Boyhood

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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The 87th Academy Awards are Sunday night, 7:30 PM Central, airing on ABC. Just Oscarover 7 months ago in mid-July, Writer/Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood was released. It's innovated, groundbreaking cinema which inspired Chris and I to pick it to win Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. This, without knowing the rest of the Oscar nomination "field". Well, the "field" turned out to be Birdman, a brilliant, also innovated film written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Birdman, along with 3-4 other notable titles, including the must-see Studio Ghibli animated film The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya are recently available on video.

Million Dollar Arm shows free Friday evening 7:30 at the FF Library. "In its own gently comical way, Million Dollar Arm plays up the misunderstandings between Hollywood and India -- as well as the mutual fascination. Jon Hamm turns on the charm and scores a home run." 

We'll make the rest of our Oscar predictions, alert to new theater releases, what we've seen- including Tom Bean and Luke Poling's "affectionate, at times intoxicating" documentary Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself 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. 

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya: "a delicate, hand-drawn masterwork of Japanese animation, decades in the making; a lyrical, heartbreaking fable more deeply satisfying and complex than Hollywood-produced fare; a painterly epic that submerges us in a world of exquisitely drawn beauty."

 

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"It was a big weekend for Birdman, which moved into front-runner Oscar status with its Birdman posterScreen Actors Guild win, combined with the Darryl F. Zanuck award for Best Picture from the Producers Guild— elevating its status as the awards-season front-runner, since the last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Birdman also fulfilled forecasts that it would resonate with the performers union members. Directed by Alejandro Gozalez Inarritu, Birdman was shot from the point of view of the actor, played by Michael Keaton. Birdman also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Amy RyanBoyhood had been the consensus favorite to win the PGA trophy" and remains the Filmosopher's Oscar picks for Best Picture and Richard Linklater for Director.

The Filmosophers Movie Talk, 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. “On behalf of all of us, our only ambition was to make a risky and experimental exploration of the cinematic language, of an artist’s complexity played by the incredible Michael Keaton.” - Birdman Director Alejandro Gozalez Inarritu

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Boyhood posterHeld over this week at the Orpheum Theatre: Rosewater. "Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart."

This is the time of year when most award worthy films are released, so they'll be fresh in the voters minds. Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood was released last July, in the middle of summer blockbuster season. We found it so profoundly groundbreaking we predicted it would win the Oscars for Best Motion Picture and Best Director, seven months before the Oscars, without even knowing it's "competition". How do we feel about our predictions five months later? This article from Indiwire, published December 11th: 

"We've long since stopped trying to keep a tally, but chalk up yet another win for Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." The movie has been pretty much unstoppable this month, topping lists of critics, various publications and more, and has gone from dark horse contender to serious frontrunner. Well, you can add another tally mark for the film.

The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott revealed his top ten films of the year today, and Boyhood of course, is at the top and he is over the moon for it. "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," he wrote, adding: "...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….It opens on American life and offers a progress report on our spiritual condition."

We'll talk about that, new releases, including films from Ridley Scott and Paul Thomas Anderson, 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's like, it's always right now." - Mason, Boyhood

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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

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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