Tagged film

Prepare a Team of Teenagers with Character Development and You Get the New Power Rangers

I didn’t quite realize how much of a Power Rangers fan I was until yesterday. Knowing that I was about to see Power Rangers, I spent the day singing the old theme—and I don’t just mean the chorus, I mean the lyrical verses that remind us that “Noooooo one can ever take them down!” That being said, I went into the movie with . . . medium expectations. They weren’t too high, but they weren’t bottom of the barrel, either....

Throwback Thursday: Lost in Space Opera

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. In 1998, there were over 15 film remakes (Psycho, Rear Window, and Parent Trap to name a few), or reimagined films based on television shows (The Avengers). Some were good, or at least made money (City of Angels, A Perfect Murder, You’ve Got Mail), and some were absolutely horrible (Psycho, Godzilla, The Avengers),...

This Week in Geek (3/20/17–3/26/17)

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

Throwback Thursday: Dare to Visit the Forbidden Planet

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. Continuing our look into space opera films, we’re setting the way-way-back machine to the year 1956 and looking at the first science-fiction film to take place entirely away from Earth. That movie is MGM’s Forbidden Planet. While a modest success at the box office, no one could have predicted...

This Week in Geek (3/13/17–3/19/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 13th through Sunday March 19th. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came What: Arts and Theater When: Monday, March 13th, Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 19th at 2:30 p.m. Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre Fans of theater and The Dark Tower will be in for a treat with this...

Throwback Thursday: The Darkness Is Your Friend in Pitch Black

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. In this column I try to keep all throwbacks in the twentieth century. You have to draw the line somewhere as to what you consider a throwback, and my arbitrary line has been the year 2000. I will occasionally go past that date if I’m looking at a series...

Throwback Thursday: Battle Beyond the Stars, But Still Close Enough For a Space Cowboy!

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. After the success of Star Wars in 1977, there were many knock-offs across all media that just wanted to capitalize on the success of the original film. One of those films tried to combine planet-spanning space opera with the rough plot of The Magnificent Seven (1960). While a remake...

Throwback Thursday: Is Dark City a Space Opera?

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. It’s very hard to talk about this week’s film in regards to space opera without veering heavily into spoiler territory, so I would suggest that if you haven’t seen it, backing slowly out of the room with your hands raised in a state of surrender and come back after watching it....

Throwback Thursday: Flash (AH-AHHH!) Gordon Is the Savior of the Universe

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. If you’re talking about a colorful, science-fiction adventure that has lots of different scenery, space battles, and melodrama, and you aren’t talking about Star Wars, odds are you’re thinking of 1980’s Flash Gordon. Brought to the silver screen by producer extraordinaire Dino De Laurentiis, Flash Gordon tells the pulpy...

Throwback Thursday: Solaris Is a Philosophical Meditation On Communication

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. One of the greatest inventions in the Star Trek universe is the universal translator. It allows different species to communicate through instantaneous translation. It is a little problematic when the series randomly decides to have people speak a specific language without translating it for the audience (Picard loves to...
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