On Screen: Echo in the Canyon, A Faithful Man, Cinerama’s Summer Trip

This week’s major releases include Dora the Explorer making the leap to live action with Dora and the City of Gold and a golden retriever making Milo Ventimiglia cry (maybe? I didn’t read the book) in The Art of Racing in the Rain. Sure you could see Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood again or catch up on your summer blockbusters, but there are a few other interesting selections on local screens to consider:

  • Echo in the Canyon weaves together interviews and performances from Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne to explore the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as “folk went electric”. Screenings on Friday August 9th (2:30 pm) and Saturday August 10th (6:00pm) include a Q&A with Jakob Dylan, director Andrew Slater, and producer Eric Barrett plus live performances with Dylan, Jade Castrinos, and the EITC band. SIFF Cinema Uptown.
  • A Faithful Man, among my favorites from this year’s SIFF, is back in Seattle for a week of screenings at the Northwest Film Forum. Louis Garrel direct himself, his wife Laetitia Casta, and Lily-Rose Depp in a twisty, often humorous morality fable that attempts to resolve a bizarre love triangle through a very French proposition. Over a breezily and engaging  74 minutes, the attractive cast schemes, sleuths, and challenges the film’s title.
  • “Summer Trip” mini-festival. It’s the dog days of summer and all of the blockbusters growing stale. Mercifully, the programmers at the Cinerama have finally banished the utterly inert, overlong, photorealistic reboot of the Lion King from their magnificent screen. In its place, a grab-bag of summer classics, comedies, and thrillers. The mini-fest opens on Friday with stoner comedies Wet Hot American Summer and The Big Lebowski; continues with family-friendly Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Wizard of Oz, then sharply transitions into grown-up territory with Wild at Heart (Saturday); and wraps the weekend with trio of thrillers of vastly different stripes, Jaws, Us, & Mandy (Sunday);. The next week brings mockumentary and might-as-well-be-documentary This is Spinal Tap & Do the Right Thing (Monday); a duet of high school comedies Fast Times at Ridgemont High & Dazed and Confused (Tuesday); and the festival closes with a double-feature in which the first film’s title describes the plot of the second: The Neverending Story and Midsommar