Sing

Sing

Greetings, SBIFF Family! "Music and lights bring magic to life." - Buster Moon In our latest Family Fun Film, "Sing," watch as Buster Moon (a dapper koala) who presides over a once-grand theater pulls out all the stops in his last chance to preserve it. Join the lead...

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Greetings, SBIFF Family! "Every Town / Has Its Ups And Downs / Sometimes Ups / Outnumber The Downs / But Not In Nottingham." Join us for a swashbuckling adventure in this weekend's Family Fun Film, Disney's "Robin Hood." Watch as Robin Hood, his trusted companion...

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Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Dear Cinephiles, “What’s past is prologue.” A year ago, on May 25, 2020, Darnella Frazier, a 17-year old, took a video with her cellphone and changed the world. The Minneapolis police had given an ambiguous account of George Floyd’s death, and if it hadn’t been for...

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Serpico

Serpico

Dear Cinephiles, “The reality is that we do not wash our own laundry - it just gets dirtier.” When I first came to the United States to study in 1978, I had a poster of “Serpico” (1973) the way that Tony Manero had one in his bedroom in “Saturday Night Fever” and...

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The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

Dear Cinephiles, “Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I'd tell them the truth and they still wouldn't believe me, so I prefer to lie.” François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” has been so much written about that I don’t know what else I can add to the mix. It’s...

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101 Dalmations

101 Dalmations

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Roger: “Well, let’s see now. That’s 84 and 15 plus two. 101!” Join us for this weekend's Family Fun Film, "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" and accompany this group of furry friends on their adventure to rescue Pongo and Perdita’s puppies from...

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Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead

Dear Cinephiles, “They’re not what you think they are. They’re faster. They’re organized.” Ever since 1968 and the release of George Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead,” the popularity of the Zombie genre has been growing. Prior, there had been films with...

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Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Dear Cinephiles, Connor: “My dad said if anything happened to him, to find someone I could trust.” Hannah: “I’m absolutely someone you can trust.” I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a brand-new release for a very long time. Could it have been propelled by the...

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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Dear Cinephiles, “When you have a big human interest story, you've got to give it a big human interest ending. When you get people steamed up like this, don't ever make suckers out of them.” For someone who has relished in cinema since he was born, I have been pretty...

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Embark on a new journey with us in this weekend's Family Fun Film, "The Mitchells vs. The Machines." Tag along with the Mitchells as a robot apocalypse put the brakes on their cross-country road trip. Join their family in their race to save...

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Tenet

Tenet

Dear Cinephiles, "What happened, happened. It’s an expression of faith in the mechanics of the world. It’s not an excuse for doing nothing.”   Kudos to Christopher Nolan for being adamant about having his film “Tenet” (2020) get a theatrical release -- and to...

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Dear Cinephiles, “What’s wrong dude?! Ain’t you never seen a sunset?!“ One of the things I’ve missed the most since our imposed hibernation of the past year set in has been visiting New York City. Because of business relating to the festival and my involvement on the...

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The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

Dear Cinephiles, “And then the good Lord went on to say, ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.’" What is it about serial killer movies that has fascinated directors...

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Paddington

Paddington

Greetings, SBIFF Family! All aboard! We’re catching a train to London for this week’s Family Fun Film, “Paddington”! After an earthquake destroys his home in the Peruvian rainforest, a young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home. Paddington finds...

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Scarface

Scarface

Dear Cinephiles, "Okay, here's the Story. I come from the gutter. I know that. I got no education, but that’s okay. I know the street, and I’m making all the right connections. With the right woman, there’s no stopping. I could go right to the top.” I can’t recall a...

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Notting Hill

Notting Hill

Dear Cinephiles, Anna Scott : “Her most famous part. Men went to bed with the dream; they didn't like it when they would wake up with the reality. Do you feel that way?” William : “You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been.” I’ve definitely grown softer in...

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Dear Cinephiles, “Look at her, a prisoner of the gutters, condemned by every syllable she utters. By right she should be taken out and hung for the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue!” One of my favorite moments in cinema can be found in George Cukor’s still...

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The Croods

The Croods

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Join us for an exciting adventure this weekend with our Family Fun Film, "The Croods!” Accompany the Croods Family as they go on the journey of a lifetime after their cave is destroyed, and they find themselves exploring a spectacular...

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Girls Trip

Girls Trip

Dear Cinephiles, “We haven’t hung in five years. This weekend is about us. We are here together. Today is the last day that we will ever be this young.” In 2018, I hosted a Q&A with the talent for George Tillman Jr.’s “The Hate U Give” at the Riviera Theatre. One of...

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At Eternity’s Gate

At Eternity’s Gate

Dear Cinephiles, “What I see nobody else sees. It frightens me.” I have always found comfort in the work of great filmmakers, journeying through their vision as it unfolds in front of my eyes. For me, there’s a vicarious aspect to this because I’ve never longed to...

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Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

Dear Cinephiles, “Thousands of years ago, Orpheus was sad and melancholic, like this little bird trapped in its cage. But one day, from the strings of his guitar that sought only one true love, a voice spoke to him of lost kisses from the lips of Eurydice.” “Black...

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Rio

Rio

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Join us for this weekend's Family Fun Film, "Rio" as Blu, a flightless macaw and the last of his kind, discovers there's another, and that she's a "she," leading him on an adventure to the city of Rio. Meet the wonderful group of friends who...

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Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster

Dear Cinephiles, Mel: “You got a lot of nerve. You come in here, you lick my wife's armpit. You know... I'm going to have that image in my head for the rest of my life with your tongue in there.” Yes, there’s a famous armpit licking scene in David O. Russell’s...

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Breathless

Breathless

Dear Cinephiles, Patricia: “Listen. The last sentence is beautiful. ‘Between grief and nothing, I will take grief.’ Which would you choose?” Michel: “...Grief's stupid, l'd choose nothing. It's not better, but grief's a compromise. l want all or nothing.” The one film...

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Summertime

Summertime

Dear Cinephiles, “All my life, I’ve stayed at parties too long because I didn’t know when to go.” In David Lean’s “Summertime” (1955), there’s a moment that captures for those who’ve been there, and for those who haven’t yet experienced it, the exhilaration of the...

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Risky Business

Risky Business

Dear Cinephiles, “My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?” Paul Brickman’s “Risky Business” (1983) plays as well today as it did the first time I saw it. Even better. When it...

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The Stunt Man

The Stunt Man

Dear Cinephiles, “You must have heard surely of movie magic. You should be a stunt man, who is an actor, who is a character in a movie, who is an enemy soldier. Who'll look for you amongst all those? People like to believe in things, and policemen are just people. Or...

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Invisible Valley

Invisible Valley

Dear Cinephiles, “I’m always struck by the bent figures in the valley.” The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival is here. The idea of cancelling never crossed my mind. Delaying until today (our dates are usually late January) gave us a chance to succeed with...

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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Dear Cinephiles, “This is no job for you. You're always by yourself. You see a film 100 times. You've nothing else to do. You talk to Greta Garbo and Tyrone Power like an idiot. You work like a dog. Even holidays, Easter, Christmas.” Alfredo, the projectionist in the...

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The Father

The Father

Dear Cinephiles, Anthony: “You’re abandoning me. What’s going to become of me?” Seeing the spellbinding and heartbreaking “The Father” (2020), which just received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, reminded me of a well-known film by Stanley Kubrick. In...

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Marty

Marty

Dear Cinephiles, “I cry a lot too. I'm a big crier...I cry all the time. Any little thing. All my brothers, my brothers-in-law - they're - they're always telling me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long...

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Over The Moon

Over The Moon

Greetings, SBIFF Family! “Every moment we have is a chance at something new.” – Gobi In this weekend’s Family Fun Film, “Over the Moon,” watch as Fei Fei begins her quest to fly herself to the moon find the legendary moon goddess, Chang’e. Check out the activity guide...

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The Dig

The Dig

Dear Cinephiles, Mrs. Pretty: “We die, and we decay and we don’t live on.” Basil: “We’re part of something continuous, so we don’t really die.” We’re in Sutton Hoo, Suffolk County in 1939, and what we’re about to see is based on a true story. Basil Brown (Ralph...

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My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher

Dear Cinephiles, “A lot of people say that an octopus is like an alien. But the strange thing is, as you get closer to them, you realize we’re very similar in a lot of ways.” When the Oscar nominations were announced for Best Documentary, “My Octopus Teacher” (2020)...

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Pieces of a Woman

Pieces of a Woman

Dear Cinephiles, “There are certain questions I can’t answer.” I tell my students to look out for figurative comparisons that help the filmmaker navigate deeper themes and ideas. Once uncovered, these ‘visual aids” help the viewer arrive at a greater appreciation of...

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His House

His House

Dear Cinephiles, “You will be sent to a home of our choosing.” Although it came out in October, I had not gotten around to writing about “His House” (2020). Two weeks ago, when the British Academy of Film Television and Arts (BAFTA) announced its influential list of...

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Emma.

Emma.

Dear Cinephiles, Emma: “I have been unpardonably vain, and insufferably arrogant. I have been inconsiderate, and indelicate, and irrational, and unfeeling.” For someone who is not fond of romantic comedies, I am obsessed with Jane Austen. I’ve read all of her comedy...

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Modern Times

Modern Times

Dear Cinephiles, “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile If you’ll just Smile” How many times have the lyrics of the song “Smile” gotten us through hard times? I certainly have listened to it several times over the past twelve months. Did you know that the music...

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Enchanted

Enchanted

Hello SBIFF Family! “I wish you every happiness.” — Giselle In this weekend's Family Fun Film, “Enchanted,” follow Giselle as she is banished from the animated world and thrown into The Big Apple! Join Giselle as she navigates the live-action world of New York City in...

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Rain Man

Rain Man

Dear Cinephiles, Charlie : “You remember that day. Was I there? Where was I?” Raymond : “You were in the window. You waved to me, ‘Bye bye Rain Man, Bye bye.’" There’s a scene in the Oscar winning “Rain Man” (1988) that always gets to me. It takes place in a motel...

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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Dear Cinephiles, Clare : “I'm not your nightingale, your little bird, your dove. I'm not your anything. I belong to me and no one else!" I warn you, I’m a big fan of “The Nightingale” (2018) and this write up comes from my fervor for writer/director Jennifer Kent...

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Attack the Block

Attack the Block

Dear Cinephiles, Jerome : “This is too much madness to explain in one text!” Talk about not judging a book by its cover. When the movie starts you’re in modern day south London in a council state (housing projects) on “Guy Fawkes” night, a shower of fireworks lighting...

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Contagion

Contagion

Dear Cinephiles, Dr. Erin Mears : “The average person touches their face 2- or 3000 times a day. Three to five times every waking minute. In between, we're touching doorknobs, water fountains, elevator buttons and each other. Those things become fomites.” As a young...

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Rocky

Rocky

Dear Cinephiles, Rocky: “I’m dumb, and you’re shy.” I hadn’t seen “Rocky” (1976) since it first came out. I saw all the sequels, including the spin-off of the series, Ryan Coogler’s “Creed” (2015). I had forgotten how tender and poignant the original film is. It has...

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North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Dear Cinephiles, Ticket Seller : “Something wrong with your eyes?” Roger Thornhill : “Yes, they're sensitive to questions.” One of my favorite moments in the ever buoyant “North by Northwest” (1959) directed by the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock, takes place at one...

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Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Hello SBIFF Family! “Who said a chicken can’t fly.” Ferdinand In “Ferdinand,” this weekend's Family Fun Film, Ferdinand the bull with a big heart is mistaken for a dangerous beast and taken away from his home. Join Ferdinand and his friends in their adventure as they...

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News of the World

News of the World

Dear Cinephiles, “And maybe just for tonight we can escape our troubles and hear the great changes that are happening out there.” I’ve mentioned to you before, back when I recommended it, that I’m obsessed with John Ford’s “The Searchers” (1954). I have taught it now...

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I’m No Longer Here

I’m No Longer Here

Dear Cinephiles, “In this country you’re not the first, and you won’t be the last.” There’s something sad that happens to you when you migrate. You’ve worked so hard as a young person to hold on to a sense of individuality and to stop feeling like you don’t belong in...

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Two of Us

Two of Us

Dear Cinephiles, “I wanted to tell you something that’s very important to me….” “Two of Us” -- written and directed in his debut by filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti -- is France’s submission to the International Feature Oscar race, and it’s on the shortlist of films that...

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Night Catches Us

Night Catches Us

Dear Cinephiles, Iris: “When face to face with a policeman, I should keep my mouth shut, say nothing unless asked, answer questions with ‘yes, sir, no, sir,’ unless they violate my civil rights. Then put my hands on my head where they can clearly see them and ask for...

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