Movies at Home: ‘1917’ arrives on Blu-ray on March 24

It might feel like we’ve been cooped up in our homes, apartments or condos for 101 days, but here’s some good news:  a 2020 Best Picture nominee, one that takes place 103 years ago, arrives on Blu-ray on March 24. “1917”  Sam Mendes uniquely-filmed WWI epic is our #6 film of 2019, and but it’s first on our minds today. Here’s our review: “1917” – “I wanted you to feel like you were there with the characters, breathing their every breath, walking in their footsteps. The best way to do…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2018

After watching 268 new movies in 2018, ArtHouseFilmWire grabbed our slide rule and protractor, performed numerous calculations and perhaps flipped a coin to proudly reveal our Top 20 Films of 2018.  (By the way, which film just missed the list?  #21 is “Capernaum”, the dizzying and draining Lebanese drama from Nadine Labaki.) 20 – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Melissa McCarthy steps away from her comedic-comfort zone and commands the screen in a dramatic role about author Lee Israel’s true-life scandal.  Unable to pull together a successful book in…

Top 10 films of 2018…so far

It is July in Phoenix, Ariz., and the monsoons have begun!  In mysterious, unexplained ways, a sudden and vicious torrent of Arizona rain can cascade equal amounts of wonder, glee and terror into the hearts of desert dwellers all over the Valley. Well, speaking of terror, it feels a bit shocking that half of 2018 has already come and gone.  How did that happen?  Time does fly when one is having fun, because so many terrific movies arrived in theatres this year. This critic watched 143 movies from January through…

‘Brave New Jersey’ is a charming, almost-alien invasion story

“Brave New Jersey” – “For one night, you can let go of your inhibitions and become someone completely different.” – Peg (Anna Camp) Peg, a schoolteacher who lives in the small, farming community of Lullaby, NJ, harmlessly explains her interpretation of this one night, Halloween, to her students.  Little does she realize that Halloween and its effects will arrive one day early on Oct. 30, 1938. For history buffs, this date owns significant meaning:  Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”.  Seventy-nine years ago, his famous/infamous retelling…