Training Day

Training Day

Dear Cinephiles, “To Protect The Sheep You Gotta Catch The Wolf, And It Takes A Wolf To Catch A Wolf.” That motto used by corrupt policeman Alonzo Harris summarizes his situation in the ferocious crime thriller “Training Day” (2001) which – seen under the new...
Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques

Dear Cinephiles, “It’s been insane since the beginning. Actually, it’s a kid’s game. You took off of your word problems with leaking taps, and tanks that fill up and empty, and you planned a murder from it. In real life this kind of thing does not exist. Taps that you...
Coraline

Coraline

Dear SBIFF Fam, Everything is not what it seems in this week’s Family Film Fun, “Coraline.” Follow Coraline into her alternate world that lies just beyond a secret door in her new home. This world is not the dream come true it appears to be, and Coraline must use all...
Point Break

Point Break

Dear Cinephiles, “It was never about money for us it was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. We stand for something to those dead souls inching along the freeways in their metal coffins. We show them that the human spirit is still...
La Cage Aux Folles

La Cage Aux Folles

Dear Cinephiles, “Yes, I use foundation. I live with a man. I’m just an old queer. That’s right! But I know who I am now. It’s taken me 20 years to come to this, Laurent.” Those lines are spoken by Renato – the father of Laurent – in the outrageous and warmhearted “La...
Car Wash

Car Wash

Dear Cinephiles, “I don’t know man. I know I’m not crazy, but every day I have to come here and watch this clown show, man. Sometimes, I just can’t take it. “ There are a couple of moments in the irresistible comedy “Car Wash” (1975) that are so piercingly good and...
Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Dear Cinephiles, Tutor: “What does it feel like when you’re dancing?” Billy: “Don’t know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going… then I like, forget everything. And… sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole...
Witness

Witness

Dear Cinephiles, Eli Lapp: “This gun of the hand is for the taking of human life. We believe it is wrong to take a life. That is only for God. Many times wars have come and people have said to us: you must fight, you must kill, it is the only way to preserve the good....
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Dear Cinephiles, “One day, in a week, a month, a year, on that day when God willing, we all return to our homes again, you’re going to feel very proud of what you have achieved here in the face of great adversity,” says Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson in the...
How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

Calling the SBIFF Clan! It’s time for fire-breathing action, epic adventure, and big laughs in today’s family film fun “How to Train Your Dragon” and activity guide! Tossed into dragon-fighting school, Hiccup endeavors to prove himself as a...
Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Dear Cinephiles, “I’m just asking you to acknowledge your responsibilities. Is that so bad? I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s unreasonable. And you know, another thing, and it’s that you thought you could just walk into my life, and turn it upside down, without a...
Atlantics

Atlantics

Dear Cinephiles, “Out there is one big struggle. You’ll have no father or mother. It’ll just be you, all on your own. If you’d rather face that reality than stay in this house of happiness, then let’s leave.” The above advice is given to Ada, one half of the lovers in...
The Mustang

The Mustang

Dear Cinephiles, “You never go in there. That’s a dangerous animal,” says trainer Myles referring to the wild mustang that is being held in a boarded-up pen. We’re able to hear all its grunting and hard breathing and see the metal gates tremoring from all the kicking....
Big Night

Big Night

Dear Cinephiles, Secondo: “He lives in a world above you. What he has, and what he is …is rare. You are nothing.” Pascal: “I’m a businessman. I’m anything I need to be, at any time. Tell me, what exactly are you?” I hadn’t seen “Big Night” (1996) since the time it...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Dear Cinephiles, Chief Bromden: “My pop was real big. He did like he pleased. That’s why everybody worked on him. The last time I seen my father, he was blind in the cedars from drinking. And every time he put the bottle to his mouth, he don’t suck out of it, it sucks...
Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Dear Cinephiles, “The question is, Frau Helm, were you lying then, are you lying now, or are you not in fact a chronic and habitual liar?!” asks Sir Wilfrid Robarts in the murder trial at the heart of the spellbinding “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957). I love a...
Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

Cheerio SBIFF Family! “Head up, and feet beneath you, children!” It is time to spend a week underneath the lovely London sky in this week’s Family Fun Film, “Mary Poppins Returns.” When the Banks family is at risk of losing their home, it takes a...
Inception

Inception

Dear Cinephiles, Ariadne: “Why is it so important to dream?” Cobb: “In my dreams we’re still together.” I thought it was just me. Since last March, I started having these incredibly vivid dreams. Spending most days in the same environment – unable to freely mobilize....
Things to Come

Things to Come

Dear Cinephiles, “The future is compromised,” a publisher tells Nathalie, a philosophy professor whose book is going out of print, in the exquisite French film “Things to Come” (2016). But the words, given what she’s undergoing, ripple unto bigger context – and...
The Best Man

The Best Man

Dear Cinephiles, Quentin: “It’s just amazing how you’ve always analyzed everybody else’s stuff, and then you don’t do the same thing for your own self.” Writer/Director Malcolm D. Lee made quite a splash with his debut feature – the romantic ensemble drama “The Best...
The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Dear Cinephiles, “There are three sides to every story; your side my side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently,” says Robert Evans, the legendary film producer in the devilishly entertaining “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” Based...
The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Dear Cinephiles, Royal: “You know, Richie, this illness, this closeness to death… it’s had a profound affect on me. I feel like a different person, I really do.” Richie: “Dad, you were never dying.” Royal: “But I’m going to live.” I can’t believe I...
The Apartment

The Apartment

Dear Cinephiles, Fran Kubelik: “Some people take, some people get took. And they know they’re getting took and there’s nothing they can do about it.” There’s no denying the sense of gloominess that has overtaken our lives since last March. I’ve made a big...
Shrek

Shrek

Ladies and gentlebugs, larvae of all stages… Rub your legs together for this week’s Family Fun Film, “A Bug’s Life!” Meet Flik, the inventive ant whose latest antics have left his colony in a sticky situation. To avert disaster, come with Flik on a mission to recruit...
The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Dear Cinephiles, Dr. Hannibal Lecter: “We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don’t your eyes seek out the things you want?” It’s ideas about the acts of looking and participating that linger long after the...
Honey Boy

Honey Boy

Dear Cinephiles, Otis: “I’m going to make a movie about you.” James: “Make me look good, Honey Boy.” I think we all know by now of the healing powers of cinema. I do not know what I would have done without it the past few months for it has definitely kept me sane and...
Truman

Truman

Dear Cinephiles, “The only thing that matters in life is relationships,” says Julian. There are movies that sneak past me. I try to be as open minded as possible and never try to judge a film by its cover. I had read about “Truman” (2015) – the Spanish film that...
Aguirre, The Wrath of God

Aguirre, The Wrath of God

Dear Cinephiles, Aguirre: “Have you seen any solid ground that would support your weight?” I know I have recommended a lot of films to you in the past months, but if you have never seen “Aguirre, The Wrath of God” (1972) I encourage you to rectify this immediately....
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Dear Cinephiles, “Heathcliff, make the world stop right here. Make everything stop and stand still and never move again. Make the moors never change and you and I never change,” exclaims Catherine in William Wyler’s 1939 adaptation of Emily Bronte’s gothic romance...
RBG

RBG

Dear Cinephiles, “I ask no favor for my sex,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg at the beginning of “RBG” (2018). “All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” Left bereft on Friday night, and simply not knowing whether to turn...