Lina, Giancarlo, and Mariangela: Amore Pazzo

|Matt Levine| Bogey and Bacall. Tracy and Hepburn. Loren and Mastroianni. Giannini and Melato? As far as fabled onscreen couples go, the two leads who costarred in a number of Lina Wertmüller’s films in the 1970s – including three playing at the Trylon, The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and...

NAKED CITY & BRUTE FORCE: A Jules Dassin Double Feature

|Geoffrey Stueven| The Naked City was directed by Jules Dassin, as stated, but its lead creative force is journalist-turned-movie producer Mark Hellinger. His affinity for Weegee’s extraordinary 1945 photo book Naked City animates what could have been a fairly tepid noir. The book Naked City was a freewheeling and feverish...

Ellen & Christa

|Benjamin Savard| An unexpected thought weaved its way through my experience of seeing Alien at the Trylon: Haven’t I seen this before? At first, this seemed silly: of course I had seen the movie before. I remembered it well. I knew the characters by name and could still brace myself...
Lina, Giancarlo, and Mariangela: Amore Pazzo

Lina, Giancarlo, and Mariangela: Amore Pazzo

|Matt Levine| Bogey and Bacall. Tracy and Hepburn. Loren and Mastroianni. Giannini and Melato? As far as fabled onscreen couples go, the two leads who costarred in a number of Lina Wertmüller’s films in the 1970s – including three playing at the Trylon, The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and...
NAKED CITY & BRUTE FORCE: A Jules Dassin Double Feature

NAKED CITY & BRUTE FORCE: A Jules Dassin Double Feature

|Geoffrey Stueven| The Naked City was directed by Jules Dassin, as stated, but its lead creative force is journalist-turned-movie producer Mark Hellinger. His affinity for Weegee’s extraordinary 1945 photo book Naked City animates what could have been a fairly tepid noir. The book Naked City was a freewheeling and feverish...
Ellen & Christa

Ellen & Christa

|Benjamin Savard| An unexpected thought weaved its way through my experience of seeing Alien at the Trylon: Haven’t I seen this before? At first, this seemed silly: of course I had seen the movie before. I remembered it well. I knew the characters by name and could still brace myself...
Are You Gonna Be There (At the Slime-In)

Are You Gonna Be There (At the Slime-In)

|Jesse Lawson| Around 1994, at age fifteen, I discovered a CD called Monster Rock ’n’ Roll Show, which compiled horror- and sci-fi-themed novelty songs––“Monster Mash” and the like. Mostly from the fifties and early sixties, the songs were joined by brief radio trailers for films of the same era (The...
The Unsung Legacy of Dan O’Bannon and DARK STAR

The Unsung Legacy of Dan O’Bannon and DARK STAR

|Zach Jansen| During his thirty-five-year career, screenwriter (and sometimes director) Dan O’Bannon (1943-2009) had fewer than a dozen screenplays produced. But a quick check of his IMDb page shows more than thirty writing credits to his name, mostly due to one script: Alien (1979).  Director Ridley Scott and creature designer...
IT!, ALIEN, and Genre Conventions

IT!, ALIEN, and Genre Conventions

|Zach Jansen| Let the following description unspool in your mind’s eye: A spacecraft from Earth is boarded by an unknown alien. Before you know it, the alien begins attacking and killing off the crew members one by one. The surviving crew does its best to fight the creature but discovers...
EVENT HORIZON: Hell is only a word. Reality is much, much worse.

EVENT HORIZON: Hell is only a word. Reality is much, much worse.

|Matthew Tchepikova-Treon| I. Diabolus Ex Machina Year 2047: A haunted recording travels through space. The sound of women and men screaming. A demonic voice familiar to the Satanic-Panic parents who feared their teenagers’ vinyl LPs played in reverse. The distress signal belongs to the Event Horizon. Seven-years-lost and long thought...
Horror History: Why It! The Terror from Beyond Space isn’t just an inspiration for Alien

Horror History: Why It! The Terror from Beyond Space isn’t just an inspiration for Alien

|Finn Odum| Horror History: Why It! The Terror From Beyond Space isn’t just an inspiration for Alien The horror genre is a lens with which we refract our realities. It’s an escape from our terrifying real world, just as much as it’s a chance to investigate what scares us and...
Nostromo & Friends: A Crossword

Nostromo & Friends: A Crossword

|Celia Mattison| A .pdf of the puzzle is available here for easy printing. Answers will be posted after the 6th on the blog! Edited by Shivaun Watchorn The films indicated in this puzzle will be playing at the Trylon beginning on Friday, August 2 thru Tuesday, August 6. You can...
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY: Evolution Through Technology

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY: Evolution Through Technology

|Michael Lockhart| Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a unique and rather abstract film that offers a variety of interpretations. In an interview from 1968, Kubrick suggested that he wanted to keep the meaning of the film open to the audience. You’re free to speculate as you wish about...
My 25-Year Voyage to IKARIE XB-1

My 25-Year Voyage to IKARIE XB-1

|Michael Popham| Back in the late 1970s I was a junior high school kid living in rural Minnesota. My dad had been lured out to the wilds of Isanti County by the promise of cheap land, but he got swindled into buying 30 acres that were mostly swamp. He moved...
BARBARELLA Without Jane? Impossible.

BARBARELLA Without Jane? Impossible.

|Sabrina Crews| During my recent volunteer shift at the Trylon, I watched a dazed, nineish-year-old boy walk out of Police Story. The kid, a little breathless, looked up at his guardian and, referencing a trailer he’d seen earlier, said, “Dad, whoa. What was up with that, that Barbarella?” Dad shot...