Sunday Suggestions: 6/14/2020

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

TV Show
Broadway Musical
Homemade Cocktail Recipe

The Platform
Starring Ivan Massague, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay, Zihara Llana, Mario Pardo, Algis Arlauskas
Rated TV-MA
Released in 2019
Found on Netflix

Last week, we were looking to watch a movie that we had never seen and had an interesting concept. Upon browsing Netflix for a few minutes, we came across The Platform. The information about the movie was relatively vague, but the concept is what caught our eye. The original audio is in European Spanish, and we chose to watch it dubbed. The Platform is a form of psychological thriller that focuses on the main character Goreng. Goreng wakes up and finds himself on a stone platform with another man. In the middle of the room is an opening that looks down to other platforms and up to others as well. When Goreng wakes, he is on platform 48. We come to learn that a large stone table drops down the middle of the platforms. The stone table starts at platform 1 and is filled with a myriad of finely cooked and prepared dishes of food. The people on floor 1 get to eat as much as they want for a set amount of time before the table drops to the next floor. Floor 2 then gets to eat and so forth until it reaches the bottom and jumps back up. The number of floors is never really revealed until the end, and we watch Goreng, who volunteered to be put into this weird prison, slowly start to deteriorate. After one month, the prisoners on each platform are put to sleep and awake on a new random floor number. It’s an uneasy movie to watch, and the premise is so fascinating that you catch yourself wondering what it would be like to be in that world. It’s an uncomfortable yet weirdly satisfying movie that made me question a lot of things.

TV Show
The West Wing
Starring Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Dule Hill, Rob Lowe
Rated TV-14
Found on Netflix

When I was growing up, my grandfather used to watch The West Wing quite religiously. I never understood the appeal of the show, as I found it to be a more boring version of Law and Order, and I actually enjoy that show. Once I was little older and understood the world better, I decided to give The West Wing a try. Little did I know that I had missed out on so much over the years. The West Wing follows Democratic president Josiah Bartlet and his staff during a tenure at the White House. We get to see the behind the scenes look of what it’s like to work in the White House as senior staff to the President of the United States. Instead of the typical drama of television shows, much of the exposition is moved forward by the politics, actions, and world of running the country. Most dramatic television shows have cliche drama that stems from character flaws and actions. While the characters in this show have definitive flaws, a majority of the drama comes from attempting to take lead and run the country. Unfortunately, this is the type of show where you can’t do another activity while watching. It requires a decent amount of laser focus as so much wit, charm, intelligence, and political intrigue happens in each episode. More happens in an entire episode than most shows can accomplish in a full season. Given the tumultuous climate of our country during this uncertain time, the show provides a welcome relief of an inside look at the White House and all of the drama that comes with running our country.

Broadway Musical
Jesus Christ Superstar
Starring Ben Forster, Tim Minchin, Melanie C, Chris Moyles, Alexander Hanson, Pete Gallagher, Gerard Bentall, Michael Pickering, Giovanni Spano
Not Rated
Released in 2012
Found on BroadwayHD

For those unfamiliar with the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar is a masterpiece of musical theater written by Andrew Lloyd Weber, the composer for Phantom of the Opera and CATS, and Tim Rice, known for Evita, Aladdin, and the Lion King. The musical follows the story of Jesus Christ after he has already garnered a large following. The beginning of the musical shows Judas’ dislike of Jesus and his subsequent betrayal. This particular filming of the show was done during their 2012 live arena tour, so the performance is done in a large sports arena outdoors. The staging, music, acting, lighting, and story is unbelievable. It’s a dazzling show that mesmerizes the audience with powerful performances. If you’re a fan of rock music and/or interested in the story of Jesus Christ and his crucifixion, then give the show a shot. As a forewarning, the show doesn’t really showcase Jesus’ teachings, but instead focuses on the betrayal by Judas, the denial of Peter, and what it meant to the people of the world at the time when Jesus was crucified. I am not a religious person, but it’s an enjoyable show nonetheless.

Homemade Cocktail Recipe
Non-Frozen Alcoholic Milkshake

1oz of Disaronno
1oz of Kahlua
1oz of Baileys
0.5oz of Vodka

A White Russian is Kahlua, vodka, and milk. I really like White Russians, so I decided to take it one step further. Pour the ingredients into a shaker minus the milk. Shake with ice for around 30 seconds and pour with the ice into a cocktail glass. Fill up the rest of the way with the desired amount of milk and enjoy! It’ll taste like an overly sweet, alcoholic, non-frozen milkshake! Enjoy!

Until next Sunday!

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