Jamie Lee Curtis hosts a free ‘La La Land’ online screening on May 1

Any plans on Friday?  Where are you heading out?  Yea, we thought so.  We’ll be home on Friday, May 1 too, but how about this: Jamie Lee Curtis is hosting a free online “La La Land” (2016) screening.  Yes, the legendary screen queen and the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone musical (that won six 2017 Oscars) will both appear on Lionsgate’s YouTube Page and here’s the link: Lionsgate Movies.  Ms. Curtis and the singing, dancing and dreams of movie stardom begin at 9pm EST/6pm PST, and we’ll be there, because “La La…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Puzzle’

Irrfan Khan passed away on April 29 at the young age of 53.  He earned a long film resume, which includes “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Life of Pi” (2012) and a countless list of Bollywood movies.  He turned in a terrific and crucial supporting performance in the thoughtful indie “Puzzle” (2018) with Kelly Macdonald, and this is our movie of the week. R.I.P. Mr. Khan ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (In the U.S., “Puzzle” is available on Netflix DVD and Hulu with a Starz add-on.)  Here’s our review and the trailer: “Puzzle” –…

Watch Oscar-winner ‘The Cove’ on Marine Mammal Rescue Day

Hey, Happy Marine Mammal Rescue Day!   Since we are big Ric O’Barry fans, April 27 is an important day. If animal rescue is your thing, or if you are in the mood for a heart-stopping and heartbreaking documentary, then “The Cove” (2009) is a must-see.   Winning the 2010 Best Documentary Oscar, director Louie Psihoyos’ film follows Ric O’Barry – the former “Flipper” trainer – as he travels to Taijii, Japan to chronicle and hopefully stop a brutal, seasonal dolphin slaughter. Psihoyos’ film feels like an espionage movie, as O’Barry and…

Lionsgate hosts a free online ‘Dirty Dancing’ screening on April 24

For millions of movie fans, August 1987 was the time of their lives!  “Dirty Dancing” opened, and the story of dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and his young partner Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) took the country by storm, and record sales soared through the roof too. Well, it’s not 1987 anymore, but Lionsgate found a time machine and will take us back! On Friday at 9pm EST / 6pm PST, Lionsgate hosts a free “Dirty Dancing screening on its Lionsgate Movies YouTube page! Just click this link, and that’s…

‘All the Wild Horses’ wins by a comfortable margin

“All the Wild Horses” – The Kentucky Derby began in 1875, and this 1.25-mile race is dubbed the most exciting two minutes in sports. On the other side of the world, Mongolia hosts an altogether different event.  The Mongol Derby is one thousand kilometers long and runs across the country’s prairies.  The contest takes eight days to complete and is known as the longest and toughest horse race in the world. If the Run for the Roses is an ultra-brisk sprint, then the Mongol Derby is a marathon of the…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Fail Safe’

It’s Wednesday, so AHFW is featuring one of our favorite movies.  Why?  Just because. This week, we’ll set our movie time machine back to 1964, the year of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove”.   Sidney Lumet’s “Fail Safe” has a curiously similar plot, but without the zany comic tones.  This exceedingly-serious, straight-forward cold war picture – starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau – does carries a “Twilight Zone” look and feel but with no paranormal phenomenons. Here, the grave spectacle is six American bombers inadvertently receive an order to drop nuclear bombs…

Four films to enjoy on 420

Happy Monday!  This Monday is also April 20, and the date is informally recognized as an international marijuana consumption day, simply known as 420.  So for some, this Monday has an especially happy ring.  If you are legally (and we stress, legally) partaking in celebrating 420, here are four movies that you might enjoy.   Note, we don’t recommend seeing all four in one day, but one or two could be a friendly companion. “All About Eve” (1950) – Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is a big Broadway star, but pay attention to…

‘The Booksellers’ is a celluloid page-turner

“The Booksellers” – According to a 2019 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of U.S. adults have started at least one book in the past year, but this is down from a 2005 Gallup News Service poll, in which 83 percent did. Why the drop?  Well, one can point to several factors:  longer work hours, shorter attention spans, social media’s rise, instant gratification needs, home streaming services, and the Joe Exotic documentary series.  Actually, Netflix released “Tiger King” in 2020, a year after the 2019 findings, so we can’t blame…

‘Selah and The Spades’ doesn’t deal a winning hand

“Selah and The Spades” – Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) is cool.  She’s a top student at Haldwell, a prestigious boarding school in the Philadelphia suburbs.  She’s a cheerleader too, but not the peppy, do-gooder, always-sunny type, because Selah has fought on the front lines at home and at Haldwell.  These days, her mother quietly pushes this talented kid to pursue perfection, at least with her grades, but voices aren’t upturned between mother and teen.  They don’t have to reach ugly, combative heights in 2020, because – off-screen – enough verbal…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘The Remains of the Day’

Happy Birthday, Emma Thompson!  Yes, Emma turns 61 on April 15, and to celebrate her day, let’s look back at our favorite Ms. Thompson role in one of our favorite movies…”The Remains of the Day” (1993).  Now, Thompson won a screenplay Oscar for “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) and garnered the Best Actress top prize for “Howard’s End” (1992), but she perfectly plays the sensible but curious and kind housekeeper Miss Kenton in director James Ivory’s masterful work. During the 1930s, Miss Kenton and head butler Mr. Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) run…