Monthly Archive:: July 2016

Leslie Jones and a Lesson in Troll Alchemy

The Internet can be a cruel and unusual place. A place where anyone with some pent-up aggression can become a trivial sort of supervillain. With a little ingenuity—so little, in fact, that ingenuity hardly seems like the right word—an individual can make life miserable for others. Best of all for these Internet-gliding trolls, anonymity keeps their identity a secret. When I was in high school and the Internet was young, everyone had ICQ, the instant messenger that preceded Facebook...

Throwback Thursday: V stands for Visitor and Victory

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. Before the term “binge-watching” became a thing, watching TV on your computer was possible, and cable channels dominated the ratings due to the fragmentation of audiences; the Big Three networks—CBS, NBC, and ABC—relied on event series to blow their competitors out of the water. One such event idea was...

A Night with Chad Calek, Sir NoFace, and the Ghosts of the Mounds Theatre

The Paramerican Summer Tour, promoting a brand-new paranormal documentary film called Sir NoFace by award-winning director Chad Calek, stopped off at St. Paul’s Mounds Theatre on its way through the Twin Cities last week. The touted documentary promised “definitive proof ghosts exist,” and there was no way I was going to pass this one up. The Bigger They Are . . . Chad Calek is a big guy. He has a big voice, makes big movements. He talks big too....

This Week in Geek (07/25/16–07/31/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 25th through Sunday, July 31st. Girly Book Club: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe What: Meetup, Books When: Monday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. Where: See description The Minneapolis chapter of the Girly Book Club is hosting a meetup tonight (to which new members are welcome). The book being read for and discussed...

Mixed Signals: Answering the Call of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters

Steve Jobs had a quote from Picasso he liked to throw around when he was feeling thoughtful: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” He usually employed it to explain Apple’s strategy of “borrowing” technological innovations from competitors. He was somewhat less equitable when it came to the subject of people borrowing from him, however, as evinced by another quote—one from Jobs himself to his biographer that detailed his feelings about appropriation in the other direction: “I’m going to destroy...

Throwback Thursday: The Uninvited is Here to Stay

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. A conversation about Gothic romances and haunted houses with the roommate (Crimson Peak was on at the time) made me think about one of the first American films that dealt with a haunting: 1944’s The Uninvited. The plot focuses on a brother and sister who buy a large seaside...

Win FREE Tickets to Batman: The Killing Joke!

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke is an iconic story in the history of Batman comics. The graphic novel was published in 1988, but it made the New York Times bestsellers list as recently as 2009 and has influenced almost three decades of writing and film, especially when it comes to the Joker. Now this story is coming to the screen in the form of a full-length animated film—featuring Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill...

This Week in Geek (07/18/16–07/24/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 18th through Sunday, July 24th. Figure Drawing Salon What: Meetup, Arts When: Monday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a Figure Drawing Salon at the Waterbury Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can...

What J. K. Rowling’s North American Content Gets Wrong

Many Harry Potter fans are excited that J. K. Rowling has continued to produce new writing set in the wizarding world, and Pottermore is the online platform through which she can introduce fans to new stories, characters, and histories. At the end of June, Pottermore was updated with the latest installment of the Magic in North America series, part of the author’s world history of magic. “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” tells the story of the North American wizarding...

Win FREE Tickets to the Star Trek Movie Marathon!

ATTENTION TWIN CITIES TREKKIES—do you want to see Star Trek Beyond EARLY and FOR FREE? How about seeing it together with both of the previous two movies? The AMC theater at Southdale in Edina is holding a one-night-only IMAX 3-D movie marathon starting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, showing Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness and ending with a special advance screening of Star Trek Beyond. And because we love you all so much, we’re giving...
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