Catch these affecting Frances McDormand supporting performances on her birthday

Happy Birthday, Frances McDormand! Yes, the woman who will be forever known as Marge Gunderson turns 63 years young on June 23. Frances won two Best Actress Oscars (“Fargo” (1996), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)), and she’s left her mark in tons of roles, both big and small.  Although she’s played the lead in several films, here are two key supporting performances that earned her Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations. Mrs. Pell, “Mississippi Burning” (1988) – The FBI sends a team of agents, led by Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe)…

The 10 best Arnold Schwarzenegger films

Happy Birthday, Mr. Governator, Mr. Action Star, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger!  Arnold took the most unlikely journey to movie stardom by moving to the United States from Austria in 1968 to pursue a bodybuilding career.  And how!  He won the Mr. Olympia title seven times from 1970 through 1980, and after his bodybuilding retirement, he took the big screen by storm in “Conan the Barbarian” (1982).  The rest is history… There is no doubt that Arnold left a mark in three worlds: bodybuilding, movies and politics, and in celebration of his…

Fasten your seat belts and celebrate Bette Davis’s birthday with ‘All About Eve’

Ruth Elizabeth Davis (aka Bette) was born on April 5, 1908, and by Art House Film Wire’s calculations, she would be 110 years old this year! Now, the Academy nominated Davis for a Best Actress Oscar 11 times (11 times!!) over her illustrious career, and she took home wins for “Dangerous” (1935) and “Jezebel” (1939). “All About Eve” (1950) features one of her more timeless roles.  She plays Margo, a successful theatre actress who is systematically undermined by her understudy, Eve (Anne Baxter). With a razor sharp script and led…

Celebrate Brendan Gleeson’s birthday with one of his best performances in ‘Calvary’

Brendan Gleeson turns 63 on March 29, and why not celebrate his birthday with one of his best performances!   In “Calvary” (2014), Gleeson plays a good and decent priest, who unfortunately is living under extreme duress in small seaside Irish community.   Although scenic beauty surrounds him at every winding, country road turn, almost all of the townspeople constantly spew hostility in his direction. The biggest danger, however, comes from a man who enters his confessional box and threatens to kill him in one week’s time.   Writer/director John Michael…

Celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s birthday with a classic ‘Pulp Fiction’ clip

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino turns 55 on March 27, and ever since he burst on the scene at age 29 with “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), his films have been thrilling moviegoers for over 25 years.   He has a couple projects in the works, including a film set in 1969 during the Charles Manson murders called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and an upcoming “Star Trek” project.  Hey, beam us up! Tarantino also steps in front of the camera on occasion, and to help celebrate the man’s birthday, here is a classic…

Celebrate Guillermo del Toro’s birthday by watching his first feature film

Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro turns 53 on Mon., Oct. 9, so why not celebrate his birthday by watching one of his movies?  In 1993, he wrote and directed his first feature film, an odd – but very memorable – vampire story called “Cronos”. Here is a quick review of “Cronos”, and you can find the film via Netflix DVD and Amazon Streaming! “Cronos” (1993) – When you think of Dracula, what image appears? For many, it’s Bela Lugosi, who sports a black cape and exposes his fangs in the original “Dracula”…

Celebrate Ingrid Bergman’s birthday with ‘Anastasia’ on Amazon

On Aug. 29, 1915, Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, and this legendary actress certainly made worldwide impact in the movies during her long, fruitful career.   The Academy nominated her six times for a Best Actress Oscar and once for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar from 1944 to 1979, and she won three times, including Best Actress for “Anastasia” (1956). Set in 1928 Paris, Bergman plays the title role as Anastasia, a mental-shaken woman with bouts of amnesia, but with claims that she is the long lost daughter of the fallen Russian tsar,…

Happy Birthday Nick Offerman!

On June 26, Nick Offerman turns 47, so Happy Birthday, Mr. Offerman! Nick began his acting career in 1994 but became instantly recognizable in 2009 with his star turn as Ron Swanson in the popular NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation”.  With his droll, sardonic delivery, Ron can expand on all of the ways he despises government, despite his job as the head of the parks and recreation department of a small Indiana town. Offerman has shined on the big screen in recent years as well with very memorable supporting performances…

Happy Birthday, Carey Mulligan!

Carey Mulligan, one of the finest dramatic actresses working today, turns 32 on May 28.  Her resume is filled with great performances, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated her for a Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for “An Education” (2009).   Be sure to check out her work in “An Education” but also “Never Let Me Go” (2010), “Drive” (2011), “Far from the Maddening Crowd” (2015), and her hilarious – but very caustic – turn in “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013). Here is a clip from the…