Orpheum Theatre Fairfield

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

The Filmosophers movie talk

We were thrilled to read in the latest Fairfield Weekly Reader (check it out) about the digital conversion fundraising for new film releases to be shown at the Orpheum Theater in Fairfield's cultural district. Dan Walker is the new operator of the Orpheum and will join us in the studio to explain the details. This is very exciting news for the many serious films fans living in our extraordinary community. Hear it Friday at 12:30 PM, again Sunday morning 11:30 on the Filmosophers Movie Talk with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

  • 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
    Jan 09
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 11
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre: Unbroken, "an epic drama that follows Unbroken posterthe incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell). Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's enormously popular book." "I read it last year. Inspirational. Zamperini was an amazing guy. Unbroken is worth seeing." - Cliff Rose

This week some excellent films are adding several more screens- of most interest: Selma starts a run at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. If you're attracted to award-worthy films, this one's well-worthy of your attention. The Filmosophers confidently predict this will be Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Ava DuVernay for Best Director and David Oyelowo for Best Actor as Dr Martin Luther King. "What Daniel Day-Lewis did for Lincoln, Oyelowo does for King, mimicking his behavior and speech uncannily. He is both completely believable and someone we've never encountered before." "If not quite in quality then certainly in import and impact, this is the film of the year - of 1965 and perhaps of 2014. - Richard Corliss, Time Magazine. "I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame." - A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times. If it wasn't for the groundbreaking film Boyhood, I would say Selma would win the Best Picture Oscar.

Boyhood is out on video. An opportunity to enjoy this unique film experience, again (& again :). "In my 15 years of professional movie reviewing, I can’t think of any film that has affected me the way Boyhood did. It is not just that I was moved — I’m frequently moved — but that my critical impulse seemed to collapse, along with my ability to find the boundary between art and life. As it happened, it took a second and a third viewing for me to appreciate the ingenuity of Richard Linklater’s idea and the artistry of his methods." - A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times  "A cinematic masterpiece, conceived and directed by Richard Linklater, it's bound to be talked about for years to come." - Claudia Puig, USA Today

We'll talk all that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays, 12:30pm, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Boyhood opens on American life and offers a progress report on our spiritual condition. - A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times

  • Fri
    Dec 26
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 28
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Elf posterHeld over at the Orpheum: The Theory Of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as the young astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. "I saw The Theory of Everything tonight, glad I went. Very powerfully done!"- Ken "Special K" Chawkin

We'll alert you to the new releases, including the on, then off, now on again release of The Interview. I agree with Mike Hale of the New York Times who wrote “the only real mystery is how something this ordinary could have caused so much agitation.”

I've watched Elf, starring Will Ferrell twice this holiday season and it remains my favorite Christmas movie. I laugh, I'm entertained and best of all, it rallies the Christmas spirit. I'll offer why I feel this is a holiday classic. "One of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor" - Roger Ebert. "Jon Favreau's direction has a relaxed, swinging rhythm, a reflection of the hipster nonchalance that has defined his acting style." - AO Scott, N.Y. Times. "Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic. It takes the clash between the world as we know it and the world as it exists in Christmas stories and exploits that contrast to expert comic effect. - Mick LaSalle, S.F. Chronicle. "Elf's an example of the good things that can happen when hipsters do it on the square. It manages to be both genuinely sweet and just a teensy bit wised up, bringing sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun to what could have been a moribund traditional family film."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

We'll talk about 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. "This holiday, discover your inner elf"

  • Fri
    Dec 19
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 21
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

At the Orpheum is The Theory Of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne in a The Theory Of Everything posterprobable Oscar nominated performance as astrophysicist Steven Hawking, "who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time." "A brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings."- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Chris Busch has reviews of three intriguing new films movie fans will be interested in: The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, in "an intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man who was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine."

Also: Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the true story of Cheryl Strayed. "After years of reckless, destructive behavior, Strayed makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone." "Imitation Game and Wild are two of the best movies of the year." - Chris Busch, Filmosopher

The third film: Top Five, written and directed by Chris Rock. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory Top Five digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black."

We'll also cover other new releases 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, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope." - Steven Hawking, The Theory Of Everything

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

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Rosewater posterRosewater, Jon Stewart's based-on-fact film comes to the Orpheum this weekend. Starring Gael García Bernal, Rosewater is "a finely wrought, powerful drama that tells the true story of an Iranian-born journalist's imprisonment and torture by the Islamic regime in Iran." - Seattle Times "That the movie is as tense and chilling as it is owes much to first-time director Jon Stewart's keen eye for the way humor surfaces even in the dark places." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Do some quick research to read what inspired The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to make his feature film debut. "Stewart's wryly observant qualities as a TV star serve him well in his feature film debut." - Chicago Tribune Also at the Orpheum: Dumb And Dumber To is held over. Find showtimes at orpheumtheaterfairfield.com.

Among the new releases is Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore as a renowned linguistics professor who receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's. Just from what I've read, Moore is my pick to win this year's Oscar for Best Actress. "Thanks to this brave and gutsy actress' overwhelming candor and sincerity, you go away feeling educated, enlightened and more compassionate than you can possibly imagine." - Rex Reed, New York Observer

We also have more impressions of Christopher Nolan's prodigious Interstellar, 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. "Parents are the ghosts of their children's future. I can't be your ghost anymore Murph. - Interstellar

  • Sat
    Nov 22
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 23
    11:30 am -
    12:00 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
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 16
    11:30 am -
    12:00 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
    Nov 07
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 09
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda poster

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

  • Fri
    Oct 31
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 02
    11:30 am -
    12:00 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