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Morph into Awesome with These Power Rangers Prize Packs!

It’s almost morphin’ time! Power Rangers is headed back to the big screen, and to celebrate, we’re giving away 5 color-coded prize packs: 1 themed for each of the rangers in the movie! Each pack includes the following prizes, tailored to the Black, Blue, Pink, Red, or Yellow Ranger: (2) passes for an advance screening of Power Rangers on March 22, 2017 (1) character movie poster (pictured above) (1) hat (1) pull-string bag (1) T-shirt (1) tattoo set All you...

What’s Wrong with a Black Brit Playing a Black American?

In a somewhat lengthy interview with hip-hop radio station HOT 97, highest all-time box-office star Samuel L. Jackson offered his comments on Jordan Peele’s (fantastic) recent film, Get Out. While Get Out has been near-universally praised as a masterful allegory for contemporary race relations in America (and has been covered here on Twin Cities Geek), Mr. Jackson seemed to take some issue with the casting choices, particularly around star of the film, Daniel Kaluuya of Black Mirror fame. “I think it’s...

After 20 Years, Buffy Is Still Changing the World

On Friday, the iconic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrated the 20th anniversary of its debut. Other writers on this site have already detailed how this show and its characters changed their lives (see here and here), but while it changed mine too, I want to focus on something a bit more big picture. It’s a little odd to think of a television show having the ability to change the world when it didn’t involve race relations, war,...

How Buffy the Vampire Slayer Helped Me Be a Better Me

I was 15 when Buffy the Vampire Slayer made its debut on the WB. I remember it vividly: I was channel surfing and happened across the pilot episode as the opening credits were playing. I decided to give it a shot for a few minutes, and I was completely hooked. Except for a brief hiatus when I left for college, I made my way through adolescence and young adulthood in the company of Buffy and her Scooby Gang. I was...

7 Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Share With Your Potential Slayer

I first saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it was nearing the end of its run. I was working at a camp, and one of my fellow counselors had brought a bunch of episodes she had recorded off her TV. I tore through what she had, then finally finished up the show by borrowing the DVD seasons from a friend (and ultimately buying them myself). The show struck a chord with me, and I wished I’d watched it when it...

Arby’s Targets the Geek Market with Awesome Papercraft Creations

Man, does it feel abnormal to be in the target market for a company’s marketing campaign! With most of my interests being in obscure or independent video games and intense board games, it isn’t very often that I come across advertising that appeals to some of my primary interests: geek stuff and eating. In case you haven’t seen it, some time ago, Arby’s launched a social media campaign of food art and papercrafted sculptures featuring a very long list...

Throwback Thursday: In Memoriam 2016

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. We lost a lot of great entertainers in 2016, and a couple really hit home for me personally, as I’m sure some did for you as well. Some people might question why we put celebrities on a pedestal when people in Syria are being ravaged, killed, and displaced; when...

What If Wolverine Were Reimagined with a Native American Origin Story?

Wolverine’s first appearance was in 1974, but he went more than two decades without anyone knowing much about him, including himself. Young fans like me were content with this status quo, though when writers gave us nuggets of information through new characters and villains who had a secret history with him, we never stopped turning the pages to find out more. But in 2001, Marvel Comics decided to do the unthinkable: they were going to reveal Wolverine’s origin. After...

Fight Evil on a Personal Level by Finding Your Inner Superheroes

I remember when I was around 13 and bought yet another Spider-Man action figure. My mother was not happy about it—she expected me to be past the age of being into such “childish” things. Well, I’m now 34 and still very much a fan of all things superhero. I’m not ashamed of it, though I should acknowledge that it does help to live in a world in which superhero and geek culture is more alive and accepted than it...

Paisley Park Opens Its Doors to Minnesota’s Prince Fans

This is what it’s like in the Dream Factory, oh! After a false start early last month, Paisley Park has officially opened its doors to the public, celebrating the life of Minnesotan legend Prince. It’s a one-of-a-kind tour that lets you see some of the spaces where the artist worked, created, and relaxed, and if you’re a longtime reader of this site, you know how big a fan I am of the music he created throughout his life, so...
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