summer blockbusters

  • Fri
    Jun 05
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 07
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This first weekend in June may give us a top five summer blockbuster, the strikingly SPY poster well-reviewed: SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy. This is one of the films folks will be talking about during the early summer of 2015: "An inspired, uproarious spoof of espionage thrillers loaded with self-effacing performances and sharp jabs at workplace sexism." - RT The Filmosophers also enjoy it's female empowerment, an emerging theme this year. "Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster." "It's a globe-trotting tour of McCarthy's talent, throughout which she's practically always kicking butt. Who was that double-O-what's-his-face, anyway?" - AP "Both the humor and action here are startling and visceral."

The truly appropriate summer release the Filmosophers are most anticipating this weekend is Love & Mercy: "an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music. The film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost." "One of the most touching - and gripping biopics you will ever see." "It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind." - A.O. Scott, "N.Y. Times"

We'll also talk about Jeremy Piven's Entourage; Charlie's Country; (personally) recommend the often maligned film The Judge with Robert Duvall & Robert Downey Jr. 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. Read Neil Fauerso's review of Mad Max: Fury Road in "The Iowa Source". If interested it's absolutely optimal to see on a big screen. For us it was as entertaining the second viewing, if not more. I'm even more convinced it will get Oscar noms for Best Picture, certainly the brilliant George Miller for Best Director. It's an amazing film experience.

Toy Story 3 opens Friday and the buzz (Lightyear) about it is phenomenal. It's a film about plastic toys and yet, as Claudia Puig wrote in USA Today "any sentient being will surely shed (tears) by the film's heartfelt conclusion." By most accounts it is the best of the Toy Story franchise and one of the best films of the summer so far. How Pixar continues to create animated films with such emotional depth is extraordinary. We'll talk about this gem on The Filmosophers.

Also opening Friday, Jonah Hex, the post-civil war western from DC Comics. From a filmosophical point of view it's the yin to T.S. 3's yang. We were hoping Jonah Hex would be fun, but the consensus on RottenTomatoes.com is "Josh Brolin gives it his best shot, but he can't keep the short, unfocused Jonah Hex from collapsing on the screen." [Click on "Read more" to continue.]