We bid farewell to summer and our Pierre Étaix series this Labor Day weekend. Summer leaves exhausted, drenched from the heat. But Étaix leaves us smiling and happy with this collection of four vignettes looking at modern life. And I guarantee that not only will the Trylon keep you cool on this late August days, but we will never give you a theatrical experience as terrible as this one:

As Long as You’re Healthy
Friday, Saturday: 7, 8:45
Sunday: 5, 6:45
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We’ve absorbed a lot of Japanese pop culture over the last 60 years–everything from Pokemon to Tamagachi to Sailor Moon–but nothing has burrowed deeper into the American psyche than Godzilla. Most folks can recognize the big guy on sight, even if the other contestants in his rubber-suited wrestling matches get a little fuzzy.

But even cineastes who don’t know their Megalon from their Mechagodzilla will have a good time at Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.  No knowledge of previous entries in the franchise is necessary, and the title alone clues you in to the breathless, gee-whiz spirit of the proceedings.

Godzilla has endured more cinematic reboots than Batman, and he’s been variously depicted as a villain, a hero, and an impassive force of nature.  This time around, he plays a new role: bringer of divine retribution.  It turns out that Japan’s subjugation of its neighbors during the “Pacific War”  (what we call World War II) has earned a king-sized punishment for the Japanese people, and Godzilla has arrived to deliver it.

Don’t worry about sitting through a somber lecture on Southeast Asian history, though. We’ve got rompin’ stompin’ monster action and plenty of it, featuring Big G and two of his best-known adversaries: the electricity-breathing, three headed dragon King Ghidorah and larger-than-life Lepidoptera Mothra.  The hapless Baragon shows up too, mostly to get the stuffing kicked out of him, and to provide a little comic relief.  Unlike the other three, Baragon never headlined a movie of his own; he’s kind of the Joey Bishop of this particular rat pack.
post by Michael Popham, Trylon volunteer

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
Showtimes:  Monday and Tuesday, 7:00 & 9:00.
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Our look at the films of Pierre Étaix continues this weekend with Étaix’s final controversial film, The Land of Milk and Honey from 1971. Made up of 16mm footage that he shot on vacation with his wife, singer Annie Fratellini, in 1969, this radical film of protest was Étaix’s own response to the social upheaval in France following May 1968. But Étaix, the humorist and the optimist, does not leave us without hope. As Dave Kehr points out in the New York Times:  “Land of Milk and Honey comes close to expressing the unbridled contempt for humanity of a contemporary freak show like Ulrich Seidl’s Dog Days. But Mr. Étaix maintains his humanist bearings by conveying a sense of what once was there and might be again.”

Land of Milk and Honey screens Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm and 8:30pm, and on Sunday at 5:30pm and 7:00pm. Advanced tickets (with no service fee!) are available at trylon.org.

In other good news, our Fall Programs are now available! Come by and pick one up and find out why we are trying to add the word “Lancastic” to the human vernacular!

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Come celebrate the second anniversary of the Trylon’s Defenders series with the brainchild of it all, Jim Brunzell III. Jim is the Director of Sound Unseen and has a weekly film column that you should definitely check out on the Twin Cities Daily Planet. You’ll have to show up to see what kind of abomination Jim has picked for your viewing (dis)pleasure, but remember: asking ‘why’ is your job! As with all the Defenders screenings, proceeds go towards a worthy cause, and in this case they will go towards the 2013 edition of Sound Unseen coming to the Trylon in November. The fun starts at 7:00 pm tonight, Wednesday, August 21. Advanced tickets are available at the Trylon website.

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Here’s a tip for you kids: if you’re ever a grieving scientist who’s thinking of mixing DNA from your late daughter with cells from Godzilla and a rose bush, don’t do it. Before you can say “giant carnivorous plant” you’ll have an unholy mess on your hands: namely, a 200-foot, acid-spewing monster called Biolante that’s lumbering toward Tokyo.

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