From September 2013 I find too many games, original shakespearean pronunciation, info on the Punic wars, and an excellent re-edit of Dune, before finishing off with Fried Green Tomatoes.

September 2013 goodies

In the area being cleaned up for this month I see that I have a games folder there, containing installers for 50 games coming to around 100 gigs.  These are ones that have been building up but have not yet been cleaned up or checked out. I’ll have to delve more deeply in to them at some stage where time allows, which might just have to be Thursday evenings where schedule allows.

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation

A very nice presentation on original pronunciation by English actors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre gave an interesting insight that his plays are not only more understandable when using the original pronunciation from hundreds of years ago, but also that jokes become more apparent due to how language was pronounced back then.

The Punic Wars

On a similar historical bent, in the runup towards the release of Rome II, this resulted in some wonderfully instructive videos by Extra Credits, that typically delves in to techniques behind making better games. This time though they focus on a multi-part series about The Punic Wars that occurred between Rome and Carthage, where they’ve managed to take an incredibly complex situation and present it in a clear and interesting manner.

Dune: The Alternative Edition Redux

The last thing of major interest is a re-edit of Dune (1984). The Alternative Edition Redux is a fan-edit that restructures the movie in to a more coherent and understandable presentation. If you know of anyone with even a passing interest in Dune, then this is the ultimate edition of it that you can get for them.

DVD night – Fried Green Tomatoes

It was over to Clive’s place in Bryndwr to see Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) tonight, which is about a housewife Evelyn (Cathy Bates) trying to improve her marriage, who becomes friends with an old lady in a nursing home, Mrs Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson), who tells tales of events from the 1930’s.

It’s an intriguing story within a story, where tomboy Idgie has trouble fitting in but eventually helps a pregnant Ruth out of a bad marriage. The two partner up to live together and together run a diner called The Whistle Stop Cafe, and is about events that happen there with Ruth’s husband, a mystery about how he went missing, and it’s resolution in court.

The men that are there are all pretty much there to be despised or be in a bad way which is disappointing to see, but the subtlety of their relationship and how they dispatched him is very nicely done, and the connection at the end between Mrs Threadgoode and Idgie tied things off nicely.