August 12, 2009

Fall 2009 Lineup at the Trylon microcinema

Considering that all 12 screenings in the better-than-advertised Buster Keaton series at the new Trylon microcinema completely sold out, you'd be wise to get tickets well in advance for the next slate of films. Barry Kryshka is following through with his pledge to bring weekly repertory programming back to the Twin Cities in his terrific new space, and the recently released fall lineup boasts a few can't-miss opportunities.

The first three months each feature a different theme, and many of us will be seeing some movies for the first time in the theater. For example, as I was intent on rushing a viewing of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in before Tony Scott's disastrous remake, I was forced to stream it online on my tiny laptop screen one night. Little did I know that Take-Up Productions would be showing the original in all of its refreshingly imperfect 35mm glory, sure to be sweet relief for all those who are still reeling from this summer's version (speaking of Tony Scott - see The Warriors here before Scott ruins that, too).

Below is the confirmed fall schedule for the Trylon (note that Take-Up is also programming Audrey, an Audrey Hepburn series, at the Heights for six Monday nights beginning Sept. 14). All descriptions are taken directly from Take-Up Productions:

SEPTEMBER - "Crime Spree"
New York Crime - The New Classics

September 4 and 5
The Warriors (1979) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 9:00 PM
dir Walter Will, starring Michael Beck and David Patrick Kelly
*As color-coded gangs gather in the thousands in the Bronx, charismatic leader Cyrus is assassinated and the finger points, mistakenly, at the Warriors - now it’s one long train ride back to Coney. A stylized violence-packed update of Xenophon's Anabasis. See it now, before Tony Scott "re-imagines" this film the way he did with...

September 11 and 12
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) in 35mm @ 7:00 and 9:05 PM
dir Joseph Sargent, starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw
*"Screw the goddamn passengers! What do they want for their thirty-five cents? To live forever?"
Wisecracks and bullets fly as Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo and Martin Balsam hijack a southbound No. 6 train, the ransom-carrying cop car jackknifes in Astor Place, and TA cop Walter Matthau negotiates via subway squawkbox.
(Read my thoughts on the original and this summer's remake.)

September 18 and 19
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) in BD @ 7:00 & 9:25 PM
dir Sidney Lumet, starring Al Pacino and John Cazale
*The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it's all true.
(Revisit a classic scene from Dog Day Afternoon.)

September 25 and 26
Inside Man (2006) in BD @ 7:00 & 9:00 PM
dir Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster
*It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by it's cover. This is Spike Lee's pitch perfect tribute to the NYC crime films of the 70s. Spot on casting includes Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Ransone (who you may know from his role in HBO's Generation Kill).

OCTOBER - "Cronenberg"
The Films of David Cronenberg

Oct 9 and 10
Videodrome (1983) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 8:50 PM
starring James Woods
*First it controlled her mind, then it destroyed her body...Long live the new flesh!

Oct 16 and 17
Scanners (1981) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 9:10 PM
starring Stephen Lack and Michael Ironside
*There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifying powers ever created...and they are winning. 35mm

Oct 23 and 24
The Brood (1979) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 9:00 PM
starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar
*The Ultimate Experience Of Inner Terror!

Oct 30 and 31
The Fly (1986) in 35mm & BD @ 7:00 & 9:00 PM
starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis
*Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.
(Take your pick, on Friday we run film at 7, digital at 9, on Saturday we run digital at 7, film at 9.)

NOVEMBER - "Capra"
The Films of Frank Capra

Nov 6 and 7
American Madness (1932) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 8:35 PM
starring Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien and Kay Johnson
*Bank president Walter Huston insists on lending on "character" collateral, despite an almost cheating wife, embezzling cashier, and spectacular bank run.

Nov 13 and 14
It Happened One Night (1934) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 9:05 PM
starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
*Following a memorable Greyhound bus ride, only the "walls of Jericho" separate story-hungry newshound Clark Gable from bratty runaway heiress Claudette Colbert. The apotheosis of the screwball comedy swept the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and (for Robert Riskin) Best Screenplay.

Nov 20 and 21
Mr Deeds Goes To Town (1936) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 9:15 PM
starring Garry Cooper and Jean Arthur
*"Mr. Deeds is Capra's finest film, and that means it is a comedy quite unmatched on the screen." -Graham Greene, 1936

Nov 27 and 28
Lost Horizon (1937) in 35mm @ 7:00 & 9:35 PM
starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt and Edward Everett Horton
*Millions to make it!...Two years in production!...The best seller that sets a new style in romance floods the screen with splendor and drama.

*The Trylon projects from 35mm film or 1080p high definition video. "35mm" denotes a program projected from film, "BD" is a digital screening.

The Trylon microcinema (612.424.5468) is located at 3258 Minnehaha Avenue S (click for a map and for my profile of the Trylon prior to its grand opening last month). All tickets at the Trylon are $8, but discount cards can be purchased for $25 (5 admissions, good for up to two per screening).

Purchase tickets EARLY (they will sell out) at


  1. Wow - I hope to catch the showing of Dog Day Afternoon; only seen it on video so far - and I was fascinated by it ... not at all what I expected going in. LOTS of interesting movies here - thanks for spreading the word!!

  2. Yeah, it's pretty exciting to think of all the possibilities for future series. Provided Barry can secure them on 35mm, it's an endless list. As long as 200 people are interested (theater capacity for four shows over a weekend), it would be worth it.

    Coincidental that I posted that DDA clip about a year ago to the day.


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