This weekend we have new releases for the young- Smurfs: The Lost Village; and the mature- Going In Style, starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin plus Ann Margret. Neither film is getting great reviews. But then... we have Colossal, a "strange, genre-defying" new release starring Ann Hathaway. "Nacho Vigalondo's giant-creature-run-amuck fantasy is a brilliantly bizarro satire of gender politics, featuring Anne Hathaway in a funny, fierce, fully committed performance that demands to be seen." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. "Vigalondo demonstrates that even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends - not cheapening serious things but kicking them to the next metaphoric level." - David Edelstein, N.Y. Magazine. "Colossal is a profoundly weird film-weirder than the already strange synopsis would even imply. We need more films like this, and we need them in wide release." - Paste.
Our good friend Charan at Thymely saw and recommends The Discovery, starring Robert Redford. It's a filmosophical story directed and co-written by Charlie McDowell, son of Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell. "In the near future, the world is off-balance. People have gained a specific knowledge, and death has lost meaning, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford): There is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide in order to "re-set" their existence, others go on, trying to decide what it all means." Charan said: "it's a love story", which may really be life's only story. :)
We'll talk this 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.
"We opened the door for these people. Now we have to show them what's behind it." - Dr. Thomas Harbor, The Discovery
This week on the Filmosophers movies talk: John Wick: Chapter 2 - Yes. The sequel "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.
The new Ghostbusters reboot makes it's long anticipated debut in theaters this weekend and we're happy to report the buzz is good. "Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones make a formidable Ghostbuster's comic team in their own right -N.Y. Post. "Angry nerds, take note: The ladies are the best thing about this franchise reboot. McKinnon is a spontaneous eruption of hellfire hilarity." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
Indications are Woody Allen's latest: Cafe Society will intrigue fans of his films and the film world. "A glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of 1930's Hollywood." Jesse Eisenberg plays (and looks) the classic Woody character. "Romantic, bittersweet and funny as hell, Café Society turns Hollywood inside out, rooting through the superficial tinsel to find the real tinsel." - Rex Reed
Phantom Boy is the new animated film from the folks who made the 2010 Oscar nominated A Cat in Paris. "Action-packed and emotionally potent." "Once again the French filmmakers bring a design sense and a set of storytelling influences unlike anything happening in feature-length cartoons today." - AV Club. This review reminds us of the similarly titled Brazilian animated film Boy And The World, also Oscar nominated in 2015 for Best Animated film. It's a unique audio/visual experience we look forward talking about on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. "Life is a comedy. Written by a sadistic comedy writer." - Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg), Cafe Society
Seen last week in the Filmosopher's blog: "We may have our first blockbuster movie of the new year opening this weekend...Deadpool, Marvel's latest superhero release has three box office strengths: it's a superhero story, it has a momentum of built-up anticipation, and it's getting very good reviews. "Smart, sexy and outrageous, 'Deadpool' delivers." - St. Louis Post Dispatch. - KRUU, 2/4/16
The box office surprised most of the media and has become a significant story in the movie world: "In a sea change for Hollywood's go-to genre — comic book adaptations — Ryan Reynolds' very R-rated and irreverent Deadpool grossed a record-breaking $132.7 million over the three-day Valentine's Day/Presidents Day weekend, one of the best showings of all time for a superhero movie and shattering all expectations. The Marvel-branded Deadpool is an enormous victory for Fox and Reynolds, who spent more than a decade convincing the studio to let him make the X-Men spinoff his way, i.e., with a hard R rating. Fox finally said yes but kept the budget at a relatively modest $58 million. Every other studio superhero movie in recent times has been rated PG-13 and cost much more; Deadpool alters the game. It also catapults Reynolds to major stardom, much as Iron Man reinvigorated Robert Downey Jr.'s career." - Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 14th
The 3 new wide releases include 1- a traditional "sacred" film, Risen, "Benefits from a lighter tone than many faith-based productions, as well as a unique take on the Greatest Story Ever Told and a terrific turn from star Joseph Fiennes - RT. 2- The profane and apparently quite good The Witch "The first great horror film of the year" - EW. 3- perhaps the most sacred film for our current time of inclusion, Race, "the story of Jesse Owens, the black track-and-field athlete who stunned the world by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Adolf Hitler's Berlin." The most intriguingly filmsophical release for us is Embrace of the Serpent, nominated for best foreign-language-film Oscar, it's "the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the real last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists." "As rich visually as it is thematically, a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality." - RT.
We'll relate what we've seen and perhaps spend some time with the Oscars, on the Filmosophers with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosoply of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "I once dreamed of a white spirit who was sick. The only way he could heal was to learn how to dream." - Shaman, Embrace of the Serpent
We may have our first blockbuster movie of the new year opening this weekend, and it's decidedly not the blandly reviewed Zoolander 2. "Moviegoers may wish that Will Ferrell's megalomaniacal supervillain Mugatu had won in the first Zoolander and saved us from another film with these boneheads." - USA Today. Deadpool, Marvel's latest superhero release has three box office strengths: it's a superhero story, it has a momentum of built up anticipation, and it's getting very good reviews. "Smart, sexy and outrageous, "Deadpool" delivers." - St. Louis Post Dispatch.
We've chosen a Zoolander 2 poster for the blog because we're part of the cult following that enjoyed the original and anticipate the sequel. "Did you like "Zoolander"? Good, then you'll like "Zoolander 2." - New York Daily News
Friday's free monthly film at the FF library is very good, Oscar nominated for Best Picture. To keep it free the media cannot give all the details. To learn all check the calendar at myfairfieldlibrary dot com. We'll talk about this, give our reviews of the Coen Brother's Hail, Caesar! 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". Fridays, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "She's hot. I trust her." - Hansel, Zoolander 2
Red Army is "a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team." When Chris and I first learned of it (released 1/15) accompanied by glowing reviews: "Fascinating, funny, heroic, moving and may even make hockey fans out of nonbelievers - Newsday, we were excited. Chris saw it on assignment in Chicago and said it was one of his recent film favorites. I was also jazzed, especially knowing how much our former Junior Filmosopher Shane Miller is interested in the great Russian culture. He's got a red poster up on his wall "And it's not John Lennon." :) We ordered the DVD from our beloved FF Library- they're so responsive- and recently saw it together. Shane was quite enthusiastic and agreed to come on our show and share his feelings. Dad loves that.
We'll also talk about some of the several new releases this week, and the interesting observation that the biggest stars are seen in 4 of the 5 lowest rated of the nearly 20 new releases. What's up with that? This goes beyond individual actor choices.
We'll talk this 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. Red Army "is a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Gabe Polsky ices it." - Philadelphia Inquirer "Not just a terrific film but an important one - even if you don't give two hoots about ice hockey." - Seattle Times "Braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama." - Boston Globe
It's only the first week of the third month of the year, and we've already had the release of 2014's best animated feature film- Lego, and Friday, the best picture- Wes Anderson's all-star-cast-filled The Grand Budapest Hotel, at least according to this Filmosopher. And we haven't even seen the latter. There are signs its coming to Fairfield someday, hopefully soon!
More Oscar nominated film enjoyment arrives at the Orpheum Theatre. August: Osage County starts Friday, with two major acting nominations: Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress, and Julia Roberts for Supporting Actress. Also showing: Gimme Shelter, starring Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones and Brendan Fraser, "based on the true story of 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey's struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets."
We'll cover last Sunday's Oscar awards, new releases, what we've seen (Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises) and alert you to the fascinating new doc Particle Fever on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, 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. "Well, alright, alright, alright" - Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey
Check it out, the Orpheum Theatre is showing Enders Game a "mainstream" wide release film with Harrison Ford & Ben Kingsley, offering "a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills." Also, the well reviewed Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto: a "big-budget picture proving Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king." "A film with a beating heart underneath its breathtakingly designed exterior." Google either film and the Orpheum showtimes come right up. Ain't the internet great? Or as this filmosopher believes, Indra's Net. :)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is getting great reviews. Philomena starring the great Judy Dench looks like another awards contender, offering "a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages." We're excited to talk about Michel Gondry's (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) new film: Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky, in which he applies "his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky."
We'll also talk about the intriguing Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 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 a new time Sunday mornings at 11:30.
This weekend Sheila Ross will join us in the studio for an update on Fairfield's upcoming new movie theater, or is that cinema? It's not certain yet, but it is certain the situation's very exciting for film fans living in this community. We're also trying to get Sheila to see as many movies as possible before the Filmosophers show... :) Free movie alert: Moonrise Kingdom, FF Library, Friday evening 7:30.
Chris Busch is one of the relatively few people in the world that has seen the (IMO) probable Best Picture Oscar winner Lincoln, since he's in LA and has access to one of only 11 theaters it was playing in this week. Lincoln opens nationwide Friday, but not Ottumwa-wide. That will be sometime in December, Vickie Schleif, the Ottumwa 8 Manager tells me. Which reminds me, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 premieres tonight, Thursday, not at the usual midnight time but at 10:00 PM. The Ottumwa 8 has sold well over 500 tickets so far and will use every one of their 8 screens if they sell enough tickets. This last minute flexable situation is much easier for them in the age of digital movie projection.
We'll talk about Skyfall, the latest and some say greatest Bond film. "This is what the big picture movie experience is all about"- Big Al Green. We'll also alert you to the intriguing French film The Hedgehog, inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, "The Elegance of the Hedgehog", by Muriel Barbery. "An enchanting grown-up fairy tale about the redemptive power of love." - Philadelphia Inquirer. All this on the Filmosophers, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM Central, again Sundays 9:00 AM. Live stream @kruufm.com
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