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  • Fri
    Nov 28
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    Nov 30
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Our great friend, sometime guest and movie buff Al Green is back in town and we're Dumb and Dumber To poster excited that he'll be joining us on the show. Al has recently seen Birdman, which is building award season momentum. He'll give us his review (hint- it's good :) and talk about whatever else has inspired him.

Who says the Orpheum isn't bringing in mainstream movies? Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels starts Friday in the cultural district. Well... maybe "cultural" and "Dumb"... oh nevermind.

We'll talk about the new releases, including The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch who may get a Best Actor nom for this. Also, two well reviewed docs: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, the "riveting behind-the-scenes documentary (which) offers some comfort for viewers facing a world without new feature films directed by Studio Ghibli anime legend Hayao Miyazaki." Plus: Antarctica A year On Ice. "A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth's most mysterious continent."

We invite you to join us on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch, special guest Al Green & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions" Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings at 11:30.

  • Sat
    Nov 22
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  • Sun
    Nov 23
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

 

First time director Dan Gilroy is being compared to Martin Scorsese Nightcrawler poster with his film Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  "The best Martin Scorsese movie not directed by Scorsese. It's that good, that assured ... that unshakable ... Scores as both urban thriller and 'Network'-like comment on the media." Chris Busch enthusiastically recommends it, adding 'it's "Gyllenhaal's best performance." It's held over at the Orpheum, as is the wonderful doc Awake: The Life of Yogananda. "A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living." The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens today and has a good buzz. "A rare bird in its genre: an action adventure with an interesting mind and a resonant spirit. - Wall Street Journal. There are eleven opportunities daily to see it at the Ottumwa 8 this weekend, where they have matinees every Friday, as well as Sat. & Sun.The extraordinary animated film The King And The Mockingbird opens today. We suggest you research this gem- including the intriguing back story (Paul Grimault initiated the project in 1948) and plan to see it when available. "Credited by celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki as inspiring the creation of the now world-famous Studio Ghibli." "It's dreamy, poetic and not to be missed." - New York Post
We'll talk all this 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. "I have a message for President Snow: Fire is catching, and if we burn, you burn with us!" - Katniss Everdeen

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    Nov 14
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    Nov 16
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The well reviewed Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal starts Friday at the Nightcrawler posterOrpheum Theatre. Critics, including our own Chris Busch are raving about this. "The best Martin Scorsese movie not directed by Scorsese. It's that good, that assured, that unshakable. Scores as both urban thriller and 'Network'-like comment on the media."  "Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance."- Chris Busch, The Filmosophers" A mesmerizing cipher, Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou is a spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and of the withholding protagonists in the existential French crime films of Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville." - Richard Corliss, Time MagazineThe wonderful documentary AWAKE: The Life Of Yogananda has been held over. "Fittingly enlightening, a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West."- L.A. TimesWe'll talk about the new releases, which includes two or three award worthy films, what we've seen (Interstellar) and more, on the Filmosophers "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Love is the one thing that transcends time and space."- Interstellar

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    Nov 07
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    Nov 09
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

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Starting Friday at the Orpheum- AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda. "Explores the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi." I remember seeing this book in many MIU dorm rooms. "Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization." "...the story is compelling, as is the testimony of devotees, (including) Ravi Shankar, Deepak Chopra and George Harrison." - N.Y. Times. ~Reveal Your Self~

Inception Director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Interstellar opens this weekend. Chris has reviews of Whiplash and the Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour. We'll talk all this  and more on the Filmosophers, 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.
“If you keep running after too many hobbies you won’t have any time left for bliss.” - Yogananda

  • Fri
    Oct 31
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    Nov 02
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Kill The Messenger is held over at the Orpheum. "A lot like the reporting that St Vincent posterinspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale." - NPR  "Flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb." - Peter Travers, R.Stone

It will behoove all film fans in our cultural district and region when the Orpheum gets funding to open up their second screen. Do you have some interest in this?

Very cool to see Bill Murray's latest film St. Vincent starting Friday at the Ottumwa 8. Thank you  Vickie and your find folks. Bill Murray's "freewheeling, deadpan image fuses so thoroughly with Vincent's own endearingly grizzled misanthropy that it's hard to tell where the actor ends and the geezer begins. We've seen similar stuff in Little Miss Sunshine and Up - but it sails ahead on the collective charms of its ensemble cast," including Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts Chris O'Dowd. "...all hail Bill Murray who whacks away at the script's sentimental softballs like A-Rod in full swing." - P. Travers, R.S. Chris will have a review for the highly anticipated Birdman.

Early buzz on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was it may be a "flawed" masterpiece. It's getting good reviews and we believe this film may be even more deeply appreciated by the filmosophical set. We'll talk about that, new and notable fall releases and more, on the Filmosopher's Movie Talk, 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. "What happens when scientists bump up against these things that defy easy characterization and analysis- things like love? We are at an interesting moment, where science realizes it has to begin addressing abstractions and human elements and I wanted to get that in the film." -
Director Christopher Nolan (Inception) getting filmosophical about his latest, Interstellar

  • Fri
    Oct 24
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    Oct 26
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Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre: Kill The Messenger. Two-time AcademyKill The Messenger poster Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) in a thriller based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb." "A serious, interesting film about a very simple concept: The Truth. And how very complicated that can sometimes become." "Crisp, smart and gutsy; intriguing, chilling and briskly paced." "Jeremy Renner's best performance since 'The Hurt Locker."Also, The Boxtrolls is held over, "packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment." - RT Keanu Reeves new release- John Wick is getting good buzz- "An underworld fantasy that grafts crisp action on to Rian Johnson-esque world-building, producing one of the more fully realized shoot-'em-up flicks in recent memory."Citizenfour is yet another example of the golden age of documentaries: "In January 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden." "Whether you think Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, you should see this riveting documentary." - Washington Post "It's a tense and frightening thriller."- A.O. Scott, New York Times. "Buy a ticket to this film... and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff...." Christopher Nolan's (Inception) new "mindbending" film Interstellar opens in just two weeks and it's about time the Filmosopher's start banging the drum for this. "A team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars." All this and more 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. - This is a true story. - Some stories are just too true to tell... Kill The Messenger

  • Fri
    Oct 17
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    Oct 19
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

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This is an exciting movie weekend, with award-worthy new releases plus, "steampunk cool" The Boxtrolls comes to the Orpheum. "A family event movie from Laika, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of quirky, mischievous creatures." 

Starring the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg and more. This is a perfect family/adult Halloween-time film: "A delightfully weird tale told in stop-motion animation; full of Rube Goldberg contraptions; bizarre angles, strange-looking characters, and a kind of fearlessness, an ability to gaze at darkness head-on; took years of blood, sweat and clay to come to life; combines heart with a streak of Roald Dahl's perversity; one to delight macabre children and adults alike."

Birdman, which is already getting Best Picture buzz: "I'm jazzed by every daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Powered by Michael Keaton's pinballing tour de force, Alejandro González Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind is an exhilarating high. No true movie lover would dare miss it." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.Also out- The Tale of Princess Kaguya. "Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) revisits Japan's most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making." "A thing of endless visual beauty that seems to partake in a kind of pictorial minimalism but finds staggering possibilities for beautiful variation; embodies the ineffable beauty of life on Earth that is one of the film's main themes."12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Laika is the new Pixar. Boxtrolls are the new minions."

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    Oct 03
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    Oct 05
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Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre, The Trip To Italy. "Michael Winterbottom'sThe Trip To Italy poster largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon- or semifictionalized versions thereof- on a restaurant tour around northern England.

In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy while indulging in sparkling banter. They enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri, while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels."

"At its heart, The Trip to Italy is more than just a travelogue about food. It's about friendship and the appetite for experience we all share." - EW

The new releases include director David Fincher's highly anticipated Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike "The thriller of the year, a master-class in pacing and tension from one of the great American directors." - Austin American-Statesman
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." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. - "Where do you stand on Michael Bublé?" - "On his windpipe." - The Trip To Italy

  • Fri
    Sep 26
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  • Sun
    Sep 28
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

 Film fans: the benefits of digital filmmaking and viewing has opened us up to Manhattan Short posterthe world. Literally. "One World. One Week. One Festival...Manhattan Short... the world's first global film festival. For one week, starting September 26, showing in over 250 cinemas in six continents. MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival: rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues, including our own Orpheum Theatre, and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. There were 589 entries from 47 countries, now down to 10 finalists.The judges of the finalists' films are you. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card and asked to vote for the ONE film they think should win. The over all winner is announced on Monday, October 6th at ManhattanShort.com. Our mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. One World One Week One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festival's logo, and it is this mantra that sets this festival apart from any other film event of the year."

Also, held over at the Orpheum is Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson.

We'll cover 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 at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "So excited. I love this festival!!!" - Darla Hackman, The Walker Center

  • Fri
    Sep 19
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    Sep 21
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

If you'd like to see the celebrated film The Lunchbox on a big screen, the FairfieldFrank poster library will be showing it free, Friday evening. Doors open at 7:00, film starts at 7:30. "The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All 'meals' should be this satisfying." - Detroit News.

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre are two noteworthy films: Lucy . "Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal, who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic."

But then, IMO it's the regeneration of the Sacred Feminine that's bringing in this Golden Age, so not surprisingly, most females are already "evolved beyond human logic."  :)

Also at the evolved Orpheum, the celebrated indie: Frank. "Funny, clever, and endearingly unusual, Frank is an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)." "Frank transcends its quirky trappings with a heartfelt -- and surprisingly thought-provoking story." "Frank has a wry sense of humor, the ring of authenticity and glimmers of genuine wisdom." - Newsday. Chris Busch has seen this and his review will be of interest.

We'll also cover new releases, what we've seen, some fall movie previews if time permits 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 Central; again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "There are more connections in the human body than there are stars in the galaxy. We possess a gigantic network of information" - Professor Norman, Lucy

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