Monthly Archive:: June 2017

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an all-new translation—the...

The Naked and Famous Join a Stacked Lineup for Go Fest ’17

New Zealand group the Naked and Famous will join an elite and diverse sampling of alternative rock entertainment at the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza as part of Go 96.3’s annual Go Fest on July 2. Touring to promote their latest EP, Simple Forms, the band is returning to Minnesota after performing an elegant and engaging headline set at First Avenue last November. Simple Forms, the band’s third album, was released in October 2016, marking an end to what had then...

Throwback Thursday: Insert Multi-Pass Joke Here for The Fifth Element

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. As the final space-opera themed Throwback Thursday before CONvergence next week, I wanted to take a moment to shine a light on one of my favorite films, Luc Besson’s 1997 extravaganza The Fifth Element. Owing a huge debt to the production design of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, and Jean-Claude Mézières,...

Minneapolis Cats Turn City Hall into Kitty Hall

Thousands of cat lovers descended on City Hall on Tuesday for the chance to cuddle with kittens and vote for four-legged candidates in a mock election for an event raising awareness for Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. The line wrapped through the rotunda and out the door, but no one seemed too upset about the wait. Minneapolis isn’t the first city to have a Kitty Hall event—Seattle has being doing it since 2015. But when Ana Marie Cox, MTV...

Sixty Mile Sky Is a Minneapolis-Based Sci-Fi RPG Project Raising Funds on Kickstarter

People play tabletop role-playing games for all sorts of reasons. Some enjoy the social and creative atmosphere. Others love rolling up bad-ass, nigh-rule-breaking characters. Still others play as a way to escape from the stress and ennui of everyday life. There are a lot more, and if we’re being honest, most people play for multiple reasons—and there’s no right or wrong way to draw enjoyment from role-playing as an activity. But lately, as I’ve been role-playing more regularly as...

This Week in Geek (6/26/17–7/2/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 26th through Sunday, July 2nd. Spin with Cyn: Complicated Fun Party What: Nightlife, Books When: Monday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Grumpy’s Northeast Help Cyn Collins celebrate the release of Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974–1984, a book devoted to the Twin Cities music scene, by enjoying DJ sets from...

Master of None Just Keeps Getting Better

In his 2016 acceptance speech when season 1 won the Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series, Master of None cocreator Alan Yang said, “Thank you to all the straight white guys who dominated movies and TV so hard and for so long that stories about anyone else seemed kind of fresh and original now, ’cause you guys crushed it for so long that anything else seemed kind of different.” That, to me, is a perfect reflection of Master...

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

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. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

Orange Is the New Black Redeems Some Missteps with a New Season

Every television show has at least one season that I would call mediocre. Supernatural had season 6, Heroes and Sons of Anarchy both had season 2, and so on. With the exception of Game of Thrones (so far), no shows are truly immune to this situation—call it laziness, confusion, or just lack of the ability to come up a full vision of a season. So, with that said, I’ll just say it: I was not a fan of Orange...

Infinite Seven Is What Happens When Cleverness Goes Bad

There’s nothing like feeling like an insider. Thanks to the various nods in the Marvel movies, comic books have given their fans plenty of opportunity to bask in the warm glow of being in an elite club of those in the know. Having been one of the cool kids, I had no idea how annoying that feeling is from the other side. Infinite Seven by Dave Dwonch (writer) and Arturo Mesa (artist) has a really cool concept, but its...
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