The OFTA announces its April 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Our film critic (Jeff Mitchell) is a proud member of the Online Film & Television Association, and on April 4, 2021, the OFTA announced its Hall of Fame inductees! They include 30 movies, 6 actors, 6 actresses, 10 writers, directors, and producers, 10 creative talents, 20 songs, 20 scores, and 20 film characters. Wow, right? To learn more about the Online Film & Television Association, please check out their website. Here are all of the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees:   FILMS: Airplane (1980) Badlands (1973) Boyz n the Hood…

‘Minari’ wins the OFTA’s 2020 Best Picture

Our film critic (Jeff Mitchell) is a proud member of the Online Film & Television Association, and the OFTA announced its Best of 2020…the 25th Annual Film Awards Winners! Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” wins Best Picture, and Chadwick Boseman and Carey Mulligan garner Best Actor and Actress, respectively. To learn more about the Online Film & Television Association, please check out their website. Here are all the winners and nominees: PICTURE MINARI – WINNER Promising Young Woman – Runner-up Nomadland Sound of Metal Judas and the Black Messiah Soul One…

‘Minari’ wins the Phoenix Critics Circle’s 2020 Top Prize

The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces their 2020 Awards for the best films, performances, and efforts!   “Minari” wins Best Picture, along with Best Foreign Language Film, and Yuh-Jung Youn wins Best Supporting Actress. Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) win Best Actor and Actress, respectively, and the rest of the winners are included here.   BEST PICTURE First Cow Minari – Winner Nomadland One Night in Miami Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal   BEST COMEDY FILM The 40-Year-Old Version Another Round Borat Subsequent…

SXSW 2021: Five movies that we are excited to see!

ArtHouseFilmWire is going to SXSW 2021, virtually, of course.  Yes, despite COVID-19, this world famous film festival is on from March 16 – 20.  Rather than opening up Austin movie screens, SXSW is opening up its online screening app, so we can all watch features, docs, shorts, and Q&A sessions from home. The festival is not just open to movie critics, industry types, and publicists.  It’s open to the general public as well, and it’s not too late to sign up!   It’s an expensive ticket, and currently $399 for an…

The Phoenix Critics Circle announces its 2020 Nominations

Phoenix Critics Circle members selected their nominations for the best films and performances of 2020. Leading the way is “Minari” with seven nominations.  “Nomadland” and “Mank” both received five nominations while “One Night in Miami”, and “Promising Young Woman” picked up four each. Final voting is now underway and the winners will be announced on March 18th, 2021. The nominees are… BEST PICTURE • FIRST COW • MINARI • NOMADLAND • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN • SOUND OF METAL BEST COMEDY FILM • THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION…

‘Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry’ opens a door and delivers some insider clarity

“I had a dream.  I got everything I wanted.”  – Billie Eilish, “Everything I Wanted” (2019) Princess of the Pop-Star Universe Billie Eilish has 50 million monthly Spotify listeners and 38 million YouTube subscribers.  Her song “Bad Guy” has over a billion YouTube views, she’s played live in over 20 countries, and on January 26, 2020 – at the age of 18 – Ms. Eilish won five Grammy awards. Five Grammys!  And what did you accomplish at 18?  Yea, same here. She also stars in a movie: a documentary helmed…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2020: #1 ‘Soul’

1.“Soul” –  Joe (Jamie Foxx), a piano player, misses his shot to perform on a big stage, and he – without warning – finds himself in the afterlife.  This passionate jazz musician now exists in The Great Beyond and The Great Before, and he mentors a soul-in-training (Tina Fey) while hoping to return to his first love: music…on Earth!  Directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers strike hilarious and affecting notes, as their animated film magically offers tangible life lessons that our parents, teachers, and friends have told us a thousand…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2020: #2 ‘Gunda’

2. “Gunda” –  Have you ever lived on a farm?  Have you ever spent a few hours on one?  Well, director Viktor Kosakovskiy – inspired by his childhood pet piglet – places his camera on a small Norwegian homestead and follows the stories of a mama pig named Gunda, her piglets, nearby cows, and a one-legged chicken in a 93-minute documentary sans dialogue.  Shot in dreamy black and white, Kosakovskiy frames his friendly subjects at exceptionally close range and watches them stroll through their days.  While some carefree moments trigger…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2020: #3 ‘Palm Springs’

3. “Palm Springs” – Director Max Barbakow and screenwriter Andy Siara turn this rom-com – about two strangers meeting at a Palm Springs wedding – on its head with a wacky, fanciful premise that gifts more surprises, chuckles, and genuine smiles than a Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration filled with laughing gas.  Due to a pair of bizarre, out-of-this-world of mishaps, Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) are stuck with one another and need a miracle to free themselves.  Sure, Siara’s script borrows an idea (which I won’t…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2020: #4 ‘The 40-Year-Old Version’

4. “The Forty-Year-Old Version” – A star is born!  Radha Blank writes, directs, produces, and plays the lead in a charming underdog tale of a middle-aged woman trying to jumpstart her playwriting career.  Blank pens memorable supporting players – including a group of sincere but unpolished high school students, her best friend who moonlights as her agent, and a younger love interest – who mark her journey to possible nirvana.  Still, Broadway-Eden is a ways off, as Radha grapples with the uncomfortable comforts of New York City, her professional shortcomings,…