Arts/Entertainment

Free 'Super Troopers 2' Screening!

Super Troopers is one of those beloved, cult comedies that people can quote over and over. The movie came out 17 years ago (wow, that sure makes me feel old) and still to this day is one of my favorite comedies. Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe behind the aforementioned title, Club Dread, Beerfest and Slammin' Salmon, has wanted to make a Super Troopers 2 for years -- but it never quite got the traction needed to be made (a lot of that had to due to the project not getting studio support, i.e. funding). So...

US Map Shows Most Popular Netflix Shows in 2017

[caption id="attachment_1315705" align="aligncenter" width="710"] Netflix Original Series 'Mindhunter'[/caption] The breadth of the content within the Netflix library is something to behold. While once there was a handful of options, like a few solid movies and network shows, now there is more fantastic content being produced by Netflix that it's impossible to keep up with. Everyone has their own favorite shows and movies on Netflix -- we could argue about our favorites until we are blue in the face. My wife and I constantly re-watch The Office and Parks and Recreation because these shows are...

Twins Reliever Perkins Out the Remainder of 2016

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Last week, the Minnesota Twins received the worst injury news of the season. It was announced that left-handed reliever Glen Perkins, who had been out since early April, was going to have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Up until that point, the Twins had been optimistic that Perkins would be back on the mound this season.
 “We were hoping to rehab it, but it didn’t work. So now, surgically, we’ll get this taken care of and hopefully everything will go well and we can get him ready for spring training,” Twins...

Movie Review -- 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Disappoints

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Having seen Return of the Jedi, four teenagers leave the theater and discuss which of the three Star Wars movies were better. One argues for Empire Strikes Back, the other A New Hope, and finally the last one says, “Well, we all know the third movie is always the worst.” Did I mention this was a scene from X-Men: Apocalypse? Bryan Singer’s tongue-in-cheek humor, and his own critique of the film (and the nature of trilogies) was funny, but also telling of his attitude...

Flashback to Soundset 2015

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With Soundset 2016 coming up this week, we here at Minnesota Connected thought it might be a timely moment to remember some of the highlights to the conversations we had last year. Here are some thoughts from a few of Soundset 2015's line-up: [caption id="attachment_107219" align="aligncenter" width="522"]deM atlaS Performance Soundset 2015 (Miranda Bergs - Minnesota Connected)...

A Quarter of the MLB Season Complete -- Twins Struggles Are Many

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The Minnesota Twins have had an awful start to the season. They are 14.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox who lead the American League Central. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. The offense seems to be running on fumes. The starting pitching at times has been inconsistent. As for the bullpen, it seems like these days you expect a bad performance by most of the relief core. Not only that, the Twins have been shuffling players on and off the 25-man roster either due to injury or lack of performance. Losing streaks of nine and eight games certainly didn’t help matters. ...

Movie Review -- Gyllenhaal Turns in Another Strong Performance in 'Demolition'

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To figure out who you really are, tear everything apart until you find the parts that are truly you, and throw everything else away. This is the fundamental story behind Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. While the writer and director’s unique attempt at retelling the find-yourself story is commendable, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as Davis is charming and top-notch, the film still struggles with this on-the-nose metaphor and lack of finding anything new to say. The gradual progression of Gyllenhaal’s clean cut character into a train wreck was well done, and writer Bryan Sipe basks in Davis’s self-destructive...

'Self/Less' is a Point/Less Summer Thriller

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Self/Less – presumably a working title nobody ever got around to fixing – takes Ben Kingsley and turns him into Ryan Reynolds. If you find that trick impressive, you should give me a hundred dollar bill and see what I do with that. Kingsley plays Damien, a millionaire architect who is dying of cancer. He’s approached by an ominous British scientist named Albright who developed the technique of “shedding” or moving someone’s consciousness from one body to another. The body Kingsley is eyeing belongs to Reynolds, and after a moment or two in a souped up MRI machine, voila! The Faustian pact is complete. It’s not that...

Movie Review: 'Inside Out' is Another Emotional Masterpiece from Pixar

Inside Out_1From the studio that introduced you to an adventurous young girl, turned her into an old woman, and then killed her off in the first ten minutes of what was ostensibly a film for young children…

…that opened a winning comedy about a robot in space with a vision of Earth as a post-apocalyptic wasteland where most animals (and presumably people) had died from human greed and wastefulness… …that took some of the most iconic characters in movie history and threatened to burn all of them in a fiery pit that bore no small resemblance to hell… Pixar Animation Studios proudly presents: Birth. An infant opens her eyes for the very first time. We bear witness to this miracle from her perspective....

Movie Review -- 'Jurassic World' Thrills

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Jurassic World comes to life every bit the dream that John Hammond imagined for his own Jurassic Park in 1993 -- children running, laughing through the park while awe struck parents follow behind, large majestic dinosaurs on display for the world to finally see. Trust me, they spared no expense! But alas, nothing gold can stay. A new, fully loaded, genetically created dinosaur, not fully understood by her creators, and quite terrifying, hits center stage. Indominus Rex! Ian Malcom said it best in The Lost World, “Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. ...