Manga Review: Battle Angel Alita Last Order

Battle Angel Alita Last Order

Welcome back to Part 2 of my Battle Angel Alita overview! As you probably picked up from my last post, I love me some Battle Angel Alita. Maybe it’s the cool cyberpunk feel, maybe it’s the excellent artwork, or maybe it’s just the fact that Alita looks like my favorite anime character in the universe (Sailor Saturn, for those who are wondering). I wolfed down each graphic novel and bayed for more until, finally, the series came to an end. A reasonably satisfying end, but an end nonetheless. A … [Read more...]

Movies That Molded a Geek: Twister

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Okay, pipe down, I can hear the squawking from here.  "Twister?" you say.  "That god-awful movie that spawned that lame ride at Universal and everyone always quotes the stupid cow line?" Yes, that movie.  I LOVE THIS MOVIE.  Also, note that this is not a series about the Best and Smartest Geek Movies Ever, but rather the movies that molded this particular geek.  Bear with me. There's more than one weather-watcher in my family.  Tornadoes were kind of a family thing, though there aren't any … [Read more...]

Manga Review: Battle Angel Alita

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And now, m’s to-do list for Monday: 1)    Go to gym 2)    Buy milk 3)    Abuse dreamgirl writer position to gush about manga 4)    Clean the computer room Well, that’s one scratched off the list! In all seriousness, I figure that a few reviews are in order, so here I am to share one of my favorite classic 90’s manga with you all… a little cyberpunk tale known as Battle Angel Alita. This one’s a two parter overview, so let’s settle in with the series that started it all. Fallen … [Read more...]

Inception: Sci-Fi Success Without E.T.

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This weekend I saw Inception, the latest Christopher Nolan film (with music once more by Hans Zimmer - I'm calling them the new Burton-Elfman, except Zimmer's been around forever).  The movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page among others, is proving to be quite successful - and, perhaps not coincidentally, quite polarizing amongst the geeks I know. My review, in a few words?  I really, really liked it.  I don't know if it's the most watertight plot in the world, but it's … [Read more...]

Writing About Reading: An Intro To Good Reads

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I have a confession to make. I didn’t fall in love with LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge. Don’t get me wrong, I loves me some Geordi! But long before I stumbled into the world of TNG, I was a fan of Reading Rainbow, and LeVar, encouraging kids to read because it was fun, was my knight in shining armor. (Still is, but that’s for another post…) Books are precious gifts from writers to the rest of the world. I love reading new stories by new (or at least new-to-me) authors. Reading keeps my own … [Read more...]

10 Anime Titles for People Who Don’t Like Anime

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first post by one of our new writers, M!  She comes to us with experience in the anime industry and is going to fill a VERY big hole in our geek lineup - mainly, anime & manga articles. We're so excited to have her and hope you love her posts. Welcome, M! Ladies and gentlemen, Exhibit A: the Anime Eye Roll. Any anime addict has seen it at least once in their lives, probably multiple times, from family, friends, and significant others. It’s almost always … [Read more...]

Ten Percent Is Not Enough (Recruit Geeky Lesbians!)

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Before I get lots of emails wondering when I turned lesbian and what Dave thinks about it, let me point out that this post is the very first by new staff member, D. She'll be joining us twice a month with articles about comic books, graphic novels, and LGBT geek culture & dating. We'll let you guess what this one is about. :) Welcome, D! Ten Percent Is Not Enough (Recruit Geeky Lesbians!) Let’s talk math. Current statistics state that about 10% of the population is … [Read more...]

Red Dwarf: Not Serious Sci-Fi, But Seriously Funny

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Way back in Stardate...  uh, 1988, while Captain Picard was commanding the Starship Enterprise, there was another popular show about a spaceship and its crew: Red Dwarf.  Over the years (it had eight seasons) it became one of the most popular shows in the UK, yet, like Doctor Who, it's a show that most Americans weren't exposed to unless they knew a fan or caught a random episode on PBS. Ten years after the show went off the air, a new miniseries got the blood pumping in critics and fans … [Read more...]

Older Doctor Who: Where to Start?

So maybe you've watched all of the new series of Doctor Who, from Eccleston on, but the older Doctors are a mystery to you.  Maybe you want to see Sarah Jane Smith in all her young nubile glory.  Or maybe you've never seen any Doctor Who because you're a completist and want to do it "right."  Where's the best place to begin? Option One: Begin at the Beginning Well, you could start with the first Doctor... but it won't be easy.  For one thing, it's in black and white, and slower paced.  While … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: In Defense of Amy Pond

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For several weeks now I've been orbiting in my own happy world of Doctor Who, and thus far have been pretty satisfied with the new head writer, Steven Moffat.  Perhaps naively, I  assumed most other people were as well - and then today I did some reading on Doctor Who forums, for the first time. Anyone who's ever read a forum understands what I found there.  Some of the biggest fans... and biggest detractors.  No huge shock, but one line of discussion surprised me enough that I felt I needed … [Read more...]