summer preview

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

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 

  • Fri
    May 02
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 04
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

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... :)

  • Fri
    Apr 27
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 29
    12:00 pm -
    12:30 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Moving closer to summer is an exciting time for movie and film fans curious about The Dark Knight Rises posterthe big deal, big bang, big budget blockbusters coming soon. Chris Busch and I will begin our annual summer movie preview which, at 28 minutes a show, will take  a few weeks to cover. Our most joyful once-in-a-while co-host Big Al Green will join in next week. We'll also begin our annual box office handicapping. What will be the box office champ for 2012? At first glance it's easy to label The Dark Knight Rises "The epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy" the clear fave. But as friend and theater owner Jim Nicholas replied:  "I agree with you that Batman will be #1, but I’m not sure it’s a slam dunk."

Also hear about the new releases, DVDs and what we've seen. Oh and, what's the difference between a movie and a film? It's all subjective of course, but two examples for this Filmosopher: Jaws is a very good movie; To Kill A Mockingbird a very good film. We usually see more movies released in the summer and more films in the fall (awards season). We're The Filmosophers Movie Talk show, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, repeated Sundays at noon. Live stream @kruufm.com

"Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives." - Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird 

 "You're gonna need a bigger boat." - Brody, Jaws  

There are two major films released this weekend, the videogame adaptation Prince Of Persia for the boys and the sequel Sex And The City 2 for the girls. Early reviews indicate Prince is a "suitably entertaining swashbuckler -- and a substantial improvement over most video game adaptations." Unfortunately Sex is not the treat  fans are hoping for, it's not even the best "chick flick" currently showing in theaters. We'll tell you about not one, but two other films that we recommend instead. 

We saw two small international films on DVD we're happy tell you about. From Japan Floating Weeds, made in 1959, from Iran, the award winning Song Of Sparrows.[Click "READ MORE" below to continue.]

to boldly go where no man has gone before
Some of you may remember Ironman came out early in the "summer season" last year and turned out to be one of the best blockbusters of the year. It looks like the same may be true with Star Trek. The buzz is hot. Currently there are 219 reviews on rottentomatoes and 210 are thumbs-up, an incredible 96% approval rating,  the best-reviewed entry in the series. The consensus: Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike. Chris Busch and Bruce Miller will have reviews.

Plus we'll have the second half of our big summer movie preview.

Spock: We are traveling at warp speed. How did you manage to beam aboard the ship?

Kirk: You're the genius. You figure it out.

Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to the big top, under the main tent. Today is officiallyJohnny Depp unofficially the beginning of the film industry's big tent-pole summer movie season. X-Men Origins: Wolverine open's everywhere today. 

Filmosopher co-hosts Chris Busch & Bruce Miller are excited about the summer movie season. We'll look at some upcoming releases, including Michael Mann (Thief; Heat- a classic) directing Johnny Depp with John Dillinger's big guns (Yes!); Pixar's latest; J.J. Abram (Lost, Alias)'s prequel vision of Star Trek; Quentin Tarantino's first war saga. Meryl Streep, perhaps our best actor, had major hits the last 2 summers with Momma Mia and The Devil Wears Prada. This time she plays the 6'2" first celebrity chef.  There's so much more. Summer movies are here, baby.

"Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including yours. I dare you to do better." ~ Star Trek

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