Movie of the Week: ‘Waking Ned Devine’

Do you need an escape?  With COVID still disrupting nearly everything these days, why not virtually get away to Ireland?  Tullymore, actually, and you can meet Jackie, Michael and the whole town in “Waking Ned Devine” (1999).  This hilarious and heartwarming comedy is AHFW’s Movie of the Week! “Waking Ned Devine” (1998) –  In the little Irish town of Tullymore (population: 52), someone won the national lottery!  But who?  Jackie (Ian Bannen) did not strike gold, but he hopes that the lucky ticket holder will share some of the winnings…

‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ isn’t a nightmare

“The Secret: Dare to Dream” – “My whole life, my gut feeling is that something really bad is going to happen, and it does.” – Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes) These days, Miranda carries a ton – possibly two – of responsibility on her narrow shoulders.  Her husband passed away a few years ago, and she’s raising three kids on her own.  Not entirely by herself, because her mother-in-law Bobby (Celia Weston) regularly swings by and watches the kids.  This helpful soul is also the only character – in this movie…

July 29 – Free Double-Feature Night at the Drive-In

AHFW misses catching movies on the big screen.  Sigh.  Well, Amazon and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are here to help!  They are sponsoring “A Night at the Drive-In” in July and August 2020! Every two weeks (on Wednesday nights), drive-in theatres all over the country will feature a double feature, and the movies and concessions are free! Here are all the facts that you need: the schedule, the locations, getting tickets, and background on the project!   Schedule: Wed. July 1: “Love & Basketball” (2000) and “Crazy Rich Asians”…

July 29 – Free Double-Feature Night at the Drive-In

AHFW misses catching movies on the big screen.  Sigh.  Well, Amazon and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are here to help!  They are sponsoring “A Night at the Drive-In” in July and August 2020! Every two weeks (on Wednesday nights), drive-in theatres all over the country will feature a double feature, and the movies and concessions are free! Here are all the facts that you need: the schedule, the locations, getting tickets, and background on the project!   Schedule: Wed. July 1: “Love & Basketball” (2000) and “Crazy Rich Asians”…

Movie of the Week: ‘Shadow of the Vampire’

AHFW takes a trippy trip to 2000 and a look back at E. Elias Merhige’s highly memorable “Shadow of the Vampire” starring Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich.  Merhige’s flick is part-drama, part-comedy and part-horror, as it retells director F.W. Murnau’s (Malkovich) making of “Nosferatu” (1922).  The wrinkle is that Murnau personally hires actor Max Schreck (Dafoe) to play Count Orlok, but this unknown thespian displays bizarre behavior and – for some reason – never removes his makeup. Mmm, it makes you think that maybe….. Well, don’t speculate, we recommend that…

‘Radioactive’ is a bit hazardous, because it packs too much story

“Radioactive” – “I want to tell you about Radium, a most peculiar and remarkable element, because it does not behave as it should.” – Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) Marie Curie – born as Maria Salomea Sklodowska in 1867 Warsaw – did not behave as she should as well.  A physicist and chemist, Marie earned physics and mathematics degrees, and picked up her doctorate at the Sorbonne, where she became the university’s first female professor.  To say that Ms. Curie was ahead of her time is the understatement of the century,…

AHFW’s Top 5 Robin Williams Performances

Robin Williams sadly passed away in 2014, but he was born on July 21, and he would’ve been 69 years old.  In memory of the man, let’s look back at some of his best performances.   Here are AHFW’s Top 5: 5. Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire, “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) 4. Dr. Malcolm Sayer, “Awakenings” (1990) 3. Adrian Cronauer, “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987) 2. Dr. Sean Maguire, “Good Will Hunting” (1997) 1. John Keating, “Dead Poets Society” (1989)  

Movie of the Week: ‘Animal Kingdom’

AHFW’s Movie of the Week inspired a vastly successful television show, sort of like “MASH” (1970) did.  Robert Altman’s comedy classic, however, and “Animal Kingdom” (2010) have very little in common, except blood is spilled in both films…and television shows. “Animal Kingdom” (2010) – The walls of justice close in on a Melbourne (Australia) bank-robbing family within a cloudy, confusing Shakespearean atmosphere.  Led by matriarch Janine Cody (Jacki Weaver), she and her kin decide to fight back with methods that they understand: revenge and betrayal. At the center of the storm…

Celebrate Be a Dork Day with ‘Revenge of the Nerds’

These days, with wild advances in technology and masses of human beings trekking to Comic-Cons all over the world, nerds – in most social quarters – are no longer the butt of jokes. July 15 is Be a Dork Day, and since we are a movie site, why not celebrate the occasion with “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), a film with an “ahead-of-its-time” premise that nerds and dorks are cool! Admittedly, some of the film’s gags and tricks would not pass 2020’s politically correct culture and the MeToo movement –…

Here’s a perfect Harry Dean Stanton double feature

Harry Dean Stanton passed away in 2017, but he was born on July 14, 1926, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate the man.  Harry Dean is a most recognizable face, because he’s starred in countless supporting movie roles, like in “Alien” (1979), “The Thing” (1982), “Escape from New York” (1981), “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992), “The Pledge” (2001), and so many more. Here’s a great double-feature idea! In Win Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” (1984), however, he plays the lead!  A rare moment for sure, but one to check…