new releases

  • Fri
    May 01
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 03
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens this weekend and is getting good reviews: Welcome To Me poster"Exuberant and eye-popping" - RT. It may be the biggest blockbuster of the year, but there are other new releases Filmosopher listeners may enjoy more: Far From The Madding Crowd Well worth seeing, it rises head and shoulders above most of what we've been seeing lately - Rex Reed. Welcome To Me, whose idiosyncratic delights pack a wild metaphorical punch - New Yorker. One of the strangest and boldest comedies I've ever seen- Bill Murray. We've talked about being in the golden age of documentaries and there's a delightful one getting great reviews: Iris, "which pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter; Grey Gardens) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades." Like time spent with your coolest, funniest and most sage aunt. Her energy and life philosophy are inspiring. - N.Y. Daily News. A celebration of the revivifying power of creativity - Village Voice

We'll cover other new releases and what we've seen, while our continuing summer movie preview moves into July. 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.

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

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Among the new releases this week is While We're Young written & directed by Noah While We're Young posterBaumbach. "With two films, Baumbach established himself as a disciple of the Whit Stillman School of Well-Heeled Post-Modern Post-Collegiate Anxiety" The brilliant "While We're Young" contains the same self-lacerating humor as his "Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale. - N.Y. Daily News. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. - L.A. Times

We appear to be in a time when more well-reviewed horror films are being made. The latest is It Follows "Thought-provoking, clever, and properly terrifying, one of the best horror flicks to emerge in the past few years." - RT

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen 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. "Life Never Gets Old"

  • Fri
    Mar 13
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 15
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella opens this weekend. This isCinderella poster getting great reviews: "enthralls with its ravishing style and timeless message of resilience, decency and kindness triumphing over evil. - USA Today. "Cinderella isn't just a re-enactment of the original film but an enrichment. For Disney fans, it could be another treasure worth cherishing." - Newsday. My impression is Cinderella may currently be under the radar in terms of just how big a blockbuster it will be. I believe it will be one of the top five most seen films of 2015. 

Other new releases, include the offbeat & inventive Of Horses And Men. "If you want to see the year's most original, comedic and shocking film all rolled into one, look no further than this feature from Iceland." 

Well talk about 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, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Cinderella is "true to the spirit of the classic story but fresh and filled with heart and magic. - Nell Winow, Beliefnet 

  • Fri
    Feb 06
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 08
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The Matrix, released in 1999 by the Wachowskis, is one of the great movies of our Jupiter Ascending postertime. A mind-bending spiritual sci-fi /action-adventure, with ground breaking special effects, who's influence is still felt today. I vividly remember seeing it on opening night in Fairfield. We gave out Matrix posters, which I wish I still had today. Afterward everyone was buzzed and I exclaimed to Phil Scott "They could have called this The Maya!" I regard it as one of the most spiritual films of our time. Ever since, we've waited for their next film, hoping they could duplicate this- which certainly didn't happen with the next two Matrix installments, or since. Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowski's latest, opens today and unfortunately is getting mostly poor reviews. "The pundits say Jupiter Ascending is a marvel to behold on the big screen, but its muddled narrative fails to match the execution of its impressive special effects."

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 at 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Visionaries often lose their way in their own visions. The majority of moviemakers and movies stick to outdated, predictable formulas and conventions. The Wachowskis, on the other hand, are not afraid to strand you early and often in Jupiter Ascending." - Chicago Tribune

  • Fri
    Jan 23
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 25
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 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

  • Sat
    Nov 22
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 23
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

 

First time director Dan Gilroy is being compared to Martin Scorsese Nightcrawler poster with his film Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  "The best Martin Scorsese movie not directed by Scorsese. It's that good, that assured ... that unshakable ... Scores as both urban thriller and 'Network'-like comment on the media." Chris Busch enthusiastically recommends it, adding 'it's "Gyllenhaal's best performance." It's held over at the Orpheum, as is the wonderful doc Awake: The Life of Yogananda. "A rounded portrait of the Father of Yoga in the West that celebrates his practical and uplifting art of spiritual living." The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens today and has a good buzz. "A rare bird in its genre: an action adventure with an interesting mind and a resonant spirit. - Wall Street Journal. There are eleven opportunities daily to see it at the Ottumwa 8 this weekend, where they have matinees every Friday, as well as Sat. & Sun.The extraordinary animated film The King And The Mockingbird opens today. We suggest you research this gem- including the intriguing back story (Paul Grimault initiated the project in 1948) and plan to see it when available. "Credited by celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki as inspiring the creation of the now world-famous Studio Ghibli." "It's dreamy, poetic and not to be missed." - New York Post
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 at 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "I have a message for President Snow: Fire is catching, and if we burn, you burn with us!" - Katniss Everdeen

  • Fri
    Nov 14
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 16
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The well reviewed Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal starts Friday at the Nightcrawler posterOrpheum Theatre. Critics, including our own Chris Busch are raving about this. "The best Martin Scorsese movie not directed by Scorsese. It's that good, that assured, that unshakable. Scores as both urban thriller and 'Network'-like comment on the media."  "Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance."- Chris Busch, The Filmosophers" A mesmerizing cipher, Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou is a spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and of the withholding protagonists in the existential French crime films of Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville." - Richard Corliss, Time MagazineThe wonderful documentary AWAKE: The Life Of Yogananda has been held over. "Fittingly enlightening, a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West."- L.A. TimesWe'll talk about the new releases, which includes two or three award worthy films, what we've seen (Interstellar) and more, on the Filmosophers "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Love is the one thing that transcends time and space."- Interstellar

  • Fri
    Oct 31
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 02
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Kill The Messenger is held over at the Orpheum. "A lot like the reporting that St Vincent posterinspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale." - NPR  "Flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb." - Peter Travers, R.Stone

It will behoove all film fans in our cultural district and region when the Orpheum gets funding to open up their second screen. Do you have some interest in this?

Very cool to see Bill Murray's latest film St. Vincent starting Friday at the Ottumwa 8. Thank you  Vickie and your find folks. Bill Murray's "freewheeling, deadpan image fuses so thoroughly with Vincent's own endearingly grizzled misanthropy that it's hard to tell where the actor ends and the geezer begins. We've seen similar stuff in Little Miss Sunshine and Up - but it sails ahead on the collective charms of its ensemble cast," including Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts Chris O'Dowd. "...all hail Bill Murray who whacks away at the script's sentimental softballs like A-Rod in full swing." - P. Travers, R.S. Chris will have a review for the highly anticipated Birdman.

Early buzz on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was it may be a "flawed" masterpiece. It's getting good reviews and we believe this film may be even more deeply appreciated by the filmosophical set. We'll talk about that, new and notable fall releases and more, on the Filmosopher's Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "What happens when scientists bump up against these things that defy easy characterization and analysis- things like love? We are at an interesting moment, where science realizes it has to begin addressing abstractions and human elements and I wanted to get that in the film." -
Director Christopher Nolan (Inception) getting filmosophical about his latest, Interstellar

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

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The Boxtrolls poster

This is an exciting movie weekend, with award-worthy new releases plus, "steampunk cool" The Boxtrolls comes to the Orpheum. "A family event movie from Laika, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of quirky, mischievous creatures." 

Starring the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg and more. This is a perfect family/adult Halloween-time film: "A delightfully weird tale told in stop-motion animation; full of Rube Goldberg contraptions; bizarre angles, strange-looking characters, and a kind of fearlessness, an ability to gaze at darkness head-on; took years of blood, sweat and clay to come to life; combines heart with a streak of Roald Dahl's perversity; one to delight macabre children and adults alike."

Birdman, which is already getting Best Picture buzz: "I'm jazzed by every daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Powered by Michael Keaton's pinballing tour de force, Alejandro González Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind is an exhilarating high. No true movie lover would dare miss it." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.Also out- The Tale of Princess Kaguya. "Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) revisits Japan's most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making." "A thing of endless visual beauty that seems to partake in a kind of pictorial minimalism but finds staggering possibilities for beautiful variation; embodies the ineffable beauty of life on Earth that is one of the film's main themes."12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Laika is the new Pixar. Boxtrolls are the new minions."

  • Fri
    Oct 03
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 05
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

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