Monthly Archive:: February 2018

Bingo Love for the Win

Writer Tee Franklin, artist Jenn St-Onge, and colorist Joy San give us Bingo Love, the story of two pivotal bingo games, decades apart, that bring unexpected love and second chances. Young Hazel Johnson’s new classmate, Mari McCray, is a “tall, beautiful . . . honey glazed goddess,” recently moved from California. Mari gives Hazel a glamorous new nickname: Elle. The two girls spend the afternoon together, and when Mari kisses her cheek goodbye, Hazel can’t help but imagine their...

10 of the Best Video Games of 2017

Although 2017 was mostly a garbage year for those who those who care about things like decency, respect, representation, and the common good, it was a real good year for video games! So I guess it wasn’t all bad, right? I mean, Nintendo released a new system, the Switch, alongside a new Zelda game and, much later down the road, a new behind-the-back-style Mario game à la Super Mario 64. And we got a sort of sequel to Nier!...

This Week in Geek (2/26/18–3/4/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 26th to Sunday, March 4th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Annihilation Is a Refraction of Itself

Short review first: this is not the movie you think it is. Not in a The Last Jedi sort of way, but more in a The Thin Red Line sort of way. The marketing might make you believe Annihilation is something like Predator except with some really, really fucked-up monsters. Well, my friends, I am sad to say it is not. Let us rewind all the way back to the ancient year of 2000 AD. Among the many things...

Jalopy Is a Bumpy Virtual Road Trip across Eastern Europe

Somewhere in the backwoods of Bulgaria, my car sputters and dies. I’m out of gas. I’m not sure whether the nearest gas station is ahead of me or behind me, so I grab my wallet and start walking. Night has fallen by the time I make it, only to find the station doesn’t sell gas cans. With I sigh, I turn around for the long trek back to the other gas station. Jalopy, from developer Minskworks and publisher Excalibur...

The Girl Who Leapt through Time Is an Adventure in Time, Change, and Growing Up

Recently, I had some time to watch an anime film I’ve been meaning to get to for a while: The Girl Who Leapt through Time. This was actually a rewatch for me, but it had been a few years since I saw it for the first time, and I didn’t remember much about it beyond the fact that I’d enjoyed it on the first go-round. It was high time for a refresher! The Girl Who Leapt through Time was...

#Dork Is a Podcast Love-Fest for the Comic-Book Bro

Geek bros everywhere will swoon for WEEI Sports Radio Network’s #Dork podcast—that is, if they can fit it in between crushing at Legends of Zelda and their local comic-book store’s happy hour. Consistent in its quest to cover relevant TV, movie, and video-game topics, #Dork doesn’t shy away from popular media or comic-book material. Indeed, this podcast covers many Marvel movies and consistently lets the audience in on future DC Comics characters coming to the big screen, but more than...

Game Night Is a Winner

It takes daring for a movie to not only reference Taken 3 but mimic its climax. But Game Night is thankfully a comedy smart enough to know you can’t win by reference and raunchiness alone—this movie shows that it’s wiser to play by the rules for setting up a silly plot of twists, violence, and chaos instead of flipping over the board and hoping the audience will laugh at the mess. It helps that Game Night avoids the common...

This Week in Geek (2/19/18–2/25/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 19th to Sunday, February 25th. GPS Open Meeting What: Meetup, Community When: Monday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Event Horizon This quarterly open meeting is a part of the Geek Partnership Society, and is an opportunity for geeks in the Twin Cities to learn about events, volunteer opportunities, and be heard. Social hour begins at...

In Space Dandy, Absurdity Is the Final Frontier

Interdimensional ramen, universe-wide zombie plagues, planetary wars about underwear, sentient plants—these are just a few examples of the kind of strangeness you’ll encounter in any given episode of Space Dandy. Space Dandy is directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, who’s best known for his directing work on none other than Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo (another classic that’s on my docket to watch sometime soon). But while Watanabe’s stellar work is just as apparent in this series as it is in those he’s better known for, Space...
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