Movie of the Week: ‘Animal Kingdom’

AHFW’s Movie of the Week inspired a vastly successful television show, sort of like “MASH” (1970) did.  Robert Altman’s comedy classic, however, and “Animal Kingdom” (2010) have very little in common, except blood is spilled in both films…and television shows. “Animal Kingdom” (2010) – The walls of justice close in on a Melbourne (Australia) bank-robbing family within a cloudy, confusing Shakespearean atmosphere.  Led by matriarch Janine Cody (Jacki Weaver), she and her kin decide to fight back with methods that they understand: revenge and betrayal. At the center of the storm…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Tracks’

This week’s Just Because Wednesday movie is not only one of our favorites, but the lead Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) takes social distancing to a whole new level.  “Tracks” is a taxing but rewarding and inspirational journey! “Tracks” (2013) – “I’m the first to admit I’m remarkably unqualified for such a hazardous undertaking, but this is precisely the point of my journey. I’d like to think an ordinary person is capable of anything.” – Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) Robin Davidson is a blonde, fair-skinned early 20-something, who “simply” decides to…

This lovely ‘Storm Boy’ remake induces therapeutic showers of tears

“Storm Boy” – Mr. Proud, Mr. Ponder and Mr. Percival. Mike (Finn Little) is about 10 years-old and lives on an isolated beach with his dad (Jai Courtney) in Southern Australia, and one morning, he stumbles upon three abandoned baby pelicans. These tiny babies with pink skin and shut eyes are as vulnerable as snowballs in a desert.  Mike scoops them up before they – along with the audience – melt,  and with his friend Bill (David Gulpilil), they devise ways to feed these tiny, precious creatures. Soon, Mr. Proud,…

Four fantastic four-star Australian thrillers available on Netflix and/or Amazon

The Australian 80s band Men at Work claims that women from Down Under glow and the men plunder.  Although this is inherently a mix message, there is no denying that Australians routinely and consistently deliver great movies.  Looking back through Art House Film Wire’s recent rolodex, here are four fantastic four-star thrillers that are available on Netflix and/or Amazon right now, and no question, these movies get glowing reviews from Art House Film Wire. “Animal Kingdom” (2010) – The walls of justice begin to close in on a family of bank…