movies

  • Fri
    Feb 17
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 19
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

We're happy to write that Lion starts today at the Ottumwa 8. Since Chris gave it a Lion posterglowing review some weeks ago we've heard similar reports from others who've seen it. The critics agree: "A heart-wrenching true story, with what could be one of the great child-actor performances of all time." "Has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay - except it actually happened." "Lion celebrates the human will and the human need to find meaning and connection in life. If the final scenes don't have you blubbering, your humanity may need some fine-tuning."

We'll talk about that, this months Friday night FREE movie at the Fairfield Library (full info at myfairfieldlibrary.com), 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".

- I'm not from Calcutta... I'm lost  "Lion"

 

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

The Filmosophers movie talk

This week on the Filmosophers movies talk: John Wick: Chapter 2 - Yes. The sequel The Eagle Huntress poster"doubles down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun."  The Lego Batman Movie - Yes "The not-so-Dark Knight returns in the joyously bonkers The Lego Batman Movie, and he's not only the hero we need right now but also the one we deserve..." A United Kingdom - Yes "The opening title "Based on a true story" can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in "A United Kingdom," it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute." Kedi - Yes "The artful shots of Istanbul and moving observations from the locals elevate this cat homage into an intimate portrait of a multicultural metropolis and its take on our relationship with animals." The Eagle Huntress - Yes "Stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter." The Confirmation - Yes "Led by the terrific performances of Clive Owen and the continuously impressive Jaden Lieberher, The Confirmation is a father-son story of high emotional and spiritual value." That and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions.

  • Fri
    Jan 27
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 29
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

La La Land poster La La Land dances it way to the Ottumwa 8 Theatre this weekend. We're delighted. Here's what we wrote about it some weeks ago:

As far as big releases go, the elephant in the room is the most anticipated film of the year- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Filmosophers on the other hand, (this one, anyway :) are going to continue to "beat-the-drums" for a film most of us weren't even aware of a while back- La La Land. I've only read about it and seen one trailer. We learned more after it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) last September. "Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams." I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it can be fun) and jumped on La La Land in October as THE film of 2016. Since then I've become confident in a few things: First, I believe it will win the Oscar for Best Picture; Damien Chazelle for Best Director and more. This is a musical, a genre that was almost dormant, so the box office outlook may be comparatively muted. I think it will surprise at the box office and do big business. Then, La La Land's success will reinvigorate the musical genre. We can anticipate more musicals. Perhaps most importantly, just by knowing the story and catching a glimpse of what Chazelle created has convinced me: a divided-weary nation, dealing with pointed political emotions will resonate with and yearn for this retro/modern/magical/musical love-story experience. La La Land will soon become a cultural phenomenon.

  • Sun
    Dec 18
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

Happy happy holiday joy dear Beloveds.  La La Land poster

As far as new movie releases go, the elephant in the room is perhaps the most anticipated film of the year- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Filmosophers on the other hand, (this one, anyway :) are going to continue to "beat-the-drums" for a film most of us weren't even aware of a while back- La La Land. I've only read about it and seen one trailer. I began to learn more after it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). "Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams." I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it can be fun) and jumped on La La Land as THE film of 2016. Since then I've become very confident in a few things. First, I believe it will win the Oscar for Best Picture; Damien Chazelle for Best Director and more. This is a musical, a genre that was almost dormant, so the box office outlook may be comparatively muted. I think it will surprise at the box office and do big business. Then, La La Land's success will reinvigorate the musical genre. We can anticipate more musicals. Perhaps most importantly, just by knowing the story and catching a glimpse of what Chazelle has created convinced me: a divided-weary nation dealing with sharp, post-election emotions will resonate with and yearn for this retro/modern/magical/musical love-story experience. La La Land will soon become a cultural phenomenon. There, I've said it. Now, in the Christmas Carol words of the immortal Tiny Tim: "God bless us... everyone." Love ~B

  • Fri
    Nov 04
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 06
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

We're moving into cinema's awards season, a great time for film fans, when the The Eagle Huntress postermost creative must-see efforts are released. We'll cover six new releases, each well reviewed. It starts with the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Doctor Strange, starring (awards season darlings) Benedict Cumberbatch & Tilda Swinton. This filmosophical supernatural tale may be worth it for the trippy visuals alone. "The mystical settings that this "sorcerer supreme" navigates make for exhilarating sensory overload, powerfully expanding on classic visuals from pioneering Marvel artist Steve Ditko. The upshot: The movie develops a distinctively trippy identity." - Boston Globe. There are two documentaries of note, including the feminine-hero powered The Eagle Huntress. "Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries." "Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter." - Toronto Star. "The movie's restrained second half stuns, ranking as one of the most magical stretches of nonfiction filmmaking in recent years." - EW. Check out photos from this film online and see what "marvel" really means.

All this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. "Through the mystic arts, we harness energy, and shape reality" - The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Doctor Strange

  • Fri
    Oct 28
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 30
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers movie talk

"Awards season is ready to kick into high gear, Part 2.  La La Land poster

November and December mark the months when movie studios bring out their prestige products for awards consideration, joining already-released contenders such as Sully and Hell or High Water. Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, another likely competitor, arrived in theaters last week.

Here are 10 movies you'll want to catch that could be on their way to Oscar glory on Feb. 26." - USA Today

Hear part two about this intriguing list and more on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." I'll continue beating the drums for my (early!) pick for Oscar's Best Picture: La La Land "Critics swooned in September when La La Land wowed as Venice Film Festival's opening film, followed by a rapturous Toronto International Film Festival gala. Stone's ballad Audition has propelled her deep into the best actress race while La La Land is an early best picture favorite. Tom O'Neil, editor of awards site GoldDerby.com, expects multiple nominations, calling it "in a league of its own." - USA Today

"If you feel enough, are in love enough, are heartbroken enough, you will breakout into song and a 90-piece orchestra will burst out with you." - La La Land Writer/director Damien Chazelle

  • Sun
    Oct 23
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers movie talk

"Awards season is ready to kick into high gear.  La La Land poster

November and December mark the months when movie studios bring out their prestige products for awards consideration, joining already-released contenders such as Sully and Hell or High Water. Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, another likely competitor, arrives in theaters Friday.

Here are 10 movies you'll want to catch that could be on their way to Oscar glory on Feb. 26. (Many release dates are New York and Los Angeles only; those films expand nationwide later.)" - USA Today

Hear about this intriguing list on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

The documentary film Hamilton’s America will show on PBS Friday night at 9:00.

"Discovering the next big thing is easy when it's created by your friend. That’s how director Alex Horwitz managed to get a camera on Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and star of Broadway super-smash Hamilton, as he was conceiving the musical in 2014. It was impossible for Horwitz, his college roommate at Wesleyan, to know just how big the musical was going to be. But he knew it was going to be something.

“When (Miranda) said he was going to do this thing about Alexander Hamilton, I knew he wasn’t talking about doing a hip-hop Schoolhouse Rock,” Horwitz says. “I said, ‘Look I don’t care where you’re going with this, I think we’ve got a compelling story.' The resulting documentary is PBS' Hamilton’s America (Friday, 9PM), which manages to tell the story of both the musical and the man. It unfolds the chronological story of the founding father’s life, along with the musical and its creation. The film adds to its narrative clips from the show as well as interviews from the creative team and artists such as hip-hop legend Nas and Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim." For more showtimes check the PBS websight.

 

  • Fri
    Sep 30
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 02
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers movie talk

The Filmosophers are avid Tim Burton fans and have been anticipating his new film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children poster Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for months. "Tim Burton's love of ornate visuals and dark whimsy hasn’t always jibed with the mainstream, but with his adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, he’s tackling a property that’s not only squarely in his wheelhouse, but has enough of an audience to encourage hopes for a blockbuster." - RT. It's not getting outstanding reviews but we like it when reading lines like: "Miss Peregrine' is the perfect brand of peculiar for Tim Burton." - USA Today. The story includes "a girl with a maw of sharp teeth in the back of her head, a boy with bees living in him, an invisible kid and a headmistress can turn into a falcon."

This weeks expressions of the golden age of documentaries include Danny Says. "DANNY SAYS is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. DANNY SAYS follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to "punk pioneer" and beyond." "Music buffs will want to see all these now-famous folks in their obscure early days. But they'll come away admiring a man they've barely heard of before." - LA Times. Also: Harry & Snowman "Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods." "Davis' film is a disarming underdog story that doubles as an animal-rescue advocacy tool." - Hollywood Reporter

We'll talk about this, another intriguing animated film and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. -"Because our abilities don't fit in the outside world, we live in places like this, to keep us safe." - Miss Peregrine

We're excited to report that Hell Or High Water starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine Hell Or High Water posterand Fairfield's Ben Foster is coming to the Ottumwa 8 this weekend. This is one of the best films of the year. "A film with the sort of sweeping grandeur that today's filmmakers rarely aspire to, let alone fulfill." - Wall Street Journal; "Takes you places that you thought the big screen had forgotten." - St. Louis Post Dispatch; "A genre film that transcends genre, an iconic American tale that is nonetheless firmly grounded in both place and time. One of the best movies of the year." - The Atlantic; "Hot damn, this one's a goodie - a mesmerizing, modern-day western that moves with the coiled intensity of a rattlesnake ready to spring." - Rolling Stone; "You could freeze nearly any frame of Hell or High Water and you'd be looking at a work of art. It's stark and breathtaking and gorgeous to behold." - Chicago Sun-Times; "They don't make them like this anymore - but they still can, and here's the proof." - Boston Globe; "It's got a dry dusty power, and a dark sense of humor. And when it finally saddles up and really rides, pardner, you'd best get out of its way." - N.Y. Daily News; "A thrillingly good movie - a crackerjack drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic." - Variety; Hell or High Water isn't just a great time at the movies, it's one of the year's best pictures. - Toronto Star 

We'll also cover the new releases and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. -"Ya'll been here a while?" -"Long enough to watch a bank gettin' robbed that's been robbin' me for 30 years." - Hell Or High Water

  • Fri
    Sep 02
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 04
    10:30 am -
    11:00 am

The Filmosophers movie talk

We're in a very quiet time for new movie releases we can suggest you may enjoy. Kubo And The Two Strings posterThere is one film we're recommending you see on the big screen while the opportunity still exists. Kubo And The Two Strings is beginning it's third week, now showing only matinee times at the Ottumwa 8. If you're a film fan, we suggest you seek this out. One reaction sent to us: "We loved it!!! Wow. Exhilarating. Deeply moving. Exceptional. Gorgeous. It pulled me in immediately & suspended my belief quite quickly. I hope it pulls in a bunch of Oscars! It really is a masterpiece…" - Jessica Malloy (and family :)

We'll talk about this, begin our fall movie preview and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions."

Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing hero's journey story that has something to offer audiences of all ages. - Critics Consensus, Rotten Tomatoes