Monthly Archive:: June 2016

Throwback Thursday: Leaving Kansas Again in Return to Oz

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 1985, Disney decided to go back to the well of one of the biggest family classics ever. Having acquired the rights to L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels, Disney decided to make a sequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, mixing and melding two novels and that film to create...

Can You Spot the Twin Cities Geeks at CONvergence 2016?

CONvergence is here! Perhaps unsurprisingly, it will be difficult to avoid spotting the Twin Cities Geek team on the ground at the DoubleTree Hotel. Read on to discover where you might spot us! Two places where you will definitely find Twin Cities Geek staff are at the TCG fan table and the official TCG panel, “Twin Cities Geek, the Geek Culture Magazine.” Come on out and show your support for the online geek culture magazine that is made by...

What We Become Is Mostly the Same

Over the last decade, Scandinavia has done a lot to keep filmmaking on the dark side of honest and original. Let the Right One In goosed the vampire genre enough to make it one of the most interesting films of the last few years; Dead Snow answered the question we all ask about zombies in winter and also managed to make two pretty tired tropes (zombies and undead Nazis) interesting at the same time; Troll Hunter managed to be...

Twin Cities Geek at CONvergence 2016

We at Twin Cities Geek are excited to have a presence at CONvergence 2016! We have a few things going on, including some cool swag, a fan table, and two panels. We hope that if you are attending CONvergence this weekend, you take some time to connect with Twin Cities Geek! Fan Table Stop by and say hello! Twin Cities Geek will have a fan table in CONvergence Central, right outside MainStage. Pay us a visit to get your picture...

Shadows of the Dark Crystal Is a Fitting Continuation of Jim Henson’s World

When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies was The Dark Crystal. It was this beautiful world filled with creepy creatures, with things presented in a very matter-of-fact kind of style. The film didn’t talk down to me to explain things, just presented the world as it was and let me keep up on my own: Of course she can fly—she’s a girl. Gelfling girls have wings. As it was said to the main character as if...

Be Your Own Boss with Boss Monster

Retro becomes modern in an exciting twist on the 8-bit era! Boss Monster is a game for ages 13 and up and is perfect for anyone who ever sympathized with any of the big baddies on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It takes about half an hour and is for 2 to 4 players. Players are randomly dealt one of the game’s Boss Monster cards, which are all clear parodies of classic video-game bosses such as Bowser and Ganon. The...

This Week in Geek (06/27/16–07/03/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 27th through Sunday, July 3rd. Girly Book Club: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens What: Meet-Up, Books When: Monday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub The Minneapolis chapter of the Girly Book Club is hosting a meet-up at tonight at Kieran’s Irish Pub. The book being read for and discussed at this...

Why Did Once Upon a Time Go from Delightful to Disappointing?

I swear, guys, I did not join this site as a television critic to be negative all the time—but like Emma Swan, I must accept my fate when it is time. I want to start by saying that I’m a fan of Once Upon a Time. I watch it every week! However, as a fan, I feel I can call a show out when it messes up or doesn’t meet the expectations it’s set. This show has been deserving...

Deep in the Shadows of the Dark Crystal: J. M. Lee on Writing New Canon for a Cult Favorite

The Dark Crystal, like many fan favorites and cult films, has a fairly rough history. Not appreciated all that much in the wake of Star Wars, the film was either too original or too derivative (depending on which critic you asked). Despite this, love for it has lived on in the people who did see the film in its original release or have discovered it on DVD or through revival screenings. However, over the last couple years, Penguin Random...

The Art of Last-Minute Cosplay

I’ve had it happen myself: I start out the year thinking, “No, I’m not going to cosplay this year. I don’t have the [energy/budget/time/insert reason here].” Then as the convention creeps closer, the itch sets in. The next thing I know I’m scrambling to find something quick and easy in the days leading up to the my next convention. Well, my repeated procrastination can now benefit you! Here are some fun ideas for a last-minute costume based on what...
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