‘The Vast of Night’ is an impressive achievement, but not a satisfying one

“The Vast of Night” –  Fay (Sierra McCormick) and Everett (Jake Horowitz) are a couple of enterprising teens.  They attend Cayuga High School but hold grownup jobs in the evenings.  Fay is a devoted switchboard operator, and Everett is a radio personality at WOTW with a Highway Hits radio show from 7 pm to 11 pm.  If Fay’s work sounds bizarrely dated, that’s because director Andrew Patterson’s “The Vast of Night” is set in the 1950s, and the kids’ hometown of Cayuga, N.M. is a blip on the radar screen…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ’20th Century Women’

Every Wednesday, AHFW features one of our favorite movies, because….well, just because!  This week, we’re also picking director Mike Mills’ earthy, dreamy “20th Century Women” (2016), since Annette Bening – the film’s lead – turns 62 years young on Friday, May 29! Happy Early Birthday, Ms. Bening! “20 Century Women” is a film that you can catch in the 21st century, and hey, there’s no time like the present! ⭐⭐⭐1/2  out of  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Here’s our review: In 2011, writer/director Mike Mills offered a heartfelt, personal tale about his relationship with…

Recognize Memorial Day and National Wine Day with these two classics

Monday, May 25 is not only Memorial Day, but it’s also National Wine Day.  Since we are a movie site, we think that you should recognize all notable days with a movie.  So, we recommend two.  See Best Picture Oscar winner “The Deer Hunter” (1978) today, give yourself time to recover, and catch Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner “Sideways” (2004) tomorrow. “The Deer Hunter” is truly filled with a who’s-who of movie stars as Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, and Meryl Streep descend on rural Pennsylvania…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Les Diaboliques’

The cover-up is worse than the crime. Isn’t that what public relations specialists always say? Well, it applies when a politician commits adultery, but what if John or Jane Q. Citizen murders someone?  The crime is bad enough on its own, but in “Les Diaboliques” (1955), the immediate cover-up morphs into something else: unbearable paranoia and a deep mystery. Well, it’s no mystery that AHFW features one of our favorite movies every Wednesday…just because!  This week, we’re going back in time 65 years and jumping across the pond to France…

Celebrate International Museum Day with ‘Bringing Up Baby’

Happy International Museum Day!  We don’t know if a museum is opening near you, but May 18 is the day, come rain or shine, pandemic or no pandemic.  If you want or need to stay indoors, AHFW might have just the right suggestion from yestercentury, 1938’s “Bringing Up Baby”, where Cary Grant plays a paleontologist at the Stuyvesant Museum of Natural History.  The one and only Katharine Hepburn is his co-star, and director Howard Hawks’ screwball romantic comedy is a hilarious treasure that features two Hollywood legends at the peak…

‘Alice’ is an enlightening, escort tale set in the City of Light

“Alice”  – “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.” – Unknown Author Alice and Francois Ferrand (Emilie Piponnier and Martin Swabey) built a beautiful life together.  They enjoy a happy marriage, adore their healthy, young son Jules (Jules Milo Levy Mackerras) and live in a lovely, bright apartment in the heart of Paris, one of the world’s landmark cities.  Writer/director Josephine Mackerras efficiently establishes these definite certainties within her film’s first few minutes, including Alice declaring to Francois – with a smile and some…

‘Scoob!’: a brand-new Scooby-Doo adventure is available to stream

“Scoob!” – Scooby-Doo has been entertaining American children for 51 years (wait…51 years??) with several incarnations of his mystery-solving animated television show. Well, everyone’s favorite ghost-chasing canine is back with a 90-minute movie that you can stream right now.   “Scoob!” had its Twitter Kickoff Watch Party on Fri., May 15, but if you missed it, no worries.  The movie itself is available on platforms everywhere. Need a film to entertain the kids?  An adventure with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Fred might be the right call, as Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg,…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’

Last Wednesday, AHFW looked at our favorite movie from 2018, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War”, a film set mostly in Poland during the 1950s and 60s.  This Wednesday, we’ll stay in Eastern Europe, but shift to 1980s Romania in the visceral, tense and feels-altogether-real “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” – It’s wintertime, and although snow only exists in small traces near the edges of sidewalks, temperatures are frigid.  People wear heavy jackets, and the skies are gray.  At the local university, the…

Jamie Lee Curtis hosts a free ‘John Wick’ online screening on Friday, May 8

Any plans on Friday?  Where are you heading out?  Yea, we thought so.  We’ll be home on Friday, May 8 too, but how about this: Jamie Lee Curtis is hosting a free online “John Wick” (2014) screening that night! Yes, the legendary screen queen and the Keanu Reeves vigilante-vehicle – that spurred two sequels with a third on the way – will arrive on Lionsgate’s YouTube Page, and here’s the link: Lionsgate Movies.  Ms. Curtis and the gunplay madness will start a 9pm EST/6pm PST, and we’ll be there too! Image…

Just because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Cold War’

Every Wednesday, Art House Film Wire touts our favorite movies, because…well, just because!  This is especially true this week.   No, we don’t have a specific news tie-in or birthday to trigger a celebration of the Oscar-nominated  “Cold War” (2018), an intricately-constructed story of a dysfunctional relationship during the 1950s and 60s. We just love this movie. Now, director Alfonso Cuaron’s heavy favorite “Roma” (2018) won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” was not only our favorite foreign film of the year, but our #1 picture…