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- Filmosophers - 20120525 - Patrick Read Johnson

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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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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

- 20120810 - Filmosophers

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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."

- 20120831 - Filmosophers

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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 .

- 20120907 - Filmosophers

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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"

- 20120921 - Filmosophers

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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

- 20120928 - Filmosophers

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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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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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- Filmosophers - 20130906

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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 dish out their opinions on the latest in film.

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

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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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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 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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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

- Filmosophers - 20140404 - Filmosophers

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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.

- Filmosophers - 20140411 - Filmosophers

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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

- Filmosophers - 20140418 - Filmosophers

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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

- Filmosophers - 20140425 - Filmosophers

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Join the Filmosophers as they talk movies!

- Filmosophers - 20140502 - Filmosophers

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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... :)

- Filmosophers - 20140509 - Filmosophers

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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.

 

- Filmosophers - 20140530 - Jennifer

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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

- Filmosophers - 20140613 - Filmosophers

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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

- Filmosophers - 20140620

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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

- Filmosophers - 20141017

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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