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)…

Watch this Werner Herzog double feature on World Rainforest Day

June 22 is World Rainforest Day!  In 2020, the rainforest are in trouble, so it’s a perfect time to recognize these vitally important Earth locales. Here are a couple ways: First, check out the World Rainforest Day website:  Link  (and please note that AHFW is not affiliated with the site.) Secondly, check out a fitting Werner Herzog double feature with his classics “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) and “Fitzcarraldo” (1982). Both historical movies are based in the Amazon, and Mr. Herzog loves a big challenge, so these pictures were…

Movie of the Week: ‘Mustang’

AHFW’S Movie of the Week takes a trip halfway around the world.  Turkey is the setting for director/co-writer Denize Gamze Erguven’s heartbreaking, Oscar-nominated drama about the perilous fate of five sisters in “Mustang”. “Mustang” (2015) – “Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has” – Anita Brookner. For five, giggling, likable sisters – raised by their grandmother and ranging in ages between (about) 9 and 16 – they misspend their time like any group of schoolgirls.  On one fateful day, Selma (Tugba Sungur), Sonay (Ilayda Akdagun),…

It’s okay to walk away from ‘You Should Have Left’

“You Should Have Left” – “Violent or upsetting dreams are the mind’s attempt to release the pressures of our daily thoughts and fears.” Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) frequently listens to self-help audiobooks these days.  You see, he has bad dreams, and the latest includes his 6-year-old daughter Ella (Avery Tiiu Essex):  a creepy man, who partially conceals his face with a baseball hat and glasses, attacks Ella in her bedroom.  This horrible visual would undoubtedly send any semi-caring father into a tizzy. Theo, however, is a full-caring father, and outside…