Throwback Thursday: As the Years Go By, Time Bandits Is Not the Same 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. A statement of fact: As you get older and gain experiences your viewpoint shifts. It’s an ongoing process, and changing perception on life is important. Whether it’s the childhood realization that the world is bigger than your neighborhood, or that not all adults are infallible. The moments that we...

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Twin Cities Harry Potter Fans Together

Maria Balogh didn’t mean to create a citywide event. In August 2015, when she made a Facebook page for a Harry Potter–themed bar crawl, it was just meant for her and her friends—only Balogh accidentally set the page to public. Within a month, almost 10,000 people in the Twin Cities had RSVPed yes. Most people probably would have been overwhelmed, but the local Potter fan, who has a background in advertising and a love of event planning, decided to...

Why I Bought My Daughter Wonder Woman’s Sword

As far as I can remember, it started with a cup. My daughter used small juice glasses during our family meals, but as she was still under three, I was hesitant to have her use actual glassware on the nights we ate dinner outside on our back patio. Spilling the glass was still a real hazard, and having it break on the cement would be less than ideal. The patio was a prime barefoot zone, plus I could no...

The Kingsmen Head to ’Murica for Some Highfalutin Fun

Kingsman: The Secret Service was 2015’s surprise crowd-pleaser. What at first just looked like it would be your typical action fare turned out to be an impressive mix of action, affection, and amusement. That meant its follow-up, The Golden Circle (out September 22), had some big Oxfords to fill. Director Matthew Vaughn didn’t take too many risks with his sequel, which I found to be a very smart choice. Our newly inducted Kingsman, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), is now comfortably...

How Being an Asian Geek Trained Me to Stand Strong against Criticism

I’m a Cambodian American. Technically we’ve been here before: in my debut article for Twin Cities Geek, “The Surprising Difficulty of Being a Cambodian American Geek,” I brought to light—for the first time publicly—my personal experiences, observations, and difficulties with dealing with antigeek hostility in my own ethnic community. The majority of experiences were due to conflicts between the older generation, who emigrated from Cambodia as a result of the Khmer Rouge, and the younger generation, who were born...

Sonic Mania Updates the Best of Classic Sonic Gameplay for Modern Sensibilities

Sonic Mania was first unveiled during Sonic’s 25th anniversary party at San Diego Comic-Con last year. The event was streamed live for all to see and it was the hottest stream of 2016 (NSFW language in linked video). Sandwiched in between various technical issues and awkward product placements was Sonic Mania’s debut trailer. Admittedly I wasn’t as excited about the project as I could have been—Sega had made previous attempts to bring Sonic back to its 2D glory, with...

This Week in Geek (9/18/17–9/24/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 18th to Sunday, September 24th. Creative Club What: Arts, Meetup When: Monday, September 18th at 6:15 p.m. Where: Byte At this casual weekly meetup, you can bring your latest creative project to work on or just show up to mingle and network. While you’re there, you can take advantage of Byte’s food and drink offerings and...

The Stone Man Mysteries Have Gargoyles, Scots, and Demons, Oh My!

Book One of The Stone Man Mysteries, a supernatural locked-door mystery set in 1930s Edinburgh, is as dark and murky as Auld Reekie itself. Written by local author Adam Stemple and non-local Jane Yolen, and illustrated by Orion Zangara, it follows a church gargoyle named Silex, a demon who has been bound to earth with priestly magicks. Since, as he jokes, he “cannae play football,” he’s formed a detective agency. Of course, being stuck on the church tower, unable...

Rebel in the Rye Gives J. D. Salinger a Dry Biography

The life of J. D. Salinger was not particularly interesting. Sure, there are a few intriguing tidbits about his relationship with his parents, his schooling, his love interest, his military service, and his exile as a hermit, but what else is there to this author? He spent so much time on his writing that he shut out nearly every other aspect of his life. It’s hard enough to portray writing onscreen as something dramatic and passionate, but it must’ve...

Whosah Tour Comes Home to Make a Move

For Whosah, it probably felt like old times to return to Dinkytown and headline at the Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday night. With their roots firmly planted in the Twin Cities area, brothers Spencer, Dave, and Mack Grimes combined forces with Nate Flynn and Dallas Erdahl to bring their polished indie-pop sound and growing catalogue of music, which has evolved and matured since playing Student Sound on the University of Minnesota campus. For me, the Triple Rock set...
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