SBIFF Film Recommendations During Quarantine

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Greetings SBIFF Family! Join the feast and festivities this weekend as Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving. Watch Charlie try to create a special holiday while all of the friends learn what is most important about...

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Die Hard

Die Hard

Dear Cinephiles, "If this is their idea of Christmas, I gotta be here for New Year's." “Die Hard” (1988) is hands down one of the best action movies. Since it takes place on Christmas Eve, it has become a great alternative to the classic holiday fare we will soon be...

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Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters

Dear Cinephiles, “The heart is a very, very resilient little muscle.” Throughout the years, the line above has caused me to get very emotional – and on this special day – it’s the perfect summation of how some of us may feel. They’re uttered towards the end of Woody...

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The Farewell

The Farewell

Dear Cinephiles, “You guys moved to the west long ago. You think one’s life belongs to oneself. But that’s the difference between the East and the West. In the East, a person’s life is part of a whole. Family. Society.” On this eve to what I consider to be my favorite...

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Platoon

Platoon

Dear Cinephiles, “I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves. The enemy was in us.” I hadn’t seen “Platoon” (1986) since its release. Oliver Stone’s pulverizing take on our war in Vietnam which went on to win the Oscar for best picture...

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Dear Cinephiles, “No growth without resistance. No action without reaction. No desire without restraint. Now give yourself up and find yourself again.” Could those lines be more appropriate to describe this infamous year? In the past months we’ve been tested. I...

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Dear Cinephiles, Thatcher: “You always used money to buy things.” Kane: “If I hadn’t been really rich, I might have been a really great man.” “Citizen Kane” (1941) never gets old. When I first started teaching at Santa Barbara City College seventeen years ago, I would...

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Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Hello SBIFF family! “If you want it, you must will it, and if you will it, it will be yours!” We hope you are ready to dance your way into the weekend with this weekend's Family Fun Film, “Happy Feet”! Waddle into the world of Emperor Penguins who find their soulmates...

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Dear Cinephiles, “I found a new book which only tells the truth. It’s called Facebook. I learn so many facts there.” – Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev Underneath all of the shock and vulgarity in “Borat Subsequent Film” (2020) there’s a determination from the artist to...

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