July 5, 2017

Third Clue: July's Mystery Movie

Clue #3: The team that composed the music for this month's movie also did the music for one of the mystery movies we screened last summer. (I also inadvertently picked up a soundtrack by the same team while I was visiting NYC last week!)

 >>>>THIS MONTH'S SHOW WILL BE ON A THURSDAY AT A NEW LOCATION!! Read on to find out more!<<<<


>>>>THE TRYLON IS IN THE MIDST OF A REMODEL SO OUR SHOW IS TEMPORARILY ON THE ROAD!!! Come check us out this month at the community room in the Carleton Artist Lofts! The space is nothing special, until we deck it the f-out!! We're going all out this month, you seriously do not want to miss this air-conditioned beach bash!<<<<

Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie at the Carleton Artist Lofts community roomThursday, July 6th @ 7:00pm. Suggested donation $5

July 4, 2017

July's Mystery Movie Screening

In addition to being on the road and on a Thursday, here are a few other things you should know about this month's screening:

  • Parking is kind of a pain: Parking in the lot without a resident permit will get you towed by Rapid Towing (and Rapid is not to be tested) so if you drive you're limited to street parking. Park on Charles Ave, Hamden Ave, Lasalle St ~or~ take the light rail, the 16/87/63K/67 bus, bike, or walk. But whatever you do, do not park in the Carleton lot.
  • The Carleton Artist Lofts are right off the Green Line: You can literally walk off the Raymond Station platform into the Carleton building! Take the train (or bus) and save the hassle of finding parking.
  • This is a bring your own snack kind of situation: We might have some popcorn, sugary cold snacks, and water on hand, but if you want anything else you're gonna have to bring it. (Feel free to bring stuff to keep to yourself, or to share with the group!) 

Those are the main things to be aware of, the only other thing we can think of is that the chair situation is abundant, but very no-frill. So if you have a favorite traveling chair (like our favorite lounge chairs to bring to the drive-in), feel free to bring those. 

Just a tiny taste of how extra we're gonna be this month.

Second Clue: July's Mystery Movie

Clue #2: The director of this month's movie also directed a bunch of notable Italian knock off movies, including multiple Mad Max clones.

 >>>>THIS MONTH'S SHOW WILL BE ON A THURSDAY AT A NEW LOCATION!! Read on to find out more!<<<<


>>>>THE TRYLON IS IN THE MIDST OF A REMODEL SO OUR SHOW IS TEMPORARILY ON THE ROAD!!! Come check us out this month at the community room in the Carleton Artist Lofts! The space is nothing special, until we deck it the f-out!! We're going all out this month, you seriously do not want to miss this air-conditioned beach bash!<<<<

Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie at the Carleton Artist Lofts community roomThursday, July 6th @ 7:00pm. Suggested donation $5

July 1, 2017

Aquatic Horror: Jaws

So much has been said about this horror game changer, but not all of that has been true.


The opening scene: Many times I've heard people tell the story of how the woman in the opening scene was being yanked by grips under water to create this effect. The story goes that she was pulled so hard that they pulled her shoulder out of socket, resulting in the realistic screaming and panic she portrays in this scene.

Not even close: Not only is that story false, it completely erases how a) this was a well thought out stunt put together by an experienced stunt team and b) the stunt woman in the scene designed the stunt expressly to keep her from drowning at the hands of confused crew people. But don't take my word for it, start watching the behind the scenes video below at the 20 min mark and hear it from the woman herself:


Why is that a problem?: Stories like these remove agency from the actors on screen. If we write these performances off as reactions rather than honed skill, we're implying that those people aren't capable of being skilled in these areas. That's pretty messed up. 

Not the only example of this kind of thing: The instance that got me thinking about the possible false narrative of that Jaws scene was the story of Will Smith on an infamous episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Many times I'd seen that this was just an accidental breakdown on Smith's part while recalling his own father leaving him when he was a kid. But that's not true either. According to a well sourced and epic take down of that lie by a tumblr user (that I cannot find now of course) that features this Uproxx article, Smith's father was nothing like his character's father. Smith was actually using unrelated personal experiences to inform his character's emotional response in that scene, just like every other actor on the planet does.

Question everything: The next time you hear a behind-the-scenes story about a particularly real scene in a movie, tv show, or the like that credits the realness/rawness to something other than talent, dig a bit and see what you come up with. And shut those lies down if you turn up that it's false!


June 26, 2017

First Clue: July's Mystery Movie

Clue #1: This month's theme is Aquatic Horror!

 >>>THIS MONTH'S SHOW WILL BE ON A THURSDAY AT A NEW LOCATION & WILL SCREEN ON A THURSDAY!! Read on to find out more!<<<<



>>>>THE TRYLON IS IN THE MIDST OF A REMODEL SO OUR SHOW IS TEMPORARILY ON THE ROAD!!! Come check us out this month at the community room in the Carleton Artist Lofts! The space is nothing special, until we deck it the f-out!! We're going all out this month, you seriously do not want to miss this air-conditioned beach bash!<<<<

Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie at the Carleton Artist Lofts community room, Thursday, July 6th @ 7:00pm. Suggested donation $5

June 24, 2017

Aquatic Horror: Piranha (1978)

This Joe Dante directed freshwater classic is a fantastic jab at Jaws but also sets up one of our favorite that's-way-too-long-after-the-last-instalment-to-make-another-instalment sequels!




The plot unfolds something like this: An insurance adjuster has been sent to find the bodies of two missing teenagers in a remote summer resort town. While searching an abandon research facility, she accidentally releases genetically engineered fresh-water piranha into the town's river. Who would be genetically piranha you ask? The military of course! And they're hell bent on getting their fish back, innocent locals be damned...

Low key jabs at the military: Though the military cooperated with the production of Piranha, they were doing so under the assumption that the military portrayed in the film would end up the heroes. That might be because Dante gave them a fake script that portrayed that exact scenario, but the actual version of the film basically makes the military the bad guys. And it's not just because they created the piranha in the first place, but also their reckless attempts to get the fish back into their position and their lying to the public about the eradication of the piranha.

Great appearances by: Barbara Steele as the military scientist, Dick Miller as the local resort owner, and Paul Bartel shows up to be berated by Miller's character while he directs a commercial for his resort.

Jaws rip-off: Dante didn't try to hide from the audience that they were parodying Jaws, they even have on of the main characters playing a Jaws stand-up video game under the directer credit in the opening scene!



June 23, 2017

July's Mystery Movie!

It's no secret that the Trylon microcinema is expanding into a slightly larger microcinema this summer, and that means we're taking our show on the road for our July and August screenings! (We did run into a small snag with our first screening, but our solution to that problem is that our July's movie will screen on the first Thursday.)

With the (temporary) location change, we've got a whole slew of extra nonsense planned, including a theme that extends from our blog into the real world! Keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page for more information, and mark your calendars for Thursday the 6th!


Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie, Thursday, July 6th @7pm in the Carleton Artist Lofts community room, suggested donation $5