Melissa

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Name: Melissa Kaercher
Date registered: April 13, 2017

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  1. Episode 93 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — May 15, 2017
  2. Do you need more Reel Education? — June 3, 2015
  3. A Reel Education LIVE on May 31st! — April 18, 2015
  4. A Reel Education LIVE on February 22nd! — February 14, 2015
  5. A Reel Education LIVE on December 21st! — December 7, 2014

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May 15 2017

Episode 93 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

We continue our exploration of James Bond and the actors who played him with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the first and only film featuring George Lazenby as Bond.  Our guest is once again Chrys VanDerKamp, who will be joining us for every bond film as the only two she has seen is Quantum of Solace (which is unfortunate) and Goldfinger (which we showed her.)  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a fascinating Bond film as it establishes the premise that Bond can be played by another actor but it begs the question “why this one?”  Also there is a lot of skiing (a lot of skiing), Diana Rigg, and Telly Savalas!

Next up, we will follow Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny, to The Haunting!  Sorry – George Lazenby really didn’t make another decent film and The Haunting is FABULOUS!

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service poster Rating: 6.8/10 (64,990 votes)
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Writer: Simon Raven (additional dialogue), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti
Runtime: 142 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Released: 19 Dec 1969
Plot: James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Jun 03 2015

Do you need more Reel Education?

Do you lament that you only get two Reel Education episodes per month? Do you long for more episodes about movies that feature lots of guns and fedoras and rain and shadows from Venetian blinds?

Your troubles are over, because we are proud to announce a brand new sister podcast named A Reel Education: Noir! The podcast format is the same, but the hosts seek to do a deeper dive into the shadowy corners of the film noir era, as well as explore films that influenced the genre, and discuss films that were influenced by the genre. (In other words, it’s a great excuse to watch a lot of film noir.)

New episodes of the new podcast arrive on the 7th and 21st of the month, which means if you subscribe to both A Reel Education and A Reel Education: Noir, you will get new cinema talk poured into your ears every week or so. So grab your whiskey and your favorite goon and head on over to ReelEduNoir.com!

Apr 18 2015

A Reel Education LIVE on May 31st!

lady-from-shangaiA Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon Microcinema on May 31st! This time, we will be presenting Orson Welles’ film noir The Lady from Shanghai, starring Rita Hayworth

The Trylon microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films. They also serve organic popcorn with real butter, so you know these folks are serious about the film experience.

Tickets are $8. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring The Lady from Shanghai

Sunday, May 31st

Film starts at 7:00 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai poster Rating: 7.7/10 (20,917 votes)
Director: Orson Welles
Writer: Sherwood King (story based on a novel by), Orson Welles (screenplay)
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 24 Dec 1947
Plot: Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Feb 14 2015

A Reel Education LIVE on February 22nd!

murder-on-the-orient-express finalA Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon Microcinema on February 22nd! This time, we will be presenting Murder on the Orient Express, which contains one of the greatest ever all-star casts.

The Trylon microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films. They also serve organic popcorn with real butter, so you know these folks are serious about the film experience.

Tickets are $8. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring Murder on the Orient Express

Sunday, February 22nd

Film starts at 7:30 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Murder on the Orient Express poster Rating: 7.3/10 (40,303 votes)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Paul Dehn (screenplay by)
Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 24 Nov 1974
Plot: In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Dec 07 2014

A Reel Education LIVE on December 21st!

kinopoisk.ruA Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon Microcinema on December 21st! This time, we will be presenting David Bowie content, by way of a screening of the very weird POW camp drama, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence!

The Trylon microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films. They also serve organic popcorn with real butter, so you know these folks are serious about the film experience.

Tickets are $8. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Sunday, December 21st

Film starts at 7:15 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence poster Rating: 7.3/10 (11,749 votes)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Writer: Laurens van der Post (novel), Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay), Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)
Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano
Runtime: 123 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, War
Released: 02 Sep 1983
Plot: During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Nov 23 2014

A Reel Education LIVE on November 30th!

Planes Trains

A Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon Microcinema on November 30th! This time, we will be presenting the Thanksgiving classic comedy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

The Trylon microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films. They also serve organic popcorn with real butter, so you know these folks are serious about the film experience.

Tickets are $8. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Sunday, November 30th

Film starts at 7:00 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles poster Rating: 7.6/10 (98,743 votes)
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean
Runtime: 93 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy
Released: 25 Nov 1987
Plot: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Jul 15 2014

A Reel Education LIVE on July 20th!

Metropolis

A Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon microcinema on July 20th! This time, we will be presenting Metropolis, the very first feature-length science fiction film. As an extra treat, this silent classic will be accompanied with live music by FUGITIVE!

The Trylon microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films. They also serve organic popcorn with real butter, so you know these folks are serious about the film experience.

Tickets are $10. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring Metropolis

Sunday, July 20th

Film starts at 8:00 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis poster Rating: 8.3/10 (124,251 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Thea von Harbou (screenplay), Thea von Harbou (novel)
Stars: Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
Runtime: 153 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Released: 13 Mar 1927
Plot: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Jun 05 2014

A Reel Education LIVE on June 29th!

Conversation-RGB

A Reel Education is pleased to return to The Trylon Microcinema on June 29th! This time, we will be presenting the The Conversation, the 1974 psychological thriller starring Gene Hackman. One of Francis Ford Coppola’s finest films, The Conversation is a complex piece steeped in Watergate-era paranoia.

The Trylon Microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films. They also serve organic popcorn with real butter, so you know these folks are serious about the film experience.

Tickets are $8. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring The Conversation

Sunday, June 29th

Film starts at 7:15 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon Microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

The Conversation (1974)
The Conversation poster Rating: 7.9/10 (80,445 votes)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 01 Jun 1974
Plot: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Mar 31 2014

A Reel Education LIVE on May 4th!

Bridge on the River Kwai Final

A Reel Education is returning to live shows, starting on May 4th! This time, we will be at The Trylon Microcinema, where you can join our live recording session, which comes after a screening of the Alec Guinness classic, Bridge on the River Kwai!

We are excited to introduce you to our new venue, The Trylon. The Trylon Microcinema is a wonderful, intimate non-profit theater in South Minneapolis, whose focus is on rare, classic, and unusual films.

Tickets are $8. (Five-show Trylon discount cards are also available for $25!)

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring Bridge on the River Kwai

Sunday, May 4th
Film starts at 8:00 PM. Podcast will be recorded immediately after the film.

The Trylon Microcinema
3258 Minnehaha Av
Minneapolis, MN

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai poster Rating: 8.2/10 (164,723 votes)
Director: David Lean
Writer: Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
Runtime: 161 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Released: 14 Dec 1957
Plot: After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Jan 03 2014

A Reel Education LIVE on January 18th!

DoubleIndemnity

Once again, A Reel Education will be recording an episode LIVE at the Parkway Theater! On January 18th, you can join our live recording session, which comes with a matinee screening of Billy Wilder’s perfect film noir, Double Indemnity!

Not only are tickets a mere five bucks, but if you bring a friend… they get in FREE! That’s right! It’s a 2-for-1 deal where you and a buddy can enjoy the glory of Double Indemnity on the big screen for five measly dollars!

In addition, The Parkway Theater is a great venue in the heart of South Minneapolis. The theater is partnered with Pepito’s, the Mexican restaurant next door, so you can actually eat Mexican food and drink beer in the theater.

Join us! And spread the word!

A Reel Education LIVE featuring Double Indemnity

Saturday, January 18th
Intro at 1:00 PM, film at 1:15 PM. Podcast continues after the film.

The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity poster Rating: 8.3/10 (109,287 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (screenplay), James M. Cain (from the novel by)
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall
Runtime: 107 min
Rated: PASSED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 06 Jul 1944
Plot: An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

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