Movie of the Week: ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) – AHFW’s movie of the week travels back 67 years to celebrate Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell’s breezy romp “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, a film that offers a madcap platform for the ladies to showcase their comedic talents and sex appeal.  The plot follows a straight-forward, simple folly, but the picture works on all levels, and Monroe and Russell are at their very best. Lorelei (Monroe) and Dorothy (Russell) work as a lounge/club act, and on stage, they exclaim – through song – that they are two…

Celebrate Kurtwood Smith’s birthday with ‘Robocop’

Kurtwood Smith turns 77 on July 3!  Happy Birthday, Mr. Smith!  Now, his name may not ring a bell right away, but if someone mentioned Red from “That ‘70s Show” or Clarence Boddicker from the original “Robocop” (1987), it might set off a department store fire alarm, with everyone exiting safely, of course. Since AHFW is a movie site, July 3 is definitely a day to celebrate “Robocop”.  Director Paul Verhoeven’s masterful – also surreal – science fiction picture includes a great story, a multitude of violence, a flawed but…

A clip from Margot Robbie’s best performance

Margot Robbie turns 30 years young on July 2!  Happy Birthday, Ms. Robbie.  Margot has worked with big costars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Domhnall Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and more. She’s also played one of the biggest female comic book villains in movie history…twice, but our favorite Margot Robbie performance is her masterful turn as Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya” (2017). In this clip, a judge hands down a difficult sentence to Ms. Harding (Robbie), and when our critic saw “I, Tonya” at the 2017 Toronto International Film…

Make room for ‘Four Kids and It’

“Four Kids and It” – “Here’s the story…of a lovely lady…who was bringing up (two) very lovely girls.” Alice (Paula Patton) is a struggling single mom, and her primary source of distress emanates from her oldest daughter Samantha (Ashley Aufderheide).  She goes by Smash and is duly named because this tyrannical teenager is angrier than Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) after classmates infamously humiliated her at the prom.   Yea, Smash is that irate, although mass murder – rest assured – is a stretch and not included in this narrative. Still, her…

Free Summer Nights at the Drive-In: July and August 2020

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” (2018)…

Movie of the Week: ‘In the Bedroom’

“In the Bedroom” (2001) – AHFW’s Movie of the Week is Todd Field’s remarkable directorial debut “In the Bedroom” starring Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei, and Nick Stahl. Set in a New England small town, Matt and Ruth Fowler (Wilkinson, Spacek) live a happy life, and their son Frank (Stahl) is home for the summer after his college graduation.   Frank has big plans – which please his parents – but starts a relationship with an older woman Natalie (Tomei), and his future designs may lie with her, a single…

‘Irresistible’ successfully explores big, twisted political practices in Small Town, USA

“Irresistible” – “He’s a church-going Bernie Sanders with bone density.” – Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) Mr. Zimmer, a Democratic strategist, describes Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) of Deerlaken, Wisc. with the enthusiasm of an obsessed teenager yearning for a dance with the prom queen.  Jack, however, is no demure beauty.  He’s a farmer, a retired U.S. Marine Colonel, and a widower.  In other words, Gary sees this man as a perfect candidate, one who the Dems could use after Donald Trump’s 2016 famous – or infamous, depending upon your perspective –…

Happy Birthday, Valerie Pachner!

Happy Birthday, Valerie Pachner!  This Austrian actress turns 33 years young on June 26, so AHFW would like to recognize her outstanding work in Terrence Malick’s deeply affecting “A Hidden Life”, our #1 film of 2019!  (which is available to stream on Amazon Prime) Attached are: The link to AHFW’s original review:  Link An insightful interview at Cannes 2019 with her costar August Diehl “A Hidden Life” trailer Cannes 2019 interview: Trailer: Image credits: Fox Searchlight Pictures Classics; Clips credits: Festival de Cannes and SearchlightPictures

‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ arrives in theatres in July 2020

“The Broken Hearts Gallery” – starring Geraldine Viswanathan – arrives in theatres in July 2020, and here’s the 411 on this new romantic comedy! Links:   Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/brokenheartsgallery/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrokenHeartsGal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brokenheartsgallery/ Website: https://www.brokenheartsgallery.movie/ Synopsis:  What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in?  “The Broken Hearts Gallery” follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder.  After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The…

Catch these affecting Frances McDormand supporting performances on her birthday

Happy Birthday, Frances McDormand! Yes, the woman who will be forever known as Marge Gunderson turns 63 years young on June 23. Frances won two Best Actress Oscars (“Fargo” (1996), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)), and she’s left her mark in tons of roles, both big and small.  Although she’s played the lead in several films, here are two key supporting performances that earned her Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations. Mrs. Pell, “Mississippi Burning” (1988) – The FBI sends a team of agents, led by Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe)…