Yearly Archive:: 2016

10 Movies from 2016 We Shouldn’t Forget

After 12 long months, 2016 has come to a close, and it’s time for critics to start composing their end-of-the-year best-of lists. Most are fairly predictable, encompassing the more recent awards-worthy pictures being released around this time—from the grand musical La La Land to the racial biopic Hidden Figures to Martin Scorsese’s religious picture Silence. But what of the other great films released this year? It’s easy for the movies that came out earlier in the year to become...

The Twin Cities Geek 2016 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Thanks to you, our second annual Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was an amazing success! Together we collected an unprecedented number of donated gifts to make the holidays brighter for so many Twin Cities families, and boy, did the Twin Cities geek community pull out all the stops. Just check out these numbers. Donations for Families in Need The 2016 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book drive collected 1,514 toys and gifts and 1,460 children’s and...

4 Anime Series Perfect for Winter Binge-Watching Bliss

With lots of dark, chilly days left ahead in the coming months, ’tis the season for hibernation! And as much as I dislike the cold and the all-too-early sunsets that come with this time of year, I love the prospect of some time off of work, some relaxing evenings at home, and some actual free time (for once!). When I finally get my hands on a bit of extra time, I inevitably find myself wondering how best to use it. And...

Throwback Thursday: To Every Year a Vanishing Point Comes

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. We’re living in antagonistic times: our country is incredibly divided. In the short term, I don’t see things getting better. In the long run, though, periods of turmoil can spur introspection and eventual growth, with artists usually leading the way for the rest of us. Films, in particular, help...

This Week in Geek (12/26/16–1/1/17)

. Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 26th through Sunday, January 1st. It Came upon a Monday clear. The MNCS Holiday Implosion! What: Theater & Comedy When: Monday, December 26th at 7:30 p.m. Where: 355 Monroe Street NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413 The Monday Night Comedy Show is putting on a holiday extravaganza, with comedy, Sinter Klaus, presents for all attendees, and a...

A Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate Cosplayer’s Emergency Repair Kit

Meta Con 2014 was truly a historic convention for me. It was the first con where I started doing cosplay repair, with my inspiration coming from two places: meeting another cosplay repairman—General Maintenance, a punny name inspired by the one who started the viral the movement, Captain Patch-It—and Greg Ayres’s passion for antibullying. Two years and three major outfit revisions later, I’ve built a reputation and a small following as Takeo, the Cosplay Repair Guy. Heck, it’s because of...

CNN’s The Hunting Ground Is a Cognitive Necessity

One of the final scenes in CNN Films’ The Hunting Ground (2015), a 103-minute documentary film about the nationwide epidemic of campus sexual assault in universities and colleges that is now streaming on Netflix, consists of a single line on an otherwise blank screen. The line seems innocuous—almost an afterthought—but in actuality, it is one of the most affecting comments in the entire film. The line is: “We can stop this epidemic.” The five words in that sentence are...

Throwback Thursday: I Married a Witch Features Veronica Lake at Her Finest

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In my mission statement for this column, I mention zeitgeist but don’t always talk about it when discussing the films I review. I’m going to commit a huge writing faux pas now and define it to clarify what I’m talking about when I delve into 1942’s I Married a...

Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016 Struggles with a New Venue and New Problems

Gamer’s Rhapsody 3 was, as one could infer, the third go of a convention focused on the art and music of video gaming. As the red-rings-on-my-face target audience for this convention, I’ve been following this con closely, including enthusiastically reviewing last year’s event. The Midwest has a lot to offer nerds of all flavors, but those of us who are die-hard fans of the elements of gaming often overlooked—scores, sound effects, script writing, character design, background art—the idea of...

Fact or Fiction? A Scientist Puts a Minnesota Monster Book to the Test

After completing M. P. Johnson’s latest novella, Lake Lurkers, I felt like I needed to reach out to confirm a few points in the book that rang a little too true to be fiction. While there is nothing in Minnesota that quite rises to the level of the Loch Ness Monster, there have been a few lake creatures spotted in our 10,000 lakes. I knew a story as frightening and engaging as this had to have some grounding in...
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