Collins Jr. takes ‘Jockey’ on an absorbing ride

“Jockey” – “It’s just wear and tear.” – Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.) Jackson is not referring to car brakes or a pair of jeans.  He races horses for a living, but he’s not speaking about a particular stallion or mare.   Jackson’s body is breaking down because he – in his 40s or 50s – has been a jockey for decades.  A veterinarian takes X-rays of Jackson, and after inspecting the troubling pictures, he recommends that this weathered athlete see a doctor.  Unfortunately, it’s not likely that Jackson has health…

‘Scream’: Nostalgia is a double-edged knife

“Scream” (2022) – In 1996, Wes Craven’s “Scream” changed the rules of slasher films because its characters actually state the rules of slasher films.  Remember Randy’s (Jamie Kennedy) three-part edict? “Number One, you can never have sex.  Sex equals death, okay?” “Number Two, you can never drink or do drugs.” “And Number Three, never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, ‘I’ll be right back.’”  There you have it!  Randy, a teenage cinephile, accurately recites warnings that anyone living through 80s and 90s horror films had observed for years. When on-screen…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2021

Like most folks, 2021 was not our easiest year on record, but we did return to movie theatres!  For that, we’re infinitely grateful.  Let’s hope for more progress and less heartache in 2022 and for three steps forward to combat the inevitable two steps back.  Speaking of numbers, we caught plenty of flicks – via film festivals, frequent trips to local cineplexes, and streaming at home – and revisited the annual puzzle/beloved exercise of narrowing down our lengthy list of favorite films to just 20.  Here they are: Art House…