Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Takes a Topical Look into the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts is proving to be the grown-up sibling of the Harry Potter series. Both tales feature dastardly deeds done by dark wizards with similar wizard-supremacy belief structures, but where Voldemort’s evil was simplistic, Grindelwald brings the danger of a seductive and occasionally reasonable-sounding evil. In many ways, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels topical. It’s easy to wonder why any sane person would back Grindelwald, who preaches a message of wizard superiority over those who lack magic, but...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Is a Minor Upgrade

The return to the video-game world of Wreck-It Ralph certainly expands on the already imaginative playground of arcade game characters. While the first film certainly had an intelligent charm, I still felt there was untapped potential for an adventure that deserved more than an onslaught of puns. The sequel, on the other hand, takes a bold step out of the arcade and into the boundless limits of the Internet. But while Ralph Breaks the Internet still has that clever...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of November 14, 2018

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of November 14, 2018. Bitter Root Publisher: Image Words/Story: David Walker, Chuck Brown Art/Colors: Sanford Green “In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York—and the world—from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family...

Win 1 of 3 Overlord Movie Prize Packs!

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer...

Origin Is the Sci-Fi Series That Might Make You Get YouTube Premium

I recently had the chance to screen the first two episodes of YouTube Premium’s new series, Origin, premiering on November 14, 2018. With producers from Lost and The Crown and some recognizable actors, I figured that the show at least had some credibility behind it. The premise? “A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far...

Yuri!!! on Ice Is a Delightful Anime That Will Leave You Wanting More

It’s always an unpredictable experience jumping into a mainstream anime series you’ve heard a lot about. By the time you sit down to watch it, you’ve probably heard so much about it that it’s hard to know what to expect, or even to be able to predict whether you’re likely to enjoy it. So you take the plunge, wondering just what about the show, if anything, will live up to what you’ve heard. For me, finally getting around to...

This Week in Geek (11/12/18–11/18/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 12th to Sunday, November 18th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, November 12th 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...

Overlord Reanimates a Dead Genre

If you told me a year ago that I would be walking through the rain to see a late-night screening of a World War II zombie movie, I would scoffed and gone back to researching New Zealand immigration laws. Things change, of course, and the great thing about movies is that all it takes is one or two totally solid ones to shift the landscape and kick off another trend. As easy as it is to disparage the entertainment...

The 2018 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive Is Here!

It’s that time of year again, geeks! Last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was a huge success—we set a new record by collecting over 4,900 donations of games, toys, books, and other items for deserving recipients! This year, with even more great donation locations on board, we’re hoping to do even better. As has been the case the past three years, items donated will go to two very worthy local organizations: Hallie Q. Brown Community...

Noises Off at the Guthrie Is So Nice I Saw It Twice

It is said that theater is the result of a series of happy accidents magically culminating in a successful show. While that criminally understates the efforts of a staggering number of people—most of whom never even get the satisfaction of taking a bow for all their work—there is some truth to it. Any show can be tanked if the simply astonishing number of moving parts does not all line up just right. Throw in Murphy’s Law, “Anything can go...
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