Celebrate this Peter Capaldi double-feature on his birthday!

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!  Yes, Mr. Capaldi turns 64 years young on April 14, and he reached pop icon status when he landed the Dr. Who role in 2013, but this Glasgow native has earned over 120 acting credits since 1982. Peter will star in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” in Aug. 2021, and he played George Harrison in the TV Movie “John and Yoko: A Love Story” (1985), so we recommend that you check out this charismatic actor’s vast TV and film accomplishments. To celebrate his birthday, we endorse…

‘Thunder Force’ doesn’t push the cinematic needle

“Thunder Force” – Marvel Studios made 20 feature films that eventually led to directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s beyond-massive two-movie epic, “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) with a combined 5 ½ hours of screen time.  The cosmic storyline needed every single one of those 330 minutes because Thanos (Josh Brolin) – the chief antagonist – wiped out half of the universe’s population, and The Avengers attempted to bring trillions of living creatures back from oblivion. Talk about big stakes! Well, “Thunder Force” is a superhero comedy set…

Seek out ‘The Truffle Hunters’

“The Truffle Hunters” – Have you ever hunted for truffles?  It’s not that difficult.  Over the weekend, I strolled down a Trader Joe’s aisle and reached for a box of 16 Belgian truffles – an assortment of dark, milk, and white chocolates – sitting on an ordinary shelf about five feet off the ground.  The 7.05-ounce package cost about six dollars and was draped in decorative green and white wrapping paper because purchasing and devouring such a delicacy denotes a celebratory event, right?  Finding this particular sugary luxury burned about…

Movie of the Week: ‘The Florida Project’

With the Oscars arriving this month (April 25), we’re looking back at films and performances that the Academy missed.  Director Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” was our #1 film of 2017, but it sadly wasn’t nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  Thankfully, the Academy nominated Willem Dafoe for Best Supporting Actor, however, he lost the gold statue to Sam Rockwell in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.   We love Rockwell in that film but feel that Dafoe’s restrained performance – as a manager of a budget apartment complex called The Magic…

The OFTA announces its April 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Our film critic (Jeff Mitchell) is a proud member of the Online Film & Television Association, and on April 4, 2021, the OFTA announced its Hall of Fame inductees! They include 30 movies, 6 actors, 6 actresses, 10 writers, directors, and producers, 10 creative talents, 20 songs, 20 scores, and 20 film characters. Wow, right? To learn more about the Online Film & Television Association, please check out their website. Here are all of the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees:   FILMS: Airplane (1980) Badlands (1973) Boyz n the Hood…

‘Minari’ wins the OFTA’s 2020 Best Picture

Our film critic (Jeff Mitchell) is a proud member of the Online Film & Television Association, and the OFTA announced its Best of 2020…the 25th Annual Film Awards Winners! Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” wins Best Picture, and Chadwick Boseman and Carey Mulligan garner Best Actor and Actress, respectively. To learn more about the Online Film & Television Association, please check out their website. Here are all the winners and nominees: PICTURE MINARI – WINNER Promising Young Woman – Runner-up Nomadland Sound of Metal Judas and the Black Messiah Soul One…

‘French Exit’ loses its way

“French Exit” – Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), a New York socialite, isn’t feeling very sociable these days.  She’s depressed, frustrated, and broke. Well, not completely broke.  Frances sells off her jewelry and art to collect a tidy sum of cash.  It’s not enough to live on, but Frances and her son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) won’t go hungry next week. Next year?  That’s a different story. You see, her late husband’s estate has become insolvent, and she has nowhere to live.  Frances isn’t the type to ask for help, but her…

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Ignore the brutal plot mechanics. Stay for the brutality.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” – The world has battled COVID-19 for over a year now, but in March 2021, Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toho offer another fight, a monumental one to distract us from our torturous pandemic-troubles.  On celluloid-paper, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the most significant cinematic clash since “Alien vs. Predator” (2004), Rocky Balboa vs. Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” (1985), “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), and hey, “King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1963). Well, director Adam Wingard – who helmed the effectively creepy murder-spree horror film “You’re Next” (2011)…

Movie of the Week: ‘Wild Rose’

With the Oscars arriving rather quickly – April 25 – AHFW is looking back at some flat-out glorious films and performances that the Academy missed.   This week, we’ll turn to 2019 and “Wild Rose” (2019).  Jessie Buckley plays Rose-Lynn Harlan, a single, Scottish mom of two, and she has her hands full with raising her kids while trying to reach her dream: making a living as a country singer in Nashville. Well, Buckley delivers a dream performance in “Wild Rose”, AHFW’s movie of the week! “Wild Rose” – “Whosever heard…

AHFW’s Top Five SXSW 2021 Films

The SXSW Film Festival is an annual March tradition in Austin, TX, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the prominent movie carnival to cancel its planned programs in 2020.  Well, don’t mess with Texas because SXSW was back in 2021 (March 16 – March 20), albeit online. We enrolled in SXSW this year and caught 18 movies, and although we didn’t see nearly everything, here are our five favorites. “Alien on Stage” – A group of enthusiastic – but sometimes apprehensive – Dorset, UK bus drivers and staff wish to put…