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  • Sun
    Feb 26
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

Big weekend for movies with the Oscars Sunday night. Two Oscar nominated films can be seen at the Ottumwa 8 - Lion,  which we highly recommend. "I haven't been as moved and cried copious tears as in Lion!" - Rich Sims, KRUU; and Fences, where Denzel Washington's Best Actor nominated performance has gained energy in the field originally thought to be dominated by Casey Affleck in Manchester By The Sea. With six Oscar nominations Manchester By The Sea posterManchester By The Sea is one of the award favorites, along with Fences,  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.

Chris has a great review of the documentary delight, The Eagle Huntress "Kind of wonderful and inspiring. A lovely look at an entirely different world." - Chris Busch. We'll also give our Oscar thoughts and more, on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30.

Uncle 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

  • Fri
    Jan 27
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 29
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

La La Land poster La La Land dances it way to the Ottumwa 8 Theatre this weekend. We're delighted. Here's what we wrote about it some weeks ago:

As far as big releases go, the elephant in the room is the most anticipated film of the year- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Filmosophers on the other hand, (this one, anyway :) are going to continue to "beat-the-drums" for a film most of us weren't even aware of a while back- La La Land. I've only read about it and seen one trailer. We learned more after it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) last September. "Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams." I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it can be fun) and jumped on La La Land in October as THE film of 2016. Since then I've become confident in a few things: First, I believe it will win the Oscar for Best Picture; Damien Chazelle for Best Director and more. This is a musical, a genre that was almost dormant, so the box office outlook may be comparatively muted. I think it will surprise at the box office and do big business. Then, La La Land's success will reinvigorate the musical genre. We can anticipate more musicals. Perhaps most importantly, just by knowing the story and catching a glimpse of what Chazelle created has convinced me: a divided-weary nation, dealing with pointed political emotions will resonate with and yearn for this retro/modern/magical/musical love-story experience. La La Land will soon become a cultural phenomenon.

  • Fri
    Mar 04
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 06
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Hey, far-out film fans. There are several new releases getting great reviews this Zootopia posterweekend. So-far we have 5 rated 100% thumbs-up and 5 rated 80% or higher on Rottentomatoes, the aggregate review site. The wide release of note is Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia, directed by Byron Howard ("Tangled," "Bolt") and Rich Moore ("Wreck-It Ralph," "The Simpsons"). Currently there are 105 reviews available on RT, all but 1 are positive. "Heavy with pop allusions and references to crime underworld movies, including The Godfather and Chinatown, Zootopia is impressive in its visual conception and scope: At once straightforward and densely layered with wit and incident." - Village Voice. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), the Thai film director/screenwriter's latest: Cemetery of Splendor appears filmosophically intriguing. "To watch Cemetery of Splendor is to witness one of our finest filmmakers putting a spell on us. I can't say what everything in this elliptical movie means. But I sure know how it feels... astonishing." - Paste Magazine. "The experience of watching it is like dreaming with your eyes wide open." - Hollywood Reporter. There's the music documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First. "A profile in courage but also groove." - Village Voice, and The Boy and the Beast, which "confirms Mamoru Hosoda's reputation as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation." - LA Times.

We'll also review the Oscars and more, on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". "You realize if the Oscars nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. You all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now." - Chris Rock, Oscar telecast

"The Oscar statue88th Academy Awards Oscar telecast airs Sunday night on ABC. It's hosted by Chris Rock, and how this intelligent African-American comedian addresses the well-known very white Oscar nominations should be intriguing. The Oscars have had an expanded Best Picture field since 2009 to open things up for well-received blockbusters, and there are some significant commercial successes among the eight contenders. While some nominations are virtually a lock - Leonardo DeCaprio for Best Actor - the big one: Best Picture remains the greatest mystery. Spotlight is one of the favorites to win. "The finest newspaper movie of its era, joining "Citizen Kane" and "All the President's Men" in the pantheon of classics of the genre." - Washington Post. You can see Spotlight on the big screen at the Ottumwa 8. The Orpheum Theatre will be livestreaming the Oscar telecast Sunday evening. See complete details in The Fairfield Weekly Reader.

Among the new releases is Studio Ghibli's long delayed U.S. debut Only Yesterday, "an animation miracle so subtle that it doesn't fully hit you till you take it home and into your dreams." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. We'll talk Oscars, review what we've seen (Grandma with Lily Tomlin; All Things Must Pass, the Tower Records documentary) 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. Yeah, I love being famous. It's almost like being white, y'know? - Chris Rock

  • Fri
    Jan 15
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 17
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

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

We'll talk about that, about seeing The Revenant and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays 12:30PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "I ain't afraid to die anymore. I done it already." - Hugh Glass, The Revenant


  • Fri
    Feb 20
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 22
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

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."

 

  • Fri
    Jan 23
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 25
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's late January (gee zee pee zee, feels like the year is flying by already :) and Chris Busch had this acute observation: "January – where bad films are stillborn"
TAmerican Sniper posterhis includes movies with big stars, especially Johnny Depp in Mortdecai "a stunning misfire, a tonally-jarring would-be caper comedy that reduces its talented cast to broad, goofy caricatures."

You may be aware of the national buzz American Sniper is creating. Starring the very talented Bradley Cooper, this Clint Eastwood directed, Best Picture Oscar nominated film has literally become a cultural, political and box office phenomenon. We've seen and will talk about it.

In our self-proclaimed "golden age of the documentary" there's another intriguing release, the highly reviewed (100% thumbs-up as of this writing): Red Army "about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team." "From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union." "Emotionally charged, viscerally exciting and consistently enlightening"

We'll talk about that, other 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. "I'm willing to meet my Creator and answer for every shot that I took." --Chris Kyle, American Sniper

  • Fri
    Jan 16
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 18
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Unbroken is held over at the Orpheum Theatre. Unbroken, about 1936 Olympic Oscar runner turned war hero Louis Zamperini, was nominated for Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. "That Unbroken barely made a mark this awards season says a lot about what went wrong. However, that it's a film which must be seen on the big screen, says a lot about what went right as well." "Hugely inspiring" - ABC Radio

The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren shows free, Friday evening at the FF library. Doors open at 7:00, starts 7:30. "At its core, it's a movie about good food, and one man's passion for cooking."

There were Oscar surprises Thursday, both for those receiving and not receiving nominations. 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.

  • Fri
    Mar 07
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 09
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's only the first week of the third month of the year, and we've already had the Orpheum Theatrerelease of 2014's best animated feature film- Lego, and Friday, the best picture- Wes Anderson's all-star-cast-filled The Grand Budapest Hotel, at least according to this Filmosopher. And we haven't even seen the latter. There are signs its coming to Fairfield someday, hopefully soon!

More Oscar nominated film enjoyment arrives at the Orpheum Theatre. August: Osage County starts Friday, with two major acting nominations: Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress, and Julia Roberts for Supporting Actress. Also showing: Gimme Shelter, starring Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones and Brendan Fraser, "based on the true story of 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey's struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets."

We'll cover last Sunday's Oscar awards, new releases, what we've seen (Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises) and alert you to the fascinating new doc Particle Fever on the 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, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "Well, alright, alright, alright" - Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey

  • Fri
    Jan 17
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 19
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The Wolf Of Wall Street posterThe Oscar nominations are out and 5 of them, including Best Picture went to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio who's already won a Best Actor Golden Globe for this performance. "The wages of greed and excess portrayed in grand, operatic, often very funny style." "The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There's so much going on that you don't blink for fear that you might miss something." - Rex Reed.

It starts Friday at the Fairfield Orpheum Theatre, along with the highly acclaimed documentary I Am Divine. "A warm, affectionate, even triumphant bio of John Waters' immortal leading "lady", Harris Glenn Milstead."

We'll cover the rest of the Oscar nominations; alert you to new releases; review The Wolf Of Wall Street, Philomena, and Nebraska, all Oscar nominated for Best Picture, and if time allows tell you of some very good films now available on video, including 20 Feet From Stardom, nominated for Best Documentary. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30.  - Was all this legal? Absolutely not, but we were making more money then we knew what to do with. - Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street