Watch this Viola Davis double feature on her birthday

Happy Birthday, Viola Davis!  Yes, this Oscar-winning actress turns 55 years young on August 11, and she’s starred in countless films since 1996, including “Out of Sight” (1998), “Far From Heaven” (2002), “Doubt” (2008), “The Help” (2011), and “Suicide Squad” (2016).  To celebrate her birthday, we recommend this terrific Davis Double Feature! In “Fences” (2016), Viola delivered an Oscar-gold performance as Rose Maxson, a wife and mom who is confronted head-on by her disconnected husband Troy (Denzel Washington). ⭐⭐⭐  out of  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ When Veronica’s (Davis) husband (Liam Neeson) dies during a…

‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ isn’t a nightmare

“The Secret: Dare to Dream” – “My whole life, my gut feeling is that something really bad is going to happen, and it does.” – Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes) These days, Miranda carries a ton – possibly two – of responsibility on her narrow shoulders.  Her husband passed away a few years ago, and she’s raising three kids on her own.  Not entirely by herself, because her mother-in-law Bobby (Celia Weston) regularly swings by and watches the kids.  This helpful soul is also the only character – in this movie…

AHFW’s Top 5 Robin Williams Performances

Robin Williams sadly passed away in 2014, but he was born on July 21, and he would’ve been 69 years old.  In memory of the man, let’s look back at some of his best performances.   Here are AHFW’s Top 5: 5. Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire, “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) 4. Dr. Malcolm Sayer, “Awakenings” (1990) 3. Adrian Cronauer, “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987) 2. Dr. Sean Maguire, “Good Will Hunting” (1997) 1. John Keating, “Dead Poets Society” (1989)  

Celebrate Be a Dork Day with ‘Revenge of the Nerds’

These days, with wild advances in technology and masses of human beings trekking to Comic-Cons all over the world, nerds – in most social quarters – are no longer the butt of jokes. July 15 is Be a Dork Day, and since we are a movie site, why not celebrate the occasion with “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984), a film with an “ahead-of-its-time” premise that nerds and dorks are cool! Admittedly, some of the film’s gags and tricks would not pass 2020’s politically correct culture and the MeToo movement –…

Here’s a perfect Harry Dean Stanton double feature

Harry Dean Stanton passed away in 2017, but he was born on July 14, 1926, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate the man.  Harry Dean is a most recognizable face, because he’s starred in countless supporting movie roles, like in “Alien” (1979), “The Thing” (1982), “Escape from New York” (1981), “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992), “The Pledge” (2001), and so many more. Here’s a great double-feature idea! In Win Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” (1984), however, he plays the lead!  A rare moment for sure, but one to check…

AHFW’s Top 10 Tom Hanks Performances

On July 9, Tom Hanks turns 64 years young!  Happy Birthday, Mr. Hanks! Tom arrived on the small screen at 24 with “Bosom Buddies” (1980-1982), an ABC-TV light comedy where two guys (Hanks and Peter Scolari) dress up like women to live in an affordable apartment.  Think of “Some Like it Hot” (1959), and Donna Dixon plays the Marilyn Monroe-like character. Well, who could have predicted Hanks’ film trajectory.  Forty years later, he garnered two Best Actor Oscars and has starred in countless thought-provoking and blockbuster films.  He’s simply one…

Celebrate World Chocolate Day with a double feature

Hey, July 7 is World Chocolate Day!  There’s a World Chocolate Day?  Yes, for chocoholics all over the planet, this is your time.  If you have a couple hours or perhaps four, why not dine on chocolate while watching a movie or two.  AHFW suggests the Golden Globe-nominated “Like Water for Chocolate” (1992) and the five-time Oscar-nominated “Chocolat” (2000)! “Like Water for Chocolate” – Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is unlucky in love, primarily because she’s relegated to a life without it.  She, however, discovers that her emotions are placed into her…

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…

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

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)…