Get $2 Off Ticket For Brian Wilson Film "Love & Mercy" at SIFF!
On May 15th & 16th, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) presents Love & Mercy, a fascinating portrait of the turbulent life of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp & Elizabeth Banks! SIFF is offering Easy Streeters $2 off the price of a ticket at the 5/15 screening at SIFF Cinema Egyptian and the 5/16 screening at AMC Pacific Place 11. Just head over to the SIFF website, order tickets, and enter the code MUSIC2015 at checkout to get your discount!
A conventional biopic of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys couldn’t hope to contain his complexities, so director Bill Pohlad examines two distinct periods in his life. Oren Moverman, who co-wrote I’m Not There, Todd Haynes’ shape-shifting portrait of Bob Dylan, and Michael A. Lerner build one half of the narrative around the Wilson of the 1960s (played by Paul Dano, Little Miss Sunshine) struggling to bring the sounds in his head to fruition while under the watchful eye of his abusive father-turned-manager, Murry (Bill Camp, 12 Years A Slave). Spurred by the success of the Beatles, Wilson pours everything he has into 1966’s Pet Sounds. By the 1980s, with his biggest hits behind him, Wilson (now played by John Cusack, High Fidelity) trades one authority figure for another when he falls under the sway of manipulative therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti, Sideways). If Landy is a negative manifestation of his past, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks, Pitch Perfect), the Cadillac saleswoman with whom he falls in love, represents a more hopeful future. Pohlad cuts between the two eras, using one to comment on the other. Along the way, the film rescues Wilson from the myths that have swirled around him during the years he was out of the public eye, restoring his fundamental humanity.