Monthly Archive:: August 2018

The Cramped, Chaotic Kitchen of Overcooked! 2 Delivers Delicious Cooperative Fun

There are a lot of things I like to do with my friends: seeing movies, going on trips, shopping, and playing games, just to name a few. But after a few hours of playing Overcooked! 2, I can safely say I don’t want to work in a kitchen with them anytime soon. Even though it destroyed my dreams of opening a food truck, Overcooked! 2 provided plenty of chaotic moments that made me laugh and sigh exasperatedly in equal...

Channel A: The Anime Pitch Party Game Is a Delight for Anime Fans of All Levels

The more I think back on my life as a gamer, the more I realize how much that identity has interacted with—and even informed—my other hobbies. Even as recently as when I discovered Call to Adventure (which I wrote about earlier this month), my excitement and anticipation from that game has rekindled my interest in fantasy novels, and that’s had me reading them a lot more lately than I had been. Similarly, my entry into the trading-card-gaming scene in the...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 29, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries (plus a bonus one-shot) I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 29, 2018. Adventure Van Publisher: Golden Apple Books Words/Story: Michael McMillian Art/Colors: Ryan Cody “Corey Biggs’ life is going nowhere until his 21st birthday camping trip gets cut short when alien warriors, sent by Baal Maldage, the evil tyrant king of Bravas, abduct his friend, Billy, and spark a chain of events that sends...

Wolf Children Is a Bittersweet Tale of Love, Loss, and the Unbreakable Link between the Two

In the midst of the end-of-summer busyness that has crept up on me as it always does, I found myself wanting to check out something from my anime to-be-watched list—but I knew it had to be something relatively short and digestible. Trying to pack in the last bit of summer goofing off takes time, after all! And so, in searching through VRV to find an anime film that looked good, I came across Wolf Children. I’d heard of this movie...

The Happytime Murders Is a Colorful Nosedive into the Gutter

When I watched animated shows as a kid, I really enjoyed the parody cartoons that riffed on familiar tropes from their long-form cinema cousins but never took them too seriously. Bugs Bunny was always going to be a rascally rabbit regardless of what genre he was lampooning or using for very bare-bones source material. The Happytime Murders, a very grown-up puppet movie, takes this same approach with its neo-noir murder mystery. Director Brian Henson (yes, Jim Henson‘s son) focuses...

This Week in Geek 8/27/18–9/2/18

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 27th to Sunday, September 2nd. Minnesota State Fair What: Community, Family, Food & Drink, Music When: Monday, August 27th through Monday, September 3rd Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds Twelve days of fun from August 23rd to September 3rd, famous for its foods on sticks, butter princesses, musical acts (including the B-52s and Beach Boys this year!), prize-winning...

2001: A Space Odyssey Marks 50 Years with a Limited IMAX Run

It is the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential films ever made: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece (no, really), 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lucky for film buffs, hardcore sci-fi fans, recreational drug users, and Pink Floyd enthusiasts, Odyssey has received a limited one-week theatrical rerelease officially starting August 24, 2018. Four IMAX locations (none, sadly, in Minnesota) are screening in IMAX 70mm, created from the “unrestored” 70mm print. The rest of us at other IMAX locations get a 4K remaster. The rerelease trailer for Odyssey,...

The Twin Cities’ New Alamo Drafthouse Is a Full-Blown Cinema Experience

Full disclosure: I’m the friend in the friend group who doesn’t always get the appeal of going out to the movies. That’s not a negative against the industry or anything—it’s just not high on my priority list. It usually takes a special kind of movie to get me to leave the house, spring for tickets and popcorn, then settle in for two-plus hours of cinema. (But I did see Black Panther three times.) That being said, the Alamo Drafthouse in...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 22, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 22, 2018. Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men Publisher: Dark Horse Words/Story: Evan Dorkin Art/Colors: Benjamin Dewey “A heroic pack of canines known as the Wise Dogs set off on a mission to clean up a Pennsylvania corridor plagued by seemingly unrelated occult disturbances that include a fire salamander and a horde of mutant lurkers. A...

Observer Is a Visual Delight but Falls Short on Gameplay

Cyberpunk has been undergoing a renaissance for some time now across every medium, including some recent high-profile releases like Blade Runner 2049 and Detroit: Become Human. Bloober Team’s latest release, Observer, is yet one more title riding the cyberpunk wave. Observer (stylized as >observer_ in marketing material) is set in 2084 in the Fifth Polish Republic, a corporation-state formed by Chiron Incorporated following a “digital plague” called the nanophage and a resulting global war. The remaining population of humans, now...
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