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Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Ringo StarrBruce Miller and Chris Busch, our resident Filmosophers, discuss the landmark David Lynch Foundation benefit concert featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Moby, Betty Lavette, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Jimmy James, Paul Horn, hosted by David Lynch and Laura Dern, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City April 4, 2009.

[Click on pic to go to DLF website for interviews, etc]

- Filmosophers - 20100416 - Peter Beamish

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Last January a friend sent me a video on youtube titled "2010 Predictions From Beyond". I loved it- the message from the Sedona Journal Of Emergence, the intriguing production and resonant music by One Eskimo. I was inspired to check out the producer's website, aura.ca and discovered Peter Beamish. Turns out he produced the 2 DVD set video I almost checked out from the Fairfield Library: Introducing Abraham; the Secret Behind "The Secret"?

Peter was going along very successfully in broadcast and corporate television for two decades, but felt the longing for a deeper experience of Life many of us understand. The rabbit hole to his spiritual highway was ignited by the Redpill, the film The Matrix. "I stepped outside the theatre after seeing The Matrix and the world was somehow slightly tilted. It never did straighten out for me again." [click "Read more", below]

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Oscar statueFor many film fans it's the biggest weekend of the year: the Academy Awards show is Sunday night, February 26th. If you enjoy picking out who will win, the Fairfield Public Library has an Academy Awards contest. Pick up a ballot at the library and present or renew your library card. There are three gift basket prizes on display, each with an Oscar nominated film on DVD: The Help; Hugo and Midnight In Paris. We'll have library Director Rebecca Huggins on with us to talk about it.

We'll also make our annual picks for who we think will win the Oscars. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosphical discussions."

"I am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show." - Billy Crystal

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Friday, May 25, 2012 is the 35th Anniversary of the opening of the iconic film Star Wars. It's also the day filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson (Spaced Invaders) will depart Wadsworth, Illinois, "in my 1975 Ford Pinto, on a 30-day, cross-country, road-trip Kickstarter campaign to finally bring 5-25-77 to the screen." There will be a test screening of 5-25-77 Saturday night at the Sondheim. We'll talk with Mr. Johnson about his film and his current adventure, soon to be known as Hearts of Dorkness: A Filmmaker's Oddyssey.

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Friday, May 25, 2012 is the 35th Anniversary of the opening of the iconic film Star 5-25-77 posterWars. It's also the day filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson (Spaced Invaders) will depart Wadsworth, Illinois, "in my 1975 Ford Pinto, on a 30-day, cross-country, road-trip Kickstarter campaign to finally bring 5-25-77 to the screen." There will be a test screening of 5-25-77 Saturday night at the Sondheim. We'll talk with Mr. Johnson about his film and his current adventure, soon to be known as Hearts of Dorkness: A Filmmaker's Oddyssey.

We'll also talk about the much anticipated opening of Men In Black 3; the highly praised Moonrise Kingdom, the latest from one of our fave filmmakers- Wes Anderson (Rushmore) and more. We're the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions".

- The Death Star would take out the Enterprise with one shot.

- The Enterprise has deflector shields!! - 5-25-77

- 20120601 - Filmosophers

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Arrietty posterAlice Cooper, sing it: School's out for the summer! That means Filmosopher junior reviewer Shane Miller will be in the studio. Just in time, too as we saw the latest animated treasure from Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away): The Secret World of Arrietty. These are films Shane and I have grown to love, and Arrietty is no exception. Folks are noting Pixar is releasing it's first film with a female hero: Brave (6/22). Miyazaki and Ghibli have been doing this since Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989. Arrietty continues that evolved perspective: "Studio Ghibli's best film since Miyazaki's eco-fable masterpiece Spirited Away. Its story is impeccably paced, its look beautifully imagined, and its drama perfectly built-up. Bristles, underfoot, with some delightful feminism and environmentalism."

We'll talk about that, the latest blockbuster releases and the wonderfully filmosophical Certified Copy, starring a radiant Juliette Binoche. We're the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, rebroadcast Sundays at noon.

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This weekend we'll talk about new films in theaters, including Brave, the 13thKumare poster release from Pixar; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a "mashup of history lesson and monster flick" and the (possibly!) filmosophical Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Sometimes we're not sure what to say about a film if we haven't seen it. You'll usually get a feel from critic's consensus. But as you're aware (and awareness is the key), the spiritual or filmosophically inclined movie fan's experience of films can be quite different from mainstream perceptions. This may be true about Seeking a Friend... and especially so for the documentary- Kumaré. "The true story about a false prophet. Kumaré follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life."

We'll alert you to small gems that may get lost amongst the "blockbusters", including Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom; Safety Not Guaranteed and Beasts Of The Southern Wild, which sounds fascinating! "An exceptional American independent feature that deserves the best efforts to tap audiences that would surely embrace it." "Few more brazenly cinematic pieces will come our way this year." We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central repeated Sundays 9:00 AM. "I fake so much I forget who I was" - Kumaré

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We first learned just how enjoyable The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is from good friend and guest host Big Al Green, who saw it in Iowa City- reporting there were a fair amount of others there from Fairfield. The feedback was enthusiastic. Since then we've received several requests for it to be shown locally. Theatre Manager Marilou Parsons heard us, and forwarded on the requests.

We're delighted to tell you The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in Fairfield, Friday, 6/29. "A dream cast led by Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy lights up John (Shakespeare in Love) Madden's film- a story of late-life awakenings and self-discovery in India. Its ace in the hole is its pungent depiction of Jaipur's teeming streets, which gives a blinding splash of color. Impossible to resist."   

We'll tell you about the new releases and what we've seen on video, including Jeff, Who Lives At Home a film by the Duplass brothers, which junior reviewer Shane Miller described as "a spiritual comedy". We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, and again Sundays at 9:00 AM.

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We have some good movies to talk about- from the blockbusters: The Amazing Moonrise Kingdom photoSpider-Man, to the indies: Wes Anderson's highly anticipated Moonrise Kingdom, with Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton & Bruce Willis. Also hear about the delightfully filmosophical The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the ribald, low brow Ted and more. We're The Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", with Chris Busch, Bruce Miller and summertime junior sidekick Shane Miller. Fridays at 12:30 PM, repeat Sundays, 9:00 AM.

Jiminy cricket, he flew the coop!- Moonrise Kingdom

- 20120713 - Filmosophers

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This weekend Ted Burghoff will join us for a special edition of The Filmosophers. Blade Runner poster Ted is a film fan who shares our enthusiasm for Director Ridley Scott. We'll talk about Scott's career, focusing on three films: Blade Runner; Kingdom Of Heaven: Director's Cut and Prometheus. Ted owns the Four Disc Special Edition box set of Kingdom Of Heaven: Director's Cut. The Director's Cut extended version "has received a distinctly more positive reception from film critics than the theatrical release, with some reviewers suggesting that it is the most substantial Director's Cut of all time  and a title to equal any of Scott's other works." Also, The Shift, with Wayne Dyer is the free film showing Friday at the FF Library. "The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society—which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation—are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back." A true filmosophical experience.

The conversation with Texas Ted will be fun. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch, Bruce Miller and summertime junior sidekick Shane Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central, again Sundays at 9:00 AM. Live stream @kruufm.com

Deckard - Shakes? Me too. I get 'em bad. It's part of the business.

Rachael - I'm not in the business... I *am* the business. ~ Blade Runner

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The buzz on the "wide" movie releases this weekend: The Watch ("disappointment") and Step Up Revolution ("chaotic formlessness") are poor. That's balanced with intriguing indie and documentary films the Filmosophers enjoy alerting you to. Start with Ruby Sparks, from the Little Miss Sunshine folks- "The great romantic gem of the summer, a diamond in the rough that bends genres and trips up expectations." There's the fascinating documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which "tells the true story of the greatest '70s U.S. rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered in a far off land and finally became the legend he always deserved to be. "The strangeness of truth compared to the limits of the human imagination gets a crystalline demonstration in Searching for Sugar Man. "A gloriously inspirational comeback tale." (click on "Read More" to continue)

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This weekend we'll talk about the wide releases: Total Recall (What is reality?); Jiro Dreams Of Sushi poster Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (goofy family comedy); the limited releases, including: Celeste And Jesse Forever ("shrewd rom-com"); the documentaries, including You've Been Trumped ("the wealthy exert their will") and the exceptional Jiro Dreams of Sushi ("elegant, spare and tantalizing") which is available on DVD at the FF Library.

We're excited to let you know that maybe... just maybe, the Wachowskis have finally made the movie fans have been waiting for since experiencing their classic, and our favorite, which for me is also the most spiritual film of my time- The Matrix.

We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch, Bruce and Shane Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sundays at 9:00 AM. "Everything is connected"- Cloud Atlas

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Texas Ted Burghoff joins Bruce and Shane in the studio this weekend. We sawMoonrise Kingdom photo Total Recall together and our experience was quite different than many others. We'll cover the three new wide releases, including The Bourne Legacy, "the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise", with Fairfield's own Neil Cunningham; The Campaign, a "crude brand of political satire" and Hope Springs the best reviewed of the three, "led by a pair of mesmerizing performances from Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones." It's a gentle, yet poignant story of reinvigorating a 31 year marriage. An Oscar Best Picture The Artist shows Friday evening (8/10) at the FF Library, free!

You may have heard us, or read our Filmosopher's blog extolling Wes Anderson's (Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore) joyful film Moonrise Kingdom (image). We're excited to tell you it starts Friday at the Co-Ed Theatre. This continues their recent history of booking splendid indie films (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc.). If so inspired, let Marilou and the staff know that's appreciated.

Shane and I saw the sweet, loving documentary Being Elmo, available at the FF Library, about Kevin Clash the puppeteer who created and "is" the Elmo millions worldwide came to love on Sesame Street. We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sundays, 9:00 AM. "Jiminy cricket, he flew the coop!" - Moonrise Kingdom

- 20120817 - Filmosophers

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Fairfield's talented Neil Brooks Cunningham (The Taking of Pelham One Two Neil Brooks Cunningham picThree; The Retreat; You Don't Know Jack) is in the #1 movie in America- The Bourne Legacy. Neil plays Dr. Dan Hillcott who, according to Rachel Weisz's Dr. Marta Shearing, provided a "viral map", enabling the entire success of "The Program", the American government's covert operation that's created the next level of super-agents, as played by Jeremy Renner. Turns out Neil's been closer to sensitive government operations than one might know. He'll join us live in the KRUU studio this weekend. We'll talk about The Bourne Legacy, his perspective of the story, the world of film and more.

Also hear about this week's new releases, including The Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone's "roundup of action stars who celebrate and send up their former glories"; the highly rated animated ParaNorman, an "endearingly sweet and spooky-ookie ode to the living, the dead, and the in-between" and Disney's not so well reviewed The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.

We'll tell you about what else we've seen, including Finnish writer director Aki Kaurismäki's gently endearing Le Havre. We're the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", with guest co-host Ted Burghoff, Bruce and son Shane Miller, who'll be making his last appearance on the show for a while, as school starts again next week. Friday at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday at 9:00 AM. Live stream @kruufm.com

"Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg."

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Two weeks ago we talked with Fairfield's talented Neil Brooks Cunningham Neil Brooks Cunningham pic about his acting role in The Bourne Legacy. We're happy to report it opens Friday at the Co-Ed in Fairfield. Neil plays Dr. Dan Hillcott who, according to Rachel Weisz's Dr. Marta Shearing, provided a "viral map", enabling the entire success of "The Program", the American government's covert operation that's created the next level of super-agents, as played by Jeremy Renner

This week hear about the new releases, including the propulsive Premium Rush, starring one of today's hottest (and busiest) young actors- Joseph Gordon-Levitt. We'll start our Fall Movie preview and tell you about a sweet, emotional gem from Japan, titled Quill: The Life Of a Guide Dog. If you like dogs this is a must-see. This review from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, posted on "Spirituality & Practice": "Dogs are loyal, curious, and courageous. But even more impressive is that dogs have abilities that we seem to have lost. Three of these abilities are direction-finding, telepathy, and precognition. These gifts help explain why dogs have been used as guides for blind people and others with disabilities. In the ruins in Pompeii, the Italian town destroyed by a volcano, pictures were found of dogs leading humans."

Friday evening, 9/7 the Fairfield Library's free movie will be the filmosophical 1998 film What Dreams May Come, a "visually stunning metaphysical tale of life after death" starring Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra & Cuba Gooding, Jr. It's an excellent chance to see this visual treat on a big screen again. We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give out filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday at 9:00 AM. "Brakes are death." - Premium Rush .

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For some of us, great cinema is worth investing time and resources into. When I saw The Bijou Cinema logothe essential documentary The Queen Of Versailles was showing at the University Of Iowa's Bijou Cinema in Iowa City, I made the commitment to take the drive and see it. I'm happy I did. For this Filmosopher, the rise and fall story of the "classic" American dream is a Divine insight into the folly of living on the surface of life. Also, my experience at the Bijou was a joy: comfortable seating, adequate size screen and a $2 bag of tasty popcorn. When I look at the quality of films they're showing, I know I'll be returning.

We'll talk more about that, The Queen Of Versailles, new releases, more fall movie preview and what we've seen. We're The Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

Touring the construction of the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace.   -Is that your bedroom?  - No, that's my closet... - The Queen Of Versailles

- 20120914 - Filmosophers

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Fairfield filmmakers Donald Revolinski and Cully Thomas will join us in the studio to talkCo-Ed Theatre photo about their new film The Vindication of Ronald Clay, described as a "smart, stylistic adventure about the interwoven fables of five patrons to a coffee shop at the center of the universe". This was shot on location in Fairfield Iowa, which indeed is the center of the universe.

Here we see yet another filmmaking expression of the Creative flow, so abundant in "America's most unusual town" (-Oprah). Couple this creativity with our community's strong interest in movies and the closing of the Co-Ed Theatre could be viewed as bewildering. How could this happen here? Well, the owners went bankrupt, the movie industry is in flux, with the shift from film to digital, involving expensive new projectors. Plus, a decrease in box office business, enhanced by dazzling home theaters (see the Mark & Livia Cole Experience). However, we know the spiritual awakening in Fairfield and the Universe "transcends" surface level appearances. That means we can and will have a nice movie theater. I don't know the business details, but I can suggest how it may actually happen: desire, intention and allowing. This call to film fans: Let the intention begin! On the Filmosophers movie talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sundays at 9:00 AM. - "May the Force be with you"

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This weekend there are three major films opening with a good buzz, including Dredd heard at the Co-Ed Theatre, 1984 first poster3D, "a rare example of a remake that actually works." Director Paul Thomas Anderson's (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) The Master, which  "extends his winning streak of challenging films for serious audiences." Also, End Of Watch, "a riveting action thriller". The Rottontomatoes radio show described stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as having great chemistry.

We'll talk more about closing of the Co-Ed and the energy already forming to create another movie theater in Fairfield's cultural district. As noted by Ken Mottet, host of "The Feed Store" (KRUU, Sundays 2-3PM)- "These are the kinds of stories that prove my wife's theory--Fairfield IS the center of the known universe." Speaking of that, The Vindication Of Ronald Clay screens 7:30 tonight at the Arts & Convention Center.

We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings at 9:00. "I'll be back!" ~ Ar-Nuld, Co-Ed Theatre, 1984

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Looper posterThe Filmosophers are excited cause we have some great films to tell you about. Opening this weekend is Looper. It has great buzz, but just as intriguing is what its actors say: "The one film of mine I'm most excited for audiences to see"- Joseph Gordon-Levitt; "It's better than anything I've ever done"- Bruce Willis; "The best movie I've ever been part of. This is not like anything I've seen" - Emily Blunt. Chris Busch, his wonderful wife Julia and I saw The Master last week. It is indeed a "challenging film for serious audiences". I must say, our highlight was returning from Iowa City on the back roads during the first day of fall.

We're also excited to talk again about Marley, the definitive documentary of Bob Marley, "the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom." A joyful, rhythmic, unifying filmosophical experience.

Indications are energy on the Fairfield movie theater project is coalescing. If you're part of that energy let us know. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings at 9:00.

"The only rule is never let your target escape. Even if your target.... is you." - Looper

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The Filmosophers are inspired to report Samsara will be showing at the Bijou Cinema on the University Of Iowa campus, starting Friday, 10/12. Samsara "is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five Samsara posteryears and in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern." From all we've learned, Samsara is a must-see for fans of the filmosophical experience. Our inspiring friend, transformational artist and film fan David Todd of "Bell & Todd Arts" described Samsara as "a remarkable film and experience!" Find show times and more at the Bijou's website: http://bijou.uiowa.edu/

We'll also talk about new releases getting great buzz, including Ben Affleck's Argo; writer/director Martin McDonagh's Seven Psycopaths; Middle of Nowhere, winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: "an elegant, powerfully emotional and courageous film" and more. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings at 9:00. "Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience." - Samsara

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No school Friday so Shane will be in the house. He'll contribute his impression of Cloud Atlas and relate news about an iconic film franchise that's eliciting strong emotional response. We saw two intriguing and unique animated films: the Oscar nominated A Cat In Paris andKirikou And The Sorceress (image) Kirikou And The Sorceress (image), the former with a jazzy score by Serge Besset, the latter with music by acclaimed Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour. We'll talk about it. 

November begins a time when films of various levels of esteem are opening every weekend, including Steven Spielberg's Lincoln November 9th. 

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This weekend Sheila Ross will join us in the studio for an update on Fairfield's movie theater imageupcoming new movie theater, or is that cinema? It's not certain yet, but it is certain the situation's very exciting for film fans living in this community. We're also trying to get Sheila to see as many movies as possible before the Filmosophers show... :) Free movie alert: Moonrise Kingdom, FF Library, Friday evening 7:30.

Chris Busch is one of the relatively few people in the world that has seen the (IMO) probable Best Picture Oscar winner Lincoln, since he's in LA and has access to one of only 11 theaters it was playing in this week. Lincoln opens nationwide Friday, but not Ottumwa-wide. That will be sometime in December, Vickie Schleif, the Ottumwa 8 Manager tells me. Which reminds me, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 premieres tonight, Thursday, not at the usual midnight time but at 10:00 PM. The Ottumwa 8 has sold well over 500 tickets so far and will use every one of their 8 screens if they sell enough tickets. This last minute flexable situation is much easier for them in the age of digital movie projection.

We'll talk about Skyfall, the latest and some say greatest Bond film. "This is what the big picture movie experience is all about"- Big Al Green. We'll also alert you to the intriguing French film The Hedgehog, inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, "The Elegance of the Hedgehog", by Muriel Barbery. "An enchanting grown-up fairy tale about the redemptive power of love." - Philadelphia Inquirer. All this on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sundays 9:00 AM. Live stream @kruufm.com

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Join Bruce Miller and Chris Busch as they discuss new and upcoming films.

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Join hosts Bruce Miller and Chris Busch as they discuss the latest releases from Hollywood. 

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Thursday evening was our first opportunity to see the new Orpheum Theatre. It John Raatzlooks great! Media visionary John Raatz delighted and inspired us with the rapidly evolving possibilities of transformational entertainment. John share's our love for the filmosophical experience and among other films was "a major force behind the success of What The Bleep Do We Know!?" We personally enjoyed working with him to promote The Real Dirt On Farmer John when it came to Fairfield in 2005. So it was our honor to ask him to join us today on the Filmosopher's show.

Congratulations to Chris & Christopher Johnson, Kristian Day and all involved for their work in renovating and updating the Orpheum Theatre. Come and experience Manhattan Short: 16th Annual Global Film Festival at the Orpheum, September 27- October 6, 7:30 daily, 2:00PM Saturday-Sunday. ManhattonShort.com The Orpheum opens one hour before show time so you can take in our cultural district's latest entertainment venue. It's here to serve our entire community, yet another blessing.

We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings at 9:00. For us, transformational and filmosophical mean the same thing.

"The art of happiness is to serve all"- seen on a Yogi tea bag this morning... :)

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In honor of the 40th anniversary closing of Parsons College, Fairfield's Orpheum Theatre is showing Midnight Cowboy for one week, starting Friday. The students who graduated that final year would have been freshmen when this Best Picture Academy Award winner opened in 1969. Also, Night Of The Living Dead will show Friday & Saturday at midnight. George A. Romero's debut "set the template for the zombie film." 

We're stoked about Gravity, "directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron, staring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space." This is an absolute must-see for film fans. Please experience Gravity on the biggest & best movie venue possible. "Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood."- Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times. "In one form or another, motion pictures have been with us since the middle of the 19th century, but there's never been one like Gravity."- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal." This isn't just the best-looking film of the year, it's one of the most awe-inspiring achievements in the history of special-effects cinema."- Time Out. We suggest watching in it 3D, Dolby Atmos sound on the three story high, 55 foot wide screen at the Palms 10 Theatres in Muscatine, Iowa's newest theater offering the latest in movie technology.

We'll talk about that, Ron Howard's Rush and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Friday at 12:30 Central, again Sunday morning at 9:00. "I haven't yet fully recovered." Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, on Gravity

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Movie Talk on KRUU-LP 100.1 FM Sunday 9-9:30am and Friday 12:30-1pm.

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The free film at the FF Library is a good one: Joss Whedon's (The Avengers): Much Ado About Nothing a modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy. "The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end." Doors open at 7:00pm; free film begins at 7:30pm. As always, your donations for organic popcorn and bottled water help the library to renew its movie licenses. "After bringing Hollywood and Midwest talent together on their latest feature film, The Formula, three University of Iowa graduates are holding a premiere at the Orpheum Theatre." This will be one time showing only, Sunday at 3:00. Check out the Fairfield Weekly Reader for in depth information (and more cultural district entertainment).

Also at the OrpheumPrince Avalanche, directed by David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche posterstarring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. "A gently existentialist buddy movie set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty. One of the most intriguing and thoughtful American films of the year." Good 'Ol' Freda, a documentary about the Beatles secretary is held over. It's "a delightful peek behind the curtain of one of the biggest bands in history."  Find the complete listing of Orpheum Theatre film & TV events in the FF Weekly Reader and by calling 641-209-5008.

Among the new releases is Nebraska, from Director Alexander Payne (Sideways; The Descendants). We're excited about this one. "The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. Bruce Dern's Woody Grant could have stepped straight out of Grant Wood's American Gothic. A haunting middle America masterpiece." You'll hear plenty more about Nebraska at the award's shows. 

We've talked about the high level male leading roles this year. Chris Busch saw Dallas Buyers Club and will weigh in on Matthew McConaughey's Oscar buzz performance. Chris emailed: "Really good on every level – writing, direction, production and especially the performances by Matthew and Jared Leto."

Hear about that and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM CST and again at a new time on Sunday mornings: 11:30. "Come on have a beer with your old man... be somebody." - Woody Grant, Nebraska

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Check it out, the Orpheum Theatre is showing Enders Game a "mainstream" wide Orpheum Theatrerelease film with Harrison Ford & Ben Kingsley, offering "a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills." Also, the well reviewed Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto: a "big-budget  picture proving Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king." "A film with a beating heart underneath its breathtakingly designed exterior." Google either film and the Orpheum showtimes come right up. Ain't the internet great? Or as this filmosopher believes, Indra's Net. :)

Hunger Games: Catching Fire is getting great reviews. Philomena starring the great Judy Dench looks like another awards contender, offering "a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages." We're excited to talk about Michel Gondry's (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) new film: Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky, in which he applies "his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky."   

We'll also talk about the intriguing Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay and more, on the filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30, again a new time Sunday mornings at 11:30.

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Holy cow, the number one movie in the nation has come to the Fairfield Orpheum Theatre! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a phenomenon, "spectacular in every sense of the word."- Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"; the top movie in the Catching Fire postercountry the last two weeks. Now that it's showing at the Orpheum we're making the bold prediction it will be number one again this weekend. Check out the Fairfield Weekly Reader to see the Orpheum Theatre's expanding variety of major events, happening both this weekend and soon, to see it's rapidly becoming Fairfield cultrual district's new hub for entertainment. Kudos to Kristian Day, Marilou Parsons and all the fine folks at the Orpheum. An outstanding addition to Fairfield, Iowa, "America's most unusual town."- Oprah

New relaeses includes the latest from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, which "follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. One of the Coens' richest, strangest and most potent films." We're flying into December which means a slew of award worthy films are coming very soon, including the biggest of the year: The Hobbit: the Desolation Of Smaug next week!

We'll discuss all that and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk show, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30, again Sundays at a new time, 11:30AM. "Ever in its favor." - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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It's Happy Holidays at the Orpheum Theater in Fairfield with the holiday films they'll be starting this weekend. Opening Friday, The Christmas Candle, "a Muppet Christmas Carol postertimeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve."

On Saturday support The Lord's Cupboard and experience on the big screen once again The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine, for FREE! Total Film rated The Muppet Christmas Carol #6 on their 50 all-time best Christmas movies list. Bring the kids cause Santa will be there 30 minutes before each show! There are two shows Saturday: 10:00 AM; then again at 12:15 PM. Just bring a non-perishable food item(s) for donation to The Lord's Cupboard Sponsored by our good friends at KMCD / Classic 96.

Coming to the Orpheum next week The Book Thief, based on the beloved international bestselling book.

Hear about the highly rated new releases, including Her, described as "astounding" by one critic. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sundays at 11:30 AM. Rizzo the Rat: I fell down the chimney and landed on a flaming hot goose! Great Gonzo: You have all the fun!

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Opening this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield is The Book Thief. "Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an The Book Thief posterextraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all." "The Book Thief is a real throwback to classic Hollywood filmmaking for the entire family. It becomes more powerful for its handling of a difficult subject in an innovative way."- Mark Hobin

We'll talk about the new releases, two of the award-worthy films we saw, American Hustle; Saving Mr. Banks and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. P.L. Travers: I know what (Disney's) going to do to (Mary Poppins), she'll be converting and twinkling. - Saving Mr. Banks

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Join Filmosophers as they discuss the movies of the New Year.

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Nebraska movie posterWe're very excited that Nebraska is showing at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield. Nebraska's an example of the critically lauded films the Filmosopher's anticipated when the Orpheum opened. "Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography (Sideways, The Descendants)." Featuring "a career-defining performance by Bruce Dern, Nebraska's one of the best films of the year, the work of a great director hitting his stride." Also at the Orpheum, Rural Route Films: Best Of Shorts. 11 amazing short films, including Magnetic Reconnection, a film about the regenerative power of nature and the futility of mankind's struggle against the natural processes. Features some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured. "The most moving short film I have ever seen. It is stunning." - IMDB user. "Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less travelled, and seeing something new in our constantly amazing world." More at RuralRouteFilms dot com.

We have reviews of the highly lauded films Her and Inside Llewyn Davis, plus we'll tell you why every film fan should consider seeing Disney's Frozen on the big screen, as I did at the Ottumwa 8. And don't be late, one of the finest Disney cartoons ever created shows before. You'll especially resonate with it if you've seen the highly recommended Disney film Saving Mr. Banks. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30.      - Does he have Alzheimer's?  - No, he just believes what people tell him... ~ Nebraska

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The Wolf Of Wall Street posterThe Oscar nominations are out and 5 of them, including Best Picture went to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio who's already won a Best Actor Golden Globe for this performance. "The wages of greed and excess portrayed in grand, operatic, often very funny style." "The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There's so much going on that you don't blink for fear that you might miss something." - Rex Reed.

It starts Friday at the Fairfield Orpheum Theatre, along with the highly acclaimed documentary I Am Divine. "A warm, affectionate, even triumphant bio of John Waters' immortal leading "lady", Harris Glenn Milstead."

We'll cover the rest of the Oscar nominations; alert you to new releases; review The Wolf Of Wall Street, Philomena, and Nebraska, all Oscar nominated for Best Picture, and if time allows tell you of some very good films now available on video, including 20 Feet From Stardom, nominated for Best Documentary. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30.  - Was all this legal? Absolutely not, but we were making more money then we knew what to do with. - Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Inside Llewyn Davis posterThe best films of the year continue to make their appearance at Fairfield's fine new Orpheum Theatre. This week it's the Coen Brother's (True Grit; No Country For Old Men) Inside Llewyn Davis, which so far has garnered 29 awards from 69 nominations, including 2 Oscar noms- Cinematography & Sound Mixing. "One of the Coens' richest, strangest and most potent films. Brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating." Also showing: Bettie Page Reveals All. "Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori's scintillating, sincere and empathetic portrait of the pinup queen, told in her own words for the first time."

We'll talk about new releases, what we've seen and delve more into this year's Oscar nominations. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings at 11:30. "If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song." - Llewyn Davis

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"The Great Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The intelligently observed and The Great Beauty posterstaggeringly beautiful Italian foreign-language Oscar nominee is about life, death and the search for the things that give meaning to both." And it opens Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield. This is exciting, and is to be seriously considered by film fans as a big screen must-see. Especially when it's actually showing on a big screen near you - right here in Fairfield's cultural district! "Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from the great Italian director Paolo Sorrentino." "It's not often that we feel ravaged by a film, but The Great Beauty is a ravager, a spectacular odyssey of emotion and intellect and sensuality through the rich, contradictory and self indulgent world of The Eternal City." The raves for this Best Foreign Language Oscar nominated film go on and on. "The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic."- Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times

Also hear about new releases, the box office and what we've seen, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings at 11:30. "Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don't deal with what lies beyond. Therefore... let this novel begin. After all... it's just a trick. Yes, it's just a trick..."- The Great Beauty<

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This weekend "Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk will be highlighting Art in Film & The Final Season posterPhotography, showcasing films, projects and photographs by well known area and visiting artists." This week "the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield will be screening a selection of films that have all originated in Iowa. These films have all been made independently and outside of the major Hollywood studio system. The main event will be an Orpheum fundraiser weekend screening of the Iowa-themed The Final Season, starring Sean Astin (The Lord Of The Rings), Powers Boothe (Marvel's The Avengers) and Tom Arnold, followed by a Q&A with the film's producers. Screenings will benefit the Fund for Reconstruction of the Orpheum Theatre." For more information on this and all the Orpheum Theatre events, bookmark their new website: orpheumtheaterfairfield dot com.

We'll talk about that, the new releases, including two surprises (Lego!), what we've seen and more. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. President Business: Hi, I'm President Business, president of the Octan corporation and the world. Let's take extra care to follow the instructions, or you'll be put to sleep, and don't forget Taco Tuesday's coming next week. - The Lego Movie

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Join host's Bruce Miller and Chris Busch as they dive into all the latest films and their filmosophys.

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"The moment Hollywood's been waiting for all awards season has (finally) arrived: the The Oscars86th Annual Academy Awards" happen Sunday night. Many nominations have clear cut favorites, like Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in Blue Jasmine. However, the big prize- Best Picture is considered the closest race in memory, between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave. We'll be giving our predictions for who'll win that and several other nominations.

The Orpheum Theatre continues to bring in Oscar caliber films with August: Osage County, starting Friday. It has two Oscar nominations: Meryl Streep for Best Actress and Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress. The Punk Singer has been held over.

We'll talk about the box office, new releases, what we've seen and more. This will be one of our favorite shows, as we love to handicap the Oscars. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings at 11:30. Kathy Bates, 2003: Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.

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Another weekend, another Oscar nominated film at the Orpheum Theatre. Starting Friday, PhilomenaPhilomena, nominated in four categories, including Best Picture and Judi Dench for Best Actress. Also showing, three films by the great documentary filmmaker Les Blank, described as an American hero by the New Yorker. Blank was known for his "poetic, vibrant films that captured the lives, culture, food and music of people at the periphery of American society."  Full information posted Friday at OrpheumTheaterFairfield dot com.

There's more exciting Orpheum news. Coming soon is 12 Years A Slave, the Oscar winner for Best Picture and my personal prediction for 2014's best film of the year, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Far-out; right-on and solid.

We'll talk about that, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings at 11:30.

"I did a 5 movie Best Picture deal a couple weeks back. I almost didn't go to Philomena --- so glad I did.  It is WONDERFUL" -- Jim Rubis

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More good news from the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield. 12 Years A Slave, the OscarOrpheum Theatre winner for Best Picture of the year starts Friday. Also, "the long wait will soon be over, as the south theater will be opening this May! To extend their programming for Fairfield, the Orpheum will be finishing renovation of the south theater, which will include new seats, digital projection, and 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound. The goal has always been to have one theater exhibit mainstream blockbuster films and the other exhibit independent films and host live performances. In order to make this happen, the Orpheum is looking to partner with large businesses in Fairfield to raise funds by offering discounted ticket prices to employees.  If interested, please contact Kristian Day at kristianday@gmail.com."

Also, on Friday the Fairfield Library features an exceptional free film: Gravity. It was nominated for Best Picture and won 7 Academy awards, the most for any film. "Believe the hype: Gravity is as jaw-droppingly spectacular as you've heard"- AP. If you haven't seen this on a big screen, or would like to again, this is a great opportunity, and it's free. Doors open at 7:00, the film begins at 7:30. "As always your donations for the free film, organic popcorn and bottled water help the library to renew it's movie licenses." Thank Jan for all her work to make this happen.

Chris has seen Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and I'm excited to hear his review. It will be coming to the Orpheum soon. We'll talk about that, the new releases and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "You're looking so well darling you really are. I don't know what sort of cream they put on you down at the morgue, but I want some..." - The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield, Son Of God. "The life story of Son Of God posterJesus is told from his humble birth, through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection." Churches who are interested in group reservations with discounted pricing please email orpheum@modernamericancinema.com

Interestingly, as reported in USA Today: "Not since The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur more than a half-century ago has the film industry bankrolled religious-themed pictures as it has this year, with four big-studio Christian films storming the multiplex, along with dozens of art-house titles." This includes Noah, (out Friday) the story of the apocalyptic flood and the man who navigated it. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and starring Russell Crowe. The film I'm most anticipating is Heaven Is For Real, starring Greg Kinnear, based on the #1 New York Times best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, about a boy who has visions of heaven in a near-death experience during surgery. Whoosh, it opens April 16th. We may invite Thomas "TJ" Gates in for that show. Thomas has his own amazing story.

We'll talk about that, what we've seen (twice Oscar nominated The Grandmaster) and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. Peter- What are we going to do then? Jesus Christ- We are going to change the world. - Son Of God

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The Grand Budapest Hotel posterWes Anderson's (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) The Grand Budapest Hotel is the film we've most anticipated this year, since seeing the delightful first trailer last December. "A flume ride through the imagination of one of the most creative minds making movies today, and the pleasure curls your toes." "I'm not sure what the formal definition of a masterpiece is, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" strikes me as something very close."  It begins a two week run at the Fairfield Orpheum Theatre. And there's more: THE GRAND BUDAPEST COSTUME PARTY! The Orpheum will be hosting a costume party with a GBH theme. They want to see 1930's European clothes with bright colors such as reds, purples, violets, and gold. The costume party will take place during the 7:30 & 9:30 shows on Friday night, April 4th. There will also be an encore costume party on Friday, April 11th for both 7:30 & 9:30 showtimes. Research the film to get ideas. "Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of an earlier, more elegant era. Every frame is carefully composed like the illustrations from a beloved book, characters are precisely centered; costumes are elaborately literal." Also note there will be a Friday matinee. Fri & Sat: 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:45 PM; Sun: 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM; Tue - Thu: 7:30 PM Call the Orpheum for more info: 641-209-5008

We'll also cover new releases, including the well reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye." Available in 2 & 3D at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "You're looking so well darling, you really are. I don't know what sort of cream they put on you down at the morgue but, I want some." - G.B.H.

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If you haven't had a chance to see The Grand Budapest Hotel yet, you're in luck. The Grand Budapest Hotel posterIt's been held over for another week at the Orpheum Theatre. We've seen it, Chris twice, and it's delightful. The critics consensus: "Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom; Rushmore) once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas." 

If anyone can get me to watch a vampire film, it's Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog- The Way Of The Samurai). His latest Only Lovers Left Alive is getting good reviews. "...functioning beautifully as both an inventory of Jarmusch's literary, philosophical, and musical interests, and a larger comment on the follies of human existence. One of the best films of 2014."  

We'll talk about that, more new releases, what we've seen and more, on Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM CDT, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. The Grand Budapest Hotel "This is about as fun as movie-going gets." - Anthony Morris, The Vine

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The well reviewed animated film Mr Peabody & Sherman starts Friday at the Fairfield Heaven Is For Real posterOrpheum Theatre. "A smart, funny and beautifully designed feature" - N.Y. Post. This is fun for kids and the adults that remember the Mr. Peabody and Sherman segments on The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. The Book Thief is showing free at the FF library Friday evening.
 
The very filmosophical Heaven Is for Real opened Wednesday and is showing at the Ottumwa 8. It's the "true story of a small-town father (Greg Kinnear) who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary near-death experience with the world." I'm excited to see this and hope to watch with my son Shane and friend Thomas "TJ" Gates, who experienced a profound near-death experience, or NDE. Our conversation while driving home will be intriguing! “Gentle, well-meaning and suffused with the easygoing tolerance that largely characterizes its small Midwestern community setting, Heaven Is For Real is well timed to coincide with collective speculation on transcendence in its varied, most inexplicable forms.”- Ann Hornaday, "Washington Post"

We'll talk about that, start our summer movie preview and more, on the Filmosophers Movie Talk show, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Heaven Is for Real "is so down-to-earth and supernatural at the same time, you better buckle up. I've been blessed with faith and belief in Jesus, Mary, heaven, and angels. So like the pastor in this movie, these weren’t new concepts. It’s seeing them with new eyes that will change your heart and actions, possibly and hopefully forever." - Marya Jauregui, CatholicMom.com

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Under The Skin posterStarting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield, the "arty sci-fi thriller" Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Directed by Jonathan Glazer who made Sexy Beast, a film we've recommended several times. Likewise, Skin is getting good and intriguing reviews. "A direct descendant of Nicolas Roeg's classic The Man Who Fell to Earth, Under the Skin is the kind of movie people will be talking about, dissecting and puzzling over for years."- Detroit News. "A cinematic Rubik's Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach."- Boston Globe

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens nationwide this weekend, available to see in 2 and 3D at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. Also, we're into the month of July in our summer movie preview. It includes Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film Boyhood, a genuine coming of age movie that used the same actors over 12 years. Also the Wachowski's (The Matrix) Jupiter Ascending. We'll discuss that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "When people say they're tired of seeing the same stories regurgitated over and over again, this is the answer."- Channing Tatum on Jupiter Ascending (I hope... :)

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Tim's Vermeer posterWe've talked about being in the golden age for documentary films. Tim's Vermeer is prime example and it starts Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. "Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography?" "A movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surrounding art and the act of creation." "The result astonishes. A fascinating, funny and inspiring story." 

The bawdy comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne opens at the Ottumwa 8 and wide Friday. Getting good reviews, if it wasn't R rated I'd say it could compete with Spiderman's second weekend for top box office.

Thomas "TJ" Gates, my son Shane (15) and I will see Heaven Is For Real in Ottumwa Thursday. It's based on the true story of a near-death experience. Thomas had a profound NDE and I anticipate an interesting conversation afterward! Also, we're into the month of August in our summer movie preview. This includes Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. An intriguing premise: "It's the story of this girl who was using 10 percent of her brain capacity, and goes to using 100 percent in a couple of days, and what this does to her as a person." - Luc Besson. All on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "If heaven is for real, wouldn't we live different lives?"- H.I.F.R.

 

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Thomas "TJ" Gates will guest co-host this weekend. We'll talk about Heaven Is For The Lunchbox posterReal, the true story of a near-death experience. It was great to see it with Thomas, who will relate it to his own profound NDE. It's held over for a 4th big week at the Ottumwa 8, which will also be stompin big-time with Godzilla. It's getting good buzz: "opens with a bang and concludes with an exhilarating roar" and we're excited to see it.

The Orpheum Theatre is offering three films this week: from India, The Lunchbox, from France, Bicycling With Moliere and Under The Skin held over for the late show. Our friend and fellow film-fan Ken Chawkin asked a few weeks ago if the Orpheum could get it, and here it is. This well reviewed film sounds like a must-see: "A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life, as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox." "What do we live for? is the question that pops up in The Lunchbox, a romance set in Mumbai. The film, a first feature from Ritesh Batra, aims to offer a meaningful answer: We live, ideally, for love." "A feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen."

We'll talk about this and more, on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30. "Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right destination." - Saajan, The Lunchbox

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Starting this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre, yet another critically praised film: Locke posterLocke, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises; Inception). "A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance, and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy." "One of my favorite movies of the last couple years. Great script, Tom Hardy is brilliant!" Chris Busch sees a Best Actor Oscar nomination- "it's a lock." The Orpheum also rocks with many live events. We suggest bookmarking OrpheumTheaterFairfield.com and joining their email list.

Another weekend in the summer movie season, another "blockbuster" release. Opening Friday: X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The buzz is very good: "as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It's what summer movies are meant to be."- Washington Post

This month's free film at the FF Library is Philomena, with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It's a wonderful film experience. "A true story that takes unexpected, unusually poignant turns. Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one." Friday evening, 7:30.

We'll talk about this, what we've seen and continue our summer movie preview, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Locke: "A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary." - Philadelphia Inquirer

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The number one movie in the world comes to the Orpheum Friday: X-Men: Days Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. Come see what all the fuss is about. "Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right."- Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"

There will be a special Monday night showing of the Oscar nominated short subject documentary Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall.  Director Edgar Barens will be here to introduce the film. Jennifer Hamilton will tell us more on the show. "Prison Terminal draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating, poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated."  "The film is most moving as a case study of a decorated WWII vet and German POW who killed his late son’s drug dealer. He’s a tough bird and so are the volunteers, convicted murderers all, who care for him in his final illness, but “Prison Terminal” turns out to be a profoundly tender experience." - Ty Burr, "The Boston Globe". “When I started hospice I thought it would be about what I could give to the patient or what I could do for the patient to make them feel better. But when you do what you do; the feeling you get back from them, you can't even describe it. I get the feeling in the inside that for once I’m somebody that nobody thought I could be” -inmate hospice volunteer.

We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers movie-appreciator talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions" Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. “When you find yourself doing a life sentence, the thought of your death comes to mind. So when the prison administration started looking for guys to do volunteer work in the hospice program, I said  sign me up.”- Prison Terminal

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Held over at the Orpheum Theatre for a second big week: X-Men: Days Of  X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. "Time travel, Peter Dinklage and 1970s kitsch top a very long list of what makes this such a blast." - LA Times

The two big new releases may expand a developing box office narrative. Beginning in May, all of the summer season's biggest "tentpole" films, including Spider Man, Godzilla and X-Men have only been able to finish number one at the box office their opening weekend. Now, this weeks action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise may not even win it's opening weekend. Edge and Cruise are getting great reviews- "Breathlessly exciting, wildly entertaining, with the kind of smarts, wit, filmmaking and force too many other summer films can only dream of. Cruise delivers a one-man master class in his own fascinatingly protean screen presence. One of the most surprising and satisfying films of the year so far." Also opening is The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the bestselling  young-adult novel by John Green. This is a teen romance film about a couple who meet in a high school cancer support group. Although well reviewed and highly anticipated by fans of the book, normally there's no way this film would do more opening weekend business than the big-budget action thriller Edge Of Tomorrow. But the "tracking" indicates differently. We shall see.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on  Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "What I am about to tell you sounds crazy, but the longer I talk the more rational it's going to appear." - Edge Of Tomorrow

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James Moore sits down with Diana Flynn and talks about Fairfest 2014

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Opening "on the break" at the Orpheum, certainly the biggest film of the weekend HTTYD2 posterand possibly one of the biggest of the year: How To Train Your Dragon 2. By all accounts, a sequel maybe as good as the original. "Most sequels get made for commercial reasons, whether or not the world needs them. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a movie the world needs." - Wall Street Journal. "Dragon 2, like The Empire Strikes Back, takes sequels to a new level of imagination and innovation. It truly is a high-flying, depth-charging wonder to behold."- Rolling Stone. "This is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding." - Arizona Republic.

Friday is this month's FREE movie at the Fairfield Library: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, "based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners."  "This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism." - Minneapolis Star Tribune. Doors open at 7:00, film at 7:30. Organic popcorn and bottled water go for a buck each, helping the library maintain their movies license.

We'll talk about other new releases, the evolving box office story of 2014 and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Life here is amazing. Dragons used to be a bit of a problem, but now they've all moved in! And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger. - Hiccup, HTTYD2

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FAIRfest '14 starts Friday "with a roar. Three days of fabulous free music in a vibrant community renowned for its cultural arts and smarts--that's FAIRfest in a nutshell," says James Moore, festival founding member, adding with a smile, "We may be small but we got it all. There's nothing small about this year's musical lineup." Get complete FAIRfest '14 info and the latest news (a parade! :) at fairfestiowa.com HTTYD2 poster

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is held over for another big week at the Orpheum. But not as big as I predicted. I confidently said last week HTTYD2 would win the weekend and be one of the top 3-5 box office films of the year. I was wrong about the weekend and may be for the year. 22 Jump Street did roughly 60 million to Dragon's 50. Now, without a major blockbuster opening Friday the industry narrative becomes: who wins this weekend? Which of these sequels will drop the least in their second weekend? Kevin Hart's ("this generation's Eddie Murphy") new release Think Like a Man Too (yet another sequel) is tracking to do well. “It’s a close three-way race for first,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at Box Office.

If “Think Like a Man Too” manages to usurp the crown from last weekend’s champ, “22 Jump Street,” it will be the ninth weekend in a row with a new release at the top of the box office charts. That’s a record in the modern summer blockbuster era. - Variety

We'll cover other new releases, what we've seen and if time permits, more summer movie preview, now in the month of August. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30." 

- Filmosophers - 2014

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It's a major weekend for film fans. First, two well reviewed movies come to the Chef posterOrpheum Theatre. One is Chef, directed by & starring Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man 1 & 2) "Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a foodie road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack". Plus: Obvious Child. "Virtue and vulgarity fight to a draw via a film that should put the vivacious Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre on everyone's indie radar."- Newsday

Also, you need to know about Richard Linklater's "astonishing" latest: Boyhood. "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." So-far there are over 70 reviews on RT, 100% glowingly positive. "I'm not saying Boyhood is the greatest film I've ever seen (although it's up there), but I'm thinking... there's my life before I saw it, and my life now, and it's different. I know movies can do something that just last week I didn't." - David Edelstein, CBS Sunday Morning. "The best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Plus (how exciting :) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes "the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch."- NPR. Fridays free film at the FF library (7:30) is About Time, Directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually). "Beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears." We'll talk all this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. -I'm f-in lost! -That's a good place to start. Chef

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We've championed the fact that we're in a golden age of documentaries. There's Finding Vivian Maier posteran intriguing example opening at the Orpheum Theatre Friday: Finding Vivian Maier. "Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her." - IFC. This is getting great reviews: "A penetrating exploration of the link between art and obsession, and a major discovery of a 20th-century master." - Boston Herald "This may be the most pleasurable 83 minutes you will spend in a theater this year." - Minn. Star Tribune. "An exciting electric current of discovery runs through "Finding Vivian Maier," a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work." - N.Y. Times.

As for the new releases, our interest in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not in the karate-trained amphibian's battles, but the battle to see if the film's opening will do more business than Guardians Of The Galaxy's second weekend, which made the most money ever for an August debut. The "tracking" is very close. For us, that's the real battle... :) We'll discuss that, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where "we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "It all starts so innocently for John Maloof when he bids on a random selection of photographs, which turn out to yield a fabulous collection from a photographer he had never heard of before... Vivian Maier."

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Watch the trailer! The age of E documentary film Alive Inside starts Friday at the Alive Inside posterOrpheum Theatre. The best way to decide if you want to see this inspiring film is to watch the trailer. Just search "Alive Inside trailer". "Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music." I sent the trailer out and people replied "I wish I would have done this for my loved-one." "Alive Inside packs as potent a simple emotional wallop as anything you'll see - or hear - anywhere this year." - Globe & Mail. Watch the trailer, be inspired and send it out to folks you know will resonate with it. "No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside." - Movie Mezzanine

Also, held over at the Orpheum, the intriguing, compellingly entertaining doc Finding Vivian Maier. Yes indeed, it's the golden age of documentaries.

We'll discuss that, the new releases, last weeks surprising box office results and more on the Filmosophers, with the teetotaling beer brothers Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30.

-I thought you were gonna grow wings. -I was trying... Alive Inside

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We were delighted to learn Boyhood is held over at the Orpheum Theatre. Boyhood Boyhood posteris groundbreaking fictional cinema, as it was filmed over 12 years with the same cast, with a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane, "who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." I predicted it will win the Oscar for Best Picture even before I saw it, so my expectations were very high. I saw it and agree with- among others- the nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, who bestowed Boyhood the Truly Moving Picture Award. "The industry award is given to select theatrically-released films for their ability to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the art form. A stirring collection of moments that span 12 years of a boy’s life, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood  is nothing short of a masterpiece, said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. Both innovative and introspective, the film is a raw slice of Americana that showcases the full range of the human experience." Chris Busch & I agree, it's a film fan's blessing that we have Boyhood available to experience right here in our wonderful community. Chris predicts- and I agree- that Richard Linklater will also win the Oscar for Best Director.

We'll talk about this, the new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition." - RT

- Filmosophers - Steve Coogan

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Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre, The Trip To Italy. "Michael Winterbottom'sThe Trip To Italy poster largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon- or semifictionalized versions thereof- on a restaurant tour around northern England.

In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy while indulging in sparkling banter. They enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri, while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels."

"At its heart, The Trip to Italy is more than just a travelogue about food. It's about friendship and the appetite for experience we all share." - EW

The new releases include director David Fincher's highly anticipated Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike "The thriller of the year, a master-class in pacing and tension from one of the great American directors." - Austin American-Statesman
We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. - "Where do you stand on Michael Bublé?" - "On his windpipe." - The Trip To Italy

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Starting Friday at the Orpheum- AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda. "Explores the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi." I remember seeing this book in many MIU dorm rooms. "Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization." "...the story is compelling, as is the testimony of devotees, (including) Ravi Shankar, Deepak Chopra and George Harrison." - N.Y. Times. ~Reveal Your Self~

Inception Director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Interstellar opens this weekend. Chris has reviews of Whiplash and the Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour. We'll talk all this  and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30.
“If you keep running after too many hobbies you won’t have any time left for bliss.” - Yogananda

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Big weekend for movies with the Oscars Sunday night. With six Oscar nominations Manchester By The Sea posterManchester By The Sea is one of three films considered award favorites, along with Moonlight and La La Land.  My son Shane and I saw Manchester By The Sea on DVD. I've highly anticiapted this film since, along with Shane, I resonate with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's potent emotions about loss of family. Shane and I both loved it, and he agreed to record Filmosophers with us Thursday (can't do live during school :) Among other things he said Manchester By The Sea comes closest to his own experience.

We'll also give our Oscar thoughts and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30.

Lee - If you could take one guy to an island with you and you knew you'd be safe cause he is the best man, he's going to keep you happy, if it was between me and your father, who would you take?

Patrick - My daddy! ; Manchester By The Sea