Fargo – Season 3

Fargo Season 3

About

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray (Ewan McGregor in dual roles).

Emmit, the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” is a handsome, self-made real estate mogul with a perfect family – a real American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Wilted from a lifetime of living in Emmit’s shadow, Ray is a balding, pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother.

The only bright spot in Ray’s life is the love of a not-so-good woman, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), one of his parolees. Nikki has brains, beauty and a deep and abiding passion for competitive bridge. She decides to help Ray turn his fortunes around, by essentially stealing back his good karma. Unsurprisingly, things quickly get out of hand and petty theft leads to murder.

When the mayhem crosses county lines, Eden Valley Police Chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon), a newly divorced mother, is called upon to investigate. Normally steady and imperturbable, Gloria is shaken when the case takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Meanwhile, Emmit’s perfect life is upended when he receives an unwelcome business proposal from a mysterious loner and true capitalist, V.M. Vargas (David Thewlis), whose bosses plan to become business partners with “The Parking Lot King” whether Emmit likes it or not.

Cast

Ratings

IMDB 9,0/10

Audience Score 95%

Critics Consensus: Thanks in part to a memorable dual performance from Ewan McGregor, Fargo mostly maintains the sly wit and off-kilter sensibility it displayed in its first two seasons.

About the true story disclaimer

As with the original film, each episode begins with the superimposed text:

This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in [year]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

To give you a short answer, it’s all complete fiction. Doing some research and reading the stories I tend to dislike the Coen brothers. Remember season 2? An interview:

“There are actually two little elements in the story that were based on actual incidents,” Joel Coen told HuffPost. “One of them is the fact that there was a guy, I believe in the ‘60s or ‘70s, who was gumming up serial numbers for cars and defrauding the General Motors Finance Corporation. There was no kidnapping. There was no murder. It was a guy defrauding the GM Finance Corporation at some point.”

Okay… so there was a guy scraping serial numbers for car chassis…… Why fool the audience every episode with the true story crap?

Big thumbs up for the makeup department

Ewan McGregor
as
 Emmit Stussy

 

 

 

Ewan McGregor
as
 Ray Stussy

 

Ewan McGregor in regular life

 

 

Trailer

Website

fxnetworks.com/shows/fargo

Release information

The third season premiered on April 19, 2017

Runtime

10 episodes of 50 minutes each.

Original Network

FX

Death Race 2050 – … speechless

I am not sure how I stumbled upon this movie and I can’t remember why I decided to view it but sometimes you need to see a truly sh**y movie to appreciate others.

Of-course I was aware that this movie wasn’t gonna be an Oscar worthy movie but it could still be fun. Perhaps I was triggered to watch this movie by fun memories of a cool game in my childhood: Death Rally

Death Rally game from 1996

 

The Original

In 1975 the first Death Rally movie named “Death Rally 2000” appeared. The movie received a politically incorrect label. The budget of the movie was 300.000, not the highest number in those days but also not extreme cheap. The first Jaws in that same year was an absolute block buster with 12.000.000 budget and 470.000.000 worldwide gross. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was made for 400.000 the same year.

Stills from the 1975 movie
Frankenstein’s car in 1975

Reboot in 2008

More people are probably familiar with the 2008 reboot starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibsonand the second one in 2010 with Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of the original from 1975

Here we are, 42 years later, the sequel has made it. Both films were produced by Roger Corman (born 1921).

No, this is not Thunderbirds. It’s Death Race 2050 (2017)

A picture sometimes says more than a thousand words…

This is so cheap and simple things go wrong in this movie. There are a lot of movie errors. During a scene Frankenstein is mad and hits the steering wheel with his hand, the hand bounces back up and hits the window. The entire structure of the window and frame comes lose and lifts up 🙂

Hitting Pedestrians gives the drivers point. The scoreboard can some times be seen when a bystander gets killed by a car and they managed to edit the movie so the score of Frankenstein goes from 255 to 265 during the race and later at the checkpoint a score of 240 is shown.

The driver of the self driving car, the A.B.E. , can be seen when the car needs to refuel and is asking a wooden statue at the gas station to refill it (so far for smart A.I.) Very intelligent script work as the other cars with people do not need to refuel… not.

The list could go on and on. It’s simply not worth it…

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be.

“I just don’t see it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writing off any plans for future instalments without Captain Jack (as well as the ridiculous idea of anyone other than Depp ever playing him).

“The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”

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Training Day TV Series (2017) – There will be no season 2

Training Day

While we knew this cancellation was coming, it’s still a sad subject to address. The Training Day TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season two of the CBS police drama.

Taking place years after the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film, the Training Day TV series stars Bill Paxton as Detective Frank Rourke and Justin Cornwell as Kyle Craig. The rest of the CBS cast includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

This cancellation was kind of certain with the untimely death of 61 year old Bill Paxton, on February 25th. He passed away at 61 years of age, due to complications following heart surgery. Deadline reports that season one production wrapped in December, which means all 13 episodes from the show’s first-season have already been shot before Bill Paxton died.

Network viewer ratings have not been good for this show. Even if we hadn’t lost the talented Mr. Paxton far too soon, CBS was unlikely to renew Training Day for season two. The IMDB episode ratings started 7.0 for the first episode but then climbed to a 8.5 during mid-season and kept this high towards the finale. Shows again that it is very important to catch the viewer’s attention in the first and maybe second episode if the shows is gonna be successful.


Even with the unplanned series ending (I think) it still has a decent story ending and the show is not that bad as some anonymous internet heroes rate it…

Playdead’s INSIDE – A dreamlike platformer that takes you to incredible places.

What kind of game is INSIDE?

INSIDE is a puzzle-platformer adventure video game developed and published by Playdead and first released in June 2016. In the game, the player controls a young boy in a dystopic world, solving environmental puzzles while avoiding death in a 2.5D sidescrolling fashion, thematically and visually following up on the 2010 monochromatic video game Limbo.

Background story of the makers

Playdead started working on Inside shortly after the release of Limbo. Initially, the company started with the same custom game engine they used for Limbo, but later switched to Unity to simplify development. They developed rendering routines to give the game a signature look and which they later released as open source. The game was partially funded by a grant from the Danish Film Institute.

Release

Inside premiered at Microsoft’s E3 2014 conference, with a planned release in 2015. The game was released for Xbox One on 29 June 2016, Microsoft Windows on 7 July, and for the PlayStation 4 on 23 August. The game received critical acclaim upon release, with some critics and reviewers calling it a worthy successor to Limbo.

What are the strong suits of this game?

  • Amazing visuals
  • Riveting story
  • Clever puzzles
  • Brilliant sound design
  • Stellar camera work
  • Low PC requirements

 

Trailer

 

Homepage

playdead.com/games/inside/

REVIEWS

“MASTERPIECE! Inside is a 2D puzzle platformer that builds upon what made Limbo great, and in fact builds something greater.”
10/10 – IGN

“Inside expands on the concepts and scope of its predecessor in wildly creative ways, and it’s so immaculately designed and constructed from top to bottom that it almost feels suitable for display in an art museum. This is one hell of a followup.”
5/5 – Giant Bomb

“The universe Inside depicts is one of the eeriest, most captivating settings I’ve ever encountered in a game.”
9.5/10 – Polygon

 

Vikings – TV Series (2013– ) – Season 5 in November?

Vikings

About

The HISTORY® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.

Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman

About

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – Question from a non-fanboy

Star Wars released a new trailer of their latest movie installment The Last Jedi. I know many people are going crazy right now and that’s fine. “Elke gek z’n gebrek” (a Dutch saying).

When you are not a Star Wars geekfan and your brain gets visually activated by some footage of Star Wars your processing is different from someone who’s mind is blown by the same little bit of footage. 😉

Trailer

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American Gods TV Series (2017– ) – Starting April 30, 2017

About

“American Gods” posits a different kind of war brewing — one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.

 

 

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Bullets Of Justice – a possible cult hit or just terrible?

Okay, I’m normally not into weird movies and have one golden rule. If the movie has people in it with pointy ears, you stay away from it. Does that also count for series? probably…  but what if the pointy ears are from a pig?

about

During the Third World War, the American government initiates a secret project code-named “Army Bacon” in order to create super soldier by inbreeding human beings with pigs.

25 years later a breed called “Muzzles” have occupied top of the food chain, eating and farming humans like animals. Rob Justice is an ex-bounty hunter working for the last line of human resistance – a group of survivors hiding in a nuclear bunker deep underground. His mission is to find out how muzzles came to power and destroy them.

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