• Sun
    Oct 08
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers movie talk

Blade Runner 2049 opens this weekend. The 1982 original is one of our all-time Blade Runner 2049 posterfaves and this (very) long awaited sequel has been our most anticipated film all year long. We saw it and look forward to giving our re-view of this film instead of the usual pre-view. We agree with most of the excellent reviews: "Super-stylish and deeply human - even with androids and holograms around - the spectacular follow-up takes the detective story of the first film and turns it into a grand mythology of identity, memory, creation and revolution." "Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year." "It takes on the themes and universe set forth in the original, then builds on them, and manages to live up to the massive expectations that greet it. This is no replicant, it's the real deal." We have already gone on record predicting Roger Deakins will win the Oscar for "Best Cinematography" (after 13 previous nominations w/o a win.) But did we enjoy this film achievement as much as admire it? There's much to discuss about Blade Runner 2049.

We'll also preview other new releases, including The Florida Project. "Director Sean Baker crafts one of the best and toughest films about childhood ever and gives a never-better Willem Dafoe a clear shot at an Oscar." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Also, the "charming" documentary Faces, Places (Visages, Villages). "Sheer perfection. French New Wave veteran Agnes Varda and the young photographer JR leap fearlessly into the art of making art in the year's best and most beguiling doc." "Agnès Varda and JR's film develops into something approaching a manifesto for the possibility of shared happiness."

Also, what we've seen (Score: A Film Music Documentary) and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

Sometimes to love someone, you got to be a stranger. - Deckard, Blade Runner 2049

Filmosopher listeners know that we're big supporters of the current regeneration of Wonder Women posterthe Sacred Feminine, as manifest in films. After all it is our knowing - to you our opinion - that the Sacred Feminine is what's bringing in Sat Yuga. As filmosophers, we've been anticipating an increase in cinema's proto-feminists. By all accounts Wonder Woman appears to be a powerful expression of feminine potency, directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot, all wrapped in an "inspiring, hopeful, blistering, and compassionate" blockbuster movie.

"Wonder Woman is a cut above nearly all the superhero movies that have been trotted out over the past few summers." - Time Magazine "Director Patty Jenkins and her collaborators have taken the well-worn superhero origin story and invested it with a rich, sometimes revelatory depth of feeling." - LA Times "The moviegoing world deserves the best that Hollywood can deliver, and this time we've pretty much got it." - Wall Street Journal. "Witnessing such feminine power is mind-boggling and awe-inspiring" - Tribune News "Your daughters should love it -- and so should your sons." - Boston Globe "What lingers ... is the feeling of hope that the movie brings, that it someday might be possible for female rationality to defeat male brutality." - San Francisco Chronicle

We'll give our filmosophical take on Wonder Woman, other new releases and more, on the Filmosophers movie talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

"It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do." - Diana Prince, Wonder Woman




The Big NightLast week's visit with Tenaya Darlington author along with her brother, André of Movie Night Menus, inspired me to replay the following show about movies and food.  If you want to curl up on the couch with a great food flick read on.

It was so much fun discussing food in films with Caroline M. Grant.  Caroline and her collaborator, Lisa Catherine Harper, are the editors of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage, a fascinating book of diverse essays focussed on "true tales of food, family, and how we learn to eat."

Caroline is an avid movie lover so we spent the hour talking about some of our favorite films where food plays a role like Aing Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman and its Westernized counterpart, Tortilla Soup.  Dinner Rush, The Big Night, Moonstruck, and others were part of the banter before time ran out.  We had many other films on our list, but I'm curious how the ones we ended up talking about fit in with your favorites.  Let me know.  Send your comments to

Caroline's kids also nominated their favorite food film.

  • Fri
    Apr 17
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 19
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's summer preview time. Summertime at the movies- blockbusters, one of which Monkey Kingdom posterwill be seen this year by more people than any other; tent-pole pictures, under which the film company will have a budget to make other films. We'll get into May releases, which may include the number 1 contender for 2015 Box Office King- Avengers: Age Of Ultron opening May1st.

We're delighted to report that old release guidelines continue to evolve. We're seeing more literate, intriguing, films releasing in the summer. Out May 1st: Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig, "One of the strangest and boldest comedies I've ever seen"- Bill Murray. Perhaps the most exciting May release, for those who remember Australians George Miller and Mel Gibson's 1981 breakout post-apocalyptic comic-book blast Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is what's clearly a high-tech high-definition razzle-dazzle update- Mad Max: Fury Road starring the great- and our faves- Tom Hardy and an amazing and powerful looking Charlize Theron. See the trailer(s). 

We'll talk that, new releases, including one hovering near zero approval rating by critics and one currently at 100% thumbs-up (Monkey Kingdom), 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.

"C'mon, have you seen the trailer (# 1)? It is a smoking hot post-apocalyptic thrill ride with enough adrenaline to fuel a small nation. Directed by the same guy who made the 1979 original (& even more thrilling '81 sequel; bits shown in the latest teaser) Mad Max looks like the summer's most promising reboot." - Huffington Post