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“With the ambitious and ominous The Devil’s Backbone, Del Toro rises to a new level of accomplishment, adding history and politics to his distinctive blend.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times

We continue our look back at the films of Guillermo del Toro by skipping his more mainstream action-sci-fi entry Mimic and moving to the film that sealed his Spanish Gothic trademark. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, The Devil’s Backbone was del Toro’s first chapter in his now stalled Spanish Civil War trilogy. The film takes place in 1939, the final year of the Spanish Civil War at a remote school that functions as an orphanage for the country’s fatherless sons and as an outpost for the resistance against the Nationalists. It is under this oppressive historical context that del Toro builds his one-of-a-kind ghost story, a reflection of power, corruption and violence that will rule Spain for the next 36 years.

The Devil’s Backbone screens Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 and 9:00. Advanced tickets available at the Trylon website.

 

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In anticipation of Guillermo del Toro’s massive Pacific Rim hitting theaters July 12, the Trylon will take a look back at del Toro’s more subtle and creepy beginnings. His debut, Cronos, is a stylish take on the myth of the vampire. Variety called it “a unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece.” The tiny little life-giving blood-drawing mechanism in Cronos may be a far cry from the mecha v. monster madness of Pacific Rim, but there is no doubt that Cronos, made only ten years ago, served as incubation for del Toro’s one-of-a-kind flair.

Cronos plays Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 and 8:45 both nights. Advanced tickets are available at the Trylon’s website.

Tonight and tomorrow the Trylon is proud to host the regional premiere of Micah Bloom’s Codex. In response to a natural disaster, a team of forensic anthropologists recover, identify, and catalog hundreds of flood- ravaged books. Likened to a “filmic tone poem” in the vein of Koyaanisqatsi, Codex provides elegant and haunting visuals while, exploring loss, recovery and closure in the throes of digital migration. Director Bloom will be on hand both nights to discuss the film and answer questions.

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Here’s what Trylon programmer and volunteer John Moret had to say about Bloom’s film on All-Star Video:

“Micah Bloom’s Codex is a love letter to books.  In fact, it’s basically forty minutes of beautiful images of books devastated by the 2011 flood that hit Minot, North Dakota.

That being said, it’s also deeply thought provoking.

The physical and textile nature of paper books is an art form that, like the movies we review and love at this site, is slowly dying. The bindings, cover-art and paper quality profoundly change your experience as a reader. As all forms of media become more digitally based, the art form of the construction of books dies with it. Bloom explores this with carefully constructed sequences of technicians cataloging and studying books, as if they are already meant for archaeological digs.

When reviewing movies, we always comment on the art on the box of the film, the construction of special features, quality of transfers and different versions of the boxes because we love the idea of owning pieces of art. Books are the same way. With ownership, you have the ability to share and sell that piece as you choose. You can underline passages and dog-ear important pages. You have a visual memory of an idea that was in print. The agency of ownership makes you a part of a cycle, and allows room for the viewer to experience it as he or she wishes. With digital media, there is no displaying the beauty of a bound book.  There is no loaning that book to a friend. There is no ownership. It’s completely temporary.

Codex is simple, but it’s implications are complex. The printing press changed the world. The digital age is doing the same.”

Check out the trailer for Codex here. Codex screens at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance on the Trylon website or at the door.

 

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy Q&A

“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.”

Spoken with eloquence and no degree of subtlety by our hero for the weekend, Ron Burgundy. But, of course, you don’t seek out Will Ferrell or the films that Adam McKay has made with him (Talladega Nights, Step Bothers, The Other Guys) for subtlety. With a cast of who’s who of funny – Ferrell, Steve Carell, Fred Willard, Paul Rudd and more cameos than you can shake a stick at – Anchorman takes satire very seriously. The parody they collectively make of the nightly news, and the multifaceted egos stroked by the public eye, feels even more heightened in the era of I-want-my-news-and-I-want-it-now-and-I-want-it-glossy than it did nine years ago.

Whether you are prepping for Anchorman 2 (not kidding) or simply want to feel better about watching MSNBC all day, join us this weekend for what David Edelstein calls the movie that “gives you permission to laugh like an idiot” – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Trylon. You stay classy!