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  • Fri
    Jun 03
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  • Sun
    Jun 05
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The Filmosophers movie talk

Of the three wide releases this week, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Grurkulam postertrending the best buzz. "Produced by Judd Apatow, it’s the first original feature film from the comedy trio known as the Lonely Island. Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is a wildly narcissistic pop star whose antics dominate news cycles while his latest album crashes and burns." A good-humored but clear-eyed take on today's pop culture as a morass of corruption, idiocy and relentless self-promotion. - San Francisco Chronicle

Of note is the filmosophical documentary Gurukulam, which "follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. A rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India."

Also, a movie about a movie theater. "In a culture where digital movie presentation is taking over, Out Of Print is a unique documentary which explores the importance of revival cinema and 35mm film exhibition as seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - an independent revival cinema in Los Angeles. Features interviews with Joe Carnahan, Joe Dante, Seth Green, Rian Johnson, John Landis, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith and others.

We'll cover that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." "People say that I'm a guru and all that. I am just a normal human being. In fact, too normal (smiles :) - Swami Dayanada Saraswati, Gurukulam

  • Fri
    May 27
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  • Sun
    May 29
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The Filmosophers movie talk

The Memorial Day weekend's big films include X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice ThroughWhere To Invade Next poster The Looking Glass. We'll talk about that and other new releases, but Chris and I would like to talk more about one of our fave films of the year so far: Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next. "An expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America." “Michael Moore in a cheerier and more optimistic look at what America could be doing right, rather than what it’s doing wrong” - Chris Busch. I saw Michael Moore's consciousness seeing a better way for America to live, then using his award-winning filmosophical skills to show how other countries are doing just that.  "One of the most genuinely and valuably patriotic films any American has ever made... Optimistic and affirmative, it rests on one challenging but invaluable idea: we can do better." — Godfrey Cheshire, rogerebert dot com

We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. "My mission: I will invade countries with names I can mostly pronounce, take the things we need from them and bring it all back home. Because we have problems no army could solve..." - Michael Moore, Where To Invade Next "An act of guerrilla humanity" - BBC

  • Fri
    May 06
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    May 08
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The Filmosophers movie talk

Spring has sprung and everything is growing, including blockbuster films. The latest Captain America: Civil War poster megahit comes from the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" - Captain America: Civil War and it's a significant event, enjoyable to see and will be immense at the box office. The buzz for this franchise film is extraordinary- "The most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe." - Variety. With a little research it's easy to predict it will easily set a new opening weekend record for May. I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it's fun) and without researching releases for the rest of 2016, I'm going to predict Captain America: Civil War will be the top one or two grossing films of the year.

There are two other films we found interesting. A Bigger Splash. "Rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton, looking like David Bowie) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) when record producer & old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday." "Everything in this spellbinding erotic dance is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn't seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Also opening, The Family Fang. Directed by and starring Jason Bateman, with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. "Goes deep into family dysfunction, but even more impressively, it smuggles in the daredevilish art theories of the late Chris Burden and his ilk." - Time Out

We'll also cover some of June's releases in our continuing summer preview, on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." "Civil War brings the fun, the fierce and the fireworks. Summer, we have liftoff." - Rolling Stone

  • Sun
    Mar 20
    11:30 am -
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Midnight Special is the fourth film from Writer/Director Jeff Nichols. In his short career Nichols has become one of our favorite filmmakers. 2011's Take Shelter received a strong thumbs-up from Chris and Mud was one of my fave films of 2013. We've been anticipating Midnight Special since seeing it's first trailer a few months ago. As with Nichol's first three films the buzz on this is excellent. "Four films into his career, Jeff Nichols seems incapable of making a bad movie, or even an uninteresting one. At a time when most indie filmmakers gauge success by the speed of their graduation to Marvel blockbusters, he continues to forge his own path." - The New Republic. "Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world." - Time Out. "Midnight Special defines characters through what they can't understand, contrasting fear of the unknown with faith in it, and flipping the supernatural into a metaphor for the everyday." - AV Club. Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen, My Beautiful Laundrette) is another favorite. In his latest he directs Fairfielder Ben Foster in The Program "the true story of Lance Armstrong, the world-renowned Tour de France champion who developed the most sophisticated doping program in the history of the sport." Ben revealed he also took performance enhancing drugs for this role. "They work", he said.

We'll cover other intriguing new releases, the very unintriguing third installment of The Divergent Series, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30.

  • Fri
    Mar 04
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    Mar 06
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Hey, far-out film fans. There are several new releases getting great reviews this Zootopia posterweekend. So-far we have 5 rated 100% thumbs-up and 5 rated 80% or higher on Rottentomatoes, the aggregate review site. The wide release of note is Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia, directed by Byron Howard ("Tangled," "Bolt") and Rich Moore ("Wreck-It Ralph," "The Simpsons"). Currently there are 105 reviews available on RT, all but 1 are positive. "Heavy with pop allusions and references to crime underworld movies, including The Godfather and Chinatown, Zootopia is impressive in its visual conception and scope: At once straightforward and densely layered with wit and incident." - Village Voice. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), the Thai film director/screenwriter's latest: Cemetery of Splendor appears filmosophically intriguing. "To watch Cemetery of Splendor is to witness one of our finest filmmakers putting a spell on us. I can't say what everything in this elliptical movie means. But I sure know how it feels... astonishing." - Paste Magazine. "The experience of watching it is like dreaming with your eyes wide open." - Hollywood Reporter. There's the music documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First. "A profile in courage but also groove." - Village Voice, and The Boy and the Beast, which "confirms Mamoru Hosoda's reputation as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation." - LA Times.

We'll also review the Oscars and more, on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". "You realize if the Oscars nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. You all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now." - Chris Rock, Oscar telecast

"The Oscar statue88th Academy Awards Oscar telecast airs Sunday night on ABC. It's hosted by Chris Rock, and how this intelligent African-American comedian addresses the well-known very white Oscar nominations should be intriguing. The Oscars have had an expanded Best Picture field since 2009 to open things up for well-received blockbusters, and there are some significant commercial successes among the eight contenders. While some nominations are virtually a lock - Leonardo DeCaprio for Best Actor - the big one: Best Picture remains the greatest mystery. Spotlight is one of the favorites to win. "The finest newspaper movie of its era, joining "Citizen Kane" and "All the President's Men" in the pantheon of classics of the genre." - Washington Post. You can see Spotlight on the big screen at the Ottumwa 8. The Orpheum Theatre will be livestreaming the Oscar telecast Sunday evening. See complete details in The Fairfield Weekly Reader.

Among the new releases is Studio Ghibli's long delayed U.S. debut Only Yesterday, "an animation miracle so subtle that it doesn't fully hit you till you take it home and into your dreams." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. We'll talk Oscars, review what we've seen (Grandma with Lily Tomlin; All Things Must Pass, the Tower Records documentary) 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. Yeah, I love being famous. It's almost like being white, y'know? - Chris Rock

  • Sun
    Feb 21
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Seen last week in the Filmosopher's blog: "We may have our first blockbuster movie Embrace The Serpent posterof the new year opening this weekend...Deadpool, Marvel's latest superhero release has three box office strengths: it's a superhero story, it has a momentum of built-up anticipation, and it's getting very good reviews. "Smart, sexy and outrageous, 'Deadpool' delivers." - St. Louis Post Dispatch. - KRUU, 2/4/16

The box office surprised most of the media and has become a significant story in the movie world: "In a sea change for Hollywood's go-to genre — comic book adaptations — Ryan Reynolds' very R-rated and irreverent Deadpool grossed a record-breaking $132.7 million over the three-day Valentine's Day/Presidents Day weekend, one of the best showings of all time for a superhero movie and shattering all expectations. The Marvel-branded Deadpool is an enormous victory for Fox and Reynolds, who spent more than a decade convincing the studio to let him make the X-Men spinoff his way, i.e., with a hard R rating. Fox finally said yes but kept the budget at a relatively modest $58 million. Every other studio superhero movie in recent times has been rated PG-13 and cost much more; Deadpool alters the game. It also catapults Reynolds to major stardom, much as Iron Man reinvigorated Robert Downey Jr.'s career." - Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 14th

The 3 new wide releases include 1- a traditional "sacred" film, Risen, "Benefits from a lighter tone than many faith-based productions, as well as a unique take on the Greatest Story Ever Told and a terrific turn from star Joseph Fiennes - RT. 2- The profane and apparently quite good The Witch "The first great horror film of the year" - EW. 3- perhaps the most sacred film for our current time of inclusion, Race, "the story of Jesse Owens, the black track-and-field athlete who stunned the world by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Adolf Hitler's Berlin." The most intriguingly filmsophical release for us is Embrace of the Serpent, nominated for best foreign-language-film Oscar, it's "the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the real last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists."  "As rich visually as it is thematically, a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality." - RT.

We'll relate what we've seen and perhaps spend some time with the Oscars, on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosoply of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "I once dreamed of a white spirit who was sick. The only way he could heal was to learn how to dream." - Shaman, Embrace of the Serpent

  • Sun
    Feb 14
    12:30 pm -
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We may have our first blockbuster movie of the new year opening this weekend, and Zoolander 2 posterit's decidedly not the blandly reviewed Zoolander 2. "Moviegoers may wish that Will Ferrell's megalomaniacal supervillain Mugatu had won in the first Zoolander and saved us from another film with these boneheads." - USA Today. Deadpool, Marvel's latest superhero release has three box office strengths: it's a superhero story, it has a momentum of built up anticipation, and it's getting very good reviews. "Smart, sexy and outrageous, "Deadpool" delivers." - St. Louis Post Dispatch.

We've chosen a Zoolander 2 poster for the blog because we're part of the cult following that enjoyed the original and anticipate the sequel. "Did you like "Zoolander"? Good, then you'll like "Zoolander 2." - New York Daily News

Friday's free monthly film at the FF library is very good, Oscar nominated for Best Picture. To keep it free the media cannot give all the details. To learn all check the calendar at myfairfieldlibrary dot com. We'll talk about this, give our reviews of the Coen Brother's Hail, Caesar! 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, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "She's hot. I trust her." - Hansel, Zoolander 2

This 1st Fridays Art Walk is Art In Film & Photography. The talented and creative Hail, Caesar! posterTracy McCormick will detail some of the films available for us to enjoy in the cultural district.

The Coen Brothers (The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country For Old Men) are one of most accomplished filmmakers of our time. So we're delighted that their latest film Hail, Caesar! is opening in the midst of a usually dreary time for significant films. It's an "all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix." "There are the serious Coen brothers movies, like "No Country for Old Men" and there are the not-so-serious ones (like "The Big Lebowski"). "Hail, Caesar!" is the opposite of their serious ones, and it is delightful. - Ty Burr, Boston Globe. "This is one of my favorite movies ever made about making movies." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. "Underneath the laff-riot and the Hollywood satire, "Hail, Caesar!" is a curiously delicate film built on profound affection for American movies and the illusions they build. - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Would that it t'were so simple" - Laurence Lorenz, Hail Caesar!

  • Fri
    Jan 22
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  • Sun
    Jan 24
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This is a quiet weekend for big releases or films of note. Robert De Nero seems to movie theaterbe slumming with his latest: Dirty Grandpa. We'll list some of our fave De Nero films. Marvel Comics has ruled the superhero movie world for some time. Now DC Comics is releasing a pair of titles this year based on their legendary characters, including Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (March 25), which includes Wonder Woman. There's a trailer just out for DC's Suicide Squad (August 5th), starring Will Smith as Deadshot.

We recorded this show and I mistakenly announce the free film at the FF library, which already happened last week. I'm sorry. You may know Alan Rickman passed recently. He literally exploded onto the film world as evil mastermind Hans Gruber, in 1988's Die Hard. Most know him as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. We'll talk about his career. He'll be missed.

Also, listener Alexander Gabis saw and "hated" Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful 8. He was so "dismayed" he posted his first review on IMDB- "Take all the graphic violence of "Reservoir Dogs", mix in a double dose of "Pulp Fiction" perversion, add a mind-numbing measure of Tarantino's most disgusting, revolting fantasies, dress it all up in Western garb, with an Agatha Christie-like whodunit plot, and you have the essence of this film." Al took us to task for not warning listeners "about films like this." This is a filmosophical question whose truth- like all of life- may not be as obvious as it appears ("the course of action is unfathomable"). We'll give our filmosophy on this subject 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. "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me??" You-know-who in Taxi Driver.

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