Early Review: ‘Joker’

“Joker” – “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?” – Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) Filled with grime and crime, Gotham City is a mess. Piles of garbage lay in alleyways, a couple generations of crowded graffiti proudly shout from concrete walls and no present-day corporate pleasantries – like Time Square, with its welcoming, Las Vegas-like showmanship – can be found anywhere. Director Todd Phillips’ camera points at a movie theatre with Brian De Palma’s “Blow Out” appearing on the marquee, so the year is 1981.  The…

The Best of TIFF 2019

Art House Film Wire left for the Great White North on Friday, Sept. 6 to soak up the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival for nine days, and as usual, this massive celluloid celebration did not disappoint.  After drinking lots of coffee, taking copious notes and catching 32 movies, here are our top 10 films! “A Hidden Life” – Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl) enjoys a beautiful life with his wife Franziska (Valerie Pachner) and their kids in the quiet Austrian village of St. Radegund, but trouble begins when World War II…

Happy Birthday, Werner Herzog, and here are our five favorite Herzog films!

Happy Birthday, Werner Herzog!  This innovative, feisty and fearless filmmaker turns 77 on Sept. 5, and Art House Film Wire is celebrating the day by proudly claiming our five favorite Herzog films! 5. “Stroszek” (1977) – Bruno Stroszek (Bruno S.) is repeatedly bullied in West Germany, and with no prospects or a perceived future, he immigrates to the U.S. along with a prostitute and a neighbor.  Bruno discovers, however, that American streets aren’t paved with gold, and money does not fall from trees.  Herzog’s “Stroszek” is a surreal and troubling…

‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ earns a sizable pile of silver

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” – Homeschooling kids has been a modern-day topic in suburban households for years.  Certain families may have the resources and aptitude to teach reading, writing and arithmetic – and throw in sex education and dodgeball for good measure – to their children that may prove as effective as public schools.  The advantage, of course, is a familiar home-environment insulates kids from the disruptions and distractions in the hallways, playgrounds and cafeterias that can cloud learning.  Then again, confronting anxieties – and the people…

Celebrate International Cat Day with ‘Kedi’

Cat owners are joyfully devoted to their four-legged companions, and their felines love them back, sometimes showing affection in their “own way”, on their own terms, of course.  ArtHouseFilmWire celebrates our pets 365 days a year, and let’s take a moment to recognize that August 8th is International Cat Day! So, why not watch a cat-movie?  We recommend the 2016 documentary “Kedi”! Set in Istanbul, director Ceyda Torun interviews residents from all walks of life who help care for the city’s huge stray cat population.   Each person lovingly describes their…