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Big weekend for movies with the Oscars Sunday night. With six Oscar nominations Manchester By The Sea posterManchester By The Sea is one of three films considered award favorites, along with Moonlight and La La Land.  My son Shane and I saw Manchester By The Sea on DVD. I've highly anticiapted this film since, along with Shane, I resonate with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's potent emotions about loss of family. Shane and I both loved it, and he agreed to record Filmosophers with us Thursday (can't do live during school :) Among other things he said Manchester By The Sea comes closest to his own experience.

We'll also give our Oscar thoughts 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 morning 11:30.

Lee - If you could take one guy to an island with you and you knew you'd be safe cause he is the best man, he's going to keep you happy, if it was between me and your father, who would you take?

Patrick - My daddy! ; Manchester By The Sea

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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

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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

- Filmosophers - Ellar Coltrane

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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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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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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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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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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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Opening "on the break" at the Orpheum, certainly the biggest film of the weekend HTTYD2 posterand possibly one of the biggest of the year: How To Train Your Dragon 2. By all accounts, a sequel maybe as good as the original. "Most sequels get made for commercial reasons, whether or not the world needs them. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a movie the world needs." - Wall Street Journal. "Dragon 2, like The Empire Strikes Back, takes sequels to a new level of imagination and innovation. It truly is a high-flying, depth-charging wonder to behold."- Rolling Stone. "This is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding." - Arizona Republic.

Friday is this month's FREE movie at the Fairfield Library: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, "based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners."  "This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism." - Minneapolis Star Tribune. Doors open at 7:00, film at 7:30. Organic popcorn and bottled water go for a buck each, helping the library maintain their movies license.

We'll talk about other new releases, the evolving box office story of 2014 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. "Life here is amazing. Dragons used to be a bit of a problem, but now they've all moved in! And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger. - Hiccup, HTTYD2

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James Moore sits down with Diana Flynn and talks about Fairfest 2014

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Held over at the Orpheum Theatre for a second big week: X-Men: Days Of  X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. "Time travel, Peter Dinklage and 1970s kitsch top a very long list of what makes this such a blast." - LA Times

The two big new releases may expand a developing box office narrative. Beginning in May, all of the summer season's biggest "tentpole" films, including Spider Man, Godzilla and X-Men have only been able to finish number one at the box office their opening weekend. Now, this weeks action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise may not even win it's opening weekend. Edge and Cruise are getting great reviews- "Breathlessly exciting, wildly entertaining, with the kind of smarts, wit, filmmaking and force too many other summer films can only dream of. Cruise delivers a one-man master class in his own fascinatingly protean screen presence. One of the most surprising and satisfying films of the year so far." Also opening is The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the bestselling  young-adult novel by John Green. This is a teen romance film about a couple who meet in a high school cancer support group. Although well reviewed and highly anticipated by fans of the book, normally there's no way this film would do more opening weekend business than the big-budget action thriller Edge Of Tomorrow. But the "tracking" indicates differently. We shall see.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on  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. "What I am about to tell you sounds crazy, but the longer I talk the more rational it's going to appear." - Edge Of Tomorrow

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The number one movie in the world comes to the Orpheum Friday: X-Men: Days Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. Come see what all the fuss is about. "Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right."- Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"

There will be a special Monday night showing of the Oscar nominated short subject documentary Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall.  Director Edgar Barens will be here to introduce the film. Jennifer Hamilton will tell us more on the show. "Prison Terminal draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating, poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated."  "The film is most moving as a case study of a decorated WWII vet and German POW who killed his late son’s drug dealer. He’s a tough bird and so are the volunteers, convicted murderers all, who care for him in his final illness, but “Prison Terminal” turns out to be a profoundly tender experience." - Ty Burr, "The Boston Globe". “When I started hospice I thought it would be about what I could give to the patient or what I could do for the patient to make them feel better. But when you do what you do; the feeling you get back from them, you can't even describe it. I get the feeling in the inside that for once I’m somebody that nobody thought I could be” -inmate hospice volunteer.

We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers movie-appreciator talk, 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. “When you find yourself doing a life sentence, the thought of your death comes to mind. So when the prison administration started looking for guys to do volunteer work in the hospice program, I said  sign me up.”- Prison Terminal

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Starting this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre, yet another critically praised film: Locke posterLocke, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises; Inception). "A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance, and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy." "One of my favorite movies of the last couple years. Great script, Tom Hardy is brilliant!" Chris Busch sees a Best Actor Oscar nomination- "it's a lock." The Orpheum also rocks with many live events. We suggest bookmarking OrpheumTheaterFairfield.com and joining their email list.

Another weekend in the summer movie season, another "blockbuster" release. Opening Friday: X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The buzz is very good: "as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It's what summer movies are meant to be."- Washington Post

This month's free film at the FF Library is Philomena, with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It's a wonderful film experience. "A true story that takes unexpected, unusually poignant turns. Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one." Friday evening, 7:30.

We'll talk about this, what we've seen and continue our summer movie preview, 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. Locke: "A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary." - Philadelphia Inquirer

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Thomas "TJ" Gates will guest co-host this weekend. We'll talk about Heaven Is For The Lunchbox posterReal, the true story of a near-death experience. It was great to see it with Thomas, who will relate it to his own profound NDE. It's held over for a 4th big week at the Ottumwa 8, which will also be stompin big-time with Godzilla. It's getting good buzz: "opens with a bang and concludes with an exhilarating roar" and we're excited to see it.

The Orpheum Theatre is offering three films this week: from India, The Lunchbox, from France, Bicycling With Moliere and Under The Skin held over for the late show. Our friend and fellow film-fan Ken Chawkin asked a few weeks ago if the Orpheum could get it, and here it is. This well reviewed film sounds like a must-see: "A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life, as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox." "What do we live for? is the question that pops up in The Lunchbox, a romance set in Mumbai. The film, a first feature from Ritesh Batra, aims to offer a meaningful answer: We live, ideally, for love." "A feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen."

We'll talk about this and more, on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30. "Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right destination." - Saajan, The Lunchbox

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Tim's Vermeer posterWe've talked about being in the golden age for documentary films. Tim's Vermeer is prime example and it starts Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. "Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography?" "A movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surrounding art and the act of creation." "The result astonishes. A fascinating, funny and inspiring story." 

The bawdy comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne opens at the Ottumwa 8 and wide Friday. Getting good reviews, if it wasn't R rated I'd say it could compete with Spiderman's second weekend for top box office.

Thomas "TJ" Gates, my son Shane (15) and I will see Heaven Is For Real in Ottumwa Thursday. It's based on the true story of a near-death experience. Thomas had a profound NDE and I anticipate an interesting conversation afterward! Also, we're into the month of August in our summer movie preview. This includes Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. An intriguing premise: "It's the story of this girl who was using 10 percent of her brain capacity, and goes to using 100 percent in a couple of days, and what this does to her as a person." - Luc Besson. 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. "If heaven is for real, wouldn't we live different lives?"- H.I.F.R.

 

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Under The Skin posterStarting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield, the "arty sci-fi thriller" Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Directed by Jonathan Glazer who made Sexy Beast, a film we've recommended several times. Likewise, Skin is getting good and intriguing reviews. "A direct descendant of Nicolas Roeg's classic The Man Who Fell to Earth, Under the Skin is the kind of movie people will be talking about, dissecting and puzzling over for years."- Detroit News. "A cinematic Rubik's Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach."- Boston Globe

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens nationwide this weekend, available to see in 2 and 3D at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. Also, we're into the month of July in our summer movie preview. It includes Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film Boyhood, a genuine coming of age movie that used the same actors over 12 years. Also the Wachowski's (The Matrix) Jupiter Ascending. We'll discuss that 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. "When people say they're tired of seeing the same stories regurgitated over and over again, this is the answer."- Channing Tatum on Jupiter Ascending (I hope... :)

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The well reviewed animated film Mr Peabody & Sherman starts Friday at the Fairfield Heaven Is For Real posterOrpheum Theatre. "A smart, funny and beautifully designed feature" - N.Y. Post. This is fun for kids and the adults that remember the Mr. Peabody and Sherman segments on The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. The Book Thief is showing free at the FF library Friday evening.
 
The very filmosophical Heaven Is for Real opened Wednesday and is showing at the Ottumwa 8. It's the "true story of a small-town father (Greg Kinnear) who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary near-death experience with the world." I'm excited to see this and hope to watch with my son Shane and friend Thomas "TJ" Gates, who experienced a profound near-death experience, or NDE. Our conversation while driving home will be intriguing! “Gentle, well-meaning and suffused with the easygoing tolerance that largely characterizes its small Midwestern community setting, Heaven Is For Real is well timed to coincide with collective speculation on transcendence in its varied, most inexplicable forms.”- Ann Hornaday, "Washington Post"

We'll talk about that, start our summer movie preview and more, on the Filmosophers Movie Talk show, 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. Heaven Is for Real "is so down-to-earth and supernatural at the same time, you better buckle up. I've been blessed with faith and belief in Jesus, Mary, heaven, and angels. So like the pastor in this movie, these weren’t new concepts. It’s seeing them with new eyes that will change your heart and actions, possibly and hopefully forever." - Marya Jauregui, CatholicMom.com

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If you haven't had a chance to see The Grand Budapest Hotel yet, you're in luck. The Grand Budapest Hotel posterIt's been held over for another week at the Orpheum Theatre. We've seen it, Chris twice, and it's delightful. The critics consensus: "Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom; Rushmore) once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas." 

If anyone can get me to watch a vampire film, it's Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog- The Way Of The Samurai). His latest Only Lovers Left Alive is getting good reviews. "...functioning beautifully as both an inventory of Jarmusch's literary, philosophical, and musical interests, and a larger comment on the follies of human existence. One of the best films of 2014."  

We'll talk about that, more new releases, what we've seen and more, on Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM CDT, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. The Grand Budapest Hotel "This is about as fun as movie-going gets." - Anthony Morris, The Vine

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The Grand Budapest Hotel posterWes Anderson's (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) The Grand Budapest Hotel is the film we've most anticipated this year, since seeing the delightful first trailer last December. "A flume ride through the imagination of one of the most creative minds making movies today, and the pleasure curls your toes." "I'm not sure what the formal definition of a masterpiece is, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" strikes me as something very close."  It begins a two week run at the Fairfield Orpheum Theatre. And there's more: THE GRAND BUDAPEST COSTUME PARTY! The Orpheum will be hosting a costume party with a GBH theme. They want to see 1930's European clothes with bright colors such as reds, purples, violets, and gold. The costume party will take place during the 7:30 & 9:30 shows on Friday night, April 4th. There will also be an encore costume party on Friday, April 11th for both 7:30 & 9:30 showtimes. Research the film to get ideas. "Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of an earlier, more elegant era. Every frame is carefully composed like the illustrations from a beloved book, characters are precisely centered; costumes are elaborately literal." Also note there will be a Friday matinee. Fri & Sat: 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:45 PM; Sun: 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM; Tue - Thu: 7:30 PM Call the Orpheum for more info: 641-209-5008

We'll also cover new releases, including the well reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye." Available in 2 & 3D at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. 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. "You're looking so well darling, you really are. I don't know what sort of cream they put on you down at the morgue but, I want some." - G.B.H.

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Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield, Son Of God. "The life story of Son Of God posterJesus is told from his humble birth, through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection." Churches who are interested in group reservations with discounted pricing please email orpheum@modernamericancinema.com

Interestingly, as reported in USA Today: "Not since The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur more than a half-century ago has the film industry bankrolled religious-themed pictures as it has this year, with four big-studio Christian films storming the multiplex, along with dozens of art-house titles." This includes Noah, (out Friday) the story of the apocalyptic flood and the man who navigated it. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and starring Russell Crowe. The film I'm most anticipating is Heaven Is For Real, starring Greg Kinnear, based on the #1 New York Times best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, about a boy who has visions of heaven in a near-death experience during surgery. Whoosh, it opens April 16th. We may invite Thomas "TJ" Gates in for that show. Thomas has his own amazing story.

We'll talk about that, what we've seen (twice Oscar nominated The Grandmaster) 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 at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. Peter- What are we going to do then? Jesus Christ- We are going to change the world. - Son Of God

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More good news from the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield. 12 Years A Slave, the OscarOrpheum Theatre winner for Best Picture of the year starts Friday. Also, "the long wait will soon be over, as the south theater will be opening this May! To extend their programming for Fairfield, the Orpheum will be finishing renovation of the south theater, which will include new seats, digital projection, and 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound. The goal has always been to have one theater exhibit mainstream blockbuster films and the other exhibit independent films and host live performances. In order to make this happen, the Orpheum is looking to partner with large businesses in Fairfield to raise funds by offering discounted ticket prices to employees.  If interested, please contact Kristian Day at kristianday@gmail.com."

Also, on Friday the Fairfield Library features an exceptional free film: Gravity. It was nominated for Best Picture and won 7 Academy awards, the most for any film. "Believe the hype: Gravity is as jaw-droppingly spectacular as you've heard"- AP. If you haven't seen this on a big screen, or would like to again, this is a great opportunity, and it's free. Doors open at 7:00, the film begins at 7:30. "As always your donations for the free film, organic popcorn and bottled water help the library to renew it's movie licenses." Thank Jan for all her work to make this happen.

Chris has seen Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and I'm excited to hear his review. It will be coming to the Orpheum soon. We'll talk about that, the new releases 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. "You're looking so well darling you really are. I don't know what sort of cream they put on you down at the morgue, but I want some..." - The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Another weekend, another Oscar nominated film at the Orpheum Theatre. Starting Friday, PhilomenaPhilomena, nominated in four categories, including Best Picture and Judi Dench for Best Actress. Also showing, three films by the great documentary filmmaker Les Blank, described as an American hero by the New Yorker. Blank was known for his "poetic, vibrant films that captured the lives, culture, food and music of people at the periphery of American society."  Full information posted Friday at OrpheumTheaterFairfield dot com.

There's more exciting Orpheum news. Coming soon is 12 Years A Slave, the Oscar winner for Best Picture and my personal prediction for 2014's best film of the year, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Far-out; right-on and solid.

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

"I did a 5 movie Best Picture deal a couple weeks back. I almost didn't go to Philomena --- so glad I did.  It is WONDERFUL" -- Jim Rubis

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"The moment Hollywood's been waiting for all awards season has (finally) arrived: the The Oscars86th Annual Academy Awards" happen Sunday night. Many nominations have clear cut favorites, like Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in Blue Jasmine. However, the big prize- Best Picture is considered the closest race in memory, between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave. We'll be giving our predictions for who'll win that and several other nominations.

The Orpheum Theatre continues to bring in Oscar caliber films with August: Osage County, starting Friday. It has two Oscar nominations: Meryl Streep for Best Actress and Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress. The Punk Singer has been held over.

We'll talk about the box office, new releases, what we've seen and more. This will be one of our favorite shows, as we love to handicap the Oscars. We're 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 at 11:30. Kathy Bates, 2003: Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.

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Join host's Bruce Miller and Chris Busch as they dive into all the latest films and their filmosophys.

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This weekend "Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk will be highlighting Art in Film & The Final Season posterPhotography, showcasing films, projects and photographs by well known area and visiting artists." This week "the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield will be screening a selection of films that have all originated in Iowa. These films have all been made independently and outside of the major Hollywood studio system. The main event will be an Orpheum fundraiser weekend screening of the Iowa-themed The Final Season, starring Sean Astin (The Lord Of The Rings), Powers Boothe (Marvel's The Avengers) and Tom Arnold, followed by a Q&A with the film's producers. Screenings will benefit the Fund for Reconstruction of the Orpheum Theatre." For more information on this and all the Orpheum Theatre events, bookmark their new website: orpheumtheaterfairfield dot com.

We'll talk about that, the new releases, including two surprises (Lego!), what we've seen and more. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. President Business: Hi, I'm President Business, president of the Octan corporation and the world. Let's take extra care to follow the instructions, or you'll be put to sleep, and don't forget Taco Tuesday's coming next week. - The Lego Movie

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"The Great Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The intelligently observed and The Great Beauty posterstaggeringly beautiful Italian foreign-language Oscar nominee is about life, death and the search for the things that give meaning to both." And it opens Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield. This is exciting, and is to be seriously considered by film fans as a big screen must-see. Especially when it's actually showing on a big screen near you - right here in Fairfield's cultural district! "Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from the great Italian director Paolo Sorrentino." "It's not often that we feel ravaged by a film, but The Great Beauty is a ravager, a spectacular odyssey of emotion and intellect and sensuality through the rich, contradictory and self indulgent world of The Eternal City." The raves for this Best Foreign Language Oscar nominated film go on and on. "The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic."- Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times

Also hear about new releases, the box office and what we've seen, 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 at 11:30. "Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don't deal with what lies beyond. Therefore... let this novel begin. After all... it's just a trick. Yes, it's just a trick..."- The Great Beauty<

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