Celebrate the late Niki Lauda’s birthday with ‘Rush’

Niki Lauda would have been 72-years-young today (Feb. 22), but I am very thankful that Daniel Bruhl played the Formula-1 legend in director Ron Howard’s “Rush”.   “Rush” was my #2 film of 2013, and in my humble opinion, Bruhl deserved the Best Actor Oscar that year. Lauda was alive to see Howard’s film, although he didn’t like the rough cut.  Lauda was always a perfectionist (haha), but he gave his approval after seeing the premiere in a packed theatre, and as far as Bruhl’s portrayal of him:  “I think he…

Celebrate Daniel Brühl’s birthday with ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’

Hey, Daniel Brühl turns 42 on June 16!  Happy Birthday, Mr. Brühl!  This well-versed, talented actor has starred in lots of big movies, like “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), “A Most Wanted Man” (2014), “Rush” (2013), “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017), and “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)!  Daniel has been working since the age of 14, and we’ll go back into his past with an ingenious German dramedy “Good Bye, Lenin!” (2013). In director Wolfgang Becker’s picture, Alex’s (Brühl) and his family live in East Berlin in 1989, but his mother (Katrin Saß),…

Movie of the Week: ‘Rush’

Have you driven a Formula One car?   No, we haven’t either, but since they hit speeds of 200 mph, it must be a rush! In 2013, director Ron Howard and his producers perfectly Christ Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as real-life 1970s Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda in “Rush”, a truly spectacular sports film. In fact, Bruhl’s portrayal of Lauda was the single best performance that our critic Jeff Mitchell saw that year, so there’s no time like the present to feature “Rush” as AHFW’s Movie of the…

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is an insightful war story, told from a female perspective

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” – “You can never tell who your enemies are or who to trust.  Maybe that’s why I love animals so much.  You look in their eyes, and you know exactly what’s in their hearts. They aren’t like people.”  – Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) Antonina (Chastain) and Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) run a zoo in Warsaw, and life couldn’t be better for them during the summer of 1939.  A place of beauty and wonder, and on any typical morning, one might see Antonina ride her bike through the…