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This Week in Geek (5/22/17–5/28/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 22nd through Sunday May 28th. Goth Prom XIV: ABYSS What: Nightlife, Community When: Monday, May 22nd at 9:00 p.m. Where: The Saloon Dance the night away for a great cause at the 14th annual Goth Prom, where donations and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Minnesota AIDS Project. Dance to a great lineup...

Throwback Thursday: In Space, No One Can Hear an Alien Scream

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. With the imminent release tomorrow of the latest film in the Alien saga, I figured now would be the perfect opportunity to look at this space opera franchise and what the individual production teams have brought to each installment. As discussed in last week’s column, a confluence of events...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Isn’t Your Father’s Arthurian Story

There have been numerous films set around the exploits of King Arthur and his Round Table. Most have focused on Arthur’s rise to power, his love triangle with Guenevere and Lancelot, or his later years. (For just one take, see my look at 1981’s Excalibur here.) But King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is something different. Never before have I seen so many of the standard tropes of this legend removed to create something different, yet also familiar. Guy...

Throwback Thursday: Dark Star Is an Excavated Classic

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. I’m going to start off this throwback with a big ol’ declarative sentence. Dark Star is not a good film. There. I’ve said it. You might be wondering why I’m devoting a column to its existence, then. It might not be a good film, but it is an important...

Throwback Thursday: The Enemy of My Enemy is Enemy Mine

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. Due to creative differences, a director leaves a project. Another director steps in. This is a pretty regular occurrence in Hollywood. In 1984 this happened while filming a science-fiction film about two different species learning to put aside hate and embracing friendship. It’s a good concept for a science-fiction film....

It’s Three Times a Charmz with a New Graphic Novel Series from Papercutz

The comic world has been experiencing a measurable growth in readership over the last 10 or so years, particularly that of the children’s graphic-novel category—a 24 percent growth in year on year sales, according to Nielsen. One of the effects of this boom is that it’s boosting the visibility of female readers and female creators like Raina Telgemeier (Sisters, Smile, The Babysitters Club) and Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes). For a long time however, content aimed at 10- to 14-year-old...

Throwback Thursday: Barbarella Really Could Be the Queen of the Galaxy

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. Released at the tail end of the time period affectionately known as Swinging London, 1968’s Barbarella captures just a bit of the tone and feel of that era. While not doing terribly well in the United States, it was the second-largest film in the United Kingdom that year. Only...

Throwback Thursday: It’s a Cool, Cool World For the Ice Pirates

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. I will go on record stating that 1984 was a great year for genre films. We got Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Neverending Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Terminator, and that doesn’t even include some other equally entertaining films that hit theaters and drive-ins...

The Sounding Combines Darkness, Warmth, and Stellar Acting

The screen fades in on an overhead view of waves hitting rocks, putting you in the mind of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. That first shot isn’t the only imagery that reminded me of a Shakespearean locale, but it definitely sets the mood perfectly for the tale that unfolds in The Sounding, both directed by and starring Catherine Eaton. The quick synopsis is that a woman in Maine, after almost a lifetime of silence, decides to finally speak. That she...

Throwback Thursday: Getting into Outland

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. Though known primarily for his immortal role as James Bond, Sean Connery has been in a surprising number of genre films. From 1974’s Zardoz to the Highlander films and the one that unfortunately made him stop acting, 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There is one specific sci-fi film of...
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