Tag Archive: Trylon Microcinema

Jun 01 2015

Episode 48 – The Lady From Shanghai

The Lady from ShanghaiFor this episode, we return to the lovely Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis to enjoy Orson Wells’ curious film noir, The Lady from Shanghai.  The film stars Wells and his then wife Rita Hayworth, who makes her first appearance on our podcast.  Melissa is the only member of our team who has seen the film before so both Tim and Jena have a chance to react to all sorts of weirdness that arises when an auteur has his vision compromised by studio interference.  On the other hand, maybe some of that interference wasn’t such a bad thing…

Our next episode will jump forward a few years as we watch Edge of Tomorrow!

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai poster Rating: 7.7/10 (21,062 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.

Mar 01 2015

Episode 42 – Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient ExpressOur episode was recorded live at the Trylon theater in Minneapolis.  We watched the only adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel that the author actually liked, Murder on the Orient Express.  The cast is full of A-list stars including Ingred Bergman, who won  an Oscar for her performance in this film.  After the movie, audience members joined us for a discussion of the film.

Our next episode will introduce Jena to Bette Davis as we watch All About Eve!

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Murder on the Orient Express poster Rating: 7.3/10 (40,872 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.

 

Jan 01 2015

Episode 38 – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas Mr. LawrenceFor our holiday episode, we returned to the fabulous Trylon Microcinema to watch and discuss Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.  We not only discussed the film but we found ourselves pulled into a conversation about the Hayes code and about 80’s synth tracks!  Jena was saddened that this film featured a lot of David Bowie but not a lot of his package.  Well, you can’t win them all.

Happy New Year!

Our next episode, we’ll be watching House of Wax!

And we’ll be returning to the Trylon in February for Murder on the Orient Express!

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence poster Rating: 7.3/10 (11,836 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.

 

Dec 01 2014

Episode 36 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains, and AutomobilesWe were glad to return to the Trylon Microcinema for a live recording this episode!  We enjoyed Steve Martin and John Candy in the dramedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  Tim got to share his own story of travel hell although he was quick to point out that his car never caught on fire. The first part of the episode was recorded in a coffee shop so enjoy the background noise!

Our next episode will be about Mystery of the Wax Museum.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles poster Rating: 7.6/10 (99,211 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.

Aug 01 2014

Episode 28 – Metropolis

MetropolisOur newest installment was once again recorded live at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis!  We watched Metropolis with live accompaniment from Fugitive.  Jena was treated to what many would consider the first true Science Fiction film with original music composed specially for the showing! A sold out house joined us for a great experience and many of them stayed behind to discuss the film.  It was a great discussion cut short only because we wanted to make sure the folks at the Trylon could go home.

Please note that part one of the episode was recorded outside and part two was recorded inside the theater with audience interaction.  We apologize if anything is difficult to hear.

The break music is “Desruction” by Loverboy.  It comes from the Moroder soundtrack.

Our August 15th episode will be a discussion of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood!

Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis poster Rating: 8.3/10 (125,204 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.

Jul 01 2014

Episode 26 – The Conversation

The ConversationThis week’s episode was recorded live at the Trylon theater in Minneapolis.  We watched Francis Ford Coppola’s classic thriller The Conversation featuring Gene Hackman.  Afterward, we had a spirited conversation with several members of the audience.  Because we were live in the theater, some of the conversation might be a little bit quiet for some listeners.  Sorry about that!

Our next episode will be all about Buster Keaton’s The General!

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.

May 15 2014

Episode 23 – The Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River KwaiThis month, we began our new relationship with the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis!  They have great popcorn!  For our first film, we watched David Lean’s epic masterpiece The Bridge on the River Kwai featuring Sir Alec Guiness and William Holden.  There was much whistling and a bridge was destroyed!  Nary a lightsaber was to be seen! We had great fun talking about this movie with the attendees of the film and you can hear how much fun if you only listen to the episode!

Our June 1st episode will feature guests Kelvin Hatle and Jerry Belich as we talk about the David Lynch’s failed epic, Dune!

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.