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2017 line-up for
That's Science
Fiction!
Recaps
& comments
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
Tuesday, S
eptember 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Hillsdale Public Library
509 Hillsdale Avenue
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-358-5072
http://www.bccls.org/members/hldl.shtml

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month to view SF and other genre related
films.  

An underrated gem in Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary filmography, Shadow of a Doubt is one of
the most unsettling and thrilling films of its time. Partially written by the great Thornton
Wilder, the film stars Joseph Cotten, in a rare sinister role, as Uncle Charlie who comes to
visit his sister’s family in San Francisco after not visiting for over decade.

The most excited for his visit is his niece Charley, who is named after him. His presence
starts very positive but soon suspicions arise. Why does Uncle Charlie refuse to be
photographed? Detectives approach Charley. Why? The suspicions appear to be true but
unfortunately Charley is the only one who knows, and Uncle Charlie will do whatever he can
to silence her.

Joseph Cotten’s performance is the highlight of the film, switching between the fun,
charismatic uncle role and the vicious murderer at the drop of a hat. The winding plot is also
quite interesting, reaching into darker places than most and the tension is built up just as
well as in Hitchcock’s more famous thrillers. Although for some reason its reputation has not
kept in the public eye, it is highly regarded by all who watch it and it is reportedly Hitchcock’s
favorite of all those he made.
Sharknado:  the 4th Awakens (2016)
7/18/17 recap

Chris H
Because of July 4th falling on a Tuesday, we moved TSF! back a couple of weeks. And boy
was it worth the wait. Sharknado 4 graced the Hillsdale Library screen. There isn't much to
say about these films, outside of the fact that a lot of sharks fall from the sky. In case you're
interested in following further adventures, be advised that on Sunday, 8/6/2017, from 8 - 10
PM, Sharknado 5 will be shown for your viewing pleasure. Have no fear, if you miss it, we'll
be showing it next summer.  After the screening, conversation continued at the Ridge Diner.
Fun as always.
Batman:  the Killing Joke
8/1/17 recap  

Chris H

Our theme of the Jokes on You was well represented by Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is
an adaptation of the graphic novel we will be discussing at our group Modern Masters on
Thursday, 8/24/2017. Both the graphic novel and film concern the relationship between
Batman and the Joker over the years. The first half hour of the film has nothing to do with
the graphic novel, but the rest of it is spot on. Double-digit attendees enjoyed the
presentation immensely. Conversation continued at the Ridge Diner. Great evening.