Bruce Miller's blog

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    May 22
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    May 24
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Once in a while a film is released to mixed reviews that we may resonate with Tomorrowland posterbecause of its filmosophical story. Disney's Tomorrowland could be just such a film. It's receiving about half and half reviews on RT. But it's directed and co-written by Brad Bird (The Incredibles; Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol,) whose poster for his 1999 animated classic Iron Giant still hangs in my garage: "It came from OUTER SPACE!". Tomorrowland features a screenplay by "Lost" writer & co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, and stars Academy Award (R) winner George Clooney. "Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland."  Naturally one never really knows about their film experience until seeing it. We haven't yet (matinee today! :) but we're quite interested in this. Example reviews from two critics: "Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, a noble failure about trying to succeed, is written and directed with such open-hearted optimism that you cheer it on even as it stumbles." - Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone". We like David Edelstein's (CBS Sunday Morning) review: "Tomorrowland is the most enchanting reactionary cultural diatribe ever made. It's so smart, so winsome, so utterly rejuvenating that you'll have to wait until your eyes have dried and your buzz has worn off before you can begin to argue with it." Whoosh, love that.

We'll talk about that, more of our review of Mad Max: Fury Road, a comic-book-in-motion-picture experience reflecting the regeneration of the Feminine Warrior in film. Also, hear about other new releases, including Studio Ghibli's "last planned release" When Marnie Was There, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have fimosophical discussions, Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "What if there was a place where nothing is impossible?" - George Clooney, Tomorrowland

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    May 15
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    May 17
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The Golden Age is being generated by the Sacred Feminine, as the "previously Mad Max: Fury Road postersuppressed goddess energy is emerging through humans and various institutions across the planet" (Writings From The One: 108 Insights From The Divine). One way this is expressed in movies is the rise of the feminine warrior. Emily Blunt in Live Die Repeat: The Edge Of Tomorrow a recent example. The great Charlize Theron takes it to another level in the ferociously awesome Mad Max: Fury Road. A kinetic, hallucinatory, boldly feminist chase flick that, with its vibrant color palette, harrowing stunt work and show-don't-tell style of yarn-spinning, leaves every Marvel movie and every Fast & Furious in its irradiated dust. - NPR A gleefully violent and improbably feminist phantasmagoria that turns epic road rage and long stretches of vehicular omnicide into an eye-boggling joy ride. - Wall Street Journal. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron make a dynamite team, but Theron is the film's bruised heart and soul. So get prepped for a new action classic. You won't know what hit you. - Rolling Stone This spectacularly great reboot is surprisingly owned not by Hardy, who is fine, but by Charlize Theron. - N.Y. Post The shock, really, is how tender Mad Max: Fury Road ultimately becomes. The film just wraps that tenderness in one of the most epic action extravaganzas of recent years. It's enough to renew your faith in movies. - Boston Globe

We'll talk about that, other new releases, including Slow West "an inventive treat for fans of the Western" 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. "Wanna get through this? Let's go." - Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

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    May 08
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    May 10
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Chris has seen Ex Machina twice, in Chicago and NYC  (that's one reason the Ex Machina posterFilmosophers is a big budget production :) and says it's his fave movie of the year so far. So we're excited to tell you it's showing at the Ottumwa 8. "The year's most seductive high-IQ drama." - Time Magazine. Also showing, Disneynature's highly rcommended Monkey Kingdom, filmed amongst ancient Buddhist temple ruins in the jungles of Sri Lanka and narrated by Tina Fey. Creating "a compelling drama out of one monkey tribe's complicated social hierarchy, it's the most entertaining of Disneynature's eight features." "It's been clear for awhile now that Tina Fey rules. This is the latest entertainment to benefit." "You're likely to laugh and learn in equal measure and couldn't do much better to get kids invested in learning about and protecting the natural world."

We'll talk about that, new releases and what we've seen, while our summer movie preview moves into August, 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.

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    May 01
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    May 03
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens this weekend and is getting good reviews: Welcome To Me poster"Exuberant and eye-popping" - RT. It may be the biggest blockbuster of the year, but there are other new releases Filmosopher listeners may enjoy more: Far From The Madding Crowd Well worth seeing, it rises head and shoulders above most of what we've been seeing lately - Rex Reed. Welcome To Me, whose idiosyncratic delights pack a wild metaphorical punch - New Yorker. One of the strangest and boldest comedies I've ever seen- Bill Murray. We've talked about being in the golden age of documentaries and there's a delightful one getting great reviews: Iris, "which pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter; Grey Gardens) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades." Like time spent with your coolest, funniest and most sage aunt. Her energy and life philosophy are inspiring. - N.Y. Daily News. A celebration of the revivifying power of creativity - Village Voice

We'll cover other new releases and what we've seen, while our continuing summer movie preview moves into July. All 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.

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    Apr 17
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    Apr 19
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's summer preview time. Summertime at the movies- blockbusters, one of which Monkey Kingdom posterwill be seen this year by more people than any other; tent-pole pictures, under which the film company will have a budget to make other films. We'll get into May releases, which may include the number 1 contender for 2015 Box Office King- Avengers: Age Of Ultron opening May1st.

We're delighted to report that old release guidelines continue to evolve. We're seeing more literate, intriguing, films releasing in the summer. Out May 1st: Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig, "One of the strangest and boldest comedies I've ever seen"- Bill Murray. Perhaps the most exciting May release, for those who remember Australians George Miller and Mel Gibson's 1981 breakout post-apocalyptic comic-book blast Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is what's clearly a high-tech high-definition razzle-dazzle update- Mad Max: Fury Road starring the great- and our faves- Tom Hardy and an amazing and powerful looking Charlize Theron. See the trailer(s). 

We'll talk that, new releases, including one hovering near zero approval rating by critics and one currently at 100% thumbs-up (Monkey Kingdom), 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.

"C'mon, have you seen the trailer (# 1)? It is a smoking hot post-apocalyptic thrill ride with enough adrenaline to fuel a small nation. Directed by the same guy who made the 1979 original (& even more thrilling '81 sequel; bits shown in the latest teaser) Mad Max looks like the summer's most promising reboot." - Huffington Post 

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    Mar 27
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    Mar 29
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Among the new releases this week is While We're Young written & directed by Noah While We're Young posterBaumbach. "With two films, Baumbach established himself as a disciple of the Whit Stillman School of Well-Heeled Post-Modern Post-Collegiate Anxiety" The brilliant "While We're Young" contains the same self-lacerating humor as his "Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale. - N.Y. Daily News. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. - L.A. Times

We appear to be in a time when more well-reviewed horror films are being made. The latest is It Follows "Thought-provoking, clever, and properly terrifying, one of the best horror flicks to emerge in the past few years." - RT

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen 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. "Life Never Gets Old"

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    Mar 20
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    Mar 22
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Insurgent, the second chapter of the Divergent series opens this weekend. The movie theater imagecritics consensus is "Shailene Woodley gives it her all, but Insurgent is a resounding step back for a franchise struggling to distinguish itself from the dystopian YA crowd." Also, Sean Penn stars in The Gunman. Unfortunately, critics say "with an uninspired plot and rote set pieces it's a muddled misfire in the rapidly aging Over-50 Action Hero genre."

We enjoyed seeing Cinderella at the Main Street Cinemas in Mt. Pleasant. It was even better visiting with Kelly, their affable long time manager. He told us the industry anticipates great box office business for 2015. If you haven't seen a film there in a while, we recommend another visit to this small town movie theatre gem.

The monthly free film happens tonight- Friday- at the Fairfield library. Because it's free the media is not suppose to reveal the title. We can tell you it stars Eddie Redmayne in his Oscar winning performance playing Steven Hawking. Doors open at 7:00, with the movie starting at 7:30.

We'll talk about that, what else we've seen 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.

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    Mar 13
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    Mar 15
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella opens this weekend. This isCinderella poster getting great reviews: "enthralls with its ravishing style and timeless message of resilience, decency and kindness triumphing over evil. - USA Today. "Cinderella isn't just a re-enactment of the original film but an enrichment. For Disney fans, it could be another treasure worth cherishing." - Newsday. My impression is Cinderella may currently be under the radar in terms of just how big a blockbuster it will be. I believe it will be one of the top five most seen films of 2015. 

Other new releases, include the offbeat & inventive Of Horses And Men. "If you want to see the year's most original, comedic and shocking film all rolled into one, look no further than this feature from Iceland." 

Well talk about that, 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 at 12:30, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Cinderella is "true to the spirit of the classic story but fresh and filled with heart and magic. - Nell Winow, Beliefnet 

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    Feb 20
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    Feb 22
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The 87th Academy Awards are Sunday night, 7:30 PM Central, airing on ABC. Just Oscarover 7 months ago in mid-July, Writer/Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood was released. It's innovated, groundbreaking cinema which inspired Chris and I to pick it to win Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. This, without knowing the rest of the Oscar nomination "field". Well, the "field" turned out to be Birdman, a brilliant, also innovated film written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Birdman, along with 3-4 other notable titles, including the must-see Studio Ghibli animated film The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya are recently available on video.

Million Dollar Arm shows free Friday evening 7:30 at the FF Library. "In its own gently comical way, Million Dollar Arm plays up the misunderstandings between Hollywood and India -- as well as the mutual fascination. Jon Hamm turns on the charm and scores a home run." 

We'll make the rest of our Oscar predictions, alert to new theater releases, what we've seen- including Tom Bean and Luke Poling's "affectionate, at times intoxicating" documentary Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself 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. 

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya: "a delicate, hand-drawn masterwork of Japanese animation, decades in the making; a lyrical, heartbreaking fable more deeply satisfying and complex than Hollywood-produced fare; a painterly epic that submerges us in a world of exquisitely drawn beauty."

 

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    Feb 13
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    Feb 15
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This weekend is all about the long awaited Fifty Shades Of Grey. How long? Our friend Kingsman: The Secret Service posterVickie Schleif, the Ottumwa 8 Theatre Manager received a phone call from a woman last July wanting to buy tickets... Vickie's feelings about the film is the theater will be so crowded (box office records will be set) it will adversely effect her business for the well reviewed Kingsman: The Secret Service. Many who want to see that - including us- will avoid the packed movie theater, in what will be an interesting weekend at cinemas across the country.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, the awards season, 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 over lunch at 12:30, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Caught between a straight-up James Bond and the Austin Powers parody version, Kingsman is a high-octane combo of action and comedy that breathes surreal new life into the big-screen spy game where Bond meets Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer." - Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"

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