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Weekly Roundup for 2 November 2014

Strike Back, Season 3: This week didn’t see as much Netflix watching. I’m catching up on Season 3. I’m up to episode 6. I like that they are geographically limiting the stories to the area in which they are filming (South Africa), but I am really, really sick of the gratuitous nudity. I am not a prude, but the nudity does absolutely nothing for the story and just makes certain I can’t watch this comfortably on my tablet in public.

Jodorowsky’s Dune: This is a documentary about the failed attempt by surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt Dune to the screen in the early 1970s. This was before Star Wars changed how studios saw science fiction. It failed because Jodorowsky got kind of crazy with what he was attempting to put up on the screen, but those involved ended up changing science fiction film-making through the 1970s and 1980s. It’s a very interesting film, one I highly recommend, but I have to say I don’t think I would have enjoyed Jodorowsky’s take on Dune.

Snowpiercer: Finally saw this. I enjoyed it. This is a great actioner, but the science for it is ridiculous – we can’t leave the train because the world is frozen, as though whatever is providing heat, light, motivation etc. for the train would fail in a stationary configuration. Chris Evans delivers as always, and Song Kang Ho, who played “the Weird” in the Good, the Bad, the Weird, does a great turn as well. Strong cast doing well with an okay script makes for a fun experience.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup for 2 November 2014”

  1. Absolutely. While I think Season 1 is the superior of the series, Season 2 and especially 3 (so far) work really well for an RPG, given that it is much more a team story than just the lone operator.

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