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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...

This Week in Geek (7/3/17–7/9/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 9th. Movies in the Parks: Captain America: Civil War What: Movies When: Monday, July 3rd at 9:00 p.m. Where: Nicollet Island Park The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one of the screenings this week is Captain...

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,...

This Week in Geek (6/26/17–7/2/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 26th through Sunday, July 2nd. Spin with Cyn: Complicated Fun Party What: Nightlife, Books When: Monday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Grumpy’s Northeast Help Cyn Collins celebrate the release of Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974–1984, a book devoted to the Twin Cities music scene, by enjoying DJ sets from...

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

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. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

Throwback Thursday: The Alien Menace Is Real in Starship Troopers

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 a newsreel that takes a page out of the Triumph of the Will playbook, 1997’s Starship Troopers opens with a clip for military service and citizenship, and it doesn’t let up on the jingoistic propaganda for the rest of its runtime. While a modest success at the box...

This Week in Geek (6/12/17–6/18/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 12th through Sunday, June 18th. Movies in the Parks: The Martian What: Movies When: Monday, June 12th 9:00 p.m. Where: Bryant Square Park The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one of the screenings this week is The Martian, a...

Throwback Thursday: Delving Into Frank Herbert’s Dune

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 compiling the list of space opera films I wanted to cover before CONvergence 2017, I added one of my favorites: David Lynch’s would-be opus Dune (1984). However, when I had my one-year anniversary column at Twin Cities Geek, I covered the entire oeuvre of Lynch (which you can find...

Throwback Thursday: Galaxy Quest Is an Homage, Not a Parody

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 first panels I remember attending at CONvergence was a discussion about which parody was better, Galaxy Quest or Spaceballs. The consensus was that the two were hard to compare since they came from entirely different mindsets. While Spaceballs sent up everything having to do with space operas,...

Dead Men Talk Too Much in the Latest Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been going for 14 years. It started out as a fun popcorn flick trying to capture the joy of the ride at Walt Disney World, and it succeeded initially. That success was mainly due to Johnny Depp’s whacked-out turn as Captain Jack Sparrow, but as the years progressed the plots got more entangled, with periphery characters all given moments in the spotlight. In the fourth film, 2011’s On Stranger Tides, the franchise...
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