Monthly Archive:: July 2017

Little Witch Academia Is Adorable Magical Fun

As far as stories go, these days I find myself gravitating toward the fluffy, the cheesy, and the sweet. Maybe it’s because real life has been feeling pretty stressful lately, or maybe it’s because summer feels like the right time for lighthearted, low-stakes fun—whatever the reason, slice-of-life, upbeat stories are where it’s at for me right now. That’s why when I ran across the Little Witch Academia, watching it felt exactly right. The world of Little Witch Academia first...

Soundtrack Sunday: Vagrant Story

Vagrant Story is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated video games to date. It was an action RPG released by SquareSoft (now Square Enix) in the spring of 2000, and there were a couple of remarkable things about it. First and foremost was the localization, specifically the dialogue: Vagrant Story takes place in a pseudomedieval setting, and the writing follows suit. Instead of being a straightforward translation from the original Japanese script, it was heavily and thoughtfully...

This Week in Geek (7/31/17–8/6/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 31st through Sunday, August 6th. Harry Potter’s Birthday Party at Minneapolis Tattoo What: Books, Community When: Monday, July 31st at 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Where: Minneapolis Tattoo Shop Celebrate the Boy Who Lived on his birthday by getting a Harry Potter tattoo from Minneapolis Tattoo Shop. This will be a walk-in and first come, first...

Minnesota Fans Party with Pusheen

On July 29, Pusheen fans from all over the Twin Cities gathered at the Mall of America Tomodachi store to celebrate their favorite cat friend. Pusheen, if you’re not familiar, is the star of an animated web-comic series, as well as a sticker set on Facebook. Fans were treated to a cosplay competition, a DJ, a coloring contest, and prize drawings—as well as sneak previews of prototype Pusheens coming to stores in the fall. Elated fans got a look...

24 Romance Novels for Geeks of All Kinds

Summer is more than halfway over, but in no possible way is it winding down. There are many more weekends to spend at the cabin or hiding away inside air conditioning, whatever your preference is, and what’s the traditional kind of book to read by the pool? Romance novels, of course. “But Stephanie,” you might say. “I don’t want to read about a billionaire cattle rancher or whatever and his supermodel girlfriend!” Well, first, lay off my Harlequin Presents,...

Roller Coaster Challenge Is Problem-Solving Fun for Young Players

When I saw that ThinkFun had started a Kickstarter for Roller Coaster Challenge, a brain-teaser game that lets you build your own roller coasters, my only question was what I should pick for my backing level. Should I just get the base game, or spring for the extra challenges and bonus car? My geekling is a budding roller-coaster enthusiast who also loves the challenges from Robot Turtles, another critical-thinking and logic game from ThinkFun, and this game had her...

6 Reasons You Should Be Playing HeroClix by WizKids

HeroClix is a tactical-combat collectible miniatures game that is centered around comic book characters, mostly from the DC and Marvel universes. Are you a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Lord of the Rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, or Iron Maiden? Yes, Iron Maiden—they have all those too. New sets are released on a regular basis, so there’s always a chance to add fresh characters to your team. Some people may be intimidated by the...

Atomic Blonde Packs a Solid Punch

Atomic Blonde opens up with a thumping score, punctuated with New Order’s “Blue Monday,” and doesn’t let up. Over the next two hours, the film hits all the music-video notes of a popular ’80s playlist with a Euro flair—it’s retro for us, but time appropriate for Berlin in 1989, the moment right before the wave of the Cold War would crash onto the Berlin Wall. In a story taking place primarily between the two sides of Berlin, Charlize Theron...

Throwback Thursday: Clue Goes from Classic Board Game to Cult-Classic 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. Once in a rare while, Hollywood will take a chance on something that has never been done before. In 1985, Paramount Pictures tried this two-fold. They not only decided to make a film based on a board game but also decided to release the film theatrically with multiple endings....

Fearless Comedy Combines Improv and Reddit in a New Monthly Show

What happens when you cross improv theater with a popular social news and discussion website? You get r/WhatTheImprov, produced by Fearless Comedy Productions and playing monthly at Honey in Minneapolis. You also get adults laughing hysterically at other adults crawling on stage mooing at each other. r/WhatTheImprov was developed by actor and Redditor Kyle Dekker. After a few years of reading the entertaining and not-so-entertaining comments on the site, Kyle decided to bring it to the stage. The actors...
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