This Week in Geek (8/20/18–8/26/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 20th to Sunday, August 27th. GPS Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts, Educational When: Monday, August 20th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a...

Crazy Rich Asians Is the Rom-Com We’ve Been Waiting For

Let it be known that I’m generally not into romantic comedies. I’m usually the one who rolls her eyes when Attractive Person A stares into the irises of Attractive Person B for an excruciatingly long period of time. However, there comes a time when a girl finds that one show or movie or book that makes her realize that it’s not romance she hates—it’s the way it’s written. Crazy Rich Asians isn’t the first to make me have this...

Never Goin’ Back Goes Nowhere Fast

The best that can be said of the indie comedy Never Goin’ Back is that it’s a far more believable version of Two Broke Girls. Whereas that sitcom presented a female duo too lucky and plucky in New York City to be considered poor and struggling, this film’s two leads fit a more realistic profile of lower-class teenagers in a retail wasteland of south Texas. They can barely make rent or utilities, have the most destructive of roommates, and...

The Character Alignments of New Minnesota State Fair Foods, Rated

The Minnesota State Fair is rapidly approaching, and it is high time to prepare yourself (and your stomach) for the food that is coming. There is always a ton of food to pick from each year, and to make it easier for you, I’ve rated the moral alignments for some of the new food coming your way in 2018. Lawful Good: Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake This delightful treat is exactly what you expect to see when you hear the...

The Orville Is the Perfect Star Trek Homage

Late last year, FOX released a little show called The Orville. It was charming, nostalgic, irreverent, and funny as hell. Audiences loved it. I loved it. But critics? Not so much. The difference between the audience and critic reception was truly staggering, and one of the primary criticisms of the show was a lack of originality. Some reviews were softer, implying that the show was a somewhat heavy-handed approach to homage, but many were far harsher, deeming it to...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 15, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 15, 2018. Pearl Publisher: Jinxworld/DC Words/Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art/Colors: Michael Gaydos “Pearl is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza. She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she...

Spinning Silver Spins a Complex Tale of Debts

When I worked at a bookstore in high school, my manager always said, “You cannot tell a book by its cover, but you can sure sell a book by its cover.” The cover of Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, a loose adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, beckoned to me; a woman releasing pieces of gold from one hand to another gave me the perception of a woman in control of her own life. The light-blue background with white drops of snow accompanied...

This Week in Geek (8/13/18–8/19/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 13th to Sunday, August 19th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, August 13th 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...

In Puzzle, Drama and Reflection Fit Together

It would seem like a challenge to piece together a thoughtful and engaging film around the quietest of games—something more entertaining to do yourself than to watch. But in Puzzle, director Marc Turtletaub manages to find a dramatic tale to weave around the game itself without turning puzzles into a set dressing for an indie drama of rediscovering passion and purpose. He knows that the game itself has a more contemplative edge and lets the audience enjoy that sense of reflection...

The Meg Takes a Bite Out of Summer

You have to have admire the pecularily Hollywood kind of confidence it takes to make a large-budget shark movie these days. I mean, there are plenty of ferocious predecessors that are really, really good (Jaws, Open Water, The Shallows) and the countless more that are not much better than lukewarm chum (looking at SyFy and a certain movie about tornadoes). So, if you try to make a good movie, the bar is pretty high, and if you are shooting for...
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