The Shadow Scout

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Name: Arts Humana
Date registered: August 21, 2015


Lakita’s geek force within was first publicly observed when she bopped to Herbie Hancock’s “Rock It” video as a very young child. This same said force was nurtured in adolescence through many weekends watching “Star Trek: Original Series” with her father and VHS binge-reserving “The Twilight Zone” television series from her nearest nerd sanctuary, the public library! Lakita also considers herself a public service “lifer” and supports youth voice inspired and empowered by the arts. A live tweeter and competitive trivia leaguer with dreams of learning esperanto or coding one day (whichever comes first), you can usually find her on twitter: @artshumana

Latest posts

  1. TOON IN: Interview with Ben Passmore — May 12, 2017
  2. Mensa Mind Games: Bringing Your A+ Game — April 29, 2017
  3. INTERVIEW: The (Re)Mixed Martial Arts of Shaolin Jazz — April 25, 2017
  4. Interview: MOONGIRL’S AMY REEDER and BRANDON MONTCLARE — October 31, 2016
  5. Event Recap: The 2016 National Book Festival — September 26, 2016

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May 01 2016

Frisky Business: The Cool Cats of Cinema


The premiere of Key and Peele’s Keanu has started a global dialogue on the dearth of kitten-centered films. As a self-professed ‘cat person’ I couldn’t be more thrilled! Okay–maybe ‘global dialogue’ borders on hyperbole but Keanu certainly should give us cause for paws (see what I did there?) to reflect on the moments furry thespians worked that old cat …

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Apr 27 2016

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Film Review: Wintry Mix Up

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“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” picks up seven years after the events of the first movie while providing backstory on the Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her sister Freya, the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt). It is neither sequel, nor prequel, but something awkwardly in between (a post-midquel?). A movie in story arc limbo, “Winter’s War” is …

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Apr 24 2016

ComiGamAni Interview: Russ Emanuel, A Curious Creative

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For April’s episode of ComiGamAni, The Nerdy Venoms interviewed filmmaker Russ Emanuel. I first met Russ at 2016 FarpointCon in Baltimore where I saw his genre-blending film Occupants. This scifi/horror story of parallel worlds kept me on the edge of my seat (and for all of you familiar with my film reviews, you know this is …

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Apr 12 2016

GSBPodcast: Marc Okrand – Man of Many Geek Words


Who doesn’t love a good geek holiday? (October 21, 2015–Always and Forever!). For Star Trek fans, “First Contact Day” is observed on April 5th. According to Trek lore, Efram Cochrane became the first human to pilot an aircraft at warp speed and make first contact with an alien race (Vulcans!) on April 5, 2063. So it was …

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Feb 23 2016

RACE Film Review: Track and Feels


  In “Race”, director Stephen Hopkins uses history as a backdrop to capture the moments surrounding the historic and groundbreaking performance of Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics. Not only are the burdens of Owens as both a Running Man and Race Man brought to light, but we also get a glimpse into how …

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Nov 08 2015

Film Review – SPECTRE: The Spy Who Dragged Me


  We Whovians have a saying, “You never forget your first Doctor” (Tom Baker,always and forever). As it is with 007, a similarly long-lived British franchise, you never forget your first Bond (Hello, Dalton!). However, the Bond we see in SPECTRE isn’t very memorable. And it’s quite the parlor trick: You forget this Bond because …

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Oct 29 2015

Shadow Scout commentary: Jem and The Holograms – Story’s Reimagining Lacks ‘STEAM’

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While the rest of the world was celebrating a geek milestone–10/21/15 aka Back to the Future Day, I was cautiously anticipating another: 10/23/15, the premiere of the “Jem and the Holograms” live action movie. Back in the day, “Jem” was my everything! This movie has been a point of contention in for fans of the …

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Jul 28 2015

Film Review – Pixels: Groan of Arcadia


Review By Lakita – a.k.a. @artshumana A movie like “Pixels” is usually a recipe for easy money in Hollywood’s summer cookbook: A tale with a crisp premise and a juicy, nostalgic core. (Do watch the animated short film that inspired Pixels by French director Jean Patrick). Unfortunately what Pixels actually cooks up really leaves a bad …

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Jul 02 2015

Terminator Genisys: Not Another Bad Creation

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A Review by @Artshumana – Terminator Genisys proves the franchise, much like Skynet, is very self-aware! The film respectfully anchors itself in the James Cameron playbook as a continuation tale with breadcrumbs to remind weary fans “Genisys” is not a clunky reboot going through the wilderness. (In one scene, when Sarah Connor speaks Kyle Reese …

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