Bruce Miller's blog

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    Sep 12
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    Sep 14
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We were delighted to learn Boyhood is held over at the Orpheum Theatre. Boyhood Boyhood posteris groundbreaking fictional cinema, as it was filmed over 12 years with the same cast, with a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane, "who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." I predicted it will win the Oscar for Best Picture even before I saw it, so my expectations were very high. I saw it and agree with- among others- the nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, who bestowed Boyhood the Truly Moving Picture Award. "The industry award is given to select theatrically-released films for their ability to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the art form. A stirring collection of moments that span 12 years of a boy’s life, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is nothing short of a masterpiece, said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. Both innovative and introspective, the film is a raw slice of Americana that showcases the full range of the human experience." Chris Busch & I agree, it's a film fan's blessing that we have Boyhood available to experience right here in our wonderful community. Chris predicts- and I agree- that Richard Linklater will also win the Oscar for Best Director.

We'll talk about this, the 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. "Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition." - RT

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    Sep 05
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    Sep 07
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

 

Boyhood, Richard Linklater's "masterpiece" starts Friday at the Orpheum Boyhood posterTheatre, located in the heart of Fairfield's cultural district. We'd like to thank the Orpheum's Kristian Day for working to bring this groundbreaking achievement here. Look at the details: Boyhood is "filmed over 12 years with the same cast, with a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." Combine that with the results: "The closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced." "May be the most ingenious film of the century..." "The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre." "It's transcendent." - Chris Busch, Filmosopher. You read words like "century", "history" and "that fictional cinema has yet produced" used to describe this and it's not hard to predict that "Boyhood will win the next Oscar for Best Picture" as we did a month or so ago. "Boyhood's effect is uncanny and heartbreaking, yet exhilarating, not depressing. Mom sums it up, when Mason celebrates his 15th birthday: 'I'm so glad you were born.' We'd like to think she's speaking to all of us." 

We'll talk about this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Friday, today-only at 2:05 PM, CDT again Sunday mornings, 11:30.

 "Richard Linklater's latest feels more like living a life than watching a movie. It's a one-of-a-kind experience." - Newsday "Is it dumb to say, "Wow?" I don't care. Wow" - Philadelphia Inquirer

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    Aug 29
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    Aug 31
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

There's a double shot of LIFE at the Orpheum Theatre. Starting this weekend: Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Life After Beth poster Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed) John C Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy) & Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). "After his girlfriend unexpectedly dies, Zach (DeHaan) is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from the dead." "Quirky, spirit-pervasive throughout, and great supporting cast, including Anna Kendrick." "Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic, and always funny, the film's surprising coherence is exemplified in a climactic scene that pairs credible heartbreak with pure slapstick." "Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up." Held over is Life Itself. "A lively thumbs up documentary on Roger Ebert, America's most popular, intelligent and influential modern-day movie critic." "Every movie fan should see Life Itself." - Chris Busch, Filmosopher

We'll talk about that, the 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. "There's a glimmer of hipster cool to this play on the zombie genre." - Life After Beth

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    Aug 22
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    Aug 24
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre- Life Itself, for many film fans a must-see. Life Itself poster"A lively thumbs-up documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert- America's most popular, intelligent and influential modern-day movie critic." "An account that's affectionate & honest, taking the title and much of the content of Ebert's bestselling 2011 autobiography." "Ebert once described the cinema as 'a machine that generates empathy.' Watching James's lovely film, you know exactly what he means."- Boston Globe  "Every movie fan will want to see Life Itself" - Chris Busch, Filmosophers

Held over for the second Alive week: Alive Inside: A Story Of Music & Memory. Still deciding on this one? Watch the trailer. Search "alive inside trailer" Watch the trailer...  "No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside..- Movie Mezzanine

We'll also talk about new releases, including two intriguing looks at love: 1) Love Is Strange "Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity." -RT 2) The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass & Elizabeth Moss- "an ambitious, well-acted look at love and marriage." "Knowing you've never seen anything like this, Moss and Duplass let it rip." - Rolling Stone. 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 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30." “When you're young you don't realize that at every age you are always in the present, and in that sense no older." - Roger Ebert, "Life Itself"

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    Aug 15
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    Aug 17
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Watch the trailer! The age of E documentary film Alive Inside starts Friday at the Alive Inside posterOrpheum Theatre. The best way to decide if you want to see this inspiring film is to watch the trailer. Just search "Alive Inside trailer". "Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music." I sent the trailer out and people replied "I wish I would have done this for my loved-one." "Alive Inside packs as potent a simple emotional wallop as anything you'll see - or hear - anywhere this year." - Globe & Mail. Watch the trailer, be inspired and send it out to folks you know will resonate with it. "No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside." - Movie Mezzanine

Also, held over at the Orpheum, the intriguing, compellingly entertaining doc Finding Vivian Maier. Yes indeed, it's the golden age of documentaries.

We'll discuss that, the new releases, last weeks surprising box office results and more on the Filmosophers, with the teetotaling beer brothers 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.

-I thought you were gonna grow wings. -I was trying... Alive Inside

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    Aug 08
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    Aug 10
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We've championed the fact that we're in a golden age of documentaries. There's Finding Vivian Maier posteran intriguing example opening at the Orpheum Theatre Friday: Finding Vivian Maier. "Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her." - IFC. This is getting great reviews: "A penetrating exploration of the link between art and obsession, and a major discovery of a 20th-century master." - Boston Herald "This may be the most pleasurable 83 minutes you will spend in a theater this year." - Minn. Star Tribune. "An exciting electric current of discovery runs through "Finding Vivian Maier," a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work." - N.Y. Times.

As for the new releases, our interest in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not in the karate-trained amphibian's battles, but the battle to see if the film's opening will do more business than Guardians Of The Galaxy's second weekend, which made the most money ever for an August debut. The "tracking" is very close. For us, that's the real battle... :) We'll discuss 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 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "It all starts so innocently for John Maloof when he bids on a random selection of photographs, which turn out to yield a fabulous collection from a photographer he had never heard of before... Vivian Maier."

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    Aug 01
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    Aug 03
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Here's some news: new releases are now August 1, late in the traditional summer Earth To Echo posterblockbuster season to release what we believe will be one of the biggest box office summer funhouse movies of the year: Guardians Of The Galaxy. "A summer comic-book movie that effortlessly makes you feel like a wide-eyed, happy kid again." "Guardians of the Galaxy does the impossible. Through dazzle and dumb luck, it turns the clichés of comic-book films on their idiot heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of fun-fun-fun." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone "While "Guardians" takes you down one after another crazy narrative turn, it also pulls you into - and, for the most part, keeps you in - a fully realized other world." - N.Y. Times "If you're old enough to remember when sci-fi and comic books were fun, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be your new favorite movie. If you're not, it will set a standard for everything you see." - Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch

The fabulous A Hard Day's Night is held over at the Orpheum. The family film Earth To Echo also showing ~An adventure as big as the universe~ "This is a superior junior sci-fi yarn."

We'll also talk about watching Steven Spielberg's now classic first major movie release, forty years later: The Sugarland Express. Better than I remember, including one of modern America's greatly realized endings. All this on the Filmosophers Movie Talk show, 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. "He might have taken my gun, but he was never gonna use it."- Officer Slide, The Sugarland Express

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    Jul 11
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    Jul 13
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's a major weekend for film fans. First, two well reviewed movies come to the Chef posterOrpheum Theatre. One is Chef, directed by & starring Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man 1 & 2) "Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a foodie road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack". Plus: Obvious Child. "Virtue and vulgarity fight to a draw via a film that should put the vivacious Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre on everyone's indie radar."- Newsday

Also, you need to know about Richard Linklater's "astonishing" latest: Boyhood. "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." So-far there are over 70 reviews on RT, 100% glowingly positive. "I'm not saying Boyhood is the greatest film I've ever seen (although it's up there), but I'm thinking... there's my life before I saw it, and my life now, and it's different. I know movies can do something that just last week I didn't." - David Edelstein, CBS Sunday Morning. "The best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Plus (how exciting :) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes "the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch."- NPR. Fridays free film at the FF library (7:30) is About Time, Directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually). "Beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears." 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 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. -I'm f-in lost! -That's a good place to start. Chef

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    Jul 04
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    Jul 06
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Held over for a second big- that's really big- week at the Orpheum Theatre is Transformers: AOE posterTransformers: Age Of Extinction. Not only are the Transformers big to look at, but it had the biggest box office opening weekend of the year.

Among the new releases, we're excited to tell movie fans about Life Itself, "a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert." "Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived -- right up to the very last moment."

We'll also talk about other new releases, what we've seen 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 Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "We don't have a home, Dad. It blew up." - Tessa, Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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    Jun 20
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    Jun 22
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

FAIRfest '14 starts Friday "with a roar. Three days of fabulous free music in a vibrant community renowned for its cultural arts and smarts--that's FAIRfest in a nutshell," says James Moore, festival founding member, adding with a smile, "We may be small but we got it all. There's nothing small about this year's musical lineup." Get complete FAIRfest '14 info and the latest news (a parade! :) at fairfestiowa.com HTTYD2 poster

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is held over for another big week at the Orpheum. But not as big as I predicted. I confidently said last week HTTYD2 would win the weekend and be one of the top 3-5 box office films of the year. I was wrong about the weekend and may be for the year. 22 Jump Street did roughly 60 million to Dragon's 50. Now, without a major blockbuster opening Friday the industry narrative becomes: who wins this weekend? Which of these sequels will drop the least in their second weekend? Kevin Hart's ("this generation's Eddie Murphy") new release Think Like a Man Too (yet another sequel) is tracking to do well. “It’s a close three-way race for first,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at Box Office.

If “Think Like a Man Too” manages to usurp the crown from last weekend’s champ, “22 Jump Street,” it will be the ninth weekend in a row with a new release at the top of the box office charts. That’s a record in the modern summer blockbuster era. - Variety

We'll cover other new releases, what we've seen and if time permits, more summer movie preview, now in the month of August. We're 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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