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  • 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 
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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
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  • Sun
    Apr 09
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    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
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    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 02
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    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
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    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 19
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    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"

 

  • Fri
    Feb 10
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  • Sun
    Feb 12
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

This week on the Filmosophers movies talk: John Wick: Chapter 2 - Yes. The sequel The Eagle Huntress poster"doubles down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun."  The Lego Batman Movie - Yes "The not-so-Dark Knight returns in the joyously bonkers The Lego Batman Movie, and he's not only the hero we need right now but also the one we deserve..." A United Kingdom - Yes "The opening title "Based on a true story" can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in "A United Kingdom," it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute." Kedi - Yes "The artful shots of Istanbul and moving observations from the locals elevate this cat homage into an intimate portrait of a multicultural metropolis and its take on our relationship with animals." The Eagle Huntress - Yes "Stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter." The Confirmation - Yes "Led by the terrific performances of Clive Owen and the continuously impressive Jaden Lieberher, The Confirmation is a father-son story of high emotional and spiritual value." That and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions.

  • Fri
    Jan 27
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 29
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

La La Land poster La La Land dances it way to the Ottumwa 8 Theatre this weekend. We're delighted. Here's what we wrote about it some weeks ago:

As far as big releases go, the elephant in the room is the most anticipated film of the year- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Filmosophers on the other hand, (this one, anyway :) are going to continue to "beat-the-drums" for a film most of us weren't even aware of a while back- La La Land. I've only read about it and seen one trailer. We learned more after it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) last September. "Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams." I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it can be fun) and jumped on La La Land in October as THE film of 2016. Since then I've become confident in a few things: First, I believe it will win the Oscar for Best Picture; Damien Chazelle for Best Director and more. This is a musical, a genre that was almost dormant, so the box office outlook may be comparatively muted. I think it will surprise at the box office and do big business. Then, La La Land's success will reinvigorate the musical genre. We can anticipate more musicals. Perhaps most importantly, just by knowing the story and catching a glimpse of what Chazelle created has convinced me: a divided-weary nation, dealing with pointed political emotions will resonate with and yearn for this retro/modern/magical/musical love-story experience. La La Land will soon become a cultural phenomenon.

  • Sun
    Dec 18
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

Happy happy holiday joy dear Beloveds.  La La Land poster

As far as new movie releases go, the elephant in the room is perhaps the most anticipated film of the year- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Filmosophers on the other hand, (this one, anyway :) are going to continue to "beat-the-drums" for a film most of us weren't even aware of a while back- La La Land. I've only read about it and seen one trailer. I began to learn more after it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). "Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams." I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it can be fun) and jumped on La La Land as THE film of 2016. Since then I've become very confident in a few things. First, I believe it will win the Oscar for Best Picture; Damien Chazelle for Best Director and more. This is a musical, a genre that was almost dormant, so the box office outlook may be comparatively muted. I think it will surprise at the box office and do big business. Then, La La Land's success will reinvigorate the musical genre. We can anticipate more musicals. Perhaps most importantly, just by knowing the story and catching a glimpse of what Chazelle has created convinced me: a divided-weary nation dealing with sharp, post-election emotions will resonate with and yearn for this retro/modern/magical/musical love-story experience. La La Land will soon become a cultural phenomenon. There, I've said it. Now, in the Christmas Carol words of the immortal Tiny Tim: "God bless us... everyone." Love ~B

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