August 31, 2010

September @ the Trylon microcinema: Mel Brooks: The Orgasm of Insanity

What was the last spoof movie you saw? Epic Movie? Meet the Spartans? Vampires Suck?

What was the last good spoof movie you saw? Um...Hot Fuzz? Does that even count?

Talk about a lost art. Seems there hasn't been a decent spoof to speak of since the trend petered out in the mid-90's. But fortunately for you (if you live in the Twin Cities), Take-Up Productions is bringing the spoof back this September at the Trylon microcinema with Mel Brooks: The Orgasm of Insanity, spanning nearly twenty years of classic comedy from the legendary filmmaker. You'll laugh, you'll laugh, and, well, you'll laugh some more. Try not cracking a nostalgic smile while watching a few of clips below. Pretty hard, right?

Know what's harder? Trying to crack a smile while watching this.

The full schedule (descriptions by Take-Up):
September 3-5
THE PRODUCERS (Mel Brooks, 1968)
7:00 PM & 8:45 PM (Fri/Sat); 5:15 & 7:00 PM (Sun)

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) come up with a plan to bilk oversexed old ladies out of millions, by producing the sure-fire flop "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden." Brooks won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for this film. 

September 10-12
HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART 1 (Mel Brooks, 1981)
8:50 PM (Fri); 7:00 PM (Sat); 5:10 PM (Sun)

Featuring Brooks' usual ensemble and a host of famous Catskills' comics (including Sid Caesar, Henny Youngman, and Shecky Green), History is a riotous send-up of the "sword-and-spectacle" and costume drama epics of the 50s.


September 10-12
BLAZING SADDLES (Mel Brooks, 1974)
7:00 PM (Fri); 8:50 PM (Sat); 7:00 PM (Sun)

“I wrote berserk, heartfelt stuff about white corruption and racism and Bible-thumping bigotry. Blazing Saddles just got everything out of me—all of my furor, my frenzy, my insanity, my love of life and hatred of death."—Mel Brooks 

September 17-19
SPACEBALLS (Mel Brooks, 1987)
8:45 PM (Fri); 7:00 PM (Sat); 5:10 PM (Sun)

“Merchandising!” explains Master Yogurt, “Where the REAL money is made!” Brooks struck a deal with Master Lucas disallowing merchandise to be made for this sweeping Sci-Fi parody, yet the dig at toy-oriented movie-making now seems downright portentous.


September 17-19
SILENT MOVIE (Mel Brooks, 1976)
7:00 PM (Fri); 8:50 PM (Sat); 7:00 PM (Sun)

Brooks' affectionate send-up of the great Keystone comedies. A film within a film, Silent Movie is the story of Mel Funn's (Brooks) attempt to get a studio to make the first silent picture in forty years. 

September 24-26
8:50 PM (Fri); 7:00 PM (Sat); 5:00 PM (Sun)

Filmed in beautiful black and white, and on the same sets as the original Frankenstein, this is Mel Brooks' masterpiece, a hilarious and often quite moving parody of the James Whale original.


September 24-26
HIGH ANXIETY (Mel Brooks, 1977)
7:00 PM (Fri); 9:00 PM (Sat); 7:00 PM (Sun)

Brooks plays Dr. Richard Thorndyke, the new administrator for the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous, in this loving sendoff of the Master of Suspense. Hitchcock tributes include a scatological take on The Birds, and a memorable riff on the Psycho shower. 

And coming soon from Take-Up Productions...
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER: Before CGI: Six Sci-Fi Classics (@ the Heights)

The Trylon microcinema is located at:
3258 Minnehaha Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Info Line: 612.424.5468

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