The Renaissance started in Florence; Jazz emerged in New Orleans; and in the 1960s, the California Sound was born in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. Andrew Slater's Echo in the Canyon provides first-hand accounts of what it was like to live among the stars of the folk-rock movement. The documentary examines how artists like The Beach Boys and The Beatles influenced one another, and how a tight-knit community of artists changed pop music forever. Echo in the Canyon also acknowledges contemporary artists who were—and continue to be—inspired by the music that came out of Laurel Canyon. Read on to see my favorite Laurel Canyon-inspired artists and songs!
I don’t want to spoil it, but HAIL SATAN? drills down on the topic of the separation of church and state, and sets an amazing set of modern day tenets for this ‘religion’ that left me agreeing and wondering “by this definition, could I qualify as a Satanist”? I think by the end of the film most Grand patrons will be wondering the same.
"It's all about the pigeon blood"
This year's Tacoma Film Festival programming is off the chain! Our stellar Film Festival Director/Programmer, Laura, selected the best of the best of the best films from the nearly 1800 film submissions we had this year! Every year, I am completely blown away by the talent of the filmmakers who submitted films, both local and beyond, and this year is no different!
On April 22 at 11 PM, your weekly late-night cinephile infusion, Weird Elephant at the Grand Cinema, brings you The Void. Read a full review from our intern, Chase.
It is a poetic irony that a film can be so visually stunning, powerfully written, wonderfully acted, masterfully directed, and at the same time hard to look at. Land of Mine achieves just that as it tells the story of young German POWs who are tasked with removing thousands of mines with nothing more than their bare hands.
Moonlight is nominated for eight Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Director, Best Original Music Score and Writing Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography and Film Editing. It has also already won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama as well as a slew of other awards in 2016.
Read on to see what Grand house manager, Courtney has to say about this immersive drama.
20th Century Women is a vibrant and exceptionally perceptive new dramatic comedy that explores the maternal efforts of Dorothea Fields, a single mother in her mid-50s, who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, during a time of dramatic cultural changes and rebellion. This piercingly honest and witty coming of age story examines multiple generations of women as they navigate through and come to terms with themes of love, freedom, identity, and relationships.
Holding true to it’s name, Lion roars with fervent emotion and heart-tugging performances retelling the true story of a young man named Saroo Brierley and his relentless search for the home and family he was accidentally separated from as a child.