Monthly Archive:: April 2015

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—A Scanner Darkly

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my previous columns, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I’m delving into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as much as possible and focus specifically on the films themselves. This week,...

Rat Queens #3: Oh, Poop

We’re back with yet another thrilling issue of Rat Queens, and the central part of our narrative. This is the “quiet issue” of the Gold, Guts, and Grog story arc: most of what happens is character development. Hannah and Sawyer flirt in jail (why is Hannah in jail? well, if you read the last issue . . .) while Betty tries to make things up with her ex-girlfriend, who Hannah punched in the face. I think Hannah might be less irritable if she...

Get Ready for Fast-Paced, Bloody Combat in Bloodborne

From developer From Software, the sadistic masterminds behind the notoriously difficult Demon’s Souls (2009) and Dark Souls (2011), comes game director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s greatest challenge yet. Bloodborne, a PlayStation exclusive and the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, promises to test everything you’ve got—and then some. Even if you’re familiar with Miyazaki’s previous work with the Souls franchise, Bloodborne will leave you bruised, battered, and emotionally drained, yet won’t be able to help coming back for more. It’s time to “Prepare to Die” . . . again....

This Week in Geek (04/27/15–05/03/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 27th through Sunday, May 3rd. Beer + Comics Book Club: Heck by Zander Cannon What: Meet-Up, Comics When: Monday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers At their meeting tonight, the Beer + Comics book club will be discussing Heck by Zander Cannon, the Top Shelf Productions–published graphic novel collection of the comic book...

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—Total Recall

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my previous columns, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I’m delving into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as much as possible and focus specifically on the films themselves. How can...

An Awesome Concept Falls Flat in The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 is a disaster. There’s no other way around it. I had attempted to defend this game against all the naysayers ever since it was announced at E3 in 2013, hoping that I would be vindicated when it finally launched. Not only did the graphics really set the standard for what next-generation gaming could look like, I’d also be able to play in an alternate timeline to stop the threat of werewolves and vampires rampaging throughout 19th-century...

This Week in Geek (04/20/15–04/26/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 20th through Sunday, April 26th. The Wachowskis Series: V for Vendetta What: Screening, Movies & Films When: April 20th and 21st at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Where: The Trylon Microcinema The Trylon Microcinema is screening a series of films by Andy and Lana Wachowski on Monday and Tuesday nights all throughout the month of April....

4/20: A History

Is it a police code? Was it chosen for Hitler’s birthday? Does it refer to the number of active chemicals in marijuana? Or is the origin of 420 explained by one of the other many urban legends? These legends are as varied as the plant they are based on. Growing up, I heard several versions—specifically the police code and Hitler’s birthday—but never thought much about the story behind the phrase. Later in life, I heard about a loose connection...

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—Minority Report

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my previous columns, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I’m delving into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will try to stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as much as possible and aim to focus specifically on the...

Catch Up with a World of Film at the MSP International Film Festival

Summer blockbuster season is just around the corner. Before it hits, though, we have a great opportunity to experience a dazzling array of stories and styles that don’t fit that mold. The Minneapolis–St. Paul International Film Festival opened on April 9, but there’s still plenty of fest left—it runs through Saturday, April 25. With over 200 films from 60-plus countries, you have a diverse slate of cultures, ideas and voices to choose from. So, what to see? Based solely...
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