SBIFF Film Recommendations During Quarantine

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Dear Cinephiles, “I think the reason why Mommy left... was because for a long time... I kept trying to make her be a certain kind of person. A certain kind of wife that I thought she was supposed to be. And she just wasn’t like that,” explains Ted Kramer to his...

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Barefoot in the Park

Barefoot in the Park

Dear Cinephiles, “Even when I didn’t like you, I loved you,” admits Paul – one half of the newlywed couple whose marriage gets put to the test in the beguiling “Barefoot in the Park” (1967.) I was a little concerned about revisiting this classic romantic farce because...

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Bonjour SBIFF Famille! On today’s menu we have the Family Fun Film, “Ratatouille.” You don’t need to be a professional chef to whip up a delicious dish. Nobody knows this better than Remy, a rat with impressive chef skills, who makes an unusual alliance with a young...

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Bull Durham

Bull Durham

Dear Cinephiles, “The only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball,” says Annie Savoy in the sexy, smart and humorous “Bull Durham” (1988). It happens to be in my opinion the best baseball movie – and a very entertaining film for...

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Awakenings

Awakenings

Dear Cinephiles, “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug, and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. This is what we'd forgotten, the simplest things.” Those words are spoken by Dr. Malcolm...

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The Founder

The Founder

Dear Cinephiles, “I came up with the concept of winning,” states Ray Kroc. “While you guys were content by being a couple of also-rans. I’m going to take the future. I wanna win. And you don’t get there by being some aw-shucks nice guy sap. There’s no place in...

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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Dear Cinephiles, “I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature,” exclaims Elinor Dashwood. I’ve been caught in this gravitational pull watching Jane Austin film adaptations during our current privation. I have found great...

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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Dear Cinephiles, “What are the 39 steps?” If you’re a true cinephile, and you do not know the answer to that question we’ve got some work to do. Consider this a serious intervention. “The 39 Steps” is a 1935 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Let me rephrase that....

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Get On Up

Get On Up

Dear Cinephiles, “When I hit that stage, people better be ready,” says James Brown, played in a barn-burning performance by Chadwick Boseman in “Get on Up” (2014). In person, Boseman was a gentle soul. He had these big, expressive eyes and high cheekbones that would...

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