movies

  • Fri
    Apr 17
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  • Sun
    Apr 19
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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 

  • Fri
    Mar 27
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  • Sun
    Mar 29
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Among the new releases this week is While We're Young written & directed by Noah While We're Young posterBaumbach. "With two films, Baumbach established himself as a disciple of the Whit Stillman School of Well-Heeled Post-Modern Post-Collegiate Anxiety" The brilliant "While We're Young" contains the same self-lacerating humor as his "Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale. - N.Y. Daily News. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. - L.A. Times

We appear to be in a time when more well-reviewed horror films are being made. The latest is It Follows "Thought-provoking, clever, and properly terrifying, one of the best horror flicks to emerge in the past few years." - RT

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "Life Never Gets Old"

  • Fri
    Mar 20
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  • Sun
    Mar 22
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    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Insurgent, the second chapter of the Divergent series opens this weekend. The movie theater imagecritics consensus is "Shailene Woodley gives it her all, but Insurgent is a resounding step back for a franchise struggling to distinguish itself from the dystopian YA crowd." Also, Sean Penn stars in The Gunman. Unfortunately, critics say "with an uninspired plot and rote set pieces it's a muddled misfire in the rapidly aging Over-50 Action Hero genre."

We enjoyed seeing Cinderella at the Main Street Cinemas in Mt. Pleasant. It was even better visiting with Kelly, their affable long time manager. He told us the industry anticipates great box office business for 2015. If you haven't seen a film there in a while, we recommend another visit to this small town movie theatre gem.

The monthly free film happens tonight- Friday- at the Fairfield library. Because it's free the media is not suppose to reveal the title. We can tell you it stars Eddie Redmayne in his Oscar winning performance playing Steven Hawking. Doors open at 7:00, with the movie starting at 7:30.

We'll talk about that, what else we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30.

  • Fri
    Mar 13
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  • Sun
    Mar 15
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    11:00 am

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella opens this weekend. This isCinderella poster getting great reviews: "enthralls with its ravishing style and timeless message of resilience, decency and kindness triumphing over evil. - USA Today. "Cinderella isn't just a re-enactment of the original film but an enrichment. For Disney fans, it could be another treasure worth cherishing." - Newsday. My impression is Cinderella may currently be under the radar in terms of just how big a blockbuster it will be. I believe it will be one of the top five most seen films of 2015. 

Other new releases, include the offbeat & inventive Of Horses And Men. "If you want to see the year's most original, comedic and shocking film all rolled into one, look no further than this feature from Iceland." 

Well talk about 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, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Cinderella is "true to the spirit of the classic story but fresh and filled with heart and magic. - Nell Winow, Beliefnet 

  • Fri
    Feb 13
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  • Sun
    Feb 15
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

This weekend is all about the long awaited Fifty Shades Of Grey. How long? Our friend Kingsman: The Secret Service posterVickie Schleif, the Ottumwa 8 Theatre Manager received a phone call from a woman last July wanting to buy tickets... Vickie's feelings about the film is the theater will be so crowded (box office records will be set) it will adversely effect her business for the well reviewed Kingsman: The Secret Service. Many who want to see that - including us- will avoid the packed movie theater, in what will be an interesting weekend at cinemas across the country.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, the awards season, 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 over lunch at 12:30, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Caught between a straight-up James Bond and the Austin Powers parody version, Kingsman is a high-octane combo of action and comedy that breathes surreal new life into the big-screen spy game where Bond meets Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer." - Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"

  • Fri
    Feb 06
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  • Sun
    Feb 08
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The Matrix, released in 1999 by the Wachowskis, is one of the great movies of our Jupiter Ascending postertime. A mind-bending spiritual sci-fi /action-adventure, with ground breaking special effects, who's influence is still felt today. I vividly remember seeing it on opening night in Fairfield. We gave out Matrix posters, which I wish I still had today. Afterward everyone was buzzed and I exclaimed to Phil Scott "They could have called this The Maya!" I regard it as one of the most spiritual films of our time. Ever since, we've waited for their next film, hoping they could duplicate this- which certainly didn't happen with the next two Matrix installments, or since. Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowski's latest, opens today and unfortunately is getting mostly poor reviews. "The pundits say Jupiter Ascending is a marvel to behold on the big screen, but its muddled narrative fails to match the execution of its impressive special effects."

We'll talk about that, other 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. "Visionaries often lose their way in their own visions. The majority of moviemakers and movies stick to outdated, predictable formulas and conventions. The Wachowskis, on the other hand, are not afraid to strand you early and often in Jupiter Ascending." - Chicago Tribune

  • Fri
    Jan 30
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  • Sun
    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

  • Fri
    Jan 23
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  • Sun
    Jan 25
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The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's late January (gee zee pee zee, feels like the year is flying by already :) and Chris Busch had this acute observation: "January – where bad films are stillborn"
TAmerican Sniper posterhis includes movies with big stars, especially Johnny Depp in Mortdecai "a stunning misfire, a tonally-jarring would-be caper comedy that reduces its talented cast to broad, goofy caricatures."

You may be aware of the national buzz American Sniper is creating. Starring the very talented Bradley Cooper, this Clint Eastwood directed, Best Picture Oscar nominated film has literally become a cultural, political and box office phenomenon. We've seen and will talk about it.

In our self-proclaimed "golden age of the documentary" there's another intriguing release, the highly reviewed (100% thumbs-up as of this writing): Red Army "about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team." "From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union." "Emotionally charged, viscerally exciting and consistently enlightening"

We'll talk about that, other 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. "I'm willing to meet my Creator and answer for every shot that I took." --Chris Kyle, American Sniper

  • Fri
    Jan 16
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  • Sun
    Jan 18
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    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Unbroken is held over at the Orpheum Theatre. Unbroken, about 1936 Olympic Oscar runner turned war hero Louis Zamperini, was nominated for Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. "That Unbroken barely made a mark this awards season says a lot about what went wrong. However, that it's a film which must be seen on the big screen, says a lot about what went right as well." "Hugely inspiring" - ABC Radio

The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren shows free, Friday evening at the FF library. Doors open at 7:00, starts 7:30. "At its core, it's a movie about good food, and one man's passion for cooking."

There were Oscar surprises Thursday, both for those receiving and not receiving nominations. 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.

  • Fri
    Jan 09
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  • Sun
    Jan 11
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    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre: Unbroken, "an epic drama that follows Unbroken posterthe incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell). Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's enormously popular book." "I read it last year. Inspirational. Zamperini was an amazing guy. Unbroken is worth seeing." - Cliff Rose

This week some excellent films are adding several more screens- of most interest: Selma starts a run at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. If you're attracted to award-worthy films, this one's well-worthy of your attention. The Filmosophers confidently predict this will be Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Ava DuVernay for Best Director and David Oyelowo for Best Actor as Dr Martin Luther King. "What Daniel Day-Lewis did for Lincoln, Oyelowo does for King, mimicking his behavior and speech uncannily. He is both completely believable and someone we've never encountered before." "If not quite in quality then certainly in import and impact, this is the film of the year - of 1965 and perhaps of 2014. - Richard Corliss, Time Magazine. "I have rarely seen a historical film that felt so populous and full of life, so alert to the tendrils of narrative that spread beyond the frame." - A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times. If it wasn't for the groundbreaking film Boyhood, I would say Selma would win the Best Picture Oscar.

Boyhood is out on video. An opportunity to enjoy this unique film experience, again (& again :). "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. As it happened, 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." - A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times  "A cinematic masterpiece, conceived and directed by Richard Linklater, it's bound to be talked about for years to come." - Claudia Puig, USA Today

We'll talk all that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays, 12:30pm, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Boyhood opens on American life and offers a progress report on our spiritual condition. - A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times