‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ isn’t flawless, but you’ll discover heartfelt smiles

“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” – Mark (Kyle Allen) is too cool for school, and quite frankly, he seems too cool for any formal or informal institution.  This teen walks in the kitchen for breakfast with an assured confidence that most adolescents lack.  Without a second thought, this know-it-all helps his father (Josh Hamilton) with a crossword puzzle, verbally duels with his sister (Cleo Fraser), catches a ceramic dish falling off the table with the reflexes of The Flash, and heads outside – that’s filled with miles and miles…

Wilson and Hayek’s manic journey is anything but ‘Bliss’

“Bliss” – “Ignorance is bliss.” – Cypher (Joe Pantoliano), “The Matrix” (1999) “Most people say, ‘Ignorance is bliss.’” – Isabel Clemens (Salma Hayek), “Bliss” (2021) Greg Whittle (Owen Wilson) daydreams about a different life, and why not?  He works at Technical Difficulties, a call center for customers who have….well, you know, and the office and everyone else are painted in dank, gray hues.  Greg’s workplace may not be as cheerless as Joe’s (Tom Hanks) in “Joe versus the Volcano” (1990), a factory of mindless misery, but passions throughout the cubicles…

Interview with “Sound of Metal” Riz Ahmed and director Darius Marder

“Sound of Metal”, a film about a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing, is one of the most affecting movies of 2020, and Riz Ahmed delivers an Oscar-worthy performance.  Well, Riz and director/co-writer Darius Marder graciously hosted a Zoom call, and our critic Jeff Mitchell (ArtHouseFilmWire and Phoenix Film Festival), along with other media outlets, joined them for an engaging, insightful discussion.  These talented men spoke about their experiences with the deaf community, audiences’ positive feedback, the meaning behind the film’s title, and more. “Sound of Metal” – starring…

Aug. 26 – Free Double Feature Night at the Drive-in

AHFW misses catching movies on the big screen.  Well, Amazon and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are here to help!  They are sponsoring “A Night at the Drive-In” in July and August 2020! Every two weeks (on Wednesday nights), drive-in theatres all over the country will feature a double feature, and the movies and concessions are free! Video message from Michael B. Jordan!  Here are all the facts that you need: getting tickets, the schedule, the locations, and background on the project! Getting tickets:  Just to go here:  http://amazonscreenings.com/anightatthedrivein Schedule:…

‘Radioactive’ is a bit hazardous, because it packs too much story

“Radioactive” – “I want to tell you about Radium, a most peculiar and remarkable element, because it does not behave as it should.” – Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) Marie Curie – born as Maria Salomea Sklodowska in 1867 Warsaw – did not behave as she should as well.  A physicist and chemist, Marie earned physics and mathematics degrees, and picked up her doctorate at the Sorbonne, where she became the university’s first female professor.  To say that Ms. Curie was ahead of her time is the understatement of the century,…

‘7500’: Take a number and get in line for this claustrophobic thriller

“7500” –  “How would an event like this go down in real life?” – director Patrick Vollrath, August 2019 at the Locarno Film Festival “Nice airplane.  Two wings and two engines.” – Capt. Michael Lutzmann (Carlo Kitzlinger) It’s 5:23 pm at the Berlin Airport, but it is unclear which one (Schönefeld or Tegel), and security cameras offer several viewpoints throughout this sprawling locale: the check-in area, various hallways, gates, and even a bathroom entrance.  During this montage, one clip focuses on five everyday men – in their 20s or 30s…

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…