Monthly Archive:: August 2017

Patti Cake$ Hits a Solid Double

Sports films are tough to make. They generally follow a scrappy team (or person) fighting to overcome challenges, suffering a disappointing blow in the second act, and then coming back to conquer in the third—either by beating everyone or being recognized as an equal. It’s hard to deviate from that structure, which is why a good sports film doesn’t focus on the plot so much as the characters. Why am I talking about sports films in a review of Patti...

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death Brings Justice to the Low-Budget Streets of Mega-City One

It’s hard to believe that Judge Dredd turned 40 this year. That’s older than a lot of Twin Cities Geek readers and writers, myself included. The perpetually grumpy lawman’s comic first appeared in the March 1977 issue of British comic magazine 2000 AD, where it is still published to this day. In honor of the anniversary, it seemed like a good idea to look back at one of the few Judge Dredd video games ever made—Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death...

A Con Newbie Goes to a New Con

I’ve been part of the geek community in some way, shape, or form for as long as I can remember. I grew up with a video-game controller in one hand and a comic in the other, and I’ve taken part in many family trips to see the latest superhero movie on opening day. Despite that, I had never gone to any kind of geek, nerd, or pop-culture convention. Here’s an odd irony: after not fitting in at school for...

Looking Back on the Philando Castile Story with MPR’s 74 Seconds Podcast

You couldn’t live in Minnesota during July 2016 without hearing about the tragic, violent, and unnecessary death of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot during a traffic stop by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the scene on Facebook Live. Protests broke out in the following days, which even shut down Interstate 94 for five hours on July 9. A community pulled together—one bound by shock, despair, and a desire for...

Local Podcast Radio TCX Crushes the Star Wars X-Wing Market

On a cloudy Wednesday evening, while most of America is busy choosing the right Netflix show, I find myself seated in the bustling event hall of the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville. Attached to the gaming center are the manufacturing and development buildings that house workers producing tabletop favorites such as Battlestar Galactica and Android: Netrunner. There is a palpable energy in the air, perhaps due to the knowledge that future Fantasy Flight games, which will undoubtedly be...

This Week in Geek (8/28/17–9/3/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 28th through Sunday, September 3rd. Minnesota State Fair What: Arts, Educational, Food & Drink, Music When: Thursday, August 24th to Monday, September 4th Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds The Great Minnesota Get-Together is here! Come together with thousands of other Minnesotans to get your food, art, agriculture, music, and animal geeking on. This event has shows from...

Leap! Is a Visually Graceful Movie That Stumbles on Story

Leap! is the type of film you want to pull for as the underdog animated movie about the underdog archetype. It may not have the most detailed of character designs, the most decadent of lighting, or the most stylish of animated sets, but it delivers on the animated movements of ballet—which is probably the most important thing you’d want to get right in an animated film about ballerinas. The dance moves feel true and special, which is why it’s...

Win FREE Tickets to See John Carpenter at Myth Live!

Earlier this week, it was announced that director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor, and composer John Carpenter is launching his Anthology Tour to celebrate his new album, and he’ll be at Myth Live in Maplewood on November 7. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, but we’re giving you the chance to win a pair for free! To enter, just (1) like the giveaway post on the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page and (2) tag a friend in the comments who might like...

Throwback Thursday: There’s No Hangover with the Thin Man

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. The modern romantic comedy is a tricky genre. You want to give people a fun story while also following certain tropes. The meet-cute, the opposites attract, will they/won’t they, some form of complication (usually another significant other), final conflict, and then resolution. Whether it’s because of Hollywood laziness or...

Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

This past weekend, I happily supported the first ever Minnesota Fan Fest on August 19 and 20 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Earlier in the month, I wrote about the convention’s cosplay policy, which had been somewhat controversial when it was first announced; in that article, I stressed that Fan Fest organizers were listening to the local community and had demonstrated good intentions to support Minnesota creators and to work with, not invade, the Twin Cities comic-book scene. While wandering...
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