Birdman

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    Feb 20
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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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    Jan 30
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    Mar 01
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

"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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    Nov 28
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    Nov 30
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Our great friend, sometime guest and movie buff Al Green is back in town and we're Dumb and Dumber To poster excited that he'll be joining us on the show. Al has recently seen Birdman, which is building award season momentum. He'll give us his review (hint- it's good :) and talk about whatever else has inspired him.

Who says the Orpheum isn't bringing in mainstream movies? Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels starts Friday in the cultural district. Well... maybe "cultural" and "Dumb"... oh nevermind.

We'll talk about the new releases, including The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch who may get a Best Actor nom for this. Also, two well reviewed docs: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, the "riveting behind-the-scenes documentary (which) offers some comfort for viewers facing a world without new feature films directed by Studio Ghibli anime legend Hayao Miyazaki." Plus: Antarctica A year On Ice. "A stunning look at the beauty and challenges of Earth's most mysterious continent."

We invite you to join us on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch, special guest Al Green & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions" Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings at 11:30.

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    Oct 31
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    Nov 02
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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

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    Oct 17
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    Oct 19
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

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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."