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    Jan 15
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    Jan 17
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the Oscar statue88th Academy Awards Thursday. The Oscars have had an expanded best picture field since 2009 to open things up for well-received blockbusters, and while they didn’t nominate their max of 10, there are some significant commercial successes among the eight contenders: The Martian racked up $226 million in the fall and Mad Max: Fury Road (which has 10 total nominations) scored $153.6 million over the summer." - RT The Oscar telecast, to be hosted by Chris Rock, will air Feb. 28 on ABC

We'll talk about that, about seeing The Revenant 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 12:30PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "I ain't afraid to die anymore. I done it already." - Hugh Glass, The Revenant


  • Sun
    Jan 10
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We sent Brother Chris on assignment in Chicago to see Quentin Tarantino's The The Hateful Eight posterHateful Eight in 70mm. "The exclusive 70mm Roadshow engagement of The Hateful Eight pays homage to and recreates the grand film exhibition style popularized in the 1950s and ‘60s and that brought audiences to theaters with the promise of a special event. Taking place in the nation’s largest cities and grandest theaters, Roadshows presents a longer version of the film than will be shown in the wider release, included a musical overture to start the show, an intermission between acts and a souvenir program. Ultra Panavision 70 refers to the very rare and exceptional format that Quentin Tarantino and his team used to shoot The Hateful Eight. Panavision’s unique anamorphic camera lenses capture images on 70mm film, which provides an amazingly wider and more detailed image. This Ultra Panavision 70mm Roadshow presentation of The Hateful Eight is an experience that hasn’t been had in over fifty years." In fact, the camera lens Tarantino used are the "same lens" used to film Ben Hur.

We'll talk about that, new releases, 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 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all..."

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    Dec 18
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    Dec 20
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We believe Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most highly anticipated film in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens posterhistory of the world, with multiple generations equally excited. The Force awakens? How filmosophical and appropiate for these times. It's finally arrived and the buzz is worthy of this iconic franchise: "The seventh installment in the series, started by George Lucas in 1977, is the best Star Wars sequel yet and one of the best films of 2015." - San Francisco Chronicle. "Ridley, Boyega and Isaac make equally charismatic heroes, and Driver is surprisingly effective as the sinister Ren. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is commercial American moviemaking at its best. May the Force be with it." - St. Louis Post Dispatch. "Just see it. You'll love it." - Wall Street Journal. We're also thrilled- and not surpried- to see it continues a theme the Filmosophers have talked about this year- the emergence of the feminine hero. "The Force Awakens has succeeded where it counts most, in creating a cast of characters that viewers can spend the next several years rooting for, especially the spirited, resourceful heroine at its center." - Washington Post. We'll see it Thursday night and tell you all about it (without spoilers!), on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, 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. May the Force be with you...

  • Fri
    Jul 10
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    Jul 12
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We have fun guessing what the box office business of various movies will be, for a movie theater imageweekend or for the year. Our friend Vickie at the Ottumwa 8 has joined our trivial pursuit and predicted Minions will be the number one box office film of the year. It opens this weekend. The reviews are about 50-50, but most of the folks who enjoy Minions have yet to read a movie review in their life. "Critics say it's colorful and funny, though its wacky slapstick gags only partially compensate for the lack of a strong narrative."

Chris forwarded an article of interest from Tom Kroupa, in which Rolling Stone's film critic Peter Travers wrote: "Where did the time go? The first six months of the movie year have rushed by resulting in the biggest movie opening of all-time (Jurassic World), two smash sequels (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7), successful crapola (Fifty Shades of Grey, San Andreas) and fat flops from first-rate filmmakers — the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, Cameron Crowe's Aloha, and Michael Mann's Blackhat. Which begs the question: Has 2015 produced any movies so far that could be fairly categorized as award-caliber or memorably good? I couldn't get to 10 — but here's a solid seven."

We'll talk about that, 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." Fridays at 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30.

  • Fri
    Jul 03
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    Jul 05
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Among this weekend's new releases is the well reviewed documentary film on R&B singer Amy posterAmy Winehouse. Amy is "a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity - and the lethal spiral of addiction." "Alternately thrilling and devastating, throwing you back and forth until the devastation takes over and you spend the last hour watching the most supernaturally gifted vocalist of her generation chase and find oblivion." - David Edelstein, N.Y. Magazine.

"I'll be back." We wish we could report Terminator Genisys was a satisfying reboot of Ar-nold's iconic character, but it's more of a "lurching retread that lacks the thematic depth, conceptual intelligence, or visual thrills that launched this once-mighty franchise." - RT

We'll talk about that, other new releases and what we've seen, 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. "They tried to make me go to rehab but I said, 'No, no, no." - Amy

  • Fri
    Jun 26
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    Jun 28
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Red Army is "a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most Red Army postersuccessful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team." When Chris and I first learned of it (released 1/15) accompanied by glowing reviews: "Fascinating, funny, heroic, moving and may even make hockey fans out of nonbelievers - Newsday, we were excited. Chris saw it on assignment in Chicago and said it was one of his recent film favorites. I was also jazzed, especially knowing how much our former Junior Filmosopher Shane Miller is interested in the great Russian culture. He's got a red poster up on his wall "And it's not John Lennon." :) We ordered the DVD from our beloved FF Library- they're so responsive- and recently saw it together. Shane was quite enthusiastic  and agreed to come on our show and share his feelings. Dad loves that.

We'll also talk about some of the several new releases this week, and the interesting observation that the biggest stars are seen in 4 of the 5 lowest rated of the nearly 20 new releases. What's up with that? This goes beyond individual actor choices.

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.  Red Army "is a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Gabe Polsky ices it." - Philadelphia Inquirer "Not just a terrific film but an important one - even if you don't give two hoots about ice hockey." - Seattle Times "Braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama." - Boston Globe

  • Fri
    Jun 19
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    Jun 21
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

In 1995 Pixar released their first film- Toy Story, beginning a two decade Inside Out postertradition of animated excellence. Their 15th feature Inside Out continues to expand the boundaries of creative animation. "Visually daring, narratively complex, technically groundbreaking: Pixar’s best work has been all this and more, redefining the term “family entertainment” in the process." We've seen it and agree with the consensus that Inside Out is "another triumph for the studio, an audacious, funny, complex film that pulls off a seemingly impossible conceit. Riley is an 11-year-old girl whose family has relocated from Minnesota to San Francisco, and she’s struggling with her emotions, which are personified by a group of colorful avatars that live and work in her brain." "As funny, stirring, unpredictable, exciting and riotously beautiful as it is profound." - Wall Street Journal. "Kids will be engaged, but it's the older viewers - people who have lived and felt a little longer than 11-year-olds - who will most appreciate this marvelous, ingenious work of art." - Miami Herald

There are several well reviewed films to cover this weekend, including the "Sundance-approved" teen comedy Dope- "a breath of fresh air — energetic and thoughtful". Mark Ruffalo, one of our fave actors stars in Infinitely Polar Bear.

We'll cover that 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. Inside Out is "the first film I know of that's been marketed to kids but is in actuality made for grown-ups" - EW

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    Jun 12
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    Jun 14
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This weekend there is a nice mix of a big release- dinosaur big- a smaller film Me & Earl & The Dying Girl posterand documentaries, all getting good reviews. We're happy to see Jurassic World has good buzz: "Upon its release in 1993, Jurassic Park set a new standard for onscreen technical wizardry and reasserted Steven Spielberg's position as the king of blockbuster auteurs. Critics say Jurassic World is a notch or two below that benchmark, but it's still a pretty fun ride thanks to its appealing (if underutilized) cast and its vast array of suitably terrifying dinosaurs." - RT

We're happy to alert folks to Me & Earl & The Dying Girl: "Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight." "The Citizen Kane of teen cancer tearjerkers, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's funny and bruising Sundance sensation is like The Fault in Our Stars remade for Criterion Collection." - Time Out. "A movie that loves movies - which is great, because you'll love this one." - N.Y. Daily News

Also, this month's free film at the FF Library features Julianne Moore in her Oscar winning performance as Alice, a renowned linguistics professor who receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. "You go away feeling educated, enlightened and more compassionate than you can possibly imagine." - Rex Reed. We can't tell you the title so the Library won't lose their license to show these films for free. Showing Friday evening, 6/12. Doors open at 7:00, organic popcorn is a buck and the film starts at 7:30.

All this, some great documentaries to talk about 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.

  • Fri
    Jun 05
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    Jun 07
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This first weekend in June may give us a top five summer blockbuster, the strikingly SPY poster well-reviewed: SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy. This is one of the films folks will be talking about during the early summer of 2015: "An inspired, uproarious spoof of espionage thrillers loaded with self-effacing performances and sharp jabs at workplace sexism." - RT The Filmosophers also enjoy it's female empowerment, an emerging theme this year. "Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster." "It's a globe-trotting tour of McCarthy's talent, throughout which she's practically always kicking butt. Who was that double-O-what's-his-face, anyway?" - AP "Both the humor and action here are startling and visceral."

The truly appropriate summer release the Filmosophers are most anticipating this weekend is Love & Mercy: "an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music. The film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost." "One of the most touching - and gripping biopics you will ever see." "It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind." - A.O. Scott, "N.Y. Times"

We'll also talk about Jeremy Piven's Entourage; Charlie's Country; (personally) recommend the often maligned film The Judge with Robert Duvall & Robert Downey Jr. 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. Read Neil Fauerso's review of Mad Max: Fury Road in "The Iowa Source". If interested it's absolutely optimal to see on a big screen. For us it was as entertaining the second viewing, if not more. I'm even more convinced it will get Oscar noms for Best Picture, certainly the brilliant George Miller for Best Director. It's an amazing film experience.

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    May 29
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    May 31
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This weeks new releases include the disaster spectacle, San Andreas, with "a great Cinemacast and outstanding special effects" that "asks you to check your brain at the door, sit back, and enjoy CGI buildings toppling like Legos." Also, writer-director Cameron Crowe's Aloha, with a stellar cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski. We're big fans of Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Say Anything) and hoped this would be a sparkling film experience. But alas, the critics consensus is Aloha finds Crowe "at his most sentimental and least compelling." 

We'll talk about that, other new releases, give our reviews of the big Disney release Tomorrowland, a small film titled Lourdes 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.

Crowe displays a willingness to reach for ambitious ideas and big-hearted, emotionally naked moments that other name-brand filmmakers are too terrified to explore. Aloha is a big mess, but it's also at war with American cynicism, and wars get messy. - NPR

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