Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

Dear Cinephiles, “I love you, Donnie,” says a tearful Lefty Ruggiero – played by Al Pacino in “Donnie Brasco.” He’s in the hospital, and his son might die of an overdose. He’s full of conflicting emotions – his real son is dying – yet he’s never felt close to him....
Klute

Klute

Dear Cinephiles, There’s one scene early on in the classic thriller “Klute” directed by Alan J. Pakula that has always fascinated me, and it may just be one of my favorite moments in movie history. We get a long shot of a street in New York City – and the camera...
Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning

Dear Cinephiles, “Hatred isn’t something you’re born with. It gets taught. At school they said segregation was what it said in the Bible, Genesis 9 verse 27. At nine years of age you get told enough times, you believe it – you believe the hatred. You breathe it....
His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Dear Cinephiles, Burns: “You can’t quit the newspaper business.” Hildy: “You can’t sell me that, Walter.” Burns: “Who says I can’t? You’re a newspaper man.” Hildy: “That’s why I’m quitting. I want to go some place where I can be a woman.” That dialogue is...
Brave

Brave

Calling Clan SBIFF! Change your fate with this week’s Family Fun Film, “Brave.” Follow the story of a young princess determined to make her own path in life. Wield the activity guide while watching princess Merida as she defies a custom that brings chaos to her...
Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise

Dear Cinephiles, “I don’t remember ever feeling this awake. You know what I mean? Everything looks different. You feel like that too? Like you’ve got something to look forward to?” Thelma says in an experience of striking realization in the groundbreaking...
Greyhound

Greyhound

Dear Cinephiles, “How seaworthy are you?” This is asked several times during the absorbing and taut new WWII movie “Greyhound.” When Captain Ernest Krause – played by Tom Hanks – asks that question – he wants to know if the neighboring boat that has...
Frida

Frida

Dear Cinephiles, “I’ve been cut into and reset so many times,” says Frida. “I’m like a jigsaw puzzle. And all the operations have done more damage than the accident for all I know. Everything hurts…but I’m alright. At the end of the day we can endure much more than we...
Norma Rae

Norma Rae

Dear Cinephiles, “Forget it! I’m stayin’ right where I am. It’s gonna take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here!” Those are words shouted by the defiant Norma Rae, and she follows it by...
Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Dear Cinephiles, All of sudden, the world as we knew it did a fast fade out, and we faded into our current state. The tone of our lives was altered. There wasn’t much of a warning and our focus shifted. The carefree laughter and the way we moved about our lives...
Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Dear Cinephiles, The movie I am recommending you today is total perfection. It’s a cinematic kiss. One that will wake you out of any malaise or dissatisfaction you’ve been under. “Best thing I know is to do exactly what you wish for a while,” Dr. Bonnachoven...
Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Pip Pip and Cheerio SBIFF Family! Time to take a stroll down Cherry Tree Lane in this week’s Family Fun Film, “Mary Poppins.” After looking through the activity guide (link below), see how it takes more than just a ‘spoonful of sugar’ to find the perfect nanny....
Total Recall

Total Recall

Dear Cinephiles, “No wonder you’re having nightmares, you’re always watching the news,” says Lori (Sharon Stone) waking up her husband Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his best performances) in the non-stop thrills mind bender “Total Recall” (1990) directed...
Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

Dear Cinephiles, “Monsoon Wedding” (2001) will transport you to Delhi, and it will immerse you so deeply in its people and culture that you will feel as if you’re in India. It will involve you in the four days leading up to a big traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding, and...
Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

Dear Cinephiles, “And would you consider pride a fault or a virtue?” asks Elizabeth from Mr. Darcy. “Maybe it’s that I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others, or their offenses against me. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever,” he answers. I...
Jaws

Jaws

Dear Cinephiles, I have this summer ritual of going to the Arlington with the staff and watching a big film on opening day – with the largest refillable tub of popcorn. We sit towards the front of the theatre – totally submerged in cinema. Summertime for most of...
Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Dear Cinephiles, “Lots of changes. It feels it’s all slipping away,” says Max – the owner of Kellerman’s – the Catskill hotel in “Dirty Dancing” (1987). This lovely memory film is the coming of age story of Frances “Baby” Houseman. “That was the summer of 1963 when...
To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

Dear Cinephiles, It’s hard to grapple with the notion that I can’t control things – and that’s been the hardest thing for me to deal with the past few months. There’s such a laissez faire attitude in “To Catch a Thief” (1955) that has made it for me the perfect go-to...
Hercules

Hercules

Hello SBIFF Family, Put on your long-distance sandals and watch this week’s Family Fun Film “Hercules.” Can you go the distance using the activity guide (link below) and be the first mortal to ever see the top of Mount Olympus? Watch as Hades sends his henchmen,...
Escape from New York

Escape from New York

Dear Cinephiles, My staff unanimously urged me to pick John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” (1981) for today. Keep in mind this is the second Carpenter movie I have recommended and another one starring Kurt Russell. One of my colleagues enthusiastically proclaimed...
Fast Color

Fast Color

Dear Cinephiles, “I have a gift. It was passed down to me by my mother, and her mother before her. We’ve stayed hidden because anytime we came into the light, someone tried to take us, to hurt us. But that time is over now. You’re scared because the world is dying and...
Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Dear Cinephiles, For a film geek, picking a favorite Coen Brothers movie is difficult. Keep in mind that Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the most consistently stirring directors in cinema responsible for “No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo,” ‘The Big Lewboski,” “Barton...
The Graduate

The Graduate

Dear Cinephiles, “And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson Jesus loves you more than you will know.” “The Graduate” (1967) was groundbreaking when first released and remains one of the most important films. This work and “Bonnie and Clyde” – both influenced by the...
Mucho Mucho Amor

Mucho Mucho Amor

Dear Cinephiles, “Reciban de mi siempre mucha paz, pero sobre todo mucho mucho mucho amor” Watching and listening to Walter Mercado’s sign off from his worldwide televised astrology show you’re struck with his genuineness and at the same time with the understanding of...
Duck Soup

Duck Soup

Dear Cinephiles, A country on the verge of bankruptcy is forced to appoint a new president who insults everyone and throws the government into such chaos that they teeter on the verge of war. “Duck Soup” is one of my favorite movies of all time –one that makes me...
The Incredibles

The Incredibles

Greetings SBIFF Super Family, Jump into adventure with everybody’s favorite superhero family in this week’s Family Fun Film “The Incredibles”. Take a peak at our activity guide (link below) and see what is most incredible about The Parrs and their powers....
Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Dear Cinephiles, “I don’t know what it is.,” explains Nyles to Sarah. “It could be death. It might be a dream. I may be imagining you. You might be imagining me. This could be purgatory or a glitch in the simulation we’re both in, I don’t know. So, I decided a while...
Enough Said

Enough Said

Dear Cinephiles, There are many reasons to encourage you to see and revisit “Enough Said” (2013) today. Number one on my list is the trajectory of one of America’s greatest writer/directors Nicole Holofcener. She has done five films – which seen together show her...
Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Dear Cinephiles, “If there’s magic in boxing, it’s the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream nobody sees but you.” Those words are uttered by Scrap in...
Being There

Being There

Dear Cinephiles, “Doesn’t a country need to have someone in charge who can see it through these periods of crisis, a leader capable of guiding us through the bad seasons as well as the good?,” TV host Gary Burns asks the main character Chance Gardiner in the...