The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

Hello SBIFF Fam! “You are who you choose to be.” - The Iron Giant Explore an unlikely friendship between a boy and a robot in this week’s Family Fun film, “The Iron Giant." Check out this the Activity Guide below and Join Hogarth and the Iron Giant as they stick...

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There’s Something About Mary

There’s Something About Mary

Dear Cinephiles, “Is it the frank or the beans?” We see the set-up – something so outrageous -- and it doesn’t stop. Everything up until this moment has been raunchy –– but you laugh. We all enjoy bathroom humor at some point in our lives – and this is taking it to...

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The Photograph

The Photograph

Dear Cinephiles, “I just didn’t know how to tell you how I felt. And I think I’m not used to needing anyone. But I need you.” As we head into Valentine’s weekend, I’ve been thinking about love stories on the screen and wanted to find something new. I’m glad I found...

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God’s Own Country

God’s Own Country

Dear Cinephiles, “I want to be with you. And that what’s needed to be said.” I think one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with is allowing myself to fall in love and be loved. I was a loner most of my life – and enjoyed being that way. I was always very private...

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Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Dear Cinephiles, Damiel : “It's great to live by the spirit, to testify day by day for eternity, only what's spiritual in people's minds. But sometimes I'm fed up with my spiritual existence. Instead of forever hovering above I'd like to feel a weight grow in me to...

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Beginners

Beginners

Dear Cinephiles, “You always wanted to hold my hand when you were little.” I was meeting with the SBIFF staff via Zoom on Friday when we heard of Christopher Plummer’s death. There was a pause in our conversation, and a sinking feeling. Everybody loved Mr. Plummer –...

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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Dear Cinephiles, “Everybody has a mother.” One of Hollywood’s legendary actresses, Joan Crawford campaigned to get the role that would ultimately yield her Best Actress Oscar, for “Mildred Pierce” (1945). She hadn’t worked in two years. Her 18-year career at Metro...

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Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

Hello SBIFF Fam! "You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There is a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." Join Po the panda as he works on fulfilling his dream of becoming a kung...

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When Harry Met Sally…

When Harry Met Sally…

Dear Cinephiles, “And when you say ‘No, no, no it's not true, nothing is missing from the relationship,’ the person you're involved with then accuses you of being secretly attracted to the person you're just friends with, which you probably are. I mean, come on, who...

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Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Dear Cinephiles, Ramona: “Desperate, I love that word. It’s so romantic.” I think everyone has felt at some point or another like switching places with someone else or trying to understand how someone else lives. The grass is always greener, isn’t it? In the beguiling...

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A Room With A View

A Room With A View

Dear Cinephiles, “I don’t care what I see outside. My vision is within. Here is where the birds sing. Here is where the sky is blue.” The above sentiment is what has gotten me through the worst moments of the past 11 months. Being confined to our homes – to staring at...

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Miss Juneteenth

Miss Juneteenth

Dear Cinephiles, “I just want something for myself.” Those words are expressed by Turquoise Jones in Channing Godfrey Peoples’ phenomenal debut – “Miss Juneteenth” (2020). She is a black woman in Fort Worth, Texas who has had her dream deferred. Sixteen years ago,...

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Trading Places

Trading Places

Billy Ray Valentine: “What if I can't do this job, Coleman? What if I'm not what they expected?” Coleman: “Just be yourself, sir. Whatever happens, they can't take that away from you.” My dear Cinephile reader, I never expected to be writing to you on a consistent...

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Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause

Dear Cinephiles, Jim Stark: “If I had one day when I didn't have to be all confused and I didn't have to feel that I was ashamed of everything. If I felt that I belonged someplace. You know?” One of the positive things that have come out of the past year has been that...

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Hello SBIFF Fam! “Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like you had something unique to offer the world, if you could just get people to see it?” - Flint Lockwood This week’s forecast for our Family Fun Film is in, it’s Cloudy With a Chance of...

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The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

Dear Cinephiles, “You call it luck. I call it destiny.” I can’t remember the last time I felt the sense of excitement and thrills I did while watching again John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975). It has a way of making you feel like a little kid all over...

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The Young Girls of Rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Dear Cinephiles, Solange : “Sweetie, guys like that don't hang out in Rochefort.” Delphine : “Not right now. He's in Paris. He did my portrait.” Solange : “Who is it? You never mentioned him.” Delphine : “A painter. I don't know him. He exists and he loves me. But...

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Clemency

Clemency

Dear Cinephiles, “You wanna believe there’s good guys and bad guys, and I’m one of the bad guys. But I give these men respect.” One of cinema’s greatest actors – Alfre Woodard – reaffirms her virtuosity in one of the last scenes in the powerful drama “Clemency”...

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Dear Cinephiles, “Get your hands off them guns. I’m Orvis Goodnight! Record producer, you understand?! I live right across the street from here. Well, I don’t get this kind of service. No sir.! Two weeks ago a thief tried to break into my house. I called the police....

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Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Dear Cinephiles, “Barry was one of those born clever enough at gaining a fortune, but incapable of keeping one, for the qualities and energies which lead a man to achieve the first are often the very cause of his ruin in the latter case.” My father proudly displayed...

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Dear Cinephiles, “I don’t want realism. I want magic!” One of the greatest plays of all time was successfully adapted into film: “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) is exemplary and even if you’ve seen a production of Tennessee Williams’ drama, the movie version is...

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Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

Hello SBIFF Fam! "Come away oh human child, to the waters and the wild, with a fairy, hand in hand, for the world's more full of weeping than you can understand." - Song of the Sea Join Ben as he and his sister, Saoirse (who can turn into a seal!) on their adventure...

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The King of Staten Island

The King of Staten Island

Dear Cinephiles, “I like it here. It’s safe.” I like the full spectrum of cinema. I like the high-brow stuff – diving into profound subjects that startle me and keep me on my toes. I also like commercial fare. I like escapism – the idea of disconnecting and letting...

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Herself

Herself

Dear Cinephiles, “It’s land Sandra, going to waste. Use it. Build a house for you and your girls.” If life as you know it is crumbling around you and you need to rebuild its foundation – not just for your own sake but for your children’s, why not go and literally...

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Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

Dear Cinephiles, Clyde Barrow: “You know what you done there? You told my story, you told my whole story right there, right there. One time, I told you I was gonna make you somebody. That's what you done for me. You made me somebody they're gonna remember.” ...And...

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Midnight Run

Midnight Run

Dear Cinephiles, “You’re aware of all your behavior yet you continue doing things that aren’t good for you. That sounds sort of foolish.” People who love each other and spend a lot of time together develop a banter between them that if witnessed by outsiders would...

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4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

Dear Cinephiles, “At times, life is hard, as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and painful moments. Like the ever-flowing water of a river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the...

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The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Dear Cinephiles, “You see the important thing is the rhythm. You must always have rhythm in your shaking. Now, a Manhattan, you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time. The dry martini you always shake to waltz time.” As someone who loves shaking cocktails as...

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Hello SBIFF Fam! “Once you meet someone, you never really forget them.” -Zeniba The impossible comes true in this week’s Family Fun Film, “Spirited Away!” On their drive to their new suburban home, a wrong turn takes 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents to a dimension...

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Mank

Mank

Dear Cinephiles, “You cannot capture a man's entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.“ A few weeks back I wrote to you about Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941) and its importance. I also mentioned that I would recommend you...

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Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

Dear Cinephiles, Mr. Green: “Have you come here to hurt me?” Cassie: “Do you want me to hurt you?” “Promising Young Woman” (2020) is going to entertain and keep you riveted as it makes unexpected turns, but it’s going to definitely make you feel uncomfortable at...

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Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

Dear Cinephiles, “You ain't dealt me no cards in a long time. It's beginning to look like you got things fixed so I can't never win out. Inside, outside, all of them... rules and regulations and bosses. You made me like I am. Now just where am I supposed to fit in?”...

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Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball

Dear Cinephiles, “I’m a ballplayer.” I’ve talked to you about movies that I love and then watch again only to find my admiration grow. But recently I got to sit down to revisit “Love & Basketball” (2000), a film that I had seen and gave a passing grade when it came...

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Goodfellas

Goodfellas

Dear Cinephiles, Karen: “I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn’t. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.” It is exhilarating - and it’s a continuous three...

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Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

Dear Cinephiles, “There’s a cure for everything – except death.” Vittorio DeSica’s “Bicycle Thieves” (1948) is another film that every serious cinephile needs to have checked out at least once. This film has not aged a bit. The opposite. Given the heightened poverty...

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Wolfwalkers

Wolfwalkers

Hello SBIFF Fam! "Be fierce. Be wild. Be free." There is more to nature than what meets the eye in this week’s family fun film, “Wolfwalkers.” Sneak away to the forest with Robyn and her new friend Medb and watch them discover the power they wield when they let go of...

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On The Rocks

On The Rocks

Dear Cinephiles, “And remember don’t give your heart to any boys. You’re mine. until you get married. Then you’re still mine.” Early in Sofia Coppola’s newest gift (and yes, I consider new films from my top five directors to be gifts) Felix, an irrepressible Bill...

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Wolfwalkers

Wolfwalkers

Dear Cinephiles, “I’ve never healed anything this bad before, it’s going to take time.” The idea that we cannot find commonality, that we have to destroy what we don’t understand or don’t like – that instead, we should unite to help our neighbors – to combat fear and...

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Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Dear Cinephiles, “Do you ever feel your life has turned into something you never intended?” Tom Ford is a great designer – but the man also knows his cinema, and how to make good movies. I’ve been frustrated that he’s only made two – but they’re both exemplary....

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Dear Cinephiles, 'The blues help you get out of bed in the morning. You get up knowing you ain't alone. There's something else in the world. Something's been added by that song. This be an empty world without the blues.' - Ma Rainey George C. Wolfe is one of the best...

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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Dear Cinephiles, Ali: “Why do you cry?” Emmi: “Because I’m so happy on the one hand, and on the other I can’t bear it anymore. All this hatred from everyone. I always pretend I don’t care, but I do.” Rainer Werner Fassbinder has always had a special place in my...

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To Be or Not To Be

To Be or Not To Be

Dear Cinephiles, Professor Siletsky : “I wonder if you really know what Nazism really stands for?” Maria Tura : “I have a slight idea” Professor Siletsky : “In the final analysis, all we're trying to do is create a happy world.” Maria Tura : “And people who don't want...

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Soul

Soul

Hello SBIFF Fam! What is it that makes you...YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. Take a journey with Joe from the...

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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Dear Cinephiles, Andy Dufresne: “There are places in this world that aren't made out of stone. That there's something inside... that they can't get to, that they can't touch. That's yours.” Red: “What're you talking about?” Andy: “Hope.” In 2020, we’ve been battered –...

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In The Mood For Love

In The Mood For Love

Dear Cinephiles, Su Li-zhen Chan : “You notice things if you pay attention.” Heed that wisdom. “In the Mood for Love” (2000) by maestro Wong Kar-wai is on my top-ten. The list shifts, but this one always remains in it. I’m not alone in claiming this film to be one of...

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About A Boy

About A Boy

Dear Cinephiles, Will : “My life is made up of units of time. Buying CDs - two units. Eating lunch - three units. Exercising - two units. All in all, I had a very full life. It's just that it didn't mean anything.” Evolving is not an easy thing. From the moment I was...

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I’m Your Woman

I’m Your Woman

Dear Cinephiles, “Eddie and Jean met and fell in love. Eddie and Jean got married and bought a house. Eddie and Jean were gonna have a kid but didn’t. So, every morning, Eddie kisses Jean, Eddie leaves the house, and Jean’s alone.” There’s quite a dazzling moment in...

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One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami

Dear Cinephiles, “It's been a long A long time coming But I know a change gonna come Oh, yes it will” Watching Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke singing “A Change is Gonna Come” at the denouement of Regina King’s transcendental directorial debut “One Night in Miami” (2020)...

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An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Dear Cinephiles, “I came to Paris to study and to paint, because Utrillo did, and Lautrec did, and Roualt did. I loved what they created and I thought something would happen to me too. Well, it happened all right. Now, what have I got left? Paris. Maybe that's enough...

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Abominable

Abominable

Hello SBIFF Fam! What would you do if you found a Yeti on your roof? Get ready for an unforgettable adventure and join Yi and her two friends as they embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature of a Yeti named Everest with his family. To do so, they must...

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