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  • Sun
    Oct 08
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

Blade Runner 2049 opens this weekend. The 1982 original is one of our all-time Blade Runner 2049 posterfaves and this (very) long awaited sequel has been our most anticipated film all year long. We saw it and look forward to giving our re-view of this film instead of the usual pre-view. We agree with most of the excellent reviews: "Super-stylish and deeply human - even with androids and holograms around - the spectacular follow-up takes the detective story of the first film and turns it into a grand mythology of identity, memory, creation and revolution." "Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year." "It takes on the themes and universe set forth in the original, then builds on them, and manages to live up to the massive expectations that greet it. This is no replicant, it's the real deal." We have already gone on record predicting Roger Deakins will win the Oscar for "Best Cinematography" (after 13 previous nominations w/o a win.) But did we enjoy this film achievement as much as admire it? There's much to discuss about Blade Runner 2049.

We'll also preview other new releases, including The Florida Project. "Director Sean Baker crafts one of the best and toughest films about childhood ever and gives a never-better Willem Dafoe a clear shot at an Oscar." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Also, the "charming" documentary Faces, Places (Visages, Villages). "Sheer perfection. French New Wave veteran Agnes Varda and the young photographer JR leap fearlessly into the art of making art in the year's best and most beguiling doc." "Agnès Varda and JR's film develops into something approaching a manifesto for the possibility of shared happiness."

Also, what we've seen (Score: A Film Music Documentary) and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

Sometimes to love someone, you got to be a stranger. - Deckard, Blade Runner 2049

  • Fri
    Sep 22
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 24
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

It's set up to be a very intriguing show. Regular listeners have heard us mention Blade Runner posterMark Cole and his awesome home theater several times. Chris's long time friend and my great neighbor has a home theater system that, among other things includes speakers he has made that have literally jingled my bells while experiencing incredible films like Mad Max: Fury Road (Filmosopher's pick for Best Picture, 2015) on his system. Last week he turned us onto the 4K restoration of Blade Runner: The Final Cut on Blu-ray. This version makes fantastically clear that Blade Runner is one of the greatest films ever made (including whatever version you see, IMO. Fellow B. R. aficionado Ted Burghoff and myself always enjoyed the original release that included narration by star Harrison Ford who didn't want to do it). Spearheaded by the great Director Ridley Scott, Blade Runner is brilliant filmmaking on every level, including an electronic audio/ music soundtrack by Vangelis that was holographically experienced on Mark's 4K Dolby Atmos Blu Ray. We're happy he's agreed to join us to discuss this, his system and more.
Also very intriguing: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Noah, Pi) has made a polarizing new film titled "mother!" "Critics Consensus: There's no denying that mother! is the thought-provoking product of a singularly ambitious artistic vision, though it may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes. - RT. Brother Chris has experienced it and wrote: "I will be discussing how enthralled I was with this moviegoing experience." This is exciting.

We look forward to hearing this and more on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy on the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

If only you could see what I have seen with your eyes. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate... All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain. - Roy Batty, Blade Runner

  • Sun
    Aug 27
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

In these waning days of summer the blockbuster releases are about over. This weakVictoria & Abdul poster weekend for new releases affords us more time to get into a fall preview. We'll start with September, which has some intriguing releases:

Battle Of The Sexes (9/22) from the Directors of Little Miss Sunshine: "In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world."

Victoria & Abdul, Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Florence Foster Jenkins): "The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance." (9/22)

American Made, (9/29) with Tom Cruise, directed by one of our faves- Doug Liman (Go, The Bourne Identity) "Explosions and punchy one-liners abound, but Liman's reunion with his Live Die Repeat: Edge Of Tomorrow (highly recommended) star isn't typical Tom Cruise action fare. "I love that there's this 'Tom Cruise movie' label because it gave me something to work against," Liman said, noting his desire to cast the star as antihero Barry Seal, the real life pilot whose flying skills, and greed prompted him to double-dip as a drug runner for the Medellin cartel and an informant for the CIA." - EW

Our Souls At Night, (9/29) Directed by Ritash Batre (The Lunchbox), starring two beloved stars - Robert Redford & Jane Fonda, together for the fourth time since Barefoot In The Park. Watch the 45 second teaser trailer, matched with the perfect song by Etta James. Yes, please....

That and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

(sung slowly) "I want a Sunday kind of love. A love to last past Saturday night. I like to know it's more than love at first sight... and I want a Sunday kind of love" - Etta James

  • Fri
    Aug 18
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 20
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

With Logan Lucky 
Logan Lucky poster

Steven Soderbergh has saved the summer for fans of the summertime-fun drive-in movie experience:

Soderbergh's return to features is a redneck riff on his Ocean's 11, a cool breeze of summertime sweetness that restores the good name of movie escapism. Daniel Craig is off-the-chain hilarious. - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Smart, clever and hilarious, it is fun from start to finish line. - N.Y. Daily News. The whole movie is a trick, reversing our expectations at nearly every turn and casting actors in roles that they were not exactly born to play, but do so with relish. - David Edelstein, N.Y. Magazine. These actors include Channing Tatum, Kylo Ren... that is, Adam Driver, in a role completely different, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them), Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Dwight Yoakam, and "introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang!"

"When the plot stops cold for a beauty-pageant performance of exquisite purity, you'll feel like you're watching the most American film of the year." - Time Out

We'll talk about this, other new releases and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

- We need a computer whiz.  - I know everything there is to know about computers. OK? All the twitters, I know em. - Logan Lucky

Filmosopher listeners know that we're big supporters of the current regeneration of Wonder Women posterthe Sacred Feminine, as manifest in films. After all it is our knowing - to you our opinion - that the Sacred Feminine is what's bringing in Sat Yuga. As filmosophers, we've been anticipating an increase in cinema's proto-feminists. By all accounts Wonder Woman appears to be a powerful expression of feminine potency, directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot, all wrapped in an "inspiring, hopeful, blistering, and compassionate" blockbuster movie.

"Wonder Woman is a cut above nearly all the superhero movies that have been trotted out over the past few summers." - Time Magazine "Director Patty Jenkins and her collaborators have taken the well-worn superhero origin story and invested it with a rich, sometimes revelatory depth of feeling." - LA Times "The moviegoing world deserves the best that Hollywood can deliver, and this time we've pretty much got it." - Wall Street Journal. "Witnessing such feminine power is mind-boggling and awe-inspiring" - Tribune News "Your daughters should love it -- and so should your sons." - Boston Globe "What lingers ... is the feeling of hope that the movie brings, that it someday might be possible for female rationality to defeat male brutality." - San Francisco Chronicle

We'll give our filmosophical take on Wonder Woman, other new releases 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."

"It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do." - Diana Prince, Wonder Woman

 

  • Fri
    Apr 07
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 09
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

This weekend we have new releases for the young- Smurfs: The Lost Village; and Colossal posterthe mature- Going In Style, starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin plus Ann Margret. Neither film is getting great reviews. But then... we have Colossal, a "strange, genre-defying" new release starring Ann Hathaway. "Nacho Vigalondo's giant-creature-run-amuck fantasy is a brilliantly bizarro satire of gender politics, featuring Anne Hathaway in a funny, fierce, fully committed performance that demands to be seen." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. "Vigalondo demonstrates that even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends - not cheapening serious things but kicking them to the next metaphoric level." - David Edelstein, N.Y. Magazine. "Colossal is a profoundly weird film-weirder than the already strange synopsis would even imply. We need more films like this, and we need them in wide release." - Paste.

Our good friend Charan at Thymely saw and recommends The Discovery, starring Robert Redford. It's a filmosophical story directed and co-written by Charlie McDowell, son of Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell. "In the near future, the world is off-balance. People have gained a specific knowledge, and death has lost meaning, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford): There is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide in order to "re-set" their existence, others go on, trying to decide what it all means." Charan said: "it's a love story", which may really be life's only story.  :)

We'll talk 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.

"We opened the door for these people. Now we have to show them what's behind it." - Dr. Thomas Harbor, The Discovery

  • Fri
    Mar 31
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 02
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

It's a joy to know and co-host the Filmosophers with Chris Busch. He easily flows David Lynch: The Art Life postera deep awareness, which is a joy to experience and a benefit to any community he's part of. Recently this community's included Chicago, where Chris and his wonderful wife Julia have been in my opinion, working on the front lines of phase transition with the David Lynch Foundation. So cinematically speaking, it's a joy for us to talk about the new documentary film David Lynch: The Art Life. This film could be of interest to almost anyone who happens to read this post. "Jon Nguyen's carefully-calibrated ode to Lynch is in itself Lynchian, an essential picture for the director's legion of fans." - Screen International. "Extravagantly surreal as the products of his imagination may be, they are deeply rooted in personal history and philosophy -- and it's this connection that Jon Nguyen's disarmingly off-kilter documentary probes to rewarding effect." - Variety

We'll talk about the highly anticipated live action remake of the classic anime Ghost In The Shell (it's mostly about the visuals and Scarlett Johansson, herself a special effect :) and other new releases. Chris will re-visit 20th Century Women with me as I just saw this inspiring film from one of our fave writer/directors- Mike Mills (Beginners). There is a new "trailer-of-the-week" we encourage film fans to watch: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets “Welcome to Alpha — the city of a thousand planets, where for hundred of years, every species has shared their knowledge, their intelligence. It’s paradise.”

All that and as much more as time allows, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussion." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30.

"Sickness, corruption, fear in the air. It was so good for me." - David Lynch

  • Fri
    Mar 10
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 12
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

We've recently seen the top two films at the box office and look forward to Kong: Skull Island posterdiscussing how much we enjoyed them. Plus we have a review of the big-time (literally :) new release Kong: Skull Island.

 

We'll briefly revisit three of Hayao Miyazaki's classic Studio Ghibli films Shane & his dad saw yet again- Howl's Moving Castle; Nausicca Of The Valley Of the Wind and Castle In The Sky

 

All that and as much more as time (about 28 minutes) allows, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussion." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30.

 "Run!!" - Kong: Skull Island

  • Sun
    Feb 26
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

Big weekend for movies with the Oscars Sunday night. Two Oscar nominated films can be seen at the Ottumwa 8 - Lion,  which we highly recommend. "I haven't been as moved and cried copious tears as in Lion!" - Rich Sims, KRUU; and Fences, where Denzel Washington's Best Actor nominated performance has gained energy in the field originally thought to be dominated by Casey Affleck in Manchester By The Sea. With six Oscar nominations Manchester By The Sea posterManchester By The Sea is one of the award favorites, along with Fences,  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.

Chris has a great review of the documentary delight, The Eagle Huntress "Kind of wonderful and inspiring. A lovely look at an entirely different world." - Chris Busch. We'll also give our Oscar thoughts and more, on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30.

Uncle 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

  • Fri
    Feb 17
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 19
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

We're happy to write that Lion starts today at the Ottumwa 8. Since Chris gave it a Lion posterglowing review some weeks ago we've heard similar reports from others who've seen it. The critics agree: "A heart-wrenching true story, with what could be one of the great child-actor performances of all time." "Has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay - except it actually happened." "Lion celebrates the human will and the human need to find meaning and connection in life. If the final scenes don't have you blubbering, your humanity may need some fine-tuning."

We'll talk about that, this months Friday night FREE movie at the Fairfield Library (full info at myfairfieldlibrary.com), 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".

- I'm not from Calcutta... I'm lost  "Lion"

 

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