Recognize Memorial Day and National Wine Day with these two classics

Monday, May 25 is not only Memorial Day, but it’s also National Wine Day.  Since we are a movie site, we think that you should recognize all notable days with a movie.  So, we recommend two.  See Best Picture Oscar winner “The Deer Hunter” (1978) today, give yourself time to recover, and catch Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner “Sideways” (2004) tomorrow. “The Deer Hunter” is truly filled with a who’s-who of movie stars as Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, and Meryl Streep descend on rural Pennsylvania…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’

Last Wednesday, AHFW looked at our favorite movie from 2018, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War”, a film set mostly in Poland during the 1950s and 60s.  This Wednesday, we’ll stay in Eastern Europe, but shift to 1980s Romania in the visceral, tense and feels-altogether-real “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” – It’s wintertime, and although snow only exists in small traces near the edges of sidewalks, temperatures are frigid.  People wear heavy jackets, and the skies are gray.  At the local university, the…

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…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Puzzle’

Irrfan Khan passed away on April 29 at the young age of 53.  He earned a long film resume, which includes “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Life of Pi” (2012) and a countless list of Bollywood movies.  He turned in a terrific and crucial supporting performance in the thoughtful indie “Puzzle” (2018) with Kelly Macdonald, and this is our movie of the week. R.I.P. Mr. Khan ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (In the U.S., “Puzzle” is available on Netflix DVD and Hulu with a Starz add-on.)  Here’s our review and the trailer: “Puzzle” –…

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…

‘All the Wild Horses’ wins by a comfortable margin

“All the Wild Horses” – The Kentucky Derby began in 1875, and this 1.25-mile race is dubbed the most exciting two minutes in sports. On the other side of the world, Mongolia hosts an altogether different event.  The Mongol Derby is one thousand kilometers long and runs across the country’s prairies.  The contest takes eight days to complete and is known as the longest and toughest horse race in the world. If the Run for the Roses is an ultra-brisk sprint, then the Mongol Derby is a marathon of the…

Four films to enjoy on 420

Happy Monday!  This Monday is also April 20, and the date is informally recognized as an international marijuana consumption day, simply known as 420.  So for some, this Monday has an especially happy ring.  If you are legally (and we stress, legally) partaking in celebrating 420, here are four movies that you might enjoy.   Note, we don’t recommend seeing all four in one day, but one or two could be a friendly companion. “All About Eve” (1950) – Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is a big Broadway star, but pay attention to…

‘The Booksellers’ is a celluloid page-turner

“The Booksellers” – According to a 2019 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of U.S. adults have started at least one book in the past year, but this is down from a 2005 Gallup News Service poll, in which 83 percent did. Why the drop?  Well, one can point to several factors:  longer work hours, shorter attention spans, social media’s rise, instant gratification needs, home streaming services, and the Joe Exotic documentary series.  Actually, Netflix released “Tiger King” in 2020, a year after the 2019 findings, so we can’t blame…

‘Selah and The Spades’ doesn’t deal a winning hand

“Selah and The Spades” – Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) is cool.  She’s a top student at Haldwell, a prestigious boarding school in the Philadelphia suburbs.  She’s a cheerleader too, but not the peppy, do-gooder, always-sunny type, because Selah has fought on the front lines at home and at Haldwell.  These days, her mother quietly pushes this talented kid to pursue perfection, at least with her grades, but voices aren’t upturned between mother and teen.  They don’t have to reach ugly, combative heights in 2020, because – off-screen – enough verbal…

‘Trolls World Tour’ might be a good at-home distraction…or not

“Trolls World Tour” – “So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.  I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha).  I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah.” – Spice Girls, “Wannabe” “One man’s nonsense is another man’s sense.” – author Peter Cameron, “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is over the moon.  Over the moon…in her world.  She’s Queen Poppy of the Troll Pop Kingdom, a place with rainbow-splashed mushrooms, truckloads of glitter and more neon pink…