Sunday Suggestions – 5/31/2020

It’s that time of the week again. Welcome to another installment of Sunday Suggestions! This week, we’ll be covering the following suggestions:

Movie
TV Show
Food/Drink (Homemade Recipe)
Video Game
Book

Movie
I Kill Giants
Starring Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade, Rory Jackson
Not Rated
Released in 2017
Found on Hulu.com

I Kill Giants is one of the most misleading movies I’ve seen in recent memory. It is based off of a Man of Action graphic novel titled, “I Kill Giants” created by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura (both of which also wrote the screenplay for the film). The movie was labeled as Fantasy and Adventure, but the movie is anything but those two aspects. The movie follows a teenage girl named Barbara, whose entire life is centered around protecting her small town from giants and titans. These giants have different elements and purposes as they seek to destroy the town only to be stopped every single time by a young teenage girl. That sounds about as fantasy as it gets, right? Unfortunately, the movie takes a completely different turn as the ideas of depression, psychological despair, and grief play a heavy role in the unstable mind of Barbara. A few twists and turns appear throughout the movie but nothing so grandiose to shock or surprise you. This movie should be labeled under psychological thriller or drama, but it is still an enjoyable movie. Don’t go into this one expecting to watch a fantasy flick of non-stop giant battle action. Instead, understand that you’re going in watching something real and raw and you just might enjoy it more than I did.

TV Show
Turn: Washington’s Spies
Starring Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Meegan Warner, Heather Lind, Kevin McNally, Samuel Roukin
Rated TV-14
AMC Series (currently on Netflix)

Turn: Washington’s Spies is a show centered around the first American spy network set up by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The show follows a man by the named of Abraham Woodhull, a farmer from Long Island that puts together a small group of friends and spies on the British for the Colonials. The group of friends, more famously known as the Culper Ring, is hailed by historians as mostly accurate, only taking small liberties from the sense of television drama. I knew very little about the actual spy ring until I watched this show, and given my love of history, it was fascinating to learn more about the overall scheme of things during the war. Go give the show a watch and then do some research on the Culper Ring as it is a pivotal and integral part of our nation’s history.

Food/Drink
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Ingredients Needed:
4 1/2 cups of shell pasta (I find small shells works best)
3/4 cup pickles (diced small)
2/3 cup cheddar cheese (diced not shredded)
1/4 cup green onion (chopped)
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sour cream
4 tbsp pickle juice (use to preference, I use more)
1tsp dill
1tsp celery seed
1/2 tbsp pepper
Salt to taste

Directions:
Boil pasta to al dente
Drain and rinse well with cold water
Pour pasta into mixing bowl and set aside
In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, pickle juice, dill, celery seed, pepper, and salt to taste
Add the pickles, cheese, and green onion to the mix
Stir well
Add the dressing to the pasta
Stir/toss to coat all of the pasta
Refrigerate until chilled

Serve and enjoy!

Video Game
Valley
Stars Unknown (I could not find information about the voice over work)
Rated T (Teens) by ESRB
Published by Blue Isle Publishing
Developed by Blue Isle Stuiods
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, XBox One

Valley is one of the most serenely beautiful games I’ve played in recent memory. The gameplay is very simple: you explore a world called Valley using a L.E.A.F suit. The suit is an amazing exoskeleton that gives you unbelievable speed and agility. You can also manipulate the life and death of all living things with the suit. There’s no real combat or fighting that takes place within the game. Instead, you use the powers of life and death to alter the landscape and surrounding areas to solve small puzzles and adventure through the game. The graphics, the music, and the story are simply incredible. It’s a very short game without much replayability, but it holds a small piece of intrinsic artistic value that puts the game above many others. Sometimes it’s about quality instead of quantity, and the quality is outstanding.

View the Trailer Here

Book
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Written by Ian Doescher
Released in 2013
Published by Random House

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is exactly how it sounds. The books follow the movies, however, it has been written as if it was written by William Shakespeare. The writing is sublime as it really does feel like you’re reading an original play by Shakespeare. Thankfully, for those that struggle reading in such a colloquial language, if you have seen the movies, you can get a feel for what the characters are saying and thinking. Trust me, you’ll get a good laugh out of R2-D2’s inner monologues. So far, the extended list includes, in release order:

Verily, a New Hope
The Empire Striketh Back
The Jedi Doth Return
The Phantom of Menace
The Clone Army Attacketh
Tragedy of the Sith
The Force Doth Awaken
Jedi the Last

You can buy them on Kindle, individual paper/hard back, or beautiful boxed sets. Give them a read. They’re intelligent, well-written, and true to the stories provided in the movies.

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Until next Sunday!

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