Orpheum Theatre Fairfield

  • Fri
    Oct 24
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 26
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre: Kill The Messenger. Two-time AcademyKill The Messenger poster Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) in a thriller based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb." "A serious, interesting film about a very simple concept: The Truth. And how very complicated that can sometimes become." "Crisp, smart and gutsy; intriguing, chilling and briskly paced." "Jeremy Renner's best performance since 'The Hurt Locker."Also, The Boxtrolls is held over, "packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment." - RT Keanu Reeves new release- John Wick is getting good buzz- "An underworld fantasy that grafts crisp action on to Rian Johnson-esque world-building, producing one of the more fully realized shoot-'em-up flicks in recent memory."Citizenfour is yet another example of the golden age of documentaries: "In January 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden." "Whether you think Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, you should see this riveting documentary." - Washington Post "It's a tense and frightening thriller."- A.O. Scott, New York Times. "Buy a ticket to this film... and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff...." Christopher Nolan's (Inception) new "mindbending" film Interstellar opens in just two weeks and it's about time the Filmosopher's start banging the drum for this. "A team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars." All this and more on the Filmosophers movie talk, 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. - This is a true story. - Some stories are just too true to tell... Kill The Messenger

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

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

 Film fans: the benefits of digital filmmaking and viewing has opened us up to Manhattan Short posterthe world. Literally. "One World. One Week. One Festival...Manhattan Short... the world's first global film festival. For one week, starting September 26, showing in over 250 cinemas in six continents. MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival: rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues, including our own Orpheum Theatre, and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. There were 589 entries from 47 countries, now down to 10 finalists.The judges of the finalists' films are you. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card and asked to vote for the ONE film they think should win. The over all winner is announced on Monday, October 6th at ManhattanShort.com. Our mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. One World One Week One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festival's logo, and it is this mantra that sets this festival apart from any other film event of the year."

Also, held over at the Orpheum is Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson.

We'll cover 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. "So excited. I love this festival!!!" - Darla Hackman, The Walker Center

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

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

If you'd like to see the celebrated film The Lunchbox on a big screen, the FairfieldFrank poster library will be showing it free, Friday evening. Doors open at 7:00, film starts at 7:30. "The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All 'meals' should be this satisfying." - Detroit News.

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre are two noteworthy films: Lucy . "Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal, who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic."

But then, IMO it's the regeneration of the Sacred Feminine that's bringing in this Golden Age, so not surprisingly, most females are already "evolved beyond human logic."  :)

Also at the evolved Orpheum, the celebrated indie: Frank. "Funny, clever, and endearingly unusual, Frank is an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)." "Frank transcends its quirky trappings with a heartfelt -- and surprisingly thought-provoking story." "Frank has a wry sense of humor, the ring of authenticity and glimmers of genuine wisdom." - Newsday. Chris Busch has seen this and his review will be of interest.

We'll also cover new releases, what we've seen, some fall movie previews if time permits and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have fimosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central; again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "There are more connections in the human body than there are stars in the galaxy. We possess a gigantic network of information" - Professor Norman, Lucy

  • Fri
    Sep 12
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 14
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We were delighted to learn Boyhood is held over at the Orpheum Theatre. Boyhood Boyhood posteris groundbreaking fictional cinema, as it was filmed over 12 years with the same cast, with a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane, "who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." I predicted it will win the Oscar for Best Picture even before I saw it, so my expectations were very high. I saw it and agree with- among others- the nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, who bestowed Boyhood the Truly Moving Picture Award. "The industry award is given to select theatrically-released films for their ability to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the art form. A stirring collection of moments that span 12 years of a boy’s life, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is nothing short of a masterpiece, said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. Both innovative and introspective, the film is a raw slice of Americana that showcases the full range of the human experience." Chris Busch & I agree, it's a film fan's blessing that we have Boyhood available to experience right here in our wonderful community. Chris predicts- and I agree- that Richard Linklater will also win the Oscar for Best Director.

We'll talk about this, 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 at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition." - RT

  • Fri
    Sep 05
    2:05 pm -
    2:35 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 07
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

 

Boyhood, Richard Linklater's "masterpiece" starts Friday at the Orpheum Boyhood posterTheatre, located in the heart of Fairfield's cultural district. We'd like to thank the Orpheum's Kristian Day for working to bring this groundbreaking achievement here. Look at the details: Boyhood is "filmed over 12 years with the same cast, with a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." Combine that with the results: "The closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced." "May be the most ingenious film of the century..." "The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre." "It's transcendent." - Chris Busch, Filmosopher. You read words like "century", "history" and "that fictional cinema has yet produced" used to describe this and it's not hard to predict that "Boyhood will win the next Oscar for Best Picture" as we did a month or so ago. "Boyhood's effect is uncanny and heartbreaking, yet exhilarating, not depressing. Mom sums it up, when Mason celebrates his 15th birthday: 'I'm so glad you were born.' We'd like to think she's speaking to all of us." 

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", Friday, today-only at 2:05 PM, CDT again Sunday mornings, 11:30.

 "Richard Linklater's latest feels more like living a life than watching a movie. It's a one-of-a-kind experience." - Newsday "Is it dumb to say, "Wow?" I don't care. Wow" - Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Fri
    Aug 29
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 31
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

There's a double shot of LIFE at the Orpheum Theatre. Starting this weekend: Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Life After Beth poster Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed) John C Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy) & Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). "After his girlfriend unexpectedly dies, Zach (DeHaan) is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from the dead." "Quirky, spirit-pervasive throughout, and great supporting cast, including Anna Kendrick." "Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic, and always funny, the film's surprising coherence is exemplified in a climactic scene that pairs credible heartbreak with pure slapstick." "Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up." Held over is Life Itself. "A lively thumbs up documentary on Roger Ebert, America's most popular, intelligent and influential modern-day movie critic." "Every movie fan should see Life Itself." - Chris Busch, Filmosopher

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. "There's a glimmer of hipster cool to this play on the zombie genre." - Life After Beth

  • Fri
    Aug 22
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 24
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre- Life Itself, for many film fans a must-see. Life Itself poster"A lively thumbs-up documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert- America's most popular, intelligent and influential modern-day movie critic." "An account that's affectionate & honest, taking the title and much of the content of Ebert's bestselling 2011 autobiography." "Ebert once described the cinema as 'a machine that generates empathy.' Watching James's lovely film, you know exactly what he means."- Boston Globe  "Every movie fan will want to see Life Itself" - Chris Busch, Filmosophers

Held over for the second Alive week: Alive Inside: A Story Of Music & Memory. Still deciding on this one? Watch the trailer. Search "alive inside trailer" Watch the trailer...  "No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside..- Movie Mezzanine

We'll also talk about new releases, including two intriguing looks at love: 1) Love Is Strange "Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity." -RT 2) The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass & Elizabeth Moss- "an ambitious, well-acted look at love and marriage." "Knowing you've never seen anything like this, Moss and Duplass let it rip." - Rolling Stone. 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 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30." “When you're young you don't realize that at every age you are always in the present, and in that sense no older." - Roger Ebert, "Life Itself"

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

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Watch the trailer! The age of E documentary film Alive Inside starts Friday at the Alive Inside posterOrpheum Theatre. The best way to decide if you want to see this inspiring film is to watch the trailer. Just search "Alive Inside trailer". "Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music." I sent the trailer out and people replied "I wish I would have done this for my loved-one." "Alive Inside packs as potent a simple emotional wallop as anything you'll see - or hear - anywhere this year." - Globe & Mail. Watch the trailer, be inspired and send it out to folks you know will resonate with it. "No film I've seen better underlines the transcendental power and mysticism that music has over human emotions than Alive Inside." - Movie Mezzanine

Also, held over at the Orpheum, the intriguing, compellingly entertaining doc Finding Vivian Maier. Yes indeed, it's the golden age of documentaries.

We'll discuss that, the new releases, last weeks surprising box office results and more on the Filmosophers, with the teetotaling beer brothers 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 thought you were gonna grow wings. -I was trying... Alive Inside

  • Fri
    Aug 08
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 10
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

We've championed the fact that we're in a golden age of documentaries. There's Finding Vivian Maier posteran intriguing example opening at the Orpheum Theatre Friday: Finding Vivian Maier. "Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her." - IFC. This is getting great reviews: "A penetrating exploration of the link between art and obsession, and a major discovery of a 20th-century master." - Boston Herald "This may be the most pleasurable 83 minutes you will spend in a theater this year." - Minn. Star Tribune. "An exciting electric current of discovery runs through "Finding Vivian Maier," a documentary about a street photographer who never exhibited her work." - N.Y. Times.

As for the new releases, our interest in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not in the karate-trained amphibian's battles, but the battle to see if the film's opening will do more business than Guardians Of The Galaxy's second weekend, which made the most money ever for an August debut. The "tracking" is very close. For us, that's the real battle... :) We'll discuss 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 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "It all starts so innocently for John Maloof when he bids on a random selection of photographs, which turn out to yield a fabulous collection from a photographer he had never heard of before... Vivian Maier."