Friday, July 19, 2019
Today begins the final week we are running our normal schedule at the State and Bijou theaters before the film festival begins.
At the State Theatre, I am holding over the brilliantly creative and tender film, “Yesterday”, from the Oscar-winning filmmaker, Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”). I love this film. The premise is a solar storm briefly hits planet earth and for some reason it removes any trace that The Beatles ever existed. And it appears only one person remembers them. He then decides to start performing their songs as if they were his — and everyone soon everyone believes he wrote everything from "Hey Jude" to "Let it Be." It’s a beautiful film and it forces you to experience The Beatles for the first time all over again. Near the end there’s an incredibly powerful encounter I don’t want to spoil it for you. You’ll love this film. This is its last week in Downtown Traverse City. Don’t miss it. (Also stars Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran).
Over it the Bijou we have two of the year’s best indie films. There's the award-winning "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" -- the kind of movie "you fall into with your whole heart and emerge from feeling, for two hours at least, what it is to fully be transported by the magic of film" (EW). And "Echo in the Canyon," an incredibly entertaining rock doc about the Laurel Canyon music scene featuring a who's who of mid-60s musicians like Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, and Tom Petty, along with those they inspired (Beck, Norah Jones, and more).
And be sure to WAIT FOR THE STATE, for Quentin Tarantino's 9th feature, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" which will open immediately following the film festival when we reopen on August 7.