Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Dear Cinephiles, Since a lot of you are staying at home with the entire family, we thought of suggesting an incredible film that everyone can enjoy together. We’ve picked the Oscar winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”...
Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Dear Cinephiles, I think we all need a good laugh – and I encourage you to see “Some Like It Hot” – what many critics consider to be the greatest comedy ever made. In 1959, Billy Wilder concocted this hilarious farce that moves swiftly –...
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

From the first time I saw “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” I fell in love with it. It remains in my top 5 list of all time favorite movies – and one that I have seen a multitude of times with my students throughout the years. In 2007, artist and...
Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

Dear Cinephiles, “Before Sunrise” is one of the most romantic movies ever made – and one that I return to over time as I age. It’s particularly special for me right now – understanding what the movie so eloquently proves: the greatest...
Cabaret

Cabaret

Dear Cinephiles, Traditionally, movie musicals have been known as pure escapism. Bob Fosse changed all that in 1972 with the utterly stylish “Cabaret” which won him an Academy Award for best director beating Francis Ford Coppola for “The...
Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Dear Cinephiles, I have found that the past week where we have had our daily routines and habits altered has been an opportunity for introspection —and afforded me time to count the blessings and the important things in my life. That’s why I feel that...
Lost In Translation

Lost In Translation

Dear Cinephiles, When I’m asked a list of my favorite films – without hesitation I pick Sofia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation.” I include it in my film class every semester. The film defies categorizing. It’s got comedy – it’s got...
Howards End

Howards End

Dear Cinephiles, Today’s recommendation is one of the most sumptuous films —Howards End; the best of the Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films based on E.M. Forster’s 1910 classic novel. This is a beautiful and intoxicating movie, made in 1992, yet...
Notorious

Notorious

Dear Cinephiles, For this weekend I recommend one of my ultimate favorite films – NOTORIOUS – directed by the master himself Alfred Hitchcock. I’ve seen this gem a multitude of times – and I find great comfort in revisiting it time after time....
20th Century Women

20th Century Women

Dear Cinephiles, I hope this note finds you healthy both physically and spiritually. I have found in the past week in isolation that this is a time for self-reflection and about understanding the priorities in life as well as the importance of friends and family....
Sideways

Sideways

Dear Cinephiles, Today’s recommendation is SIDEWAYS —which launched the world’s discovery of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara’s wine region. This is a road movie. I’ve always found that in difficult times films that take us on a journey...
Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Dear Cinephiles, I hope this note finds you well. Since we’re spending time at home, we thought of sending you daily movie recommendations – accompanied with a study guide (below) with fun facts. The first film is one of our personal favorites, David O....