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…

‘The Tender Bar’ Virtual Press Conference

“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” “The Tender Bar” is the story about J.R. – as a kid (Daniel Ranieri) and then young adult (Tye Sheridan) – who looks up to his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck).  Since J.R.’s father is rarely in his life, Charlie fills the void and encourages his nephew to read and pursue his passions.  Hey, he even gives dating tips.  Everyone could use an Uncle Charlie!  George Clooney’s film – adapted from J.R. Moehringer’s 2005 memoir –…

Movie of the Week: ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’

“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) – “Hey, Buddy.  Can you stake a fellow American to a meal?”  – Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) Fred is down on his luck.  He’s broke, unemployed, and he lives on the streets of Tampico, Tamaulipas, located on Mexico’s east coast. However – out of the clear blue sky – a wealthy entrepreneur (Barton MacLane) gives Fred a two-week job!   Unfortunately, his temporary employment doesn’t work out like Fred envisioned, so he turns to Plan B:  taking an old gold-miner’s (Walter Huston) advice.…