Reviews

The Rick and Morty Card Game is Totally Rickdiculous!

The wait for season 3 of Rick and Morty—the highlight of our lives—has moved so slowly, the clocks have practically started going backwards. But hey, at least we discovered time travel, right? So many rumors had floated around about the date the series would continue, and they all ended in heartbreaking, world-spiraling depression. Luckily, it’s only a couple more weeks until new episodes begin, but in the meantime I am back with another solace for you waiting fans—this time...

MPR’s Cube Critics is a Great Quick Listen for Movie-Goers

With most podcasts lasting over 30 minutes, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a short one. Cube Critics is part of MPR’s (Minnesota Public Radio’s) podcast family. Both hosts, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, lend their knowledgeable selves to the cinema culture. Cube Critics has two interwoven parts: short reviews of current movies (lasting 5 minutes) and spotlights on past movies they recommend (lasting roughly 15 minutes). The length of the podcast is a curse and a...

Throwback Thursday: Yakuza Beach Vacation In Sonatine

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. Most movie gangsters are portrayed as gritty and passionate. That is not the case in Takeshi Kitano’s Sonatine. The yakuza he plays in this film, Murakawa, is one that has grown tired and disillusioned with the world of crime. When torturing a man who wronged him, Murakawa takes no...

Switching On to Nintendo’s Newest Console

I’m not sure what it was exactly that flipped my internal “switch” about the Nintendo Switch console, but at some point between when they became available to preorder and the release date, the Switch went from a curiosity-piquing concept to something I needed to seek out and purchase. It might have been the parent in me thinking about how useful the parental controls may be, now that my geekling is showing an interest in video games. It may have...

Anvil Industry Offers Tabletop Models for All

In 2011, Anvil Industry joined the crowded market of selling conversion bits for 28-millimeter scale models, aiming particularly at the Warhammer 40,000 range. They produce two main ranges—Exo-Lords and Regiments (power-armor-equipped soldiers and standard infantry, respectively)—selling both full models and individual sprues of bits for conversion work on other models. Anvil Industry also found success in its own tabletop game, Afterlife, which raised over $50,000 via Kickstarter in 2014. The company’s latest release, the Trench Fighters range, consists of...

With a Great Reboot Comes Great Relatability in Spider-Man: Homecoming

My first introduction to Peter Parker was by way of a ’90s guitar riff. This was common for me back in the day, as I was prone to watching animated representations of the characters that graced the pages of my dad’s comic books. Since then, there have been several more interpretations of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, some of which have made it onto the big screen. We could probably empty out several web cartridges on whether or not Tobey...

Experience Unexpected Darkness in Neverland with Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

Captain Hook is a bad guy. Peter Pan is a good guy. This is what we know, whether our education comes from Disney’s beloved Peter Pan of 1953; 1991’s Hook, in which the title character is played with dastardly relish by Dustin Hoffman; or J. M. Barrie’s plays and novels of the early 20th century, in which the character of Peter Pan was created. Regardless of the origin of our knowledge, this is what we all know. Or, should...

Minneapolis’s Geeks without God Podcast Is Unapologetically Fun

It is uncommon for a podcast to discuss more than one main subject. It is even more uncommon for one to do it successfully. One of the few that do is Geeks without God, a Minneapolis-based podcast that consists of uncensored, intelligent discussion of all things geeky and political. Hosts Molly, Nick, and Tim have great chemistry and are knowledgeable about their subjects. The episodes aren’t regurgitations of information or political rants; they show obvious passion for their interests...

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment in 2018, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an...

Throwback Thursday: Insert Multi-Pass Joke Here for The Fifth Element

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. As the final space-opera themed Throwback Thursday before CONvergence next week, I wanted to take a moment to shine a light on one of my favorite films, Luc Besson’s 1997 extravaganza The Fifth Element. Owing a huge debt to the production design of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, and Jean-Claude Mézières,...
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