A Love Letter to a Nineties Rom-Com

|Finn Odum| Of all the things I discovered when I was fifteen, you were the least detrimental to my health. In a year of crippling anxiety and one particularly bad debate tournament, you were a shining star amidst the dark. You, a mildly out-of-touch teen rom-com retelling one of Shakespeare’s...

Justice for George and Solidarity in the Twin Cities

|Matt Levine| There are few parts of my country in which I can take pride as an American. Not its healthcare system nor gun control laws, both so nonexistent that they blur the lines between barbarism and civilization. Certainly not its oligarchy parading as democracy, by which the whims and...

“I just wanted to leave, you know, my apartment.”

Enjoy local artist Dan Murphy’s artwork inspired by Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985), with its timely title, a quote from the film. After Hours was scheduled to screen at our favorite repertory theater May 1-3, 2020, and it is now scheduled to screen from July 24-26, 2020. I look forward...
A Love Letter to a Nineties Rom-Com

A Love Letter to a Nineties Rom-Com

|Finn Odum| Of all the things I discovered when I was fifteen, you were the least detrimental to my health. In a year of crippling anxiety and one particularly bad debate tournament, you were a shining star amidst the dark. You, a mildly out-of-touch teen rom-com retelling one of Shakespeare’s...
Justice for George and Solidarity in the Twin Cities

Justice for George and Solidarity in the Twin Cities

|Matt Levine| There are few parts of my country in which I can take pride as an American. Not its healthcare system nor gun control laws, both so nonexistent that they blur the lines between barbarism and civilization. Certainly not its oligarchy parading as democracy, by which the whims and...
“I just wanted to leave, you know, my apartment.”

“I just wanted to leave, you know, my apartment.”

Enjoy local artist Dan Murphy’s artwork inspired by Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985), with its timely title, a quote from the film. After Hours was scheduled to screen at our favorite repertory theater May 1-3, 2020, and it is now scheduled to screen from July 24-26, 2020. I look forward...
What’s the Point of the Trylon Anyway?

What’s the Point of the Trylon Anyway?

|Ben Savard| At the time of this essay’s start, life is unstable and uncertain. Half One Over four million people have been diagnosed with a novel and serious virus; that number is still growing. The response has been a series of contradictions. The world has been brought to a standstill...
A Note from Our Programmer, John Moret

A Note from Our Programmer, John Moret

What is the nature of the search? you ask. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.  —Walker...
“The streets looked really good to me. They looked like art”: DOWNTOWN 81 as Graffiti

“The streets looked really good to me. They looked like art”: DOWNTOWN 81 as Graffiti

|Brad Stiffler| There is undoubtedly a lot of graffiti in Downtown 81. Featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat just before he began his meteoric ascent in the world of galleries and museums, the film captures the height of his public graffiti-writing period with numerous scenes of him spray painting walls and defacing cars...
Hypothetical Conversation Between Myself at 12 and 35 After Watching Face/Off

Hypothetical Conversation Between Myself at 12 and 35 After Watching Face/Off

|Matt Levine| 12-year-old self, after seeing Face/Off for the first time upon its release in June 1997: Dude. 35-year-old self, after rewatching Face/Off for about the fifteenth time in 2020: What? 12-year-old self: Bro. 35-year-old self: Ugh. 12-year-old self: That was the fucking coolest thing ever. 35-year-old self: Um… 12-year-old...
The Eternal Blessing of NEAR DARK

The Eternal Blessing of NEAR DARK

|Ted Harwood| You’re sitting in a comfortable chair, watching the opening scenes of Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, and it looks damned hot. Everyone on the screen is somehow sweaty looking and dusty, and even the shots at dawn look too hot to breathe. For just a second, you envision brush...
THEATER OF BLOOD

THEATER OF BLOOD

|Caty Rent| When I was first approached with the opportunity to choose a film to show at the Trylon, Theater of Blood rose quickly to the top of my list. I immensely enjoy the horror genre, but mostly when a movie can be funny while taking itself seriously. Vincent Price...
What GUMMO Wasn’t

What GUMMO Wasn’t

|Olga Tchepikova-Treon| Gummo has been around for more than twenty years, so there are not many new insights I feel I can offer about its position in and contribution to cinema history, or its significance in Harmony Korine’s filmmaking trajectory. Korine earned his directorial debut—this very Gummo—with the tremendous success...
Waking up in CLOSE-UP

Waking up in CLOSE-UP

|Jesse Lawson| For those of us caught slumbering in the cinema, Abbas Kiarostami once offered a vindication. Interviewed at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, he expressed his distaste for those films that “hold viewers hostage” or attempt to “disturb” them. “I prefer the films that put the audience to...
(Not Coming) Out Out

(Not Coming) Out Out

|Jesse Lawson| I ended up with the wrong Gremlins poster on a trip to Spencer Gifts one Saturday in the mid-1980s, when I was eight or nine years old. It may have been mislabeled; I may have misread the label. I had wanted a reproduction of the film’s meta promotional poster,...