  41. Gaye McGill says:

    I’d like to watch this movie (at home, alone). Currently have several friends who are dealing with this.

  42. Mary B says:

    Went through my grandfather suffering from and eventually passing away from dementia and Alzheimers. Interested to see what this movie has to say.

  43. Anjanette says:

    Still Alice is a remarkable film that gives a voice to the victims of Alzheimer’s, a devastating and debilitating disease.

  44. Tom Kelly says:

    I suspect most of us are going to experience Alzheimer’s ourselves or see it in others near and dear to us.

  45. fran pillersdorf says:

    Loved the book, would enjoy seeing the movie

  46. Rebecca O says:

    This looks like a movie that will be touching to watch. As our families and we age, we have a lot to think about.

  47. Julianne Moore is one of my all-time favorites – but only one of the reasons I can’t wait to see this movie!

  48. Kathy Grega says:

    This hits close to home as my mother passed from Alzheimers. My two sisters and I would like to be able to see this movie together and share our feelings. Winning a copy would enable us to do so. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    I too am a great fan of Julianne Moore and know she will do this justice.

  49. LynneMarie says:

    I would very much like to see this movie.

  50. sylvia says:

    I am an Activity Coordinator for memory care so I would LOVE to win a copy of “Still Alice.” We are also planning a movie night with our Activity Directors of Greater San Diego group.

  51. My biggest fear is getting Alzheimer’s! Always in the back of my mind!

  52. Kim Henrichs says:

    I heard she is amazing in this!!!!

  53. I see the same sentiment posted; wanting to see it and fear of seeing it. If I am meant to see it, I will win; if not, then, that’s okay too. God bless.

  54. This movie is on my short list of what to rent when available. I think it’s a tough subject but am looking forward to seeing Julianne Moore’s performance.

  55. Wow it sounds like a very touching movie. I can see the address change being disturbing. Losing my memory is a fear of mine

  56. I hadn’t heard about this movie until now, but WOW! Just watched the trailer. Thanks for posting about this Lois. I’m going to look for it on Redbox.

  57. I don’t know much about this movie. I’ve only heard of it in passing and have not read the book. It looks quite interesting though!

  58. I hadn’t heard of this movie or book yet. Adding it to my list.

  59. I’ve wanted to see this movie for a long time. Thank you for the opportunity, Lois!

  60. Alzheimers is an awful disease. Just lost my grandpa to it. Not sure if I could make it through this movie

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