Celebrate International Museum Day with ‘Bringing Up Baby’

Happy International Museum Day!  We don’t know if a museum is opening near you, but May 18 is the day, come rain or shine, pandemic or no pandemic.  If you want or need to stay indoors, AHFW might have just the right suggestion from yestercentury, 1938’s “Bringing Up Baby”, where Cary Grant plays a paleontologist at the Stuyvesant Museum of Natural History.  The one and only Katharine Hepburn is his co-star, and director Howard Hawks’ screwball romantic comedy is a hilarious treasure that features two Hollywood legends at the peak…

Just because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Cold War’

Every Wednesday, Art House Film Wire touts our favorite movies, because…well, just because!  This is especially true this week.   No, we don’t have a specific news tie-in or birthday to trigger a celebration of the Oscar-nominated  “Cold War” (2018), an intricately-constructed story of a dysfunctional relationship during the 1950s and 60s. We just love this movie. Now, director Alfonso Cuaron’s heavy favorite “Roma” (2018) won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” was not only our favorite foreign film of the year, but our #1 picture…

Stream plenty of Audrey Hepburn movies on her birthday…or anytime

Hey, May 4th might be Star Wars Day, but an out-of-this-world actress was born on this day.   Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929, and a couple services are streaming her movies for FREE right now. Amazon Prime (free for Prime members):  “Roman Holiday” (1953), “War and Peace” (1956), “Funny Face” (1957), “Mayerling” (1957), “The Unforgiven” (1960), “Charade” (1963) Hulu (with a Starz add-on):  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) and her last film “Always” (1989)  

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…

Celebrate World Table Tennis Day with ‘Top Spin’ on Amazon Prime

Many of us (or is it all of us?) are sequestered at home these days, so dreams of sold out sports arenas and stadiums are just distant memories at the moment.  Well, not too distant.  Anyway, April 6 is World Table Tennis Day, and although all the big tournaments are probably postponed, we could play ping pong in the comfort of our homes, right? Well, in celebration of World Table Tennis Day, why not catch the 2014 documentary “Top Spin”!   Directors Sara Newens and Mina T. Son follow three American…

The female creators and cast crack open big surprises in ‘Blow the Man Down’

“Blow the Man Down” – “The simple truth is that you can understand a town.  You can know and love and hate it.  You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes.  In the end, you’re just another part of it.” – Brenna Yovanoff The Connolly sisters, Priscilla (Sophie Lowe) and Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor), reside in Easter Cove, Maine, a fictional coastal town that – actually – is not so picturesque.  Sure, it meets the ocean, but a wintertime chill smothers and covers the whole local-lot, as snow and…

Movies at Home: John Travolta double-feature on Amazon Prime

In 1978, John Travolta was the coolest man on the planet.  He starred as Vinnie Barbarino in the high-school TV comedy “Welcome Back, Kotter” (1975 – 1979) and made girls’ hearts melt in “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) and “Grease” (1978).  Looking back at his movie-resume, he has plenty of great films that will make you figuratively toe-tap after the final credits roll. Since we are living in a dystopian pandemic (at the moment, and hopefully not forever) and have to lay low, why not be cool like Vinnie Barbarino and…

Veterans Day double-feature that faces PTSD in the 21st century

In honor of our veterans, AHFW recommends two sobering films that may have slipped past you in the theatres.  These pictures cope with post-traumatic stress disorder in the 21st century, and they are both available on Amazon Prime. “Thank You for Your Service” (2017) – Three young Iraq War veterans and friends return home to Kansas, but realize that they carried invisible, cerebral scars back from the Middle East.  Director Jason Hall and actors Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, and Joe Cole raise PSTD awareness in 2017 with their grounded, heartbreaking…