Movies at Home: Five Great Michael Haneke films on Amazon Prime

Happy Birthday, Michael Haneke! Well, no matter how much you prepare for one of Haneke’s films, he always surprises, but it’s no shock that “Amour”, his 2012 movie about dementia, won the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Not just dementia, but this writer/director isn’t afraid to explore other pitch-black material, and in fact, he’s made a bright career in doing so.  Now, Haneke’s films aren’t apocalyptic, not on a grand scale, but instead, they sear into vastly troubling relationship or family dramas and are wrapped in disturbing intimacy. Since…

‘Parasite’ wins the Phoenix Critics Circle’s Top Prize

The Phoenix Critics Circle hosted its annual awards party on Dec. 13 at the Phoenix Film Foundation office, and the critics and their friends and family enjoyed a festive night of food, drinks, movie conversations and debates, and of course, the awards! Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” won four PCC awards, including Best Picture! Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o won the top acting awards for “Marriage Story” and “Us”, respectively, and here is the complete list of winners. BEST PICTURE • 1917 • The Irishman • Jojo Rabbit • Marriage Story •…

Veterans Day double-feature that faces PTSD in the 21st century

In honor of our veterans, AHFW recommends two sobering films that may have slipped past you in the theatres.  These pictures cope with post-traumatic stress disorder in the 21st century, and they are both available on Amazon Prime. “Thank You for Your Service” (2017) – Three young Iraq War veterans and friends return home to Kansas, but realize that they carried invisible, cerebral scars back from the Middle East.  Director Jason Hall and actors Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, and Joe Cole raise PSTD awareness in 2017 with their grounded, heartbreaking…

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Movies, Ranked #22 to #1

With the Marvel making a massive 2019 San Diego Comic-Con appearance, let’s look at AHFW’s ranking of the MCU films, #22 to #1.  We hope that you enjoy this stroll down Movie-Memory Lane! 22. “Iron Man 2” (2010) – The world knows that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is Iron Man, so new threats like Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) and Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) do not need to peek under our hero’s red and gold helmet. Unfortunately, the script peaks during the first act – on a Monaco race track…

Art House Film Wire’s Golden Globe Predictions

Happy Belated New Year!  Geez, all of a sudden, the calendar flipped ahead another year, and before one can say, “If I had a checkbook, I would stress about writing the wrong year on my checks,” the 76th Annual Golden Globes will arrive too.  Sunday, Jan. 6, to be exact. The second-biggest movie-awards event spreads the wealth, because it splits the best films and lead performances over two categories, Musical/Comedy and Drama, so King Midas works a bit of overtime.  We are happy to work more as well, and although…

The Phoenix Critics Circle’s favorite is ‘The Favourite’

The Phoenix Critics Circle hosted its annual awards party on Dec. 14 at the Phoenix Film Foundation office, and the critics and their friends and family enjoyed a festive night of food, drinks, movie conversations and debates, and of course, the awards! Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” won Circle’s Best Picture award and also picked up Best Screenplay as well. Ethan Hawke and Melissa McCarthy won the top acting awards for “First Reformed” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, respectively, and here is the complete list of winners. BEST PICTURE The…

10 Classic ’80s Sci-fi Moments: 10. ‘Time Bandits’

Art House Film Wire is strolling down Memory Lane and looking back at 10 classic moments of ’80s sci-fi!  Certainly, there are hundreds and hundreds of memorable scenes to choose, but after much blood, sweat and tears, here are 10 of our favorites! It’s time to start, so let’s begin with “Time Bandits”! “Time Bandits” (1981) – Director/writer Terry Gilliam’s fingerprints are all over this bizarre journey, as a band of time-traveling dwarfs recruit Kevin (Craig Warnock) to join them on their outta-this-world adventure.  While Gilliam employs his trademark steampunk…

10 Quirky Comedies: ‘Waking Ned Devine’

“Waking Ned Devine” (1998) –  In the little Irish town of Tullymore (population: 52), someone won the national lottery!  But who?  Jackie (Ian Bannen) did not strike gold, but he hopes that the lucky ticket holder will share some of the winnings with him!  Sure, why not?  In writer/director Kirk Jones’s wonderful charmer, Jackie recruits his best friend Michael (David Kelly) to help acquire a portion of the money, but they step into knotty complications. Jones bathes the screen with Ireland’s cultural riches (even though he filmed his movie on…

31 Scary Movie Choices for Halloween!

We enjoyed showcasing and looking back at 31 scary movies over 31 October days!  To wrap up our month-long event, here are all 31 films (with our review links), and why not pick a scary movie or two tonite to watch while the trick or treaters stop by? Enjoy…and leave the lights on! Oct. 1 – “Frankenstein” (1931) Oct. 2 – “Dead of Night” (1945) Oct. 3 – “House of Wax” (1953) Oct. 4 – “Diabolique” (1955) Oct. 5 – “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956) Oct. 6 – “Black…

31 Scary Movies: ‘The Omen’

“The Omen” (1976) – Butch from “The Little Rascals”.  Nellie from “Little House on the Prairie”.  Farkus from “A Christmas Story”. These three rotten children inflicted much misery on Alfalfa, Laura Ingalls and Ralphie, respectively, over the years.  Proven by scores of on-screen threats, acts of deception and taunts, they are three of Hollywood’s most famous bad kids.  As callous as they were, Damien (Harvey Stephens) from “The Omen” probably tops the list as the most malevolent child in film or television history. Not by his own doing, but through the…