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…

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…

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),…

Movie of the Week: ‘Rush’

Have you driven a Formula One car?   No, we haven’t either, but since they hit speeds of 200 mph, it must be a rush! In 2013, director Ron Howard and his producers perfectly Christ Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as real-life 1970s Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda in “Rush”, a truly spectacular sports film. In fact, Bruhl’s portrayal of Lauda was the single best performance that our critic Jeff Mitchell saw that year, so there’s no time like the present to feature “Rush” as AHFW’s Movie of the…

Movie of the Week: ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’

On March 7, 2010, the 82nd Academy Awards dazzled audiences at the Kodak Theatre and a worldwide audience.  If you made a bet on the Best Foreign Language Film winner that year, the smart money was on “The White Ribbon”.  Already a heavy favorite, Michael Haneke’s bleak German drama won the Golden Globes two months earlier, and AHFW thought that its win was inevitable. Not so fast, because the Academy knew a secret.  Director Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes” took home the big prize and made Argentina…