12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘The Apartment’

“The Apartment” (1960) – C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) works extremely hard at the Consolidated Life New York City office.  He makes $94.70 per week and lives in a great apartment that costs $85 per month. Most nights, he works late – for an hour or two –  but not to get ahead.  He just cannot go home to his apartment until around 8pm.  Why is that? That’s the premise of Bill Wilder’s wildly successful rom-com that won five Oscars, including Best Picture! Now, C.C. may have his eye on a…

12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘In Bruges’

“In Bruges” (2008) – Travel experts claim that Bruges, Belgium has one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, and this city has kept its medieval construction to make the holiday festivities feel like an illustrious time warp. There’s nothing festive, however, about Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray’s (Colin Farrell) Christmastime visit to Bruges, at the least the initial reason.  Their mobster boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) orders them to Bruges and hide out until the coast is clear.  Ken tries to make the best of it by taking in the…

12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘Edward Scissorhands’

“Edward Scissorhands” (1990) – Twenty-eight years after Tim Burton introduced his modern-day Pinocchio story about an artificial boy (Johnny Depp) who has scissors for hands, “Edward Scissorhands” still brings the tears. Burton does include a lot of satire, as he regularly pokes fun at suburbia throughout the picture, but he delves into Christmastime in the second half, and it seems that every single modest home in the camera frame dons festive lights. This fairy tale isn’t really a Christmas movie, but the holiday makes its mark, and especially when Edward…

12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘Tangerine’

With December filled with the standard, but also very welcome, Christmas movies, like “A Christmas Story” (1983), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “Scrooged” (1988), and other versions of “A Christmas Carol”, AHFW decided to look back at 12 movies that feature Christmas as well!  The only difference is the said holiday is not the main focus of these films.  Furthermore, you may not even know that Dec. 25 is even mentioned in these movies. Without further ado, let’s get started with “Tangerine”! “Tangerine” (2015) – In a colorful Los Angeles…

10 Quirky Comedies: ‘The Great Buck Howard’

Halloween is in our rear-view mirror, and November is here!  That means the holidays are almost upon us, and while we are busy with year-end work schedules, planning Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixins and buying presents for December festivities, we could also use a good laugh! Art House Film Wire has you covered.  Over the next 10 workdays, we’ll feature 10 quirky comedies and each one is just about guaranteed to bring you a smile during a most stressful month.   Ready, set…let’s get started! “The Great Buck Howard” (2008)…

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…

Movies at Home: Celebrate Woody Harrelson’s birthday with his top five performances

Happy 57th Birthday, Woody Harrelson!   Mr. Harrelson burst on the scene in 1985 as Woody Boyd, Coach’s replacement, on the legendary and equally hilarious sitcom “Cheers”, which ran on NBC until its triumphant finale on May 20, 1993. Don’t look now, but Harrelson has popped up everywhere in key supporting roles in blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” series (2012 – 2015), “Now You See Me” (2013) and its sequel (2016), “Zombieland” (2009), “Solo” (2018), and “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017). The man born in Midland, Texas in…

Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday with ‘Invictus’

Nelson Mandela – the legendary South African president and humanitarian – was born 100 years ago on July 18, 1918, and ArtHouseFilmWire.com strongly, strongly recommends watching Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” (2009) to help celebrate the man’s birthday. “Invictus” is the story of the 1995 South African national rugby team, and it’s journey and President Mandela’s wish to help unite a divided nation between whites and blacks.  Morgan Freeman steps into the role of Mandela so gracefully (as only he can), with much gravitas and respect, and some of the most moving…

Celebrate John C. Reilly’s May 24th birthday with a triple-feature

It is hard to believe, but John C. Reilly has been tearing up the silver screen in memorable lead and supporting roles for almost 30 years, and he turns 53 on May 24! Happy Birthday, Mr. Reilly! Perhaps it is just this critic, but this talented character actor with a blessed gift of comedic timing always seems to elevate the big screen air whenever he enters the frame. Reilly’s impressive list of films is longer than a Friday afternoon traffic jam on Interstate 405, as  “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993),…

Celebrate Fred Astaire’s birthday with a double-feature

(Follow Art House Film Wire on Facebook) Fred Austerlitz was born on May 10, 1899, but the world knows him as Fred Astaire.  The American Film Institute also knows him as one of the all-time greats, as the organization ranked him the number five male performer of classic cinema. To celebrate the 119th year of his birth, here are two films to sit back and enjoy for an Astaire double-feature! “Top Hat” (1935) – Astaire and Ginger Rogers starred in 10 motion pictures together, and this film, their fourth, was…