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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 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.

- 20120608 - Filmosophers

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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.

- 20120706 - Filmosophers

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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

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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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"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

- Filmosophers - 20140314 - Filmosophers

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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