Five patriotic movies to stream on Independence Day

Millions of July 4th celebrations all over the United States include steady diets of barbecues, pool parties, fireworks, and laughter, but this holiday is also a great day for a movie!  Well, that’s because every day is a great day for a movie, of course. If you find a few spare hours on Independence Day, why not catch a movie at home?  Here are five films which pay homage to the U.S.A. in various ways, and you can stream them one or all at home. Happy Fourth! “In America” (2002)…

AHFW’s Top Five SXSW 2021 Films

The SXSW Film Festival is an annual March tradition in Austin, TX, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the prominent movie carnival to cancel its planned programs in 2020.  Well, don’t mess with Texas because SXSW was back in 2021 (March 16 – March 20), albeit online. We enrolled in SXSW this year and caught 18 movies, and although we didn’t see nearly everything, here are our five favorites. “Alien on Stage” – A group of enthusiastic – but sometimes apprehensive – Dorset, UK bus drivers and staff wish to put…

The Phoenix Critics Circle announces its 2020 Nominations

Phoenix Critics Circle members selected their nominations for the best films and performances of 2020. Leading the way is “Minari” with seven nominations.  “Nomadland” and “Mank” both received five nominations while “One Night in Miami”, and “Promising Young Woman” picked up four each. Final voting is now underway and the winners will be announced on March 18th, 2021. The nominees are… BEST PICTURE • FIRST COW • MINARI • NOMADLAND • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN • SOUND OF METAL BEST COMEDY FILM • THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION…

July 15 – Free Night at the Drive-In: ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Creed’

AHFW misses catching movies on the big screen.  Sigh.  Well, Amazon and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are here to help!  They are sponsoring “A Night at the Drive-In” in July and August 2020! Every two weeks (on Wednesday nights), drive-in theatres all over the country will feature a double feature, and the movies and concessions are free! Here are all the facts that you need: the schedule, the locations, getting tickets, and background on the project!   Schedule: Wed. July 1: “Love & Basketball” (2000) and “Crazy Rich Asians”…

Free Summer Nights at the Drive-In: July and August 2020

AHFW misses catching movies on the big screen.  Sigh.  Well, Amazon and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are here to help!  They are sponsoring “A Night at the Drive-In” in July and August 2020! Every two weeks (on Wednesday nights), drive-in theatres all over the country will feature a double feature, and the movies and concessions are free! Here are all the facts that you need: the schedule, the locations, getting tickets, and background on the project! Schedule: Wed. July 1: “Love & Basketball” (2000) and “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)…

Watch this Werner Herzog double feature on World Rainforest Day

June 22 is World Rainforest Day!  In 2020, the rainforest are in trouble, so it’s a perfect time to recognize these vitally important Earth locales. Here are a couple ways: First, check out the World Rainforest Day website:  Link  (and please note that AHFW is not affiliated with the site.) Secondly, check out a fitting Werner Herzog double feature with his classics “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) and “Fitzcarraldo” (1982). Both historical movies are based in the Amazon, and Mr. Herzog loves a big challenge, so these pictures were…

Stream plenty of Audrey Hepburn movies on her birthday…or anytime

Hey, May 4th might be Star Wars Day, but an out-of-this-world actress was born on this day.   Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929, and a couple services are streaming her movies for FREE right now. Amazon Prime (free for Prime members):  “Roman Holiday” (1953), “War and Peace” (1956), “Funny Face” (1957), “Mayerling” (1957), “The Unforgiven” (1960), “Charade” (1963) Hulu (with a Starz add-on):  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) and her last film “Always” (1989)  

Four films to enjoy on 420

Happy Monday!  This Monday is also April 20, and the date is informally recognized as an international marijuana consumption day, simply known as 420.  So for some, this Monday has an especially happy ring.  If you are legally (and we stress, legally) partaking in celebrating 420, here are four movies that you might enjoy.   Note, we don’t recommend seeing all four in one day, but one or two could be a friendly companion. “All About Eve” (1950) – Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is a big Broadway star, but pay attention to…

‘Trolls World Tour’ might be a good at-home distraction…or not

“Trolls World Tour” – “So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.  I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha).  I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah.” – Spice Girls, “Wannabe” “One man’s nonsense is another man’s sense.” – author Peter Cameron, “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is over the moon.  Over the moon…in her world.  She’s Queen Poppy of the Troll Pop Kingdom, a place with rainbow-splashed mushrooms, truckloads of glitter and more neon pink…

Just Because Wednesday, Movies at Home: ‘Kitchen Stories’

Just Because Wednesday give us a chance to feature our favorite films, because….hey, just because!  This week is an oddball, playful import from Norway, director Bent Hamer’s “Kitchen Stories” (2003).  It’s just after WWII, and Sweden’s Home Research Institute – a technological leader in improving home efficiencies – wishes to understand the kitchen habits of single Norwegian men. Who knows how they tick, right? This pits an elderly hermit named Isak (Joachim Calmeyer) against Folke (Tomas Norstrom), who has been assigned as his observer during a frigid winter in an isolated,…